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HP Lightscribe DVD 1040 dvd writer

My new dvd/cd burner (internal) worked fine for a while, then all of a sudden
my computer won't recognize that drive. It play's prerecorded DVD's fine
but every time I put a recorded one (DVD-R or DVD+R) it doesnt recognize the drive or It says there is no disc in the drive. Somebody PLEASE HELP ME!!!!


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  • kittikat Jan 14, 2008

    my dvd writer only copies every now and pc is only 8months old so i have spent 4 days on the phone with dell why they try to troubleshoot.each time the problem seems fixed it happens again,i have reset pc and tried both nero and roxio.any idea's? could it be the laser?

  • lakkahari Aug 24, 2008

    cd's are played but not dvd's

  • Ron Pencek Dec 24, 2008

    All my dvd's show up as cd's and not dvd's and the all have no free space on them.

  • Anonymous Apr 05, 2009

    same prob...just updated winxp service pack....i bet thas the prob...looking for firmware update

  • jimmylou Apr 26, 2009

    my hp1040lightscribe won't recognize the drive for burning. Help. It keeps telling me to put a blank disc in and when I do, it still doesn't recognize it and won't burn it.

  • b13m May 10, 2009

    the same problem it shows up in my computer but it will not play or any other type of function and when I try to install the software that came with it the drive does not read or write can someone help please!

  • b13m May 10, 2009

    the same problem



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Try a firmware update

Posted on Jan 12, 2008

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    What os a firmware update?



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Product Specification Model HP DVD1040i Lightscribe 20X DVD Burner/Black/Retail Manufacturer HP Mfr Part # DVD1040i Buffer 2MB Interface IDE
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    first connect it to the computer. if it doesnt recognize restart your computer. if it presist replace usb cord.

    be sure that you have driver for your dvd writer.

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