Review your favorite Linux distribution.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!


  Search this Thread
Old 09-11-2005, 08:03 PM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Nov 2004
Location: Eastern Shore of Alabama
Distribution: 'Live' CD's~~Knoppix3.7
Posts: 13

Rep: Reputation: 0
Question CD Burner malfunction Due to use of live linux cd's ?

I am trying to learn enough about LINUX to move to it entirely. REcently, I began using some live LINUX cd's (I used the KNOPPIX one mostly) and really enjoyed that. However, a few days later, my relatively new CD burner stopped responding to my demands of it. My computer could not recognize it at all. Frustrated, I took my machine to a computer tech who tried without success to correct this problem. Finally, he told me that the problem was corrected and I took the machine home, but again, my machine would not recognize the burner.

I bought a new burner and put it in, but again, my machine refuses to reognize it. I put the old, so-called repaired burner in my wife's machine, but had the same problem with it that I had with my machine. I don't think that the computer tech knows what the problem is and they are a reputable firm. The only thingy unusual that I have done with my machine is to use those live LINUX cds. I cannot conceive how they would enter into this problem, but as 'ole Sherlock used to say, when all attemps to solve a problem fail, then the most out-of the box cause, far-fetched though it may be, will likely be the answer.

In any event.....Have you ever come across such a problem before, and if so, how was it resolved. I write, and employ the use of the Net for research for my writing, so using cd's to store and move research data is very important to me. But when I cannot back up or move stuff around using the burner, I'm handicapped for real!

Old 09-11-2005, 08:24 PM   #2
Senior Member
Registered: Jun 2004
Distribution: Arch, Debian, Slack
Posts: 1,016

Rep: Reputation: 46
i have never heard of such a thing. it sounds like you maybe got some bad hardware. what kind of cd burners are they? were they new? when you say the "computer couldn't recognize it," what does that mean exactly? windows couldn't, linux couldn't, the bios couldn't?

are you sure they were set up right, correct master/slave jumpers, etc? sometimes even if it is technically "right," changing those kinds of settings can "fix" things. for example, i had a cdrom drive on the secondary IDE as master, and when it was connected, the hard drive would spin up, the PC hard drive light would stay on, and the drawer would just open by itself all the time out of the blue. it did that in two different computers. so i changed the jumper to cable select, and that fixed it.
Old 09-11-2005, 08:57 PM   #3
Senior Member
Registered: Oct 2003
Posts: 3,057

Rep: Reputation: 59
I would ask similar questions as slackhack
"when you say the "computer couldn't recognize it," what does that mean exactly? windows couldn't, linux couldn't, the bios couldn't? "

I have never seen any cd cause the device to go bad. I have had some brands of cd -r and cd-rw that didn't work with all cdrom devices. Sometimes, it helps if I use a lower burn speed.

If the device is still bad, I would put it back into the machine and ask the repair person to show you why they think it is fixed.

Also, it is not a good idea to preload the situation by telling them it started when you used linux livecds. That will only give them an excuse to not fix it and blame you.
Old 09-11-2005, 09:34 PM   #4
LQ Guru
Registered: Nov 2004
Location: San Jose, CA
Distribution: Ubuntu
Posts: 8,507

Rep: Reputation: 125Reputation: 125
I have used Linux LiveCDs on no fewer than 20 computers, and have NEVER had any long-term consequences. They have certainly saved me more often than caused me problems.
Old 09-11-2005, 11:39 PM   #5
Registered: Jul 2005
Distribution: ubuntu5.04, ubuntu5.10, suse9.3, mandrake10.1, mandriva2006(beta), FC1-4, redhat9.0, debian sarge
Posts: 519

Rep: Reputation: 32
ive know alot of people not to set their drives to auto in bios and that would cause the bios not to see the burner. also you might want to recheck the master/slave settings if its on same ide ribbon as hard drive and both are set to master it wont see it. and i would bring it to a different tech if you cant figure it out because if he said its fixed and u find out its not the same day than i wouldnt go back to him. but thats just my advice. one more thing if you tell someone the problem started when u did this with linux most people dont know anything about linux that are "techs" know alot about windows and dont know crap about linux they will blame it on just betting u call around not many "techs" have played with linux and if they did it was long time ago.

Last edited by boxerboy; 09-11-2005 at 11:42 PM.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
installing live cd's cormack Linux - General 3 11-18-2005 10:29 AM
Looking for Live Linux Distro that plays CD's and DVD's The Kingbee Linux - General 4 08-26-2005 01:18 AM
Live Linux CD's Mal495 Linux - General 1 06-05-2005 05:27 PM
How Linux Live CD's works palanisaravanan Linux - General 2 03-03-2004 03:32 PM
Copying CD's with one burner/cdrom B McHack Linux - Software 8 11-15-2003 12:51 PM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:53 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration