whoa, that must be an oldie..lol...I had an HP 9100 and it stopped working about 1 day after the one year warranty expired.
Anyway I found that it worked best with Imation CDRs.
the HP software was crap. Get Nero and Clone, then you can make backups of Music and games. (Its best to burn a RAW image to the HD first, and then write the CD when you are making backups of copy protected cds)
Also, for the money, its hard to beat the new LiteOn 40X or 48X CD burner. You can get them at www.newegg.com
for about 56 bucks.