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By XavierP at 2004-08-12 11:29
This is something which should be simple, but many people will only discover they don't know how to do this when they want to install their first distro. (Trust me, I have been there). This is a very short how to, it is certainly not exhaustive, but it works.

This has been tested with Windows 2000 and Roxio Easy CD Creator 5 and Windows XP Pro and Roxio Easy CD Creator 5. Roxio haven't really changed the way the program works from version to version, so this should still hold true for earlier and newer versions.

Step 1:
Obtain your iso files (these instructions will not work without it) - you will have gone off to your favourite mirror site, this may be the distribution's home page, LQ's ISO site, LinuxISO or some other place. You will have downloaded using your favourite program and you will have checked the ISO's checksum with some form of MD5Sum checker (this will likely be explained in another article). You know that your download was good and that your ISO is not corrupted and you are ready to go.

Make sure you know where you have downloaded the ISO file to. Whether it's your temp directory, your desktop, your "My Documents" folder or wherever - this will save you time and effort tracking it down later.

Step 2:
Open the Roxio Easy CD Creator program. There are a few ways of doing this - you know which method you use.

Step 3:
Once the Roxio Easy CD Creator is open, click File then click "Record CD from CD Image". At this point you browse through to where you saved the ISO file in the window which appears. You will notice that the file does not appear in the window. The file is there, but Roxio use .cif files (CD Image File) as their default (I don't know why). So, click the drop down arrow in the "Files of Type" box and select "ISO Image Files" - the ISO will then be in the window. Select it and click "Open" (or just double click the file).

Step 4:
In the next window which opens, make sure the correct drive is listed as your burner (most likely D: or E:, but only you know your system). The default settings should be fine, but just in case, you need:
Record Options should be set to Record CD
Record Method should set to Disk at Once

The speed will likely be automatically set to your burner's top speed. I have found that on occasion, burning at the top speed produces a nice shiny coaster (but very quickly). I normally fix that by discarding the ruined cd and burning again at the slowest speed - yes, it takes much longer, but you are more likely to end up with a good cd.

Step 5:
Sit back, drink your beverage, chat to your nearest human being and wait for the disk to burn.

Repeat from Step 3 for as many ISOs as you need to burn.

And that is it. It really isn't hard and doing it correctly will mean that you don't end up swearing and snarling at all you meet.

Good luck and Enjoy.

by 320mb on Thu, 2004-08-12 11:40
Well, I'll add to this. I have Roxio CD Creator 5 Platinum on Win 98se......and XavierP is correct, the Procedures for this program
don't really change all that much........and one can go to the Roxio
web site and get a small software update for support of different brands/models of CD burners......

by XavierP on Thu, 2004-08-12 14:14
If anything, the only changes that seem obvious to me between versions are the level of annoyances - the latest versions install all sorts of applets and desktop toolbars and such like. All I ever want to do with it is data cds. But it works - and that's the important thing.

[Edit]Edited because 'level' has a v in it[/Edit]

by rthatchjr on Sat, 2004-08-21 08:03
hello all... i just d/l"d mandrake 10 and peanut linux and cant for the life of me figure out how to burn em to disk??i dont see any iso images ??? am i completely nuts?? or do i burn the whole folder that says images to disk and thats it?? i am using nero and winrar...thanks guys

by XavierP on Sat, 2004-08-21 12:42
rthatchjr - should be of assistance.

by rthatchjr on Sat, 2004-08-21 14:34
thank you xavier

by kierl on Fri, 2004-10-08 23:25
How Bout ISO Recorder... It's a tiny plugin-style iso burner that integrates seemlesly with Winblows Explorer even associates ISOs with the 'Burn Image' command.
Works like a charm and is easy as pie. It's just a matter of double-clicking the ISO then telling the pop-up window what speed you want to burn at and how many copies you want.

Free, Fast, Stable, and Downloads in under a minute on dial-up.

by pppaaarrrkkk on Thu, 2005-07-07 20:27
Thanks for the article - I was just about to take an axe to the machine.

by xplusaks on Fri, 2005-07-15 03:34
I downloaded FC4 iso's and checked that sha1sum is correct on downloaded file.

1. ISO image burned on linux platform with cdrecord command (no additioanl parameters given) FAILS mediacheck.
2. Same ISO file burned on Win2000 (nero) but on a CDRW passed mediacheck.
3. CD-2 and CD-3 burned on linux-cdrecord failed mediacheck.
4. CD-4 burned on a WinXP platfoem (through Nero) PASSED mediacheck.
5. I did some search and found that there is some padding parameter to be specified for mediacheck to pass.

The questions are -
A. Does WinXP (nero) take care of padding issue automatically or it is CDRW that the mediacheck pass was achieved.
B. If burning ISO images on linux platform, what specific care to be taken (command-parameter or application-options) so that mediacheck pass can be ensured.


by blankr on Wed, 2005-11-23 23:46
Thank you, Xavier, for an excellent article. Newer Roxio has more putative "user friendly" front end stuff gumming up the works, but it behaves in exactly the same fashion. The key bit of extra information you included was the impact of burn speed on fidelity. I had just wasted a dozen CDs in spite of having good checksums. My one regret is that I messed up 3 sets of discs instead of 1 before going to the source.
thanks again,

by XavierP on Thu, 2005-11-24 13:11
No problem. At one time I had made lots of nice shiny coasters before I got it figured out.


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