I recently setup a customer's machine similar to your's. Maybe the info below will provide some starting points...
Three "holes" for disks...just a "guess" here..
1. One hole/tray is for the dual layer DVD burning drive. You can create and burn DVD movies or burn backup dat on to DVD disks. CLICK HERE to read how Dual layer burning actually allows you to burn twice as much data onto a DVD as the standard DVD burner and disk. Dual Layer also requires special DVD disks if you're going to use the dual layer procedure. Normally, this particular drive will also burn CD's with music or back up files as well..You'll also need the appropriate software to burn DVD's and CD's, but usually the software is provided with the computer.
2. The second hole/tray is normally a DVD-Rom or a CD-Rom which only "plays" CD's or DVD's. (The machine I set up had a CD-Rom drive in this "hole".) If you're going to be installing programs or playing music from a CD, this is normally the best drive to do it in..Although not guaranteed, it's probably the default "auto run" drive as well.
3. The third hold/tray is probably the floppy disk drive.
Theoretically, then webcam should work...But...If you have an older webcam, you'll need to check to see if it is Windows XP SP2 compatible..It may or may not have software which would allow installation on the new computer. If your current software doesn't support Windows XP, check the webcam manufacturer's site and maybe they have updated software for XP.
The Norton antivirus free trial can be uninstalled from the "Control Panel/Add-Remove Programs" section. So can the McAfee Security Center. If AOL hasn't been activated, it should also be relatively easy to remove from the computer at this time.
Hope this helps.
I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but I do know how to read instructions, c-net, etc.WHY ARE THERE THREE HOLES FOR DISKS? Yes, I know they're ports, or drives, or.....what is double layer burning? How do I know where to put the disk for installation? Did the auto-run option go out of style when I wasn't looking? I'm 45 and do a lot of graphics, photoshop, I play, ok. webcam is about 50.00, with a tiny mic. I have a limited understanding of plugnplay vs software installation, hardware wizard things, and yes, I do know how to match my colors! Seriously, my husband is in iraq (Tx National Guard)and fortunate enough to have access to internet phone, unrestriced internet access, and the webcam. My entire system is new purchased 2/23.will a webcam this "low speed" and inexpensive even be able to relay an image as far away as Iraq. I'm sure their equipment is not all that sophisticated.Oh,I also disabled the Firewall first. It chaps me that I have to take an hour to remove programs I hate. Norton, aol,and macafee seem to actually reproduce! Thank you to anyone who can help me. I have tech support, and could take computer in, but we live quite a ways out. Spouse did these things for me and now.....I whine a lot. Thanks a lot, I really do need the help.