CD burning - hardware compatibility

Conrad Newton conrad.newton at
Sun Apr 2 11:18:02 UTC 2006

>From Daniel Carrera on Sunday, 2006-04-02 at 11:49:53 +0100:
> Hi all,
> Right now I have a regular CD drive. I'm thinking of replacing it by a 
> CD burner. My question is: can I just replace them and expect the CD 
> burner to work?
> Last I checked, getting a CD burner working on Linux was a major 
> operation, but that was several years ago. What are things like today? 
> I'm also concerned about whether Ubuntu will recognize new hardware when 
> I'm not doing a brand new installation.

Nowadays, with the help of K3b, burning a CD is more or less trivial.
The only time I have experienced difficulty was when I tried to burn
a DVD, and the CD/DVD burner was not recognized as a DVD burner,
although it burns CDs just fine.   I expect you can replace the 
CD player by a CD-burner, and it will just work, so long as you have 
an entry for a CD-player in /etc/fstab --- which I assume you do.


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