I'm hoping some computer savvy people can clarify this for me.
I'm going to buy a Dell Inspiron 4000 (a notebook). Right now, they have a promotion for either a free CD-RW or DVD-ROM upgrade. What I want to do is get the CD-RW upgrade (since it's typically more expensive) and buy the DVD-ROM separately. (The drives go into a swapable bay.) I was talking to a Dell CSR and he said that this wasn't possible, that there were compatibility issues with the DVD-ROM and the graphics card which wouldn't allow them to sell a DVD drive without properly configuring it. I asked him point blank, "So you're telling me that if I don't buy a DVD drive as part of the base package right now, I won't be able to add one in the future?" And he replied, "No, you can't. We do not sell a DVD drive separately." WTF?
Please, someone tell me that he's full of shit. This makes absolutely no sense to me at all. I'm convinced that this has to be some kind of marketing ploy because he then tried to sell me on a DVD/CD-RW combo drive, which costs substantially more than if I wanted to get the free upgrade to CD-RW and then buy a separate DVD-ROM.