I have never owned a laptop; all of my 15 (!)computers have been desktops, so I need a little advice on what to buy. I need one that will: Read CD-ROMs and CD-Rs/CD-RWs, mostly containing PDFs. Video out for displaying on a separate monitor. Modem. Sound, via ear phones would be OK Play DVDs (just for fun) Pretty basic, but I'm unsure of minimum OS and processer/memory needed. Oh, and I don't want to spend very much money. Thanks for any advice.