k3b won't write CDs

Gene Heskett gene.heskett at verizon.net
Fri Nov 26 17:28:48 GMT 2004

On Friday 26 November 2004 09:51, Larry Howe wrote:
>On Friday 26 November 2004 09:38, Nick THOMPSON wrote:
>> On Fri, 2004-11-26 at 13:39, Larry Howe wrote:
>> > On Friday 26 November 2004 04:54, Nick THOMPSON wrote:
>> > > Hi,
>> > >
>> > > I have a DVD re-writer which can write CD-R/W's as well, k3b
>> > > even says that it can in its device summary. However, although
>> > > k3b will erase and write DVD-R/W's, it won't let me erase
>> > > CD-R/W's (not sure about writing as all my CD-R/W are full!).
>> > > I've tried several versions with no luck, am I missing some
>> > > other tool(s) maybe.
>> > >
>> > > This is all on a fully up-to-date FC2 machine. Never had this
>> > > problem on Mandrake. Starting to think I should roll my own
>> > > KDE or use the RedHat packages on the KDE download page.
>> > >
>> > > Thanks,
>> > > Nick.
>> >
>> > Seems like a drastic solution to a minor problem. Have you
>> > looked in the logs to see if there are errors? Does k3b tell you
>> > what the problem is? k3b is a front end to cdrecord. Try running
>> > cdrecord from the command line and see what the problem is or,
>> > it might even work from there.
>> Well, maybe. The problem is not that the process fails, rather k3b
>> doesn't let me select those actions from the menu - they're greyed
>> out. I don't think there will be much in the logs about that. Good
>> idea though, I'll try erasing from the command line - suppose I'll
>> have to RTFM.
>Yes, it does take a few minutes to put together the incantation to
> make it work. man cdrecord is well written. There are commands to
> query the device capabilities, and that makes it a lot easier to
> put together the command. That might also indicate why k3b thinks
> it cannot erase. I just noticed an interesting k3b menu item: Help
> / System Check.

I've also seen that Larry, but the 0.11.14 version apparently only has 
that option showing in the help menu, and nothing seems to be 
attached to it, no result, no error reported.  But, OTOH, this is a 
kde-3.3.0 install via konstruct, and I've not had 99% of the problems 
I see reported here, it Just Works(tm).
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