I noticed your email message in one of the CDR newsgroups and thought you might be interested in my problems with my new (10 days old) Hewlett Packard 4020i cd writer.
The SCSI card that came with the 4020i
The hardware installed OK
The software installed OK too apart from Easy CD Pro 95 which kept throwing up messages of FILE NOT FOUND although I did get it going eventually.
I can burn CDs with no error messages. The program says SUCCESSFULLY WRITTEN etc
I first backed up data from my hard disk. Mainly ZIP files. Most are OK but some on the CD I made now have bad CRCs.
The Ami Pro docs I backed up later to the same multi session disk also seem OK.
But as far as EXE files go, forget it. They just don't run because they have been corrupted - although their associates ASCII readme type files are readable.
I have ruined 3 CDs so far.
I got onto HP and they said I need firmware upgrade 1.27 which they would post to me. I have not received it yet.
I have a friend with the same setup as me - his CDR is a few months old.
his system flies and he has no problems - he is using firmware 1.25.
Then my son said I appeared to be trying to copy a faulty original CD. I tried the original and sure enough, some of the programs would not run. So I tried the original on his machine and it was OK.
This leads me to believe that HP have sent out recently units with faulty or incompatible SCSI cards.
Please let me know if you can help solve my problems.
>> Hello everyone,
>> I have a very strange problem with my new CD-writer HP 4020i.
>> If I write a disk everything goes perfect. The software (I use Easy CD
>> Pro for Windows 95) replies that my disk is succesfully written.
>> Now if I try to read the disk in the writer or in an IDE cd-rom drive,
>> I can only read the contents of it. I can only read the directory and
>> the sub-dirs. If I try to run an executable of the CD I get an error.
>> The errors are from different kinds of types. So I only can read the
>> contents, but cannot run the DOS applications which are on the disk.
>> Is there anyone who can tell me what's wrong ??
>> (is there maybe a hardware problem with the writer ???)
>> some more info : I use a pentium 133 with 32megs ram, windows 95, easy
>> cd pro for win 95 and the scsi controller that came with the writer.
>I'm Dominique and I have the same problem and I really mean the exact
>I bought the HP SureStore 4020i 3 days ago and I wasted 2 cd's yet.
>If I write my cdr with easy cd 95, the software tells me also
>everything went allright. I tried to copy a dos game on my cd. I first
>copied the whole game from my original cd to my hard disk to avoid
>a buffer underrun.
>I can also read my cdr without any problem : I can do a dir-command and
>browse through the whole cd and all the sessions on it. I can even read
>ascii text-files and I also managed to view a bmp-file from my cdr.
>But when I tried to run the install program from my cdr in dos or win95
>all I got was an error or my pc just crashed. It almost seems like the
>hp cdrecorder writes all files in ascii-mode in stead of binary mode to
>the cdr. I also tried a win-application and here the setup program
>started but it crashed one minute after the start.
>Here is my hardware : pentium 120, 32 MB EDO RAM, 4.3 Gb, Win95,
>Easy cd 95, same scsi controller as you.
>Now Gert, I want to ask you something. I see you are also connected to
>Belgium. I wonder where you bought your writer. I live in Antwerp and I
>bought mine in this store : Microman Boomses*weg 48, 2630 Aartselaar.
>If you did buy it there then it is possible that microman bought a whole
>of defect cdwriters.
>Anyway tomorrow Monday 30/9/96 I am calling HP Belgium : 02/778 38 00
>Any Information from people who can help me : mail me at
> Dominique Verniers. Belgium, Antwerp.
Tony Clixby - Bebington - Wirral - UK