[Bug 378481] Re: Cannot Burn DVDs on External Burner

Lawrence H. Bulk lhbcomm at gmail.com
Tue Jun 2 20:09:26 BST 2009

A member suggested that I provide more information.

The external burner I use is a CompUSA private brand machine; it shows
up as either < DVD DW 8X16X8X16 > or <
ATAPI_DVD_DW_8X16X8X16_DEF10C934IED-0:0 >.

When I insert a regular audio (music) CD or a regular video (movie) DVD
into this external drive, the icon appears on my desktop and I can play
the disc and also "rip" it with, in the case of the CD, Sound Juicer
Audio CD Extractor and, in the case of the DVD, k9copy.

In other words, playing and "ripping" proceed normally using this
external drive.

When I insert a blank CD to which I wish to burn music, the external
drive is recognized by K3b and burning proceeds normally.

However, when I wish to burn a movie and I insert a blank DVD (DVD+R)
into this external drive, though the icon for this Blank DVD+R appears
on my desktop, neither K3b nor Brasero recognizes the drive.

It's as though it were not connected to my computer (though it is!).

When I put the same blank DVD into my computer's internal CD/DVD drive,
the Blank DVD+R icon likewise appears on my desktop but then K3b DOES in
fact recognize the (internal) drive and I can burn to it.

In other words, I can burn a DVD with my internal drive but I cannot do
so with the external drive. CDs, however, present no problems along this

This problem has appeared only in Jaunty; when I used Hardy and, later,
Intrepid, I had no such problem.

I hope someone else can duplicate this (or at least explain it) and I
certainly hope it can be fixed, if not in Jaunty, then certainly in
Karmic. Thank you.

I hope the above information is sufficient for someone to attempt to fix
this problem but PLEASE - should any further information be required, do
not hesitate to contact me. Thanks again.

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