You use laptop dvdrw drives from newegg.com or other places. There are IDE and SATA types so that's about all there is to it. If you want instructions you can google DELL INSPIRON MODEL DOCUMENTATION (correct to match the model) and you see how to change it out.
Figure about 50 to fix.
It appears to me as though my Dell laptop's DVD drive has died. Perhaps it isn't a surprise, as it is a 5 year old laptop. It is an Inspiron 9200 laptop. I've put both DVDs and music CDs into it, and basically it does "Huh? What's this?"
At this point I REALLY don't want to get another laptop (can't afford it) and so I'm wondering if it is possible to put any good brand laptop DVD into my Dell laptop?