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CD-R with Mandrake 9 and Toshiba 1905-S301

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I tried many GUI clients including xcdroast in Mandrake, but these couldn't detect and write CD's using DVD/CD-R combo in my laptop.

Actually, it is pretty simple. Use cdrecord instead of any GUI client, with proper options. Read through CD-Writing HOWTO and I got 3 CD's written within half an hour.

The scsi device identification for the combo drive in my laptop is 0,2,0. So, all you need to do is to call cdrecord thus:

cdrecord -v speed=4 dev=0,2,0

You can get the scsci id by running cdrecord -scanbus.

For example, to duplicate Mandrake 9 CD's, here is the log:

#first, make the image from CD-1
dd if=/dev/cdrom of=mdk9_1.iso bs=2048
#now, replace CD-1 with a CD-R and write the ISO image
cdrecord -v speed=4 dev=0,2,0 -data mdk9_1.iso

Please note that cdrecord may be permitted only for root. I simply login as root and use it.

I still have not figured out using CDRDAO with this. So, burning proper audio/video CD's will have to wait for a while.

  1. Couldn't you just set the appropriate settings (dev=0,2,0) in k3b? I had similar problem with my laptop's cdrw, k3b solved it []

    Posted by: shahriar on April 4, 2003 04:08 AM