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You have provided the Name/Model Number of your Hewlett-Packard notebook/laptop Computer but failed to provide the Name/Model of the particular Drive installed in your HP Pavilion ZD8181EA notebook/laptop Computer which makes it difficult to provide any meaningful assistance to correct your problem.
Have you visited Hewlett-Packardâ€™s support Web Site and ensured that your undisclosed Drive has the newest most current up to date available Firmware installed in your Drive?
Provide the Media MID (Manufacture ID and Media Code) (Example: TYG02) of the DVD-R Media you are experiencing problems with. To obtain the Media MID (Manufacture ID and Media Code) (Example: TYG02) of the DVD-R Media you are experiencing problems suggest using a utility program similar to DVDInfo (http://www.dvdinfopro.com).
PS â€“ A note of caution - An Optiarc AD-7200A IDE DVD Burner as suggested by Form Member jcusimano2 in posting #2 will not fix/work in your HP Pavilion ZD8181EA notebook/laptop Computer.