Lightscribe Software And Diagnostics

Martin Brinkmann
May 1, 2010
Updated • Feb 24, 2014

Lightscribe is a disc printing technology that many modern CD and DVD burners support. The easiest way to detect if the burner supports the technology is to look at the logos displayed on the front panel of the burner. If you see the Lightscribe logo printed on it there, it is supported.

Lightscribe allows you to print designs directly on the upper side of a CD and DVD. The advantage of this method is that it does not use ink but laser etching.

A compatible DVD burner is one component that is needed. The other two are a recordable disc that supports Lightscribe as well plus a Lightscribe driver and a DVD burning software or CD labeling program supporting Lightscribe.

That sounds like a lot of requirements. The Lightscribe driver that is needed can be downloaded from the official website for Windows, Linux and Macintosh systems. The download is labeled LIGHTSCRIBE SYSTEM SOFTWARE (LSS).

You also need to buy media that is supporting the Lightscribe technology.

LightScribe CDs and DVDs have a special coating that interacts with the laser in your LightScribe-enabled disc drive. You must use LightScribe CDs and DVDs in order to burn a label onto your discs.

Lightscribe DVDs start at about 0,30 Dollar or Euro a piece which is a little bit more than one would pay for standard media. The Lightscribe discs have the same Lightscribe logo on their covers.

The last part that is needed is a Lightscribe software that can process the disc surface to apply the design. A free software program that supports Lightscribe is CD Burner XP.

lightscribe dvd

The process would then look like the following:

  • Put the Lightscribe disc into the Lightscribe compatible CD or DVD burner.
  • Burn the data as usual.
  • Turn over the disk so that the program can etch the design on the upper side of the CD or DVD.

Lightscribe obviously has to be configured in the software program. Designs can be created individually or downloaded from the official design center or other resources. Additional labeling programs are linked in the download section of the Lightscribe website.

Lightscribe software might not work sometimes as expected. HP has created a Lightscribe Diagnostic software that can be used to analyse the Lightscribe functionality on a system in detail. The Lightscribe System Software needs to be installed on the computer system before the diagnostics tool can be used.

The troubleshooting application can be used to detect software settings, compatible drives and media, check the event log, error files and look up error codes directly in the software.

lightscribe system software

Have you used the Lightscribe technology before? What was your experience with it?

Update: The official Lightscribe website has been shut down more or less. Most CD and DVD burners that you buy should come with software that installs support for it on your system.


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  1. Karl said on April 21, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    It’s the year 2019. There is no drive for Light Scribe and all the links: “This site can’t be reached”’s server IP address could not be found.
    Try running Windows Network Diagnostics.

  2. raman said on May 2, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    new laptop ( ofc with windoze7) ,lightscribe;cannot burn a damn dvd..tried nero,windows burner,burnerxp etc etc

  3. Grissino said on May 2, 2010 at 7:06 am

    Never use it but my new BD player/DVD burner has it. I will give it a try in short time. Good to know that CDBurnerXP support this technology!

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