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I recently bought a HP CD-RW Model: 7200e Ext.
I have windows 3.1 for now and wanted to know if it was possible to use the CD-RW with 3.1?
All the software that comes with the CD-RW is for 95.
If you can help, much appreciated!

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Question by:GOoLaG
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Travathian earned 150 total points
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You probably will run into two specific problems.

1) IDE CD-R generally have more problems than SCSI CD-R at keeping a constant data flow, so you will have more instances of corrupt data, or the CD-R will simply stop forcing you to try again.

2) Windows 3.1 is inherently more unstable than Windows 95, and it doesn't take much to cause a lockup or crash.

CD writing is a real-time process which must run constantly at the selected recording speed, without interruptions.  The CD recorder's buffer is constantly filled with a reserve of data waiting to be written, so that small slowdowns or interruptions in the flow of data from the computer do not interrupt writing.          

A buffer underrun error means that for some reason, the flow of data from hard disk to CD recorder was interrupted long enough for the CD recorder's buffer to be emptied, and writing was halted. If this occurs during an actual write operation rather than a test, your recordable disc may be ruined.          

          Try this:
          - disable smartdrv or disable caching for CD-R
          - check system.ini [386Enh] on DMABufferSize=64      
          - remove vcache.386 from system.ini [386Enh]      
          - change Windows swapfile settings to 4 MB and permanent      
          - turn off 32bit disk access              
          - switch to 1x write speed
          - write to hard drive first              
          - run ScanDisk    
          - run Defrag (full optimization)              
          - run a virus check-then disable virus software
          - close other programs and TSR's    
          - turn off power management in the computer BIOS    
          - turn off screen saver

Overall though, if you are willing to spend a couple hundred dollars on a cd burner, upgrading to Windows 95/98 is another worthwhile investment.
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by:rmarotta
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GOoLaG,

All of that, while good information, is NOT the answer to your question.  Actually it's irrelevant because the drive won't record using a 16-bit operating system.

The correct answer to the question is no, you cannot use Windows 3.1

Minimum system requirements are:

  IBM or compatible Pentium/75 Mhz processor or above
  •  Microsoft® Windows 95® or Windows NT® 4.0
     NOTE: For Windows NT, Service Pack 3 is required.
  •  16 MB RAM
  •  Hard drive with at least 528 MB storage capacity (that is, with a transfer rate of at least 800 kB/sec and disk access time of less than 20 msec)
  •  15 - 180 MB free hard drive space for installing software
10 MB free hard drive space for each minute of music to be recorded

Additional Requirements for the External Model Only:
  •  High-speed parallel port (EPP or ECP) set to:
     IRQ 7 andI/O address 378 or
     IRQ 5 and I/O address 278

If you find that the present proposed "answer" is not what you were looking for, please reject it.  

Regards,
Ralph
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by:Travathian
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Well, I do understand the need for system requirements, but then again, most system requirements are set above realistic requirements.  Software is especially true.


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