[nSLUG] 1. cdrecord & DVDs? 2. init in *ubuntu

Jack Warkentin jwark at eastlink.ca
Fri Apr 4 16:02:17 ADT 2008

Hi Mike

In an earlier posting I highly recommended xcdroast. The interface 
requires you to select the media type you are using in terms of either 
the number of minutes of playback for CD's or the number of GB for 
DVD's. For DVD's, which is mostly what I use, it automatically detects 
the type of medium in the drive. This takes all the guesswork out of 
trying to pick one from the list you give.

Several people have written in favour of k3b. When I tried k3b I found 
there was no way to specify whether or not the disk was to be bootable. 
I used it a few times when xcdroast suffered from the DVD problem I 
mentioned in my previous post, but as soon as that problem disappeared I 
went back (thankfully) to xcdroast.

I would be careful of dual layer drives. The blank media are still 3 
times the price of +-RW media and are write-once only.



Mike Spencer wrote:
>> The disk sounds like it is a dual layer disk but your drive *may*
>> only be a single layer which means it will only burn up to 4.4 gig
>> so be careful ...
> Well the box *says* it will do "up to 8.5 GB on one disk".
> Nobody answered my question explicitly but I think I can infer it from
> your replies: the system auto-detects the media somehow.
> I first encountered optical media long before consumer-grade burners
> were available.  I was allowed to use a Widget -- I forget the make --
> that would burn 8" disks incrementally and was told not to break it
> because it cost $10,000.  Fast-forward to my own Linux boxen, all with
> trailing edge tech.  The competing formats, even then, were moderately
> baffling and I remain pretty much baffled by the media designations
> used for contemporary laser disks.
> Allegedly, this drive will burn:
>     DVD-R MAX
>     DVD-R DL
>     DVD+RW
>     DVD-RAM
>     DVD-ROM
>     CD-RW
>     CD-R
> with no mention of "layers" or what those designations might mean,
> either at the tecnical or the practical level.
> Of those I've only used the last two with mkisofs and cdrecord from
> the command line.  I guess I have to read a whole bunch of stuff on
> Wikipedia, eh?
> Thanks for the pointers,
> - Mike

Jack Warkentin, phone 902-404-0457, email jwark at eastlink.ca
39 Inverness Avenue, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, B3P 1X6

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