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I have an HP dvd1040 Lightscribe DVD RW burner. It's been working fine ever since I bought it over a year ago. All of a sudden, today, it won't open. What can I do to get it to open?

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There should be a small pinhole on the front of the drive.

insert the end of a paper-clip straight into the hole, you should feel a little resistance. push in a bit until the drive bay cracks open. use your fingers to pry it the rest of the way open.

Posted on Nov 07, 2010

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    Paul Boyd Jul 12, 2014

    mines did the same thind ,you may want to check the cable,you may have a intermited break in the upper part near the unit.

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old lightscribe, drive. the drive that prints labels on top.
NO OS STATED nor any PC stated.. wow.
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then at that bottom read HP unstable.
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some get w8 to run with W7 drivers

why not ask at HP. why here?

https://h30434.www3.hp.com/

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"Nero only recognizes the drive as 4x dvd+/-r..." ...
  • 4x for which media format (e.g., CD-RW, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, etc.)?
  • Have you had/used Nero during the entire year you've used this drive?
  • Is it ACTUALLY burning at a slower speed than before that you know of, or is it only the Nero indicator that you're going by?
If you've updated both the driver(s) and device firmware, there's nothing further that can be done in that department.

Both these sources (1) http://www.videohelp.com/dvdwriters?DVDnameidnew=1336&orderby=Price (2) http://cgi.ebay.com/HP-DVD-740E-R-16X-External-USB-LightScribe-DVD%B1RW-Drive_W0QQitemZ270319806919QQcmdZViewItemQQimsxZ20081219?IMSfp=TL081219114003r29076 corroborate each other with the following speed spec's for your drive:

4x DVD-RDL
6x DVD-RW
8x DVD+RW
8x DVD+RDL
16x DVD+R
16x DVD-R
24x CD-RW (up to 32x)
40x CD-R

Are you getting at-or-near these speeds with your specific applicable disk media (i.e., DVD+RW @ 8x)? In other words: Make sure you are comparing apples-to-apples.

NERO TOOLS:
Here are a couple of very helpful and comprehensive software diagnostic tools for you to download at http://www.cdspeed2000.com/download.html. They are both FREEWARE and the same tools licensed to Nero for inclusion in their software products.

Installation: Simply extract/unzip the file to any chosen directory and run the executable (*.EXE).

1. "Nero DiscSpeed". Thoroughly tests speed and performance of your optical drives(s).
Download: http://www.cdspeed2000.com/files/NeroDiscSpeed_41140.zip
- Refer to the program's Help for guidance.
- User guide also available at http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?t=192563

2. "Nero DriveSpeed". Adjust/control your drive's spin /up/down times and noise levels.
Download: http://www.cdspeed2000.com/files/NeroDriveSpeed_300.zip

HOWEVER, since you say you have Nero, you're likely to have them installed and available already. Perform an objective test using "Nero DiscSpeed" to determine the actual burn speed of you drive.

Good luck, and please post back to let me know how things work out, or if you have any further questions.

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