If in the end you need the cds, most likely you already have the simple text based cdrecord. Here's how:
Run as root
This will list your drives.
Find the one that looks most like yours. This will appear as numbers seperated by commas. Example:
1,0,0 100) 'CyberDrv' 'CW058D CD-R/RW ' '110D' Removable CD-ROM
Use this drive number in this command:
cdrecord -v dev=1,0,0 filename
This burns the disk with a progress display.