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Old 08-23-2004, 08:56 PM   #1
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Burning DVDs

I just bought a DVDRW drive today. I have it all set up and everything (it's SCSI, device name=/dev/sr0), but am having problems burning with it.

I'm trying to use cdrecord-prodvd to burn (I use cdrecord to burn all my CD-Rs; cdrecord-prodvd is pretty familiar). I haven't gotten it to burn anything yet, though.

I'm trying to burn a DVD as I type this, but the program is just hanging:
root@adrohak:/home/cowboy/mydocs/media# dvdrecord dev=1,0,0 speed=4 -eject
Cdrecord-ProDVD-Clone 2.01a24 (i686-pc-linux-gnu) Copyright (C) 1995-2004 Jörg Schilling
Unlocked features: ProDVD Clone
Limited features:
This copy of cdrecord is licensed for: private/research/educational_non-commercial_use
scsidev: '1,0,0'
scsibus: 1 target: 0 lun: 0
Linux sg driver version: 3.1.25
Using libscg version 'schily-0.8'.
Device type : Removable CD-ROM
Version : 2
Response Format: 2
Capabilities :
Vendor_info : 'TEAC '
Identifikation : 'DV-W58G '
Revision : 'H4S2'
Device seems to be: Generic mmc2 DVD-ROM.
Using generic SCSI-3/mmc-2 DVD-R/DVD-RW driver (mmc_dvd).
Supported modes: TAO PACKET SAO SAO/R96P SAO/R96R RAW/R16 RAW/R96P RAW/R96R
Starting to write CD/DVD at speed 4 in real TAO mode for single session.
Last chance to quit, starting real write 0 seconds. Operation starts.

(I have 'speed=4' because the DVD-R says it can handle up to 4x burn speed)

The actual drive had a little light that flashed when it said "Operation starts;" however, the program (which I renamed 'dvdrecord') gives me no feedback whatsoever.

I've been sitting here for about five minutes now and still have nothing on screen different from what I posted above. I'm hoping that cdrecord-prodvd just doesn't print out anything while burning *crosses fingers*.. although that is a feature of cdrecord that I like.

Any help getting my DVDs burned would be greatly appreciated.
Old 08-23-2004, 09:02 PM   #2
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maybe its because you are trying to burn a .mov which is not standard DVD format
Old 08-23-2004, 09:13 PM   #3
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Edit: BurtonSquirton, I was burning it as a data DVD, so the .mov extension should not have changed anything. :\

Well, I managed to burn the DVD (I think). However, I cannot mount it to see.

[from /etc/fstab]
/dev/sr0 /mnt/dvd iso9660 noauto,owner,ro 0 0

root@adrohak:/mnt# mount dvd
mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/sr0,
or too many mounted file systems

What should I specify for the filesystem (because I assume that's what the problem is)?

Also, how would I go about burning a DVD that can be played by a 'real' DVD player?

Last edited by Adrohak; 08-24-2004 at 05:43 AM.
Old 08-24-2004, 01:23 PM   #4
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The same problems occurred when I used cdrecord/dvdrecord. There are many problems with this software on Fedora 2 at the moment, and not only in my case.
You should use growisofs to burn your DVD's on Linux (or other Unix-alikes). Download and build the latest version from the authors site, read the documentation, and off you go.
See: for all information. Great software!

I have been using it with great success in many ways on my dual layer DVD burner:
->Copy an image: growisofs -Z /dev/cdwriter=image.iso
->Blank a DVD+RW: growisofs -Z /dev/cdwriter=/dev/zero
->or copy files to an iso image right away: growisofs -Z /dev/cdwriter -R -J /home/mart/safe

Old 08-24-2004, 01:53 PM   #5
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im a newbie but you could also use a nice little program called "lxdvdrip"

seems to work very nice.


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