I decided once and for all to put my storage issues behind me today. I went out and bought an HP dvd640i DVD Writer (internal) with that cool LightScribe ability to print an image on the back of the burned disc. I also picked up a cheap Western Digital 7200 RPM 160 Gig HD. I plopped both these suckers easily into my XP box without any apparent hitch.
It wasn't until I'd been using it for a bit that I noticed I wasn't getting any of the usualy system sounds (click, copy, error, etc). So I check my amp and speakers and all is well. I tried playing mp3s to no avail. I tried headphones in both the front jack, then tried playing a CD from the origional CD Burner/Reader through the Players built in jack... All with no sound.
I'm confused. Very very confused. I check to see if I'd bumped anything out while I was wrestling around in the case, but everything seems fine. I can't see it being shot hardware if the CD jack doesn't output either.