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linus72 04-09-2009 08:41 PM

Best free/low-cost Windows software for burning Linux iso's to CD/DVD-R CD/DVD-RW
Suggestions please-something at least comparable to k3b.

farslayer 04-09-2009 09:07 PM

I use CDBurnerXP

There are several other options as well.

when you say comparable, exactly what features are you looking for ?

brianL 04-10-2009 06:01 AM

ImgBurn is easy and reliable:

linus72 04-10-2009 06:11 AM

OK-my PC, a HP Pavillion a810n w/ CD/DVD writer-for some reason can't write cd-rw's-says it's supposed to-But it doesn't
My k3b GUI says I'm setup to burn anything, my check of "lshw" got this-


                description: DVD writer
                product: CD/DVDW TS-H552B
                vendor: TSSTcorp
                physical id: 1
                bus info: scsi@1:0.0.0
                logical name: /dev/cdrom
                logical name: /dev/dvd
                logical name: /dev/scd0
                logical name: /dev/sr0
                version: HP08
                capabilities: removable audio cd-r cd-rw dvd dvd-r
                configuration: ansiversion=5 status=open

So, I should be able to write CD-RW's, but it never works-different programs-nope, nothing.
Anyway-so I figured trying Wine with a Windows app(but don't know?), or installing one of the suggestions you guys provide to my brother's XP and burning the CD/DVD-RW's on his computer.

brianL 04-10-2009 06:49 AM

When I went through my phase of distrohopping a few years back, I tried CD-RWs, and one or two of them failed (problems usually during installation) so I stopped using them and stick to CD-Rs or DVD-Rs now. I've no idea why they're not as reliable as -Rs.

GrapefruiTgirl 04-10-2009 06:55 AM

Google for 'Infra-Recorder'. It's free-ware, and back when I still has WinXP around, I found it VERY simple and reliable. One or two clicks to burn a CD image.

Alternately, under Linux, while I'm not sure what version of cdrw-tools you may have on your system, you could try the following to burn a CD .ISO image (assuming that's what you're trying to do):

As root, do:

bash$ cdrecord dev=/dev/hdd speed=4 padsize=63s -pad -dao -v -eject /absolute/path/to/image.iso
substituting your '/dev/whatever' for the drive you are using, and put the /path/to/the/ISO/image file at the end,

Good luck!

johnsfine 04-10-2009 07:33 AM


Originally Posted by brianL (Post 3504454)
ImgBurn is easy and reliable:

You didn't mention it's also free.

Mainly I want to put in another plug for ImgBurn. I think it is the best choice. Before I found ImgBurn I tried several other CD burning programs and was always confused over their UI and sometimes got bad results. No I install ImgBurn on any Windows computer where I need to Burn CDs or DVDs. That has been at least eight different Windows computers so far and as many different kinds of media and zero problems.


Suggestions please-something at least comparable to k3b.
k3b isn't bad for CD burning on Linux, but I'd be a lot happier if ImgBurn were available on Linux.

linus72 04-10-2009 07:42 AM

Really I wanna know if you can write changes back to a CD-RW using a livecd distro like slax?
Is that possible?
Like a USB?

brianL 04-10-2009 07:50 AM

Do you mean just write back edited parts? Just change one bit without changing everything else? No, I shouldn't think so.

onebuck 04-10-2009 08:00 AM


Look at the 'Media Burning' section of 'Slackware-Links'. More than just Slackware® links!

linus72 04-10-2009 08:02 AM

OK-in Slackware 12.2 it seems it's not recognizing my CD/DVD writer.


root@bz:~# cdrecord dev=/dev/cdrom1 speed=4 padsize=63s -pad -v -eject /root/Desktop/v1/mydsl.iso
cdrecord: No write mode specified.
cdrecord: Asuming -sao mode.
cdrecord: If your drive does not accept -sao, try -tao.
cdrecord: Future versions of cdrecord may have different drive dependent defaults.
Cdrecord-ProDVD-ProBD-Clone 2.01.01a57 (i686-pc-linux-gnu) Copyright (C) 1995-2009 Jörg Schilling
TOC Type: 1 = CD-ROM
scsidev: '/dev/cdrom1'
devname: '/dev/cdrom1'
scsibus: -2 target: -2 lun: -2
Warning: Open by 'devname' is unintentional and not supported.
cdrecord: No such file or directory. Cannot open '/dev/cdrom1'. Cannot open or use SCSI driver.
cdrecord: For possible targets try 'cdrecord -scanbus'.
cdrecord: For possible transport specifiers try 'cdrecord dev=help'.

I tried (dev=/dev/cdrom) also (=/dev/cdrom0/1/2/etc), then I did scanbus-


root@bz:~# cdrecord -scanbus
Cdrecord-ProDVD-ProBD-Clone 2.01.01a57 (i686-pc-linux-gnu) Copyright (C) 1995-2009 Jörg Schilling
Linux sg driver version: 3.5.27
Using libscg version 'schily-0.9'.
        4,0,0  400) 'Generic ' 'USB SD Reader  ' '1.00' Removable Disk
        4,1,0  401) *
        4,2,0  402) *
        4,3,0  403) *
        4,4,0  404) *
        4,5,0  405) *
        4,6,0  406) *
        4,7,0  407) *
        1001,0,0 100100) 'TSSTcorp' 'CD/DVDW TS-H552B' 'HP08' Removable CD-ROM
        1001,1,0 100101) 'SAMSUNG ' 'CD-ROM SC-148A  ' 'B402' Removable CD-ROM
        1001,2,0 100102) *
        1001,3,0 100103) *
        1001,4,0 100104) *
        1001,5,0 100105) *
        1001,6,0 100106) *
        1001,7,0 100107) *

It seems it's only recognizing the CDROM Player-not the burner-?
I have burned iso's to CD-R in Slack, but when I try CD-RW, that's what happens.
How do I fix this?? Here is fstab-

  GNU nano 2.0.9                            File: /etc/fstab

/dev/hda9        swap            swap        defaults        0  0
/dev/hda1        /                ext3        defaults        1  1
/dev/hda5        /mnt/hda5        vfat        defaults        1  0
/dev/sde1        /mnt/usb        vfat  noauto,user,rw,exec  0  0
#/dev/cdrom      /mnt/cdrom      auto        noauto,owner,rw  0  0
/dev/fd0        /mnt/floppy      auto        noauto,owner    0  0
devpts          /dev/pts        devpts      gid=5,mode=620  0  0
proc            /proc            proc        defaults        0  0
tmpfs            /dev/shm        tmpfs      defaults        0  0

It was "ro", but changing it to "rw" didn't help-probably that's the CDROM, not CD-writer, and it should be "ro"?

linus72 04-10-2009 08:04 AM

OH-I saw the comment just as I hit save...der?
Is that the issue?

brunoso 04-10-2009 08:04 AM

my opinion it the best burner ripper and others it's NERO. NERO 9 can make copy of the blu-ray disc, DVD and cd with the foot beside of the back. I use it to make my personal dvd's. I download the movies in the BitComet and make the menus and intro with NERO. OK. It's a pretty expensive but with sure that you pay for only one time to buy a burn program.

NERO it's number 1!!!

thorkelljarl 04-10-2009 08:50 AM

If it's a matter of how many votes...

I too like CDBurnerXP and recommend it, but there may be no best here, only several that work well enough.

There may be some difference for the burning device used and for the medium to be burned, so best, or very good, may be particular to the circumstances and occasion.

johnsfine 04-10-2009 09:02 AM


Originally Posted by linus72 (Post 3504523)
Really I wanna know if you can write changes back to a CD-RW using a livecd distro like slax?
Is that possible?
Like a USB?

Changing a CD-RW while booted from it, is a very complex thing to do. I'm sure you won't find simple support for that in any livecd, and trying to use a Windows CD burning program in Wine wouldn't help.

Some livecd versions have a way to relocate entirely into ram after booting, so the CD drive could be available for burning another .iso (but that would require enough ram for both the image you are booted from and the new one you want to burn).

Even if you weren't booted from the CD, I don't know whether any Linux CD writing software can write just changes inside the image to modify a CD-RW. The usual way is to create an entire new modified .iso file and write that.

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