try a newer kernel version
Thanks. That may help. But I must admit every attempt I've ever made to compile a kernel has been a disaster. Yes, I'm incompetent. Sigh. Actually I discovered a way to fix the problem, at least for the purpose of this particular job. See below.
I agree, looks like a DVD only issue.
I have a different Lite-ON drive, but it works without a problem (LITE-ON DVDRW SOHW-812S).
I see that your burner is dual-layer (*yum*). Are you attempting to burn dual-layer or single-layer media?
Again, thank you, Matir.
I have had good luck with Lite-On, and that's why I purchased this one. I got it at tigerdirect.com for $66; couldn't pass it up.
This job was burned to single layer. I got exactly 2 sample DVD-Rs with the drive, one +R and one -R. I haven't got any more blank discs now! So I guess I'll have to buy some. I will give dual-layer a try eventually, but I imagine the single layer discs are less $ and that's probably what I'll use for now.
For your curiosity and to help others, here's what I did:
I went to the K3b website http://www.k3b.org/
and discovered this: " * The DVD+RW-Tools are used to burn and format DVD+R(W) and DVD-R(W) media. For DVD+R Double Layer burning version >= 188.8.131.52.8 is required." The version installed in my Mandrake 10.0 Official was older, something like 5.17.etc. I removed it with rpmdrake, and journeyed to http://fy.chalmers.se/~appro/linux/DVD+RW/,
thence to http://fy.chalmers.se/~appro/linux/DVD+RW/tools/?M=D,
and downloaded dvd+rw-tools-184.108.40.206.8.tar.gz. I put it in /usr/local/bin and unzipped it (tar -xvzf dvd+rw-tools-etc). Very easy to compile, with only "make" then "make install." ( One of the few times that I've compiled something without spending all night on it and finally giving up.)
With the new version of dvd+rw-tools installed, I opened K3b and got an error message to the effect that K3b can't find the dvd+rw-tools format RW application. I don't care about this as I'm not using RW media so I ignored it. I followed the normal procedure (can't remember where I originally read this) which is to click on Tools and DVD and select Burn DVD ISO image. I burned both isos to the 2 sample discs I have, and all seemed to work fine. Of course I haven't tried to do an install from them yet. I'll update this thread accordingly when I do. I wonder what the effect of having one iso on + and one on - will be, if any? If this sounds like I haven't a clue, that's an accurate observation.
Bottom line: I'm happy for now. And after all, happiness is always temporary.
Best regards and gratitude,