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Windows 7: Lightscribe smearing problem?

06 Dec 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit Service Pack 1
Lightscribe smearing problem?

I cannot figure out why I'm getting a problem with smearing on my Lightscribe-compatible CDs. It just started happening yesterday. I was only able to complete 3 successful CDs and the rest are crap. The CD gets about 80-90% complete and smears.

I have no way of knowing if the drive is overheating, but my hard drives are 37-40 degrees C (somewhere around 100 degrees F), so I highly doubt it. BTW, the max temp for the lightscribe drive is 122 degrees F according to the pdf manual.

Do I need to get a new drive or is there a way to fix this?

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06 Dec 2010   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64

I take it that you are talking about the labelling of the disk and not the actual writing of data to it. It could be a heat-related problem, particularly if you are labelling several disks in succession. I suggest giving the drive a rest between disks in order for it to cool down. You could also try a different brand of disk to see if that makes any difference.
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06 Dec 2010   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64

As getto as this sound you can try pointing a room fan at the drive to help keep it cool to see if that helps if waiting between burns isn't an option.
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