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Sudden Inability to Burn CDs (k3b)

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Mandrake 10.1

KDE 3.2.3

TDK VeloCD 40/12/48B

 

Been running Mandrake 10.1 for about 6 months now and had no problems burning CDs. I was burning a few today, and, as usual, no problems. The last CD I was burning was going as normal and had reached 100%, but the buffer hadn't emptied (sitting at 18%), so I let it run. It ran for 17 minutes with no change. Killed K3b and tried again, same exact thing (buffer at 18%). Rebooted and tried again. Same thing. Rebooted and tried a different set of audio and K3b won't recognize that there's a blank CD in the drive. If I try and force the media, I get the following:

 

System

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K3b Version:0.11.16

KDE Version: 3.2.3

QT Version: 3.3.3

 

cdrecord

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scsidev: '/dev/hdc'

devname: '/dev/hdc'

scsibus: -2 target: -2 lun: -2

Warning: Open by 'devname' is unintentional and not supported.

Linux sg driver version: 3.5.27

SCSI buffer size: 64512

Cdrecord-Clone 2.01.01a01-dvd (i686-pc-linux-gnu) Copyright © 1995-2004 Jörg Schilling

Note: This version is an unofficial (modified) version with DVD support

Note: and therefore may have bugs that are not present in the original.

Note: Please send bug reports or support requests to <warly@mandrakesoft.com>.

Note: The author of cdrecord should not be bothered with problems in this version.

TOC Type: 0 = CD-DA

Using libscg version 'schily-0.8'.

Driveropts: 'burnfree'

atapi: 1

Device type    : Removable CD-ROM

Version        : 0

Response Format: 2

Capabilities   :

Vendor_info    : 'TDK     '

Identifikation : 'CDRW401240B     '

Revision       : 'Z7SD'

Device seems to be: Generic mmc CD-RW.

Current: 0x0002

Profile: 0x000A

Profile: 0x0009

Profile: 0x0008

Profile: 0x0002 (current)

Using generic SCSI-3/mmc   CD-R/CD-RW driver (mmc_cdr).

Driver flags   : MMC-3 SWABAUDIO BURNFREE FORCESPEED

Supported modes: TAO PACKET SAO SAO/R96P SAO/R96R RAW/R16 RAW/R96P RAW/R96R

FIFO size      : 4194304 = 4096 KB

Encoding speed : 546x (40919 sectors/s) for libedc from Heiko Eißfeldt

pregap1: -1

Track 01: audio   12 MB (01:13.74) no preemp swab copy

Track 02: audio   17 MB (01:46.64) no preemp swab copy pregapsize:   0

Track 03: audio   20 MB (02:01.68) no preemp swab copy pregapsize:   0

Track 04: audio    9 MB (00:55.93) no preemp swab copy pregapsize:   0

Track 05: audio   20 MB (02:03.33) no preemp swab copy pregapsize:   0

Track 06: audio   15 MB (01:32.18) no preemp swab copy pregapsize:   0

Track 07: audio   21 MB (02:06.17) no preemp swab copy pregapsize:   0

Track 08: audio   20 MB (02:02.78) no preemp swab copy pregapsize:   0

Track 09: audio   17 MB (01:46.66) no preemp swab copy pregapsize:   0

Track 10: audio   18 MB (01:52.54) no preemp swab copy pregapsize:   0

Track 11: audio   19 MB (01:55.02) no preemp swab copy pregapsize:   0

Track 12: audio   17 MB (01:45.17) no preemp swab copy pregapsize:   0

Track 13: audio   12 MB (01:13.66) no preemp swab copy pregapsize:   0

Track 14: audio   14 MB (01:27.60) no preemp swab copy pregapsize:   0

/usr/bin/cdrecord: Success. test unit ready: scsi sendcmd: no error

CDB:  00 00 00 00 00 00

status: 0x2 (CHECK CONDITION)

Sense Bytes: 70 00 02 00 00 00 00 0A 00 00 00 00 3A 00 00 00

Sense Key: 0x2 Not Ready, Segment 0

Sense Code: 0x3A Qual 0x00 (medium not present) Fru 0x0

Sense flags: Blk 0 (not valid)

cmd finished after 0.012s timeout 40s

/usr/bin/cdrecord: No disk / Wrong disk!

Track 15: audio   17 MB (01:41.44) no preemp swab copy pregapsize:   0

Total size:      256 MB (25:24.60) = 114345 sectors

Lout start:      256 MB (25:26/45) = 114345 sectors

 

cdrecord comand:

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/usr/bin/cdrecord -v gracetime=2 dev=/dev/hdc speed=40 -raw96r driveropts=burnfree -eject -useinfo -pad -shorttrack -audio /tmp/kde-jason/k3b_audio_1_01.inf /tmp/kde-jason/k3b_audio_1_02.inf /tmp/kde-jason/k3b_audio_1_03.inf /tmp/kde-jason/k3b_audio_1_04.inf /tmp/kde-jason/k3b_audio_1_05.inf /tmp/kde-jason/k3b_audio_1_06.inf /tmp/kde-jason/k3b_audio_1_07.inf /tmp/kde-jason/k3b_audio_1_08.inf /tmp/kde-jason/k3b_audio_1_09.inf /tmp/kde-jason/k3b_audio_1_10.inf /tmp/kde-jason/k3b_audio_1_11.inf /tmp/kde-jason/k3b_audio_1_12.inf /tmp/kde-jason/k3b_audio_1_13.inf /tmp/kde-jason/k3b_audio_1_14.inf /tmp/kde-jason/k3b_audio_1_15.inf

 

Everything looks fine (to me, a man with little experience in this arena) until I get to:

 

Sense Key: 0x2 Not Ready, Segment 0

Sense Code: 0x3A Qual 0x00 (medium not present) Fru 0x0

Sense flags: Blk 0 (not valid)

cmd finished after 0.012s timeout 40s

/usr/bin/cdrecord: No disk / Wrong disk!

 

I have perused the internet (including this forum), but was unable to find anyone experiencing a siminal problem. I'm going to try and anticipate a few problems first, so as to expedite things.

 

The drive mounts properly and I can read both data and audio from previously-burned and factory CDs.

I have tried a plethora of media, all to no avail.

I used a piece of media I attempted to force (only to receive the above message) and was able to successfully burn data onto it on another computer.

cdrecord -scanbus yields:

 

Cdrecord-Clone 2.01.01a01-dvd (i686-pc-linux-gnu) Copyright (C) 1995-2004 Jörg Schilling
Note: This version is an unofficial (modified) version with DVD support
Note: and therefore may have bugs that are not present in the original.
Note: Please send bug reports or support requests to <warly@mandrakesoft.com>.
Note: The author of cdrecord should not be bothered with problems in this version.
scsidev: 'ATA'
devname: 'ATA'
scsibus: -2 target: -2 lun: -2
################################################################################
#########
#
#  Warning: Using ATAPI via /dev/hd* interface. Use dev=ATA:X,Y,Z or dev=/dev/hdX
#
################################################################################
#########
Linux sg driver version: 3.5.27
Using libscg version 'schily-0.8'.
scsibus1:
       1,0,0   100) 'TDK     ' 'CDRW401240B     ' 'Z7SD' Removable CD-ROM
       1,1,0   101) *
       1,2,0   102) *
       1,3,0   103) *
       1,4,0   104) *
       1,5,0   105) *
       1,6,0   106) *
       1,7,0   107) *

 

My fstab looks like:

/dev/hda1 / ext3 defaults 1 1

/dev/hdb1 /mnt/windows vfat umask=000,iocharset=iso8859-1,codepage=850,users,owner 0 0

none /proc proc defaults 0 0

/dev/hdc /mnt/cdrom auto umask=0,user,iocharset=iso8859-1,sync,codepage=850,noauto,rw,exec,users 0 0

 

My lilo.conf looks like:

# File generated by DrakX/drakboot

# WARNING: do not forget to run lilo after modifying this file

 

default="linux"

boot=/dev/hda

map=/boot/map

keytable=/boot/us.klt

prompt

nowarn

timeout=100

message=/boot/message

menu-scheme=wb:bw:wb:bw

image=/boot/vmlinuz

label="linux"

root=/dev/hda1

append="hdc=ide-scsi max_scsi_luns=1"

initrd=/boot/initrd.img

append="acpi=ht splash=silent"

vga=788

read-only

image=/boot/vmlinuz

label="linux-nonfb"

root=/dev/hda1

initrd=/boot/initrd.img

append="acpi=ht"

read-only

image=/boot/vmlinuz

label="failsafe"

root=/dev/hda1

initrd=/boot/initrd.img

append="failsafe acpi=ht"

read-only

other=/dev/hdb1

label="windows"

table=/dev/hdb

map-drive=0x80

    to=0x81

map-drive=0x81

    to=0x80

 

I just can't seem to figure it out. I have tried uninstalling cdrecord and k3b, both to no avail. What's curious to me is that it worked one minute, but not the next. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

 

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You don't need scsi emulation anymore in kernel-2.6 to burn CDs. Try removing the part of the append line in lilo.conf that says hdc=ide-scsi and run lilo -v as root and reboot. See if that clears up the problem.

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Had tried burning as both user and root to no effect. I just turned off DMA, but am getting the exact same results. Something I neglected to mention is that when I do force the media, I get the following:

 

Error while decoding audio tracks.

Removing buffer files.

Unlocking drive...

Could not unlock CD drive.

 

Not sure if that's helpful, but I'm just getting frustrated with the whole thing.

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how old is the burner? maybe the laser needs some cleaning or it simply died. (worst case scenario) :unsure:

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Weirdest thing, I posted the above reply and figured I'd give it one more chance. Put the files into k3b and it started burning like it was never a problem. Go figure. I just wish I knew what had caused it and how to prevent it from happening in the future. Oh well, thanks for everyone's help.

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I think Arctic has given the clue. I suggest you run a disc cleaner.

It is very likely some lint got trapped near the laser originally and then cleared itself. Running the disc cleaner should catch it.

Another possibility is that you need to upgrade the firmware.

To quote a personal experience from the past few days :- I found that I could not burn any CD-RW or DVD-RW discs or reformat them either, yet I could burn CD-R and DVD-R or+R discs Aok and could read any discs ok in the LG GSA-4120B burner. I experienced 2 to 3 days of solving the problem even to the point of getting an RA number to return it under Warranty exercised a hunch and chased down the new firmware from LG and installed it. Everything has run and functioned perfectly ever since.

Try both things. With lasers they either work or they don´t, they do not just fade out so your problem is likely minor.

 

Cheers. John.

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Had tried burning as both user and root to no effect. I just turned off DMA, but am getting the exact same results. Something I neglected to mention is that when I do force the media, I get the following:

 

Error while decoding audio tracks.

Removing buffer files.

Unlocking drive...

Could not unlock CD drive.

 

Not sure if that's helpful, but I'm just getting frustrated with the whole thing.

 

I have this exact same problem with an ASUS 48x16x48, what did you do to fixit?

When I urpmi -y libmad the only packages that are available are:

alsaplayer-plugin-input-mad
libmad0
libmad0-devel

I need libmad0?

Edited by Dakota

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FIXED! Sort of. I removed

 

k3b

cdrecord

cdrtools (may not have this, but check anyway)

cdrdao (for disc at once recording)

cdparanoia (to prevent overburns, buffer overflows, etc.)

mkisofs (iso burning software)

 

then reinstalled the packages except retrieved cdrecord from update_source and now I can burn cd's. :lol2:

 

However my average writing speed is 10x and my burner is a 48x16x48 :wall:

 

Any ideas?

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However my average writing speed is 10x and my burner is a 48x16x48  :wall:  Any ideas?

 

Oh, that's natural! :cheeky:

In fact it's the standard behaviour of the dog 2.6.8.X kernels used in 10.1 (Linus forgot the 2.6.8 fiasco rather quickly, but unfortunately 10.1 is still using them...).

If you want better speeds, then either

1. Run k3b as root, or

2. Use 2.6.7.X from contrib, or

3. compile a newer kernel (2.6.11 is fine, as well as 2.6.12), or finally

4. Upgrade to 2005 LE.

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Sorry I forgot to add that I am running Mandriva LE2005.

In windows I could burn at 48x so in linux it should burn at 60x :lol2:

Figured there would be a fix.

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Have you tried going to the website of the CDROM burner maker and obtain an up to date firmware download. I had troubles with my LG DVD burner but after a new firmware install, it has been 100% OK (3weeks ago and many burns since).

 

Give it a try. Cheers. John.

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