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  1. #1
    viperskunk NNTP User

    Default OpenSuSE 11.1 Live CD burn problem


    Hi.
    This one might sound a bit strange.
    Whenever I download an iso file, I burn it to a DVD, not a CD. Because
    strangely my comp only manages to read DVDs and not CDs. So if I want
    Linux Mint, I download the Linux Mint Live CD iso, and burn it onto a
    DVD, then install it. it has always worked for me so far. All the
    distros, including, Ubuntu, Mint, CentOS, Fedora, even OpenSuSE 11.0.
    However, this time round, I downloaded the Opensuse 11.1 liveCD
    (gnome), matched the md5sum to see if everything was okay. it was
    alright and matched.
    But when i try to burn it onto a DVD, it just will not. I get errors to
    the effect that that type of file cannot be installed on the given
    media.
    I tried 3 different computers. with 3 different softwares...even nero
    express on WinXP. but the same result.
    Now i dunno if it is the DVD's fault coz the blank DVD is read by the
    machine.

    Also, when I burn the same iso onto a CD, it goes fine. but as i said,
    it is useless to me, as my machine has problems with CDs.

    can anyone please shed some light on this?
    any kind of help/ information with regards to this is greatly
    appreciated.
    thanks a lot in advance.


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  2. #2
    viperskunk NNTP User

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    since no one else seems to have this particluar problem, i will ask
    another question:
    i cannot burn CDs or DVDs on my machine. it cannot read CDs. it can
    only read DVDs.
    now i am not sure exactly when this problem started occurring. but i
    noticed it after i upgraded my RAM from 512 mb to 1.5 gb.
    any suggestions on what could be wrong. can cd/dvd burning/ reading be
    affected by a RAM upgrade?
    can anyone provide me with a checklist to figure out what is wrong?
    any help/suggestions?
    i hav searched through google and almost all linux forums, but to no
    avail.
    this is my last hope.
    thanks.


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  3. #3
    BenderBendingRodriguez NNTP User

    Default Re: OpenSuSE 11.1 Live CD burn problem


    How old is that writer?? Does it not only fail to read CDs but also burn
    them? (older writers got two lasers instead of one). I never had problem
    burning LiveCD onto a DVD i always do as the reading times are A LOT
    faster when run from DVD than CD. I stopped using CDs as they are too
    slow for me now. I only use DVDs and even though it's a problem for You
    i recommend switching completely onto DVD. Regarding that Gnome LiveCD,
    i never encountered such thing but have You tried convert it into
    another type of image like bin and then burn it??

    Forgot You can't burn at all so i assume it's quite old?? And the CD
    laser could have failed?


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    viperskunk NNTP User

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    thank you for the reply.

    my laptop was bought in 2006...so yeah it is old, considering the speed
    at which technology is moving...
    i have not tried converting it to bin and then burning for two simple
    facts:
    a) i did not know one coulddo that. (thanks for that input )
    b) i do not know how to do that.

    i should go to a store to find out if my DVD drive (now that you point
    it out) is okay or not. maybe then, i could burn and read both CDs and
    DVDs.
    and yes, i prefer DVDs too.

    one more question...is it possible to change the drive itself in a
    laptop? is there any other way to fix it...i mean can one change the
    lasers etc.?

    i apologise if these questions are a bit silly..but i do not know
    anything about computer hardawre.
    please be patient with me.

    thanks once again for your response.


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    brunomcl NNTP User

    Default Re: OpenSuSE 11.1 Live CD burn problem


    99.9% sure it's a hardware problem. It's not possible to repair the
    laser, probably not even change the pickup block (where the lasers are
    mounted), due to the difficulty in aligning it correctly again without
    special calibration tools. Your easier/faster/probably cheaper solution
    is to change the drive, if you can get a new one.


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    viperskunk NNTP User

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    brunomcl;1911877 Wrote:
    > 99.9% sure it's a hardware problem. It's not possible to repair the
    > laser, probably not even change the pickup block (where the lasers are
    > mounted), due to the difficulty in aligning it correctly again without
    > special calibration tools. Your easier/faster/probably cheaper solution
    > is to change the drive, if you can get a new one.


    okay. i will get that checked asap.
    but how does one explain me not being able to write the iso file to a
    DVD on three different machines?


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    BenderBendingRodriguez NNTP User

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    Is the md5sum correct?


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    viperskunk NNTP User

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    BenderBendingRodriguez;1912259 Wrote:
    > Is the md5sum correct?


    yes indeed it is. i have already checked that thrice already. and the
    md5sum shouldn't change while copying the files to any number of
    folders...


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  9. #9
    BenderBendingRodriguez NNTP User

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    I have an idea, run k3b from terminal and try to burn that iso to DVD,
    look for errors .


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    brunomcl NNTP User

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    viperskunk;1912188 Wrote:
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    > but how does one explain me not being able to write the iso file to a
    > DVD on three different machines?


    I'd bet on bad/substandard media. Even if it is the same brand you used
    successfully before, it gets "different" with every batch the resselers
    get - different plant, different materials, falsifications, etc. Happens
    to me occasionally, a certain brand that always burned easily at 8x,
    after resupply would start to trow errors and require more CPU, and only
    work at 4x. Try burning at slower speeds. Or try a DVD-RW.


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