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Lite-On SHW-160P6S not recognized as ''LightScribe'' capable.

System:
Gigabyte board (GA-M57SLI-S4) Running AMD AM2-X2 Dual Core 5600+
Manual Page: http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Support/Motherboard/Manual_Model.aspx?ProductID=2513

OS: Windows XP Pro (64-bit)
Model: Lite-On SHW-160P6S (External)
Attempted LightScribe media: Sonik Data Color LightScribe (turquoise) @52x maximum.
Softwares attempted: Roxio 9.5, Nero 7 (OEM bundled version), LightScribe.com solution.
Firmware: Flashed (PS0C) to the latest version released by Lite-On (Jan, 2008).

Everything else works beautifully. The only problem I have is that the LightScribe Discs in which I invested are useless to me, with respect to their primary purpose. I'm not very worried about the cheap Sony OptiArc, as it has never been very reliable, anyway. I use it, primarily, as a read drive for "on-the--fly" copies of discs, and for ripping. I have been all over the web, to all kinds of forums. There does not seem to be a great deal of solution information, on this. I don't know whether it's because of the fact that this drive is so reliable for so many, or because Win XP 64-bit is such a cumbersome attempt at true 64-bit OS technology. Any information you can provide, pointing me in the right direction, would be greatly appreciated. While I am not a novice, I am no Guru, either. I have read all the manuals, attempted all the forums, updated firmware, and have all the latest MS patches available for 64-bit XP. I have no signs of any virus, and all scans come up clean.

With appreciation, in advance,

Brian K. Hurtado

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  • sterling_dra Nov 23, 2008

    pgh_pa_guy:

    I appreciate the information, but I have tried all the available "routine" avenues, looking for a solution. I have gone back to Lite-On, as well, but they are painfully slow to respond (they've been far more prompt, in the past). At any rate, I will make a continued effort in my endeavor. Should I find anything, I will be sure to pass along the information.

    Thanks again,

    - Brian


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To the best of my knowledge (and I'll admit I have two LightScribe drives in my systems but have never yet used that capability), Windows has nothing to do at all with LightScribe. That is a feature of the drive itself and requires additional software to do the special burning. As far as Windows is concerned, the drive is merely a standard IDE or SATA device, and can be used as any other non-LS version. I know the drives I bought (Sonys that came from tigerdirect.com) came with CD's that I assume have the needed software on them, but I haven't bothered with them. (I have a big pile of regular printer labels to use up first.)

A Google search for "lightscribe programs) turned up lots of links, so there should be plenty of free or cheap programs to check out. That should get you scribing.

Hope this helps!

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