Getting LightScribe To Work In Ubuntu Hardy Ibex Karmic Etc

by vitalbodies on July 14th, 2008

Getting LightScribe To Work In Ubuntu Hardy Ibex Karmic Etc

LightScribe:

VitalBodies installed a DVD burner in our new Lenovo D10 Workstation but had not attempted to setup LightScribe in Ubuntu. LightScribe allows you to burn a label on your disk rather than using a pen or label. Why burn a label? Some pens, over time, can eat right through the disk and damage your data. Some labels will throw the disk (spinning at high RPM) off balance.

Vitalbodies did some research and testing and here is what worked for us.

Linux Downloads For LightScribe:

Download The Required System Software:

Download the LightScribe SYSTEM software from http://lightscribe.com/downloadSection/linux/index.aspx?id=814

There are RPM and DEB files to choose from and for Ubuntu choose the DEB files.

NOTE: This SYSTEM package MUST be installed BEFORE your LightScribe labeling applications to maintain the necessary dependencies.

Installing The SYSTEM Software:

Change Directory to the location where you downloaded the DEB file.

cd Desktop

Change <<filename>> to the match the file you downloaded.

For 32-bit Ubuntu:

sudo dpkg -i «filename»

Thus:

sudo dpkg -i lightscribe-1.14.17.1-linux-2.6-intel.deb

For 64-bit Ubuntu:

dpkg -i --force-architecture «filename».deb

Thus:

sudo dpkg -i --force-architecture lightscribe-1.14.17.1-linux-2.6-intel.deb

Check the status of the installation:

dpkg -s lightscribe

Download The Labeler Program or Programs:

Install The LABELER Programs:

For 32-bit Ubuntu:

sudo dpkg -i «filename»

Thus:

sudo dpkg -i 4l_1.0-r6_i386.deb

For 64-bit Ubuntu:

sudo dpkg -i --force-architecture «filename».deb

Thus:

sudo dpkg --force-architecture -i 4l_1.0-r6_i386.deb

Simple Labeler:

sudo dpkg -i --force-architecture lightscribeApplications-1.10.19.1-linux-2.6-intel.deb

Create A Menu Item For Lacie Labeler:

Right click your menu (IE Applications Places System) and click “Edit Menus.”

Click the Category in Menus on the left you want to place the menu item in (like Graphics or Sound and Video).

Click the “New Item” button on the left.

Create Launcher Properties:

Type: “Application”

Name: “4L LightSribe Labeler”

Command: “sudo 4L-gui”

Comment: “Burn label LABEL SIDE DOWN”.

Icon or description: Up to you, but here is a suggestion. “Burn gray scale text and images on to LightScribe disks”.

Click the Ok button to save your changes.

LightScribe Simple Labeler

Create A Menu Item LightScribe Simple Labeler:

Right click your menu (Applications) and click “Edit Menus.”

Click the group on the left you’d like to place the menu item in (like Graphics or Sound and Video).

Click “New Item” on the left.

Create Simple Launcher Properties:

Type: “Application”

Name: “LightScribe Simple Labeler”

Command: “gksudo /opt/lightscribeApplications/SimpleLabeler/SimpleLabeler”

Comment: “Burn label LABEL SIDE DOWN”.

Icon or description: Up to you, but here is a suggestion. “Burn gray scale text and images on to LightScribe disks”.

Click the Ok button to save your changes.

Odd Anomalies:

VitalBodies got disks to burn and everything works. There were a few Anomalies along the way. Like trying to start the software using the menus did not work until we rebooted.

EDIT: I had just burned a label with LightScribe for this blog article. I did not need to add data to the disk as I was just checking the label burner. I flipped the disk to the data side for whenever the next data burn might be and thus BROKE Nautilus. Turns out you could get a SEGMENT FAULT error from this command:

sudo nautilus
Initializing nautilus-share extension
Segmentation fault

Removed the blank disk and that FIXED Nautilus.

Just a side note: This error does not happen with the disk label side down but only data side down.

In other words, only when the data side is towards the laser.

I wondered if this only happens with blank disks?

Answer, yes…

Suggestions:

VitalBodies burned a disk and it came out light (low contrast) so we burned the same disk again to increase the contrast. Looks great. The original image was low contrast. Consider higher contrast text and imagery for better results. VitalBodies made a new GIMP and Inkscape template for burning. The image at the top is from the new template.

Other Alien Possibilities If All Else Fails:

http://help.ubuntu.com/community/LightScribe

VitalBodies wants to thanks the helpful folks on the Ubuntu forums and everyone that made LightScribe on Linux possible.

From Ubuntu

1 Comment
  1. timeout permalink

    nice, but i’ve to “ldconfig” manually after install pakages to avoid “error while loading shared libraries: liblightscribe.so.1: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory” mesage. thanks!!!

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