Sunday, October 08, 2006

LightScribe burners & Vista compatibility

This week, Best Buy has an 18X DVD burner by LG on sale for $60. I just picked one up and it's pretty sweet, reading and writing to just about any type of modern disc you can throw at it including the new LightScribe discs. In case you don't know about LightScribe, it's a technology developed by HP to create a label for CDs and DVDs that can be written in the same drive by simply flipping the disc over and using a LightScribe-compatible application like Nero to "burn" the label. Users of Windows Vista like myself will run into a problem with the installer rejecting the operating system version, and unfortunately Compatibility Mode is not available when running MSI installer files. Luckily, there is a workaround, however this is completely unsupported by Microsoft and the manufacturers, so proceed at your own risk! First, you'll need to download a copy of the Windows Server 2003 SDK from Microsoft. After it is installed, navigate to to the SDK's bin directory and install Orca. Launch Orca, and open the LightScribe system installer (mine was named LS_HSI.MSI). Open the LaunchCondition table and edit the line restricting the operating system by adding VersionNT=600. Save the MSI file, try running the installer again, and now Vista should be an allowed operating system so you can install the software. I've tested it on my system and have encounted no problems so far.


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