(original) Driver needed, HP CD Writer 8000

Hewlett-packard / Pavilion 7090
February 27, 2010 at 09:40:46
Specs: Windows 95, 286
Use this old HP for DOS applications no longer compatible with XP.

It has a PI 16MB RAM and Window 95.

I just replaced the original CD drive with an HP CD Writer Plus 8000 series. Everything is hooked up properly, the device opens and closes, light comes on, powers on when PC is booted.

Problem: Window 95 will not detect it.
Tries Add Hardware: Detects nothing.
Device Manager: No new drives detected.
HP Support/ Driver Download site: Only has a firmware update available for the drive & Win95 which is useless because it will not install without the original driver.

So I have tried every trouble shooting scenario.
If you can find the original driver, which I could not find, or if you have one of these in your pc and can get the drive, it would be appreciated!

Thanks,
-Jeremy


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#1
February 27, 2010 at 12:58:58
You shouldn't need a driver. 95 will treat it as a regular cdrom. Was it previously working?

Does it show in cmos/bios setup? Is it jumpered correctly? If it's on the secondary IDE port, is that enabled in cmos/bios setup?

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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#2
February 28, 2010 at 06:46:12
I discovered why it wasnt showing up when I unplugged it.. one of the several little metal EDI pins were bent, soon as I unbent it and rebooted, it showed up in devices. Yay, DOS games!

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#3
February 28, 2010 at 13:21:56
We're glad you got it fixed.

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#4
February 28, 2010 at 13:33:02
"Yay, DOS games! "

You can get a lot of old Dos games to work In XP.
Been there, done that.


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