Who really makes the HP 9500i?

The device manager shows “HP CD-Writer+ 9500”

And some googling suggests that it may be a Sony CRX160e but when looking at the Sony, the holes, leds and buttons don’t seem to line up.

Here is a picture of the drive in question. (All the small details match the drive here)


That has a rather “Philips” look to it - there was a site that dissected their multiple rebrands, but I can’t find it now.

This is funny. I pulled the drive out of the PC and looked on the label and there it is clear as day
HP C4502

I guess I didn’t expect them to be so open about it.


No luck on updated firmware though. I checked CDFREAKS and Sony.