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If I want to install lightscribe for CD burning, how do I install it safely?

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32-Bit Installation

If you have a 32-bit system, you should be good to go! Just install the debs, like so:

sudo dpkg -i lightscribe*.deb
sudo dpkg -i 4l*.deb

Now I haven’t tested this because I do not have a 32-bit system so if you have trouble, let us know in the comments! I can always cook up a VM to test this in properly.

64-Bit Installation

If you are using a 64-bit operating system, which I would wager to guess that that is true, you will have to force the software onto your system. This is never recommended, but i can’t imagine that the impact of the software is significant enough to cause any damage to your install. The Ubuntu help page however, gives the following warning;

So, that said, here are the commands!

sudo dpkg --install --force architecture lightscribe*.deb
sudo dpkg --install --force-architecture 4l*.deb

Now, let’s run it.

If you want to create a disc with an image covering the surface:

sudo 4L-gui

If all you need to do it print a little text on a disc:

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The following method was succesfully tested on 15.04 64bit:

  1. Install the following dependencies:

    sudo apt-get install gdebi libsm6:i386
  2. Download the Lightscribe deb packages from the Pawtec website:

  3. Download the multi-arch version of LaCie 4L Labeler utility created by Davide Depau.

  4. Install the Lightscribe deb packages:

    sudo dpkg -i lightscribe*.deb
  5. Install the LaCie 4L Labeler utility and its dependencies with:

    sudo gdebi 4l_1.0-1_i386.deb

Now to create labels run:


To burn your disc type:



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Thanks, this worked for me on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS 64-bit. I just want to add that I installed the .deb packages from the Software Center and not from the command line as you suggested. This installs the program files with the current user set as owner. When I tried to burn I'd get an error Printing requires root privileges, even if I started the labeler with sudo. The solution was to change the owner and group of the labeler to root: chown -R root:root /usr/share/4L and chown root:root /usr/bin/4L*. Then I did gksudo 4L-gui to run the labeler. – alexg Feb 13 at 8:19

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