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How can I burn a darker label image


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I recently purchased a Plextor PX-870A DVD/CD Writer to replace a HP DVD 740 that stopped functioning. I was able to produce fairly dark Lightscribe label images with the HP burner. (I think I changed a setting on the HP DVD drive but that was several years ago and I can’t remember what I changed.) I have not been able to produce Plextor label images as dark as those produced by the HP DVD 740.

 

I used Roxio Easy Media Creator 10 software to make labels with both the HP and the Plextor burners. I was reluctant to load the Creator CE 10 software that was packaged with the Plextor drive because I think the CE software may be watered down version of Easy Media Creator 10.

 

I have modified the Contrast Setting on the Lightscribe Control Panel to the “Enhanced” level. I choose the “Best” Print Quality level when burning the label using Easy Media Creator 10. Do I need to upgrade to to Roxio Creator 2010, use a different burning software, or change a Plextor burner setting to darken Plextor produced labels?

 

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I recently purchased a Plextor PX-870A DVD/CD Writer to replace a HP DVD 740 that stopped functioning. I was able to produce fairly dark Lightscribe label images with the HP burner. (I think I changed a setting on the HP DVD drive but that was several years ago and I can’t remember what I changed.) I have not been able to produce Plextor label images as dark as those produced by the HP DVD 740.

 

I used Roxio Easy Media Creator 10 software to make labels with both the HP and the Plextor burners. I was reluctant to load the Creator CE 10 software that was packaged with the Plextor drive because I think the CE software may be watered down version of Easy Media Creator 10.

 

I have modified the Contrast Setting on the Lightscribe Control Panel to the “Enhanced” level. I choose the “Best” Print Quality level when burning the label using Easy Media Creator 10. Do I need to upgrade to to Roxio Creator 2010, use a different burning software, or change a Plextor burner setting to darken Plextor produced labels?

 

Did you check for new firmware /software for that burner? You can try to get an answer from Plextor. Are you using the same color discs? Do you have the latest software from Light Scribe? Perhaps the laser on the Plextor is not as strong as the one in the HP. Have you tried double burning? Light scribe has an index mark so that it would burn over the original. I'm not sure if that would do much however.

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Did you check for new firmware /software for that burner? You can try to get an answer from Plextor. Are you using the same color discs? Do you have the latest software from Light Scribe? Perhaps the laser on the Plextor is not as strong as the one in the HP. Have you tried double burning? Light scribe has an index mark so that it would burn over the original. I'm not sure if that would do much however.

I checked for firmware/software updates when I installed the Plextor burner a couple of days ago. I'm using the same disks with the Plextor burner that I used with the HP burner. I've seen references to double burning with Plextor drives but there are no double burning instructions in the Plextor documentation or anywhere else on the web that I've been able to find. I have contacted Plextor for help but I'm still waiting for a response.

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Double printing, you can print the same disc a second time to get a darker contrast.

 

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Thanks for the double burning / double printing advice. Printing the disk a second time significantly darkened the image. I had assumed double burning would produce a second image randomly oriented on the disk relative to the initially burned image. I've double burned several disks. The second image was always precisely superimposed over the first burned image, even if I reoriented the disk in the tray between the first and second burn.

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