HP DVD100i DVD Writer

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HP DVD100i

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$200 6.2/10
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 HP 2.4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 2.4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW01) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLife) 2.4xDVD+RW (CMC MAG.W01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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Comments posted by fHLvlxbf from Other, January 23, 2023. Rated this writer No rating.

Works great, will <b>not</b> write DVD+R however.

Comments posted by Tyler Kramka from United States, January 08, 2007. Rated this writer 7 of 10.

Well this burner is definately not a top of the line burner, but it does serve its purpose if the right software is used. It also is limited to DVD+RW media for burning DVDs', but I prefer DVD+RW or DVD-RW because they are less likely to become coasters, unlike DVD-R orDVD+R. The software that comes with this burner I definately would not use but any version of DVD XCOPY will definately bring the HP100i to life to burn quality DVDs' that work on every Sony home DVD player that I have.

Comments posted by Kevin from Other, December 05, 2003. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

I got this unit some time ago, never put up a review but here I am.
This has been the most awful experience I have ever had with a company (HP) and a product (DVD100i).
First off, the only DVD I've been able to burn was the one bundled with the drive. After countless emails and calls to the customer service, after being patronised by some RUDE customer support employees, I finally got one competent person in the company (the only one most probably). I find out the drive only works well when used as Master on the IDE cable. Took me a month to get the problem solved.
The compatibility is awful, I never got a DVD playing on any of my friends and family standalone DVD players.
The software is terrible, non-intuitive, badly designed.
When reading DVDs, the drive will struggle easily on scratched DVDs (while my Sony DVD player only reads them). The drive will then get stuck and can't be opened by pushing the eject button.
I only knew today about the offer about the lawsuit and the offer on DVD200i but it's too late, the deadline has expired. Why didn't HP contact their customers by snail mail ? What a bunch of crooks, I'm really pissed off at this company which I had the weakness to trust.

I'll NEVER buy a HP product again.


Comments posted by David from Other, November 01, 2003. Rated this writer 1 of 10.

What about Canadian customers the lawsuit covers US and Columbia but not Canada?

Comments posted by Palli from Other, May 14, 2003. Rated this writer No rating.

HP has lost a lawsuit over the 100i, as they supposively promised and falsly advertised to have some kind of upgrade to enable DVD+R ability, but it's supposively a technical impossibility.

Those with the 100i that meet certain requirements can receive a free 200i replacement drive. Also, those that took part of the $99 200i upgrade offer will receive their money back.

Read here.


Comments posted by anonymous from Other, March 06, 2003. Rated this writer No rating.

Great writer. Burns DVD+RW's that are supported on my old Sony standalone DVD player (which very few others have gotten DVD+RWs to work on) and on the PS2 when I burn using MyDVD. MyDVD comes with the burner and will take any video file I want and do all the dirty work for me, automatically creating menus, etc. Instead of ripping a DVD and doing all the dirty work myself, I can just play it on my PS2 with it hooked up to my TV receiver, capture it as an MPEG and MyDVD will burn it. Excellent, and at the $200 I paid for it on eBay, a steal.

Comments posted by Marco from Other, January 14, 2003. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

Had the HP 100i for a year now and it has proved to do all that is asked of it. Initailly started with the software supplied but upgraded after a few months to get more features. Can say that I am very happy with all results. Used HP and Philips media and found that philips just a little better in terms of being recognised by my set top player (disc finish appears to be less reflective).

Added a HP 450 CBi printer to do DVD covers and set up MS Access to do this , the end result is very professional, using modified frames from Digital Video.

Can only say that it was worth waiting for, and so far all DVD's have played in the set top players of those to whom they have gone.

Comments posted by DG from Other, November 28, 2002. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

I just discovered this site 2 days ago and it has already been very informative on my standalone DVD recorder. Then I realized I should look up my HP 100i. I've read most of the posts on this model, but here's what I've experienced and don't know if it's the HP, or my Sony DVD-VCD-CD player that is causing problems. Everything I've recorded from the 100i and tried to play on my Sony DVD player, whether it's a music CD, or VCD doesn't work. The Sony doesn't recognize it at all. The only DVD I've tried that worked in the Sony was the HP DVD+RW that came with the HP 100i.
My question is this--is it more likely the HP burner that's causing it not to be recognized in the Sony DVD player, or the Sony that's too sensitive, or the TDK brand CD's? (All music CD's will play in my cars, but not in my computer or the Sony).
Thanks for any help anyone can offer!

Comments posted by Chris from Other, November 09, 2002. Rated this writer 6 of 10.

In addition to what I previously wrote: !ATTENTION! The DVD´s I recorded with the changed compatibility settings don´t work any longer. They worked, but now I´m not able to play them in any DVD-ROM or standalone... I don´t know what happend. I kept the media in the same place, where I have my other VCD´s and DVD´s, which work still fine.

The DVD I burned yesterday also doesn´t work, so I swapped the settings back to mode 1 and wrote again ... Now I´ve the same situation then before. They´ll play in all my ROMs but not in the standalone player???

HP´s compatibility utility is crab, because after writing you´ll not be able to play the DVD in the 100i. So you´ll also not be able to rewrite this discs, because the writer will not recognize the DVD as compatible to itself.

Comments posted by Frank P. Pohl from Other, November 05, 2002. Rated this writer 4 of 10.

I bought the DVD100i last week, installation was quick and easy, after around 30 minutes I wrote my first DVD and everything seemed to be ok. The new DVD worked on all my ROMs and was displayed in a great quality. So I assembled my family around my stand-alone player SM2002 and if you probably think to yourself NOTHING worked.
After reading all comments on VCDHELP I found some hints and a combination of some was the solution:

DVD100i (DVD+RW) will work with SkyMaster2002 if you update RecordNow to latest version, upgrade firmware to version 1.37, install the DVD Writer Compatibility Utility and set the writers mode to 2.

Upgrades and software are available on www.hp.com

Thanks a lot for wonderful vcdhelp.com, without this site I was at a loss what to do.

Comments posted by Frank P. Pohl from Other, October 23, 2002. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

I'm very happy with the performance of the HP DVD100i. I've not tested the DVD+RWs on many set top players but they work on my Panasonic DVD-A120. The software is garbage. I use Nero and it works great. HOWEVER, i am extremely pissed about the lack of a firmware upgrade like their web site promised and i'll never buy another HP product. I'm not too worried about it because the DVD+RW keep getting cheaper. I've found a web site where they're $4.20 US!!!
***DID ANYONE SAVE THE HP SITE THAT SAID THEY WOULD UPGRADE THE FIRMWARE??? I'D REEEEEEEALY LIKE A COPY OF THAT*********** My rating of 9 is for the drive itself and and doesn't reflect my displeasure with HP, I took one point off for the crappy software.

Comments posted by Freakzilla420 from Other, July 10, 2002. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

oh ya and the only difference between the 200i and the 100i is it actually plays +r...nothing but a joke...not to mention i saw future shop still selling the piece of crap for $700

Comments posted by Tre Dogg from Other, May 25, 2002. Rated this writer 1 of 10.

OH BOY DO I HAVE SOME WORDS....Thanks to frank he said most of what i already have to say. This drive is a joke and i feel bad for buying a hp computer period now....they wont even let me pay the $160 for the new drive because of a number of stupid reasons....well its all good because im gonna go out and buy the pioneer A04 from what im reading is a real dvd-buner....+r/rw discs cost way more then the -r/rw and arnt as good (not that it can even play +r discs)....HP IS JOKE....THANKS FOR RIPPING ME AND MANY OTHER PEOPLE OFF....YOU SHOULD DRIVE UP TO MY HOUSE AND PUT IN A NEW 200i FOR ME AND PAY ME $160 JUST SO I WILL BUY ANOTHER PRODUCT FROM YOU

Comments posted by Tre Dogg from Other, May 25, 2002. Rated this writer 1 of 10.

I own this unit for a few more days (my order is in to replace it with the DVD200i). This site says the CDRW mode is 4X on this unit (and the DVD200i also) but it is actually 10X.

I like the unit very much although I have not tried a real DVD video. I don't like the software provided. I can't read old CDRW disks created with Easy CD Creator Platinum 5 on my HP9200i. Luckily I can read them on the old computer with that drive fine. If I install Easy CD Creator on this machine then the DLA software won't run and wants to uninstall the Easy CD Creator. So they seem to be mutually exclusive. Very unfortunate. However with Easy CD installed I can read all of the old CDRW disks.

Ain't life grand?

So, what is the best DVD video creation software available for DVD+RW/+R?

I rate it an 8 because of the software problems.

Comments posted by Gerry from Other, May 15, 2002. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

I bought my DVD100i last the 5th of May. Got home, hooked it up
and tried to burn a DVD-R with no luck. Realized that it only burns
+RW. Tried burning another DVD using the correct disc, and the picture on my APEX was absolutely crap. Called HP today and asked about the upgrade offer. Very upset that they set a cut off date of May 1st and prior, so they would rather loose a sale than sell me the upgrade. I've decided to return the 100i back to TigerDirect, and get the 200i from Sams Club, solely because it's the only one I've found in my price range that burns DVD+RW, DVD+R and CD-R/RW. This will be the last HP product I ever buy.....

Comments posted by Paul from Other, May 14, 2002. Rated this writer 4 of 10.

The worst product ever created. The only thing it succeeds in is taking money away from the buyer. I've attempted to play discs in a "compatible" player, with no success. Even after downloading all the files from the customer support site, there was still no improvement. "Customer Service" was anything but, after pleading my problem with the burner the response was the same exact thing off of the web site, which I followed countless times.
Now HP offer's an upgrade trade-in for $99? I'm sorry but I already spent a great deal of money for this paper weight. It will be a great deal of time before I put any trust into the HP company and their products. I only hope that none of you has had the same experience. I rate this a 1 out of 10 because it would not allow me to enter in a -50 out of 10, which would be a fair ruling.

Comments posted by Frank from Other, May 07, 2002. Rated this writer 1 of 10.

I just got this drive a few months ago and paid $499 for it and was aware of the next generation drives coming out but did my homework for a DVD home player and got the Apex 1500 (thanks vcdhelp!!!)and I have not had a technical issue yet ( will not talk about software package). I am going to do the upgrade and really do feel that it should be free but such is life and there always are other battles to fight, right? I have to give this drive an 8 (for the upgrade issue.

Comments posted by leb2 from Other, May 05, 2002. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

I had the 100i for two weeks and was able to successfully write all kinds of DVDs. However, the price of +RW media, at best by a reputable company such as Verbatim, is a little over $8. Even on the web at cheaper prices, the shipping costs make it the same price. I was on my way to return the drive and while looking on the web for BestBuy's return policy, notice that Sam's Club online had the 200i for the same price I paid for the 100i - $399!!!

It arrived yesterday and I can do everything on +R that I could on +RW. In a few weeks, the price of the media should be down around ~$5 and then it will be worth it.

I can burn CDR, CDRW, VCD, SVCD and DVD. For those of you that bought the 100i and have to pay the $99 for the 200i upgrade, take heart - it's a great drive and you can definitely use NERO with it for all your video burning needs.

The rating is an 8 because you get more software with the 200i than 100i but it's still not the greatest software in the world.

Comments posted by heretic422 from Other, May 03, 2002. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

The upgrade offer by HP for DVD+R in Germany:

Hewlett-Packard Customer Care

Der Dvd100i ist nicht kompatibel zu DVD+R Medien. die Kompatibilitaetsinformationen
befinden sich auf dem Karton und im Handbuch.
In Europa gibt es kein vergleichbares Austauschprogramm wie in den USA ( Dvd100i abgeben, 99$ zahlen und einen Dvd200i bekommen).

Der DVD100i erfuellt genau das, was auf dem Karton und in dem Handbuch steht.

Es tut uns leid, das wir Ihnen keine positive Mitteilung machen koennen.

Ihr HP-Email-Team

Comments posted by Andreas from Other, May 03, 2002. Rated this writer No rating.

The upgrade offer by HP for +R is actually a trade in of the DVD100i plus $99 for a DVD200i.

I've ordered the DVD200i, and am keeping my dvd100i as well. It has been great. With Dazzle DVC2, ULead DVD Workshop, and the DVD200i, I should be able to do just about anything I need to, DVD-wise.

Comments posted by rphunt from Other, April 25, 2002. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

Looks Like HP is saving face by offering an upgrade for existing owners of the hp DVD100i!
This is sweet news! They are offering the upgrade for $99 and you get a year warranty and
a free DVD+R disc! (must upgrade between May 1 and June 30)
I have to say I have definitely enjoyed this awesome burner even without the DVD+r capability.

Good Job HP! For more info see address below.


Comments posted by chris from Other, April 23, 2002. Rated this writer No rating.

Looks like HP has a replacement for the HP DVD100i just ran across a DVD200i in Sam's club, did not buy it, I think I will wait for a few other brands to come out.

Comments posted by Fred from Other, April 22, 2002. Rated this writer No rating.

Quick - before it disappears - read this:


Comments posted by amigapc from Other, April 14, 2002. Rated this writer No rating.

Good drive. I've been burning DVD's without a hitch after upgrade to V1.37 firmware and change to mode 2 recording. Despite the reports, Nero DOES work. RFM, people. Have tried DVD+RW's recorded this way and they work in over 95% of the standalone's i've tested (the one's that refuse them are the so called 'high end' machines (the cheaper they are, the better they work)). The bundled sofware SUCKS!!!!!!
As for DVD+R, sure they can't (won't) upgrade the HP DVD100i / Ricoh MP5120 / Sony DRU110A / Philips DVDRW208 (which incidentally are all the same drive ). These guys are on the verge of lauching the 2nd generation DVD+R/RW drives , the Ricoh MP5125A (Sony DRU120A / Philips DVDRW228 /HP DVD200i). There are major 'bucks' to be made here. Would they loose the chance ? Don't think so. So, in a few months we'll be left with some expensive 'toasters' and head down their path for media that won't cost 'an arm and a leg', but that's life.

Comments posted by Digital Bit from Other, April 05, 2002. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

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= Works
DVD-R = Is not supported
DVD-R? = Not tested

Single Layer(4.7GB) write speeds
1x (CLV) = about 58 minutes
2x (CLV) = about 29 minutes
2.4x (CLV) = about 24 minutes
4x (CLV) = about 14.5 minutes
6x (CLV/ZCLV) = about 10-12 minutes
8x (PCAV/ZCLV) = about 8-10 minutes
12x (PCAV/ZCLV) = about 6.5-7.5 minutes
16x (CAV/ZCLV) = about 6-7 minutes

Dual/Double Layer(8.5GB) write speeds
1x CLV = about 105 minutes
2.4x CLV = about 44 minutes
4x CLV = about 27 minutes

Single Layer (4.7GB) read speeds
1x read speed is 1.321MB/s = ~56 minutes
6x CAV (avg. ~4x) read speed is max 7.93MB/s = ~14 minutes
8x CAV (avg. ~6x) read speed is max 10.57MB/s = ~10 minutes
12x CAV (avg. ~8x) read speed is max 15.85MB/s = ~7 minutes
16x CAV (avg. ~12x) read speed is max 21.13MB/s = ~5 minutes

DVD Write types
CAV = Constant Angular Velocity, the DVD is written at a constantly increasing speed.
CLV = Constant Linear Velocity, the DVD is written at a constant speed.
ZCLV = Zone Constant Linear Velocity, the DVD is divided into zones. After each zone the write speed is increased.
PCAV = Partial Constant Angular Velocity, the DVD is being written at an increasing speed until a certain speed. After this speed it will not increase anymore.

Desktop = Standalone desktop DVD Recorder
EIDE = Computer DVD Writer with EIDE/IDE connection
SCSI = Computer DVD Writer with SCSI connection
USB = Computer desktop DVD Writer with USB 2.0 or/and 1.1 connection
FireWire = Computer desktop DVD Writer with IEEE 1394/FireWire/i.Link connection (some standalone desktop dvd recorder supports this also but then it is usually to connect your DV camera to the recorder)

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