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Old 01-11-2004, 12:46 PM   #1
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SuSE 9.0 K3b CD-R Burner Problem


Having installed SuSE 9.0 with KDE desktop, I find that when I attempt to use K3b CD-R burning software and I check "start multi session disk" , it works fine for that one session, but after that one burn session, the CD is never accessible again for further burning. In other words, it seems to "close" the disk, despite the fact that it informs me that it has unmounted it successfully when it completes the burn. When I reinsert the disk, it simply says that the media is not usable. Reminds me of problems several years ago with Easy CD Creator in Windows. Has anyone had any experience with the SuSE 9.0 K3b burner? How do I get around this problem? As a total newbie to Linux, SuSE 9.0 is my first venture into this world, and I have not a clue as to what to do.

I posted this question several weeks ago, but at that time the only response was from someone using the 8.x version of SuSE, and his window (when burning) gave him something to check (or not check) that referred to closing the disk after burning, but I don't see any such option with this.

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Old 01-12-2004, 01:16 AM   #2
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Have you tried to burn with cdrecord alone in the command line. Maybe your drive doesnt support multi session. Make sure you are using cdrecord not cdrdao because cdrdao doesnt support multi session burning AFAIK.

Look at the debug messages once k3b has finished writing the disk. That should give you some hint on whats going wrong
 
Old 01-12-2004, 03:42 PM   #3
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K3B can't burn CDs at all on my installation of Suse 9.0. It may be a problem with the distro.

Paul
 
Old 01-12-2004, 08:20 PM   #4
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Paul_m_d: Well, are you burning CD's with something in gnome? Or are you just not burning them?

Seidren: I have not tried the command line thing because I want to be able to drag and drop the appropriate stuff to be burned. I looked at the command line deal, and was overcome by the number of options there if I used cdrecord, but not only that, I don't see how to control what gets burned . . .

I emailed SuSE about this, but they have not exactly bent over backward to respond! Since this is my first attempt to get help from them, it does not look too promising.

Karl

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Old 01-13-2004, 12:24 AM   #5
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Well, burning a data cd through the command line is a bit hard. Thats why I use K3B.

The trick in using the command line is to create a temporary folder and copy all the files that you need to burn there. You can change folder structure, names etc..
Then use mkisofs to create an iso.
Then use cdrecord to burn the iso.

It will take up some space... but this is only for testing if your drive can actually burn multisession.

If you are sure that your drive supports multisession then, make sure you follow these steps in creating the multisession cd using k3b.

First Session...
1. Add the files/folders to a data project
2. In properties make sure you choose start multisession
3. Use tao burning
4. Burn the cd

Second session...
1. Add the files/folders to a data project
2. In properties make sure you choose continue multisession
3. Use tao burning
4. Burn the cd

Third/Fourth/Fifth/nth seesion....
follow same instructions for the second session

The last session...
1. Add the files/folders to a data project
2. In properties make sure you choose end multisession
3. Use tao burning
4. Burn the cd

If anything goes wrong be brave to click on 'show debug info' in the burn window and post the output here.

ONE MORE THING....
If you are using a cd-rw (disk) please do a full erase.. Other wise you will get some weird results... I have had experience

Have a nice time buring
 
Old 01-13-2004, 12:59 PM   #6
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What is tao burning? Track at once? That is what I have been doing . . . No question that my drive supports multisession; I have been using it all the time that way in Windows; the problem is with K3b.
 
Old 01-13-2004, 02:35 PM   #7
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Quote:
Originally posted by KarlT
What is tao burning? Track at once? That is what I have been doing . . . No question that my drive supports multisession; I have been using it all the time that way in Windows; the problem is with K3b.
yes
TAO = Track At Once
DAO = Disc At Once
...
 
Old 01-13-2004, 05:39 PM   #8
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Well, the default was "Auto", whatever that is, but I changed it to TAO and it still does not allow more than the one burn session . . . Karl
 
Old 01-13-2004, 05:58 PM   #9
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I had nothing but problems with k3b when I used it--system hangs, not being able to write to anything but the default /home profile even though I set up a different default location for rips/images. I've had nothing but problems with it (yes I did the k3bsetup and k3bconfigure and all my drives are scsi-emulated properly).

I scrapped the k3b and successfully ripped and burned my first compilation CD last night on XCDRoast and am currently jamming to it right now. What works for some doesn't always work for the rest of us. Try out other burning progs and see which one you like the best.
 
Old 01-14-2004, 11:35 AM   #10
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What works for some doesn't always work for the rest of us
Thats true... Try XCDRoast if you can...

But dont give up on K3b... Its better than anything, if it works well.
Try burning your cd in the command line. Check the CD-Writing HowTo at tldp.org


If you can post the debugging output from k3b, it would be really easy to identify the problem.
 
Old 01-14-2004, 08:02 PM   #11
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OK, the link provided has all sorts of neat info, but if there is anything there related to K3b, I can't find it (which doesn't mean it is not there).

On the debugging output; I cannot figure out how to save the debug log so that I can post it.

However, after it said "Success" after verification, I tried to continue multisession without ever removing CD from drive or closing K3b, and here is what I got when it could not write a second file:
-----------------
mkisofs
-----------------
/usr/bin/mkisofs: Unable to find previous session in pvd/dev/fd0
-----------------
msinfo
-----------------
0,11702 msinfo command /urs/bin/cdrecord dev=0,0,0 -msinfo



Does the above tell you anything?

Also, how do I save original log from first burn so that I can post it?

Thank you.

Karl
 
Old 01-14-2004, 08:36 PM   #12
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i've never had any luck with k3b on a suse box. with each new version of suse i'll install it, make a coaster, and say to myself "yep, still doesn't work". then install xcdroast and get on with my life. looks nice tho-.
 
Old 01-14-2004, 09:10 PM   #13
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Well, I may have to give up on K3b and try that; it just bothers me that some other people seem to be able to use it OK. However, I am rapidly getting a waste basket full of coasters . . . And this must stop! :-)

I wonder how seidren does OK with it (as well as others), unless as you implied, it simply will not work in the SuSE environment for some reason. I see that he is not using SuSE.

Karl
 
Old 01-14-2004, 09:54 PM   #14
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i'm sure it could be configured properly, given enough time. i've just never bothered.
 
  


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