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01-09-2009 05:31 AM
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06-08-2009 08:46 PM
I have an old HP psc 700 series that I've used for years. It's beginning to get hinky, but it's been thru a lot. And it doesn't print to CD/DVDs.
I've been running an Epson Stylus R260 from my XP machine and it did a great job formatting and printing CDs. Too bad it didn't convert over to Vista.
So I bought an HP C5550 expecting something more than the kindergarten version of CD printers. Never mind that I also expected it to do OCR scanning.
Boy! Was I every disappointed! I'm thinking I'll take this POC back to Best Buy and get another Epson.
And no, the online chat with tech support doesn't work - and the email I sent is over 24 hours old. Haven't tried to call yet, but can imagine the frustration so may not even attempt it.
But back to the problem of CD printing. If you can't get a real disc editor, try to do something with Photoshop/Paint/Whatever and use the result as your disc image.
HP needs to read the forums and clean up their act. I doubt I'll ever buy HP again.
08-19-2009 01:27 PM
Hi, like a lot of people I also struggled to print fully printable dvds in nero cover designer (btw, I use that program for years, it may not be the best out there but once your used to it, you don't want anything else). The problem is that only 2 formats for HP are supported, the 120mm and 80mm discs. You can't change the printable surface dimensions so basically you can only print discs with the same printable surface as hps printable dvds.
Personally I never use those, I have a cabinet full of fully printable dvds so I decided to use one as a template and create a new paper stock in cover design, so I can use it over and over again. Since I couldn't find anything on the web I'll share the perimeters I've used.
- First of all, load nero cover designer (i have nero 9, but I'm pretty sure other versions down to 6 will work as well) and go to File>Paper Stocks
- On top of the list (above predefined stocks) you can create custom stocks, create one by pressing the add stock button
- Name it so you can recognize it, because later on it will appear among the predefined stocks, set the width/height to: 135,750mm / 150,000mm
you can leave the paper feed as portrait
- Press Add Item... and chose disc, a disc will appear on the right of the window.
- Now press the plus (+) tot the left of the custom stock in your user defined stocks and click on Disc.
- Enter the following perimeters:
Outer radius: 59,000 mm
Inner radius: 8,875 mm
You can measure these (radiuses above) yourself on the disc, I would advise to make the printable surface slightly larger to prevent white areas after printing.
Position (X/ Y):
6,200 mm / 6,100 mm
- Press the OK button
- Now in the Disc tab, search for your newly created paperstock and select it.
- Create your design (some tips: check geometry and alignment when right-clicking on an item, you can alter sizes of lines, pictures etc so they will center perfectly on your disc design)
- Go to File>print setup, select your printer (I have a HP D5460), select paper size: CD/DVD 120mm and source CD/DVD tray
- In File>Print go to the properties tab and set print borders and print crop marks both to normal paper only, you don't want those on your disc
- In the elements tab I usually enable only the disc tab, because I don't print booklets, but thats of course up to you to deside.
- Setup your printer and press the print button.
- Say a little prayer as the disc sleeve goes back and forth in the printer and hope for the best ;-) , to be safe use a dummy disc (some old misburned printable disc or sth) create a design with some circels and squares that center perfectly and check the result. That's how I calibrated mine..
09-10-2009 06:05 PM - last edited on 09-11-2009 09:04 AM by WendyM
Hi to the person who wrote this terrific advice on created dvd designs.
I have followed your instructions but when I get to Create your design I don't know how to click on the blue disc to add my graphics.
Do I save the creation to a file or folder? If so how?<text deleted>
08-07-2010 08:03 PM
05-11-2011 05:59 AM
Had the same problem following the exact instructions. My solution is:
Once in the print screen, you need to select "setup"
Once the "setup" screen appears select "properties..."
Selcect the "Printing Shortcuts tab"
Scroll down to the "Print on CD/DVD"
this should populate the fields on the right hand side.
Make sure the "Paper source" is "CD/DVD" & all other settings match the previous instructions
It worked for me!
11-05-2011 03:26 AM
HP printer sucks. They don't support Mac osx lion. I bought HP printer with my Mac computer because it's cheaper, but just after 1 year OSX lion come out, my HP printer is useless.
I called 100 times to get through to the support, finally I got through and got the answer is HP C5380 doesn't support Mac OSX lion.
So I will never ever buy HP product again in my life and I never advice to buy HP to all my friends.
HP will loose the business if they don't care to customers.
You too, never buy HP again
12-20-2011 02:59 PM
My thanks to Xzces, I wasted a whole day yesterday trying to do what I did in ten minutes today following Xzces' instructions. Not many cheers for HP over this though...
12-20-2011 04:00 PM
Two words: Ep-Son. Great customer service.
Bought an HP to do labels and never could get the thing to work. Customer service was non-existent. Took it back and got my Epson Artisan 800. Ten minutes to set up.
A year later it crapped out and I called customer service. Tech asked me to try a few things and when that didn't work they next-day Fedexed me a new machine, return postage paid.
I also have an old Epson R260 ($89 - less than an ink set, but it doesn't scan) that's still kicking out disks nicely.