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I'm having this issue for the first time (I've been using SuSE linux in one version or another since 2004).
k3b burns DVDs (DVD-Rs) without any problems, but refuses to burn a CD-R (and asks me to insert a CD-RW!!). The systems recognizes the empty CD-R and even asks me if it should launch k3b to record something in it.
PLEASE do not recommend me to use cdrao or something else using the command line, I need to be able to record data CDs from KDE.
I'm running SuSE 10.0, KDE 3.5.1, k3b 0.12. My DVD recorder is a Sony DRU-800. Here's a dump from k3b after one such failure:
K3b Version: 0.12
KDE Version: 3.5.1 Level "a"
QT Version: 3.3.5
SONY DVD RW DRU-800A KY01 (/dev/hda, ) at /media/dvdrecorder [CD-R; CD-RW; CD-ROM; DVD-ROM; DVD-R; DVD-RW; DVD-R DL; DVD+R; DVD+RW; DVD+R DL] [DVD-ROM; DVD-R Seqüencial; DVD-R de Dupla Camada Seqüencial; Sobrescrita Restrita de DVD-RW; DVD-RW Seqüencial; DVD+RW; DVD+R; DVD+R de Dupla Camada; CD-ROM; CD-R; CD-RW] [SAO; TAO; RAW; SAO/R96P; SAO/R96R; RAW/R16; RAW/R96P; RAW/R96R; Sobrescrita Restrita]