[CentOS] CD burning issues & questions

Robert Moskowitz rgm at htt-consult.com
Wed Dec 31 19:09:27 UTC 2008

MHR wrote:
> I have been having some strange results trying to burn CDs under
> CentOS.  I don't think they are hardware related because I have had
> some success, in fact most of this usually works.

I use k3b with little problem. I do have to tell it to use TAO and to go 
at 8x. If I let it go auto, it would hang on me. I suspect it was not 
getting the 'right' hardware info and doing the wrong thing.

> I use k3b for most of my CD and DVD writing - it seems to work fairly
> well (well, except for wrecking my installation a few weeks ago when
> it crashed my installation and I had to reinstall to get it back, but
> that's old news).
> Yesterday, of my work desktop (32-bit), I tried to burn a CD with k3b.
>  The system hung as soon as I clicked on the start button in the burn
> menu.  I did not want another case of wrecked system, so I rebooted
> (no other way to interrupt it) and all went well, except that I didn't
> even try to burn the CD.  (I used my other, backup desktop, and it
> worked fine over there - hmm....)
> Then, last night, on my home desktop (64-bit), which is usually solid
> as a rock, no problems whatsoever (I said "usually"), I had similar
> problems, though not quite as bad.  I was trying to erase some CD-RWs,
> and I kept getting errors, both from k3b and cdrecord, claiming that
> they could not lock the drive for exclusive access (because another
> process was accessing the device).  This is really annoying because
> I've tried this one several CD-RWs, and they all get the same error.
> Since k3b doesn't include a facility to add data to an already written
> CD or DVD unless there's a specific project for it (which I don't have
> 'cuz the CDs were written under Window$ or with projects I didn't
> keep).
> Any ideas/suggestions?
> Thanks.
> mhr
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