View Full Version : F13 doesn't see blank DVD-Rs!
2nd April 2010, 11:16 PM
When I insert a DVD-R with files on it, the disc is mounted automatically and readable. When I put a blank DVD-R into the drive, however, the computer does not put an icon on the Gnome Desktop, as it did a week ago. Brassero doesn't see it, offering only to make an iso for the files I'd like to burn. Any ideas? Kurt
3rd April 2010, 09:07 PM
My only idea would be to check messages (/var/log/messages) or the log files and see if there are any messages regarding the DVD, medium errors, etc. Have you tried a different blank, different type (i.e. a DVD+R blank vs a DVD-R ? or a RW ?) or a different manufacturer? They're not showing up on my desktop either, for the most part, but at least the burning software sees them. (Wine doesn't see the drive at all unless there's something in the drive...)
I had to create a work-around b/c the bugzilla folks said the problem I had with 'bad' discs not allowing me to eject the drive was due to a faulty drive. So that's part of the issue I'm having with the disc not showing up on the desktop... I haven't used my DVD drive extensively b/c I'm just waiting to get a new drive. CD's burn fine, dvd's don't. So, check messages and go from there. Let us know what it says. Also, what type of drive might help too. You might have to file a bug report...
4th April 2010, 02:29 AM
This is the second of these errors I've seen tonight on the forum. Please file a bug report on this.
4th April 2010, 03:54 AM
Could this be a problem with palimpsest? ABRT sees a crash from palimpsest, a week ago, but I wasn't aware of this program.
4th April 2010, 06:24 AM
More likely is the media(a.k.a. the plastic disc) problem if that is not the case and it read some but not others you really should be doing some lens cleaning or dreaming about a new optical unit.
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Have you checked the capabilities of your optical unit? Does it support reading and writing to the media you are trying to use?
lshal | grep -i cdrom
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HAL will be deprecated in F13 so I think this will be future proof for know
udevadm info -q all -n /dev/sr0
4th April 2010, 08:26 AM
Perhaps it is a shot in the dark since i don`t have Fedora installed but i had the same problem on Debian Unstable - an empty dvd is mounted and no empty dvd icon appears on the desktop and brasero won`t burn the dvd. Turned out that Brasero wanted to save its session file on a temporary directory on my user`s desktop (like in /home/username/Desktop/tmp) which of course didn`t exist and changing the session directory to /tmp (or any writable directory which actually exists) solved the problem. You can do that through the advanced settings in the burning dialog.
6th April 2010, 09:06 PM
I have this problem too, as it happens. Does anyone _not_ have this problem - can anyone stick a blank disc in a drive and then burn to it with Brasero?
It's somewhere in an abstraction layer, because it works if you burn with wodim (at least for me). So the low-level stuff knows a disc is there and can write to it, but something higher up which GNOME relies on isn't working. For me, anyway.
6th April 2010, 10:26 PM
I've never been able to burn DVD-R. I thought this was because wodim only works with DVD+RW. Is that correct?
6th April 2010, 10:54 PM
Don't think so, my discs are -R.
7th April 2010, 07:42 PM
Same problem here.
Now I have to install Nero Linux for burning.
Is there a bug report in bugzilla which I can vote ? If not, I would like to create one.
11th April 2010, 03:47 AM
I don't know if folks are still having this issue or not? I just bought a new ASUS 8x external dvd-rw drive, and the blank disc did show up on my desktop. I tried a DVD-R and that showed up as blank dvd-r, then I tried a +R and that showed up correctly also. (I have a variety, since I was trying to rule out media issues when I had problems with my internal LG drive...)
Then when I put a -R in the drive again, this time it showed up as a blank DVD-ROM ? but I burned a video iso image to it (using Gnomebaker) and it played perfectly in my dvd player. I also burned a data dvd to a +R disc just to test it, using Brasero -- and though Brasero annoyed me a bit when I was selecting folders, it also worked, though it burned a bit slower (due to it being a bunch of data files?).
Neither disc was able to be seen in my laptop dvd-rom drive or my LG desktop drive though, only in the new asus drive (and my dvd player for the video dvd). So it may be the drive, or it may be there was a recent update that fixed something...
11th April 2010, 05:16 PM
Ditch Brasero and use GnomeBaker, it works here.
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Checking the capabilities of the optical unity as the system see it:
udevadm info -a -p $(udevadm info -q path -n /dev/sr0)
lshw | grep -i cdrom
11th April 2010, 08:06 PM
Actually, it turns out that the DVD+R was read ok on my laptop using Mint 8, it was under the Fedora 11 boot that it wouldn't come up. It makes sounds like the disc is loaded, but when I click on the drive in the file browser, it says there's no media in the drive. The DVD-R's didn't come up under Mint at all, either.
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