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geeknovice
Jun 17, 2009, 02:24 PM
I recently ordered the following external DVD burner on the advice of a macforums member:

LG GSA-E50L Slim 8x DVD±RW DL USB 2.0 Powered External Drive w/LightScribe (Black/White)

Evidently I need to download a free version of Roxio Creator or Sonic Recorder software in order to use this burner. I have no idea which one to download- it's very confusing. Can someone send me a link?

I hate to return the burner and start over, but perhaps I should. HELP!

jan



Lanbrown
Jun 17, 2009, 10:30 PM
1) Both of those products are paid for products. Drive manufacturers sometimes include them, but they have a deal worked out with the company.

2) Even if you found a free copy, it wouldn't work.

http://www.roxio.com/enu/products/creator/suite/system-requirements.html
Roxio Creator:
System Requirements
Minimum System Requirements:
Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Basic, Windows® XP SP2 (32- or 64-bit), 1 GHz processor and 512 MB RAM
1024x768 DirectX 9 compatible graphics card with at least 16-bit color setting, sound card, DVD-ROM drive
Hard drive with at least 3 GB free space for installation
Windows Media Player 10
Internet Explorer 7. Internet connection required for registration, product updates, and some features. Any Internet charges are the user's responsibility.
TiVo® requires a TiVo® Series2™, Series3™, TiVo® HD DVR or other TiVoToGo™ compatible DVR connected to your home network, and TiVo Desktop. Does not work with DirecTV® provided TiVo DVRs. See www.tivo.com for more information.
For video capture: OHCI compliant IEEE 1394 FireWire card (for use with DV camera) or analog video capture device
Blu-ray authoring requires an additional High-Def/Blu-ray Disc Plug-In which can be purchased at www.roxio.com
Supported Input Formats:
Video: AVI, DV, HDV, DV-AVI, MPEG-1/2/4, MPEG2-HD, DVD-Video, IFO/VOB, DivX®, DivX HD, XviD, DVR-MS, TiVo, ASF, MOV, WMV, QuickTime™, 3GP, MPEG2 Transport Stream, AVC (H.264), AVCHD
Audio: Audio CD, MP3, WAV, WMA, Dolby® Digital AC-3, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, M4A, MP4, Playlists (WPL, ASX, M3U, PLS, XSPF)
Image: JPG, PNG, TIFF, BMP, GIF
Supported Output Formats:
Video: AVI, DV-AVI, HDV, MPEG-1/2/4, MPEG2-HD, DivX, DivX HD, WMV, WMV HD, AVC (H.264), MP4, 3GP
Audio: MP3, WAV, WMA, Dolby Digital AC-3, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, MPEG-1/2, M4A, AAC, Playlists (M3U, PLS, XSPF, WPL)
Image: JPG, PNG, TIFF, BMP, GIF
Video disc formats: DVD, Video CD (VCD), Super Video CD (SVCD), Mini DVD
Recordable Formats:
CD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD-R DL, DVD+R DL, DVD-RAM, BD-R/RE, BD-R/RE DL
Disc image formats: read ISO, C2D, BIN/CUE and GI; write ISO and GI

Sonic RecordNow:
http://www.roxio.com/enu/products/recordnow/premier/requirements.html

Minimum System Requirements:
Windows Vista™ with 1.6 GHz Intel processor, 512 MB RAM or Windows® XP with 500 MHz processor or faster; 128 MB RAM
1 GB of free hard disk space for typical installation of all components
1024x768, 16-bit color graphics card
16-bit Windows compatible sound card and speakers
DirectX 9 or higher compatible sound card and graphics card
Windows Media Player 10 or higher
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or higher
CD or DVD drive to install the software (for physical version only)
Windows Vista™ with 1.6 GHz Intel processor, 512 MB RAM or Windows® XP with 500 MHz processor or faster; 128 MB RAM
1 GB of free hard disk space for typical installation of all components
1024x768, 16-bit color graphics card
16-bit Windows compatible sound card and speakers
DirectX 9 or higher compatible sound card and graphics card
Windows Media Player 10 or higher
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or higher
CD or DVD drive to install the software (for physical version only)

Optional device support:
CD or DVD recordable drive
iPod
iPhone
Windows Media portable player
PSP
Mobile phone with PC connectivity and MP3 audio playback

Both products are from Sonic as they bought Roxio. They do have Mac software, it is called Toast. You will want to buy Toast or some other burner software for the Mac. Toast is not available for Windows.