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HP Litescribe

by willivon4 / October 24, 2005 8:25 AM PDT

Anyone know if the litescribe label function on these HP drives will work with any media other than "Litescribe" specific media? I'm just trying to get a sense of whether they're worth the extra $10-30.

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According to what I understand...
by martylk2 / October 24, 2005 8:44 AM PDT
In reply to: HP Litescribe

there's a special coating on Litescribe discs that the laser reacts with. So, no, I don't think you'd be able able to use standard discs.

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by John.Wilkinson / October 24, 2005 9:15 AM PDT

You can read more about the Lightscribe technology by clicking here, but Marty hit the nail on the head...Lightscribe disks are coated with a special chemical that allows images to be 'burned' onto them, as opposed to using a standard label. Thus, to take advantage of the Lightscribe technology, you have to purchase the specially-labeled media at an above-average cost.

Hope this helps,

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HP Litescribe
by willivon4 / October 26, 2005 8:13 AM PDT
In reply to: Exactly...

As I sat here talking to a co-worker about your replies, thanks by the way, another over-heard who purchased an external Litescribe drive. It appears that there are a number of unresolved issues with external Litescribe drives. He can't get it to work on either USB or Firewire hookup. The Litescribe software appears to search possible printer hookups so he thinks it may be related to faulty ability to find the ''printer'' that is the Litescribe portiion of the drive's hardware over USB or Firewire connection. He tried uninstall/reinstall of both the drive and the litescribe software. Only after getting a new driver from HP did he get it to print labels on media and that was only 2 times after which it failed to print any more. Any ideas for him?

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