I am having a similar problem with my HP DVD 1040i 20x mulitformat dvd writer. I have windows xp pro service pack 3 and in the hardware configuration its shows up as hp dvd writier 1040r?? Im Thinking R?? Well, anyhow when I insert a blank dvd-r into the drive it doesnt recognize it as a blank dvd, just says "CD" My question is, Does anyone know of a firmware update for this writer? Windows has their default firmware on there from 2001.. Any ideas suggestions? Just need to updatethe firmware and HP website doesnt have any firmware software updates for it at all
On the back of the hardware are jumpers
mine are located next to where the ribbon plugs in
there are 3 jumpers- like this : : :
the jumper must be on "cable" ( printed above post )
just move the jumper and reinstall
Now xp can find the 10401
I did it...it works
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Premature failure of this drive appears to be a widespread issue. I have joined in a support thread at HP and encourage you to do the same: http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/CD-DVD/Hp-dvd-1040i-Disk-tray-doesn-t-open-half-the-time/m-p/347544#M1980
Should be IDE cable...IDE interface according to the specs. You computer has IDE connections so the drive should work.
HP DVD1040i Lightscribe 20X DVD Burner/Black/Retail
Mfr Part #
Internal DVD ±R/±RW drive with DVD±R up to 20X, double-layer recording, DVD-RAM, and LightScribe direct disc labeling
I'm not sure if this will help you but read this link I'm sending. I went round and round with 3 different highend motherboards and processors and kept getting error after error, everything I read in forums, the tech guys, everybody seemed to go to my memory as the problem but low and behold I wasn't believing them and my research paid off. Maybe the intel/hp problems I was having are related to yours. The acceleration software maybe. I dont know but you might want to give it go. I was a little shocked that my brand new dvd writer intel conflict would cause the blue screen of death. sorry so long but if this helps anyone I'll be glad. Thanks, great days to all, Dave http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00001705&lc=en&cc=us&dlc=en&product=3422492&lang=en