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Old 10-11-2010, 02:20 AM   #1
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I work for a Church in CA and I am looking for device which can label and prints as well .

Please keep advice real simple & straight forward.

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Old 10-11-2010, 06:53 AM   #2
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You'll want to distinguish between printers that can print labels (pretty much any printer can do this if you feed it the right label paper) and printers that can print directly on special printable CD/DVDs.

For the latter, try googling eg. CD inkjet printer

If you print labels, you'll need to be careful adhering them to the disc so that they're correctly centered and so on. There are products to help with this. Neat-O is one, I think.

But you shouldn't use labeled discs in any system where you push the disc into a slot (most car audio systems, Mac computers, for example). The extra thickness of the label is liable to cause the disc to jam. People will not show you the love you deserve if your CDs ruin their car CD player. Had it happen to me once and was *not* a happy camper.

   
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Old 10-11-2010, 01:43 PM   #3
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...you shouldn't use labeled discs in any system where you push the disc into a slot (most car audio systems, Mac computers, for example). The extra thickness of the label is liable to cause the disc to jam.
And as the owner of one of those Mac computers, let me second this good advice. I am very wary of using discs with stuck-on labels, as I've had them jam in my MacBook Pro on more than one occasion. FWIW, I've found that they usually come out if you hold the computer vertically, with the slot down, while you eject.

   
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>> FWIW, I've found that they usually come out if you hold the computer vertically, with the slot down, while you eject.

Ah. Good to know. When labeled CDs jammed my player, it was in the car and Superman was out of the office that day. ;-)

It would eject the CD only partially ... just enough to see but not enough to grab. Luckily, I'm good with chopsticks and had a couple of knives or screwdrivers handy. Not very good for the CD but considering what I planned to do to it next, that was of no consequence.

   
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Ah. Good to know. When labeled CDs jammed my player, it was in the car and Superman was out of the office that day. ;-)
You don't need Superman, you just need a winch and a tree. Do you remember the scene in "The Gods Must Be Crazy"?

   
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ROFL!!! Yes!

   
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A real blast from the past!

   
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The problem with using that type of label on a CD or DVD is that they SPIN so. The extra weight of a label like that can throw them off-balance. Not good for the drive.

   
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Old 10-11-2010, 09:27 AM   #9
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Defintely not recommended to use stick on labels these days with the much greater rotational speeds of CD/DVD players these days.

Avooid LightScribe and the other similar method that uses a laser to "print" a special coating -- it's very slow, not very good and only one color ...

HP and Epson make printers that will inkjet print on special disks that have a printable coating -- more expensive that normal disks but better and cheaper than the alternatives.

I can't recommend any models so you might ask their sales support. If no-one comes up with good suggestions here I suggest you try the Printers & Scan section of the PC Hardware Forum on Compuserve since I've seen the question come up there and one person Lee K is particularly knowledgable because he does customeer support in a large store -- and unlike some "sales" persons he really knows his stuff!

   
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Many Canon, Epson, and HP inkjet printers will print directly onto CDRs and DVDRs by the user selecting a special disc tray. You need to buy discs with an inkjet-printable coating though (rather than those suitable for thermal printing).

   
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