How to Install System Software on:
El Capitan OS X 10.11 and Sierra OS X 10.12


Unfortunately, El Capitan os x 10.11 for Mac is like Win10 for Windows – Neither are LightScribe friendly.

It’s the fact that the problem stems from the fact that HP stopped developing the software back in March 2013 – nearly 3 years now long before El Capitan was released! They (the wise guys at Mac HQ) have done something different this time, as Yosemite OS X 10.10 was fine…


However, folks much smarter than I am have found the cause of the problem and have sent me the solution…

My thanks go to, Stefan Ilchenko and Jo Vandeweghe – Thanks guys… 🙂


However please understand I am not a Mac expert so I offer this to you to try but can’t offer any direct support on its implementation…


The Problem With El Capitan OS X 10.11 and Sierra OS X 10.12


The cause is the SIP (system integrity protection) enabled.


The Solution…

To disable follow these steps:


  1. Boot to Recovery OS by restarting your machine and holding down the Command and R keys at startup.


  1. Launch Terminal from the Utilities menu.


  1. Enter the following command: csrutil disable


  1. Reboot your computer.


  1. Download newest Lightscribe Host software; expand the .tar file on the desktop 


  1. Install Pacifist 3.5.7 version and install the lightscribe.pkg file with Pacifist.


  1. Then you can, with the terminal command “csrutil enable”, as action describe above, enable the SIP again.



Et voilà, the LACIE lightscribe software and Disc Cover 3, come back to recognize the Lightscribe drive.


I hope this works for you as it has for many other long-suffering El Capitan and Sierra users…


Steve Nelson of



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Let’s help as many LightScribe users to keep on Scribing… 🙂

3 thoughts on “How to Install System Software on El Capitan and Sierra

  1. Hi Ras,

    Thanks for pointing this out.

    I’m not a Mac expert; in fact, I don’t own or use ANY Apple products (yes such a person does exist :), so when somebody bothers to take the time to educate me on how things work in the Mac universe I’m very pleased.

    Unfortunately as HP no longer support or update their LightScribe products we are stuck with the status quo – C’est la vie.

    Thanks again.


  2. A tiny nitpick.

    The problem is not SIP. The problem is a mistake made by the Lightscribe developer, all those many years ago. He placed the Lightscribe code libraries in . That’s a no-no. Third-party code libraries should go in .

    Prior to El Cap, Apple did not enforce this rule; now it does, and SIP doesn’t allow third-party software to be installed there; that’s why it has be disabled to install the Lightscribe libraries. And it’s likely they’ll have be re-installed after every major OS update.

  3. Thanks George for highlighting this fix on your photography blog. The more Mac users we can help to use LightScribe, the better. 🙂

    Thanks again.


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