CD burning - hardware compatibility

Antony Gelberg antony at
Sun Apr 2 11:56:53 UTC 2006

Daniel Carrera wrote:
> 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.
> Help?

Just plug it in.  It'll be fine.  It used to be (before 2.6?) that SCSI 
emulation was required for CD burning, but no more.  The ATAPI driver works.

It is not Ubuntu per se that recognises hardware, it's packages like 
discover and hotplug, together with the modularised kernel, that ensure 
the correct kernel modules get loaded.

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