12 Replies Latest reply: Apr 30, 2008 2:44 PM by RitaBelle
Jens Peermann Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
Is there an internal DVD/CD burner with Lightscribe technology and software that will work in a 2Gh 4-core Mac Pro? I know the external LaCie drive that Apple sells has this technology, but I would prefer to have an internal drive.

Mac Pro, iBook G4, MacBook, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • NuYawker2000 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    I purchased the sony/nec Ad-7191A on ebay. Planning on buying the new roxio toast release which has lightscribe software, but you can always download the lightscribe software from lacie.
  • Jens Peermann Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    LaCie's manual states that a Lightscribe enabled drive is required. The drive on my Mac is an OPTIARC DVD RW AD-7170A. The System Profiler doesn't say if this drive is Lightscribe enabled. So I assume I will have to get anoher drive, right?
  • NuYawker2000 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    yes. You have to get a lightscribe burner and install it in the 2nd bay.
  • Bobbbo Level 3 Level 3 (530 points)
    I purchased the Lite-On 20X LH20A1H internal drive. Got it at Tiger direct. Set the drive to cable select plug it in and your good to go. You will need to download an application to burn labels. I found Lacie works the best as you can import your own artwork quite easily.

  • dmorrisdavemorris Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    The Philips SPD6004 drive also works perfectly. Just put both drives on Cable select and remove the tray bezel from the Philips drive and you're good to go.
  • Thomas Barrett Level 3 Level 3 (580 points)
    I purchased the Lite-On 20X LH20A1H....

    So did I!
    Maybe I got a bad one?
    'cause mine doesn't clear the drive door very well in my 2008 MacPro, I had to tinker with it just to get it to open, I remember someone else on this forum mentioning the same problem. I didn't have that problem when it was in the FW800 PowerMac G4.

    The problem with it in my FW800, and still with the MacPro, is that it refuses to recognize a good number of my Burnt discs. I also fails to recognize my batch of blank Verbatim DVD+R DL discs. This is even after the latest Firmware (LL0D) update. It does Lightscribe well though, which is what I mainly used it for in my G4. I used my NEC 3550A external for burning. After the Drive door problem, I sent the Lite-On to my old pc, and installed the Samsung SH-S182M (from the old PC) in my MacPro. The Samsung (TSSTcorp SH-S182M) does Lightscribe too, and recognizes the discs that the Lite-On doesn't.

    I would recommend any drive that's on the LaCieProfile_Feb2008 list, except the Lite-On 20X LH20A1H drive;
    TSSTcorp SH-S203N
    TSSTcorp SH-S182M
    TSSTcorp TS-L632M
    TSSTcorp TS-L632L
    TSSTcorp SH-S162L
    NEC ND-3550A
    TSSTcorp SH-W162L
    NEC ND-3540A
    NEC ND-3520AW
    NEC ND-3520A
    Lite-On SOHR-5238S
    NEC ND-3500AG
    NEC ND-2510A
    Lite-On SOHW-812S
    Matsushita (Panasonic) SW-9572
    Some of these are NOT Lightscribe capable. You need the LaCieProfile_Feb2008 to give your drive 'Vendor Supported' status in Leopard's burn support, else it will show up as 'Generic Support'. PatchBurn doesn't work with Leopard. I see a lot of Samsung (TSSTcorp) drives on that list, I'd go for the TSSTcorp SH-S203N with the Book type patch,
    http://club.cdfreaks.com/f105/patch-utility-samsung-mtk-based-dvd-writers-v2-3-1 -new-242508/
  • RitaBelle Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I don't have the Mac Pro but I noticed you also have a PowerMac and thought you might be able to help me too.
    What do you mean by: "Set the drive to cable select" ?
    The drive you speak of is no longer available at Tiger and has been discontinued. I can probably find it used somewhere... however, when looking at the specs it does not indicate being Mac compatible.

    I bought a LG 20x super multi dvd-r, not realizing it was not Mac compatible. It reads and may write but my system slowed down to a crawl and crashes when it wasn't before. Any fixes for this? Or should I get a different drive?

  • Joe Newhouse Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
    I have an external LaCie Lightscribe drive, so I can't help you with a choice for an internal drive. Once you get a drive, though, I would recommend DiskLabel software from SmileOnMyMac. It's a great program that makes it easy to import artwork, design Lightscribe labels, and print them to the CD or DVD.
  • Jon Braeley Level 2 Level 2 (170 points)
    I have a LaCie Lightscribe internal burner that I will sell you - has the software CD etc - and it was installed and only used once - now it is unused - but it did work very well in our MacPro as a 2nd DVD burner.
    It is sitting in an aluminum foil bag in a box along with the software and some lightscribe discs.


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  • Mike Boreham Level 4 Level 4 (2,095 points)
    While your getting a new burner why not get one that burns blu ray too.

    This one is lightscribe and blu ray.

    Needs SATA connection to the motherboard port (easier than usually reported...does not need any parts removal).
  • RitaBelle Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for the tip.
    Is this the same software LaCie offers as a free download?

  • RitaBelle Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Wouldn't that be great? Just not willing to spend the money for it yet. I ease into technology a few dollars at a time.
    good thinking though.