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lightscribe question: what software do you use?

Discussion in 'Computers' started by Ted Lee, Nov 21, 2005.

  1. Ted Lee

    Ted Lee Well-Known Member

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    hi all -

    i recently got my hands on an oem hp lightscribe dvd drive. i was able to install it with no problems (and it burns dvd's fine), but it didn't come with any software, manuals, etc. now, from what i can tell, i need some 3rd party software to do the lightscribe part? so, a few questions...

    1. do i burn the dvd first (using whatever software i'm used to), then use the lightscribe software to burn the image directly onto the media?

    2. i know i need special lightscribe media ... any recommendations?

    3. and most importantly, what do you recommend for lightscribe software?

    and, if you have any other thoughts, tips, etc ... please lemme know. thanks!

    ted
     
  2. Kimmo Jaskari

    Kimmo Jaskari Well-Known Member

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    You'll need the lightscribe "printer" driver - it's not really a printer but it fakes it so you can use it with programs that expect a printer.

    This link to HP might or might not be what you're looking for.

    As for 1. logically you should be able to do it either way - burn the CD first, then flip it and burn the label or reverse. Makes sense to do the fastest part first, which should be burning the data... if that works, then print the label. Should the data burn fail there is no need to waste a half hour on printing the label.

    2. no comment (I don't think there are very many choices there...) and 3. while I haven't yet used it myself, I think you might want to visit http://www.surething.com - looks impressive, reviews are positive and it understands Lightscribe as well as normal labels.
     
  3. Ted Lee

    Ted Lee Well-Known Member

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    kimmo ... thanks for that link. [​IMG] believe it or not, i looked all over that freakin' hp site for it!

    also, as you stated, it looks like surething is the way to go ... seems other people are also recommending it.
     
  4. Kimmo Jaskari

    Kimmo Jaskari Well-Known Member

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    Fortunately they do offer a trial version, so just download and give it a whirl. If it stinks, you can keep looking.
     

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