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Old 12-28-2008, 04:02 PM   #1
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Writing files to DVD


I've been struggling with K3B, but really need to find something else. I don't want to try to fix K3B. Sometimes it works and other times it doesn't. I'm sure it's a fine program, but it doesn't work for me.

I want to burn several .divx, .wmv, and .avi files to a DVD. I think this is called a Data DVD.

Can you suggest something? I'm running Ubuntu Feisty.

Thanks
 
Old 12-28-2008, 04:03 PM   #2
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brasero, gnomebaker....
 
Old 12-28-2008, 04:16 PM   #3
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In the long run, it might be better to tell us what the issues are with k3b. It is one of the better programs for CD and DVD burning. At least with CDs I have zero problems

How do we know that your issues are not related to:
A. Your hardware? (As in: "has the drive been cleaned lately?")
B. The media you are using? (do you use strictly -R media, or -RW?)
 
Old 12-28-2008, 04:19 PM   #4
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Thanks. I remember now that I've used GnomeBaker in the past and it worked. But I won't be able to install it now unless I upgrade to Hardy or Intrepid. But I have had too much trouble trying to do that. I'm boxed into a corner again. Going to the next Ubuntu distro with this laptop is too difficult. I won't express my feelings of disappointment again about Ubuntu's lack of laptop support. Oh well... Thank you for your help.
 
Old 12-28-2008, 04:31 PM   #5
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Sometimes K3B works, and other times it doesn't. That's really all there is to it. It always takes a very very long time to load and start. Sometimes it doesn't start at all. When does it works, it works very well. But when it doesn't work, it does various things like not recognize the DVD in the drive, writing errors, hanging here or there, etc. It's not consistent. I've tried different media. What works best is to re-install K3B. It seems to work ONE time after a fresh re-install, but not thereafter.

When I recently downloaded and burned some ISOs, the burner worked perfectly. I don't think it's my hardware.

I found Brasero, and downloaded the .tar.bz2 file. I'm looking now for instructions on how to install it from here. If you can help with that I'll appreciate it. Sorry I'm so Linux illiterate.
 
Old 12-28-2008, 04:33 PM   #6
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I use Memorex DVD+R.
 
Old 12-28-2008, 05:10 PM   #7
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You should not download a tar.bz2 when a .deb is available. Have a look at the ubuntuguide for installing packages. http://ubuntuguide.org/wiki/Ubuntu:Feisty
 
Old 12-28-2008, 05:55 PM   #8
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Why did you send that link? Feisty is no longer supported. You can't download applications via Add/Remove or Synaptic, because the Repositories are gone.

It would take at least four days to switch to Intrepid. And I'd still post this same issue.

Thanks for your help. Sorry to bother you.
 
Old 12-28-2008, 06:40 PM   #9
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Oh, sorry. Didn't realize you're running an unsupported version.
 
Old 12-28-2008, 08:06 PM   #10
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Intermittent problems are often something to do with the hardware and not the software. By all means try some other burning SW but, while you are doing that:
Do you have any other issues with the computer that could be clues to some kind of HW issue?
 
Old 12-28-2008, 10:56 PM   #11
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debs are still around for unsupported versions https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/feisty/...0.5.2-0ubuntu1
I still think it would be worth it to get a more recent release, even if it took four days to install.
 
Old 12-29-2008, 08:27 AM   #12
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Quote:
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debs are still around for unsupported versions https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/feisty/...0.5.2-0ubuntu1
I still think it would be worth it to get a more recent release, even if it took four days to install.
I can install and configure most distros in just a few hours**. To get all the bells and whistles, maybe the better part of 1 day.

Four days---I think you mean Windows.....


**Exceptions:
--Anything that wants me to compile my own kernel.
--Some laptop features.
 
Old 12-29-2008, 10:53 AM   #13
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I agree, won't take more than a day max even without using getting- /setting selections et al, but he said it would take at least four.
 
Old 12-29-2008, 12:54 PM   #14
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That Launchpad link is very cool. Thank you. I installed Brasero. If/when I get the DVD stuff burned, I'll bite the bullet and switch to Intrepid.

When I go to a new distro, I have to reconfigure the sound, microphone, touchpad, screen resolution, ALSA settings, passwords, re-install all the applications I use, and other things I can't think of right now. And I always get confused several places. Put it the iso disk, and within minutes I've got a clean install and a running laptop. But to get everything running how I need it takes right at 4 days.

Sometimes I loose things like the Buddy List on my IM client, and Skype contact list on Skype. It really is tricky to do. I have no problem admitting I'm stupid about Linux and Ubuntu. It is WAY better than Windows, in my opinion, but it's also very difficult for me to set it up.
 
  


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