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Old 11-10-2010, 09:51 PM   #1
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Good dvd-cd burners for my Linux system


I wonder what are models and makes of good internal SATA or IDE DVD-CD burners. I'd like to get one for my desktop tower since I've only had CD burners before. For burning, I use k3b and I'd be doing more CD burning than DVD burning but would also use the burner to watch a DVD movie now and then.

I'd prefer one that isn't too fussy about media. In other words, I'd be happy to have one that takes and plays nicely with commonly found media, rather than with exotic, hard-to-find media. And a burner that handles a good range of the various DVD formats would be nice too.

I don't need LightScribe because I figure it will only work for Windows users. Yes or No? [But does Linux have some package that lets this LightScribing work?]

[My OS is MEPIS 8.5, a Debian-based OS which uses Synaptic for package downloading and installation.]

Tell me what good luck you've had with ____ burner and tell what makes/models to avoid.


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Old 11-10-2010, 10:16 PM   #2
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All I can say and I run a External Unit is I have had a Liteon EZ Dub that works for the longest time with no Hiccups across any of my Linux installs from Netbooks to Desktop.

I don't think they make a internal unit of this model though (plus the one I have is discontinued and is IDE). I've burned and watched hundreds of disks on this unit and still going strong.

Internal unit from tiger direct to give you a idea of price.
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Old 11-11-2010, 02:00 AM   #3
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Hi SP7;

Lightscribe is available for linux though not as fancy as the windows version yet. I'm using a Liteon eHAU424 which is an external USB interface. It's a full height 5-1/4 bay device in a clamshell, internally SATA. I use Memorex DVDs and store brand CDs and it hasn't given me any problem.

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All the Samsung ones I bought work well. But, really any drive should work ok. I've had bad experiences with a $ony drive, it wouldn't burn specifically $ony disks. Interesting and ironic.
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Old 11-23-2010, 05:02 AM   #5
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I've had bad experiences with Sony drives too.

Best Linux experiences have been with LG DVD-RW drives. At least the IDE ones - I have encountered some problems with K3B with burning write-once DVD+R where my SATA LG DVD-RW produces coasters, forcing me to use growisofs directly from the command line.


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