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Linux DVD recorders. Any recommendations?

Postby Deke » Sun May 01, 2005 8:11 pm

A little bug, not much larger than a pinhead, found its way into my CD drive and shot it to pieces (Sacrificing one CD and its life in the process. RIP), so I figure if I have to replace it I might as well go for a DVD recorder while I'm at it.

Any recommendations? I'm not looking for the latest, fastest tech., I'm looking for something that runs reliably and with no compatibility problems with Linux, so if you want to recommend something that's slow and two years old but just plugs in and works, go ahead.

I'm currently using Mandrake 9.1, if that makes a difference. Come to think of it, I have the discs all ready to update to 2005LE when it's installed if that also makes a difference :) and... I'm not planning on downloading pirate movies, far more likely to just use it for backups and making the occasional CD from my (Legit. Really!)8) Mp3 collection.
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RE: Linux DVD recorders. Any recommendations?

Postby Nigel » Sun May 01, 2005 10:26 pm

My system has an NEC ND-3500AG which works well with SuSE 9.2
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RE: Linux DVD recorders. Any recommendations?

Postby hairymunky » Sun May 01, 2005 10:57 pm

I'm using an optorite 8x (edit) its a D405 I think (edit) from ebuyer, works sweet with k3b and fedora :)
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RE: Linux DVD recorders. Any recommendations?

Postby nordle » Mon May 02, 2005 2:10 pm

Cant really go wrong with LG GSA4163 (I've got the slower 8x GSA-4081B) £35 for DVD+R, DVD-R and DVD-RAM
http://tinyurl.com/5685b

Realistically though, you should be fine with 99% of drives of your system is up to date with packages and kernel. If not, then unless someone is running mdk 9.1 as yourself, its difficult to say what it will accept.
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RE: Linux DVD recorders. Any recommendations?

Postby nelz » Mon May 02, 2005 7:15 pm

I've used Pioneer and NEC drives without and compatibility problems, although two of the Pioneers died prematurely. Just about any drive should work though.
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Re: RE: Linux DVD recorders. Any recommendations?

Postby Nobber » Tue May 03, 2005 9:39 am

Nigel wrote:My system has an NEC ND-3500AG which works well with SuSE 9.2

Here's another vote for the NEC ND-3500A. Not sure if it burns 16x media at the advertised rate, because I haven't tried yet. 8x is fine, though.

Used to have an Optorite 4x burner that couldn't burn any media at that speed, and also died after a fairly short life.
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RE: Re: RE: Linux DVD recorders. Any recommendations?

Postby tomdeb » Tue May 03, 2005 11:47 am

I have a NEC 3520A buning at 16X under Ubuntu 5.04
I noticed that the burning speed wasn't the same whether i was using the i686 or the K7 kernel on my Athlon XP.
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RE: Re: RE: Linux DVD recorders. Any recommendations?

Postby skecs » Wed May 04, 2005 12:01 pm

I have been using an LG SuperMulti DVD+/-RW & DVD-RAM drive (GSA4082B) for over 12 months with Redhat and Suse Linux with no worries at all. It burns at various speeds up to the specified maximum (according to k3b) speed for DVDs and CDs. I also have an older AOpen 40x12x48 CD-Burner in the same system and that has been the same - no hassles burning up to maximum speeds.

A lot of it also depends on the media - it may sound like a good deal but when 20% of the cheap discs are coasters you've lost your savings. I use TDK, Verbatim with no problems and occassionally Imation which I have had problems with. Stay away from the cheap, no name, discount store discs, they just aren't worth the hassle.
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RE: Re: RE: Linux DVD recorders. Any recommendations?

Postby Ram » Wed May 04, 2005 12:11 pm

I've got a Lite-on 8x +/- all write. works with SuSE 8.0 up over. no coasters in 11 mths using all media.

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RE: Re: RE: Linux DVD recorders. Any recommendations?

Postby richie » Thu May 05, 2005 9:37 pm

Fine with a NEC ND-3500AG, using v2.C8 special edition firmware, with Mandrake 10.1 .

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RE: Re: RE: Linux DVD recorders. Any recommendations?

Postby Flea » Fri May 06, 2005 12:31 am

Well, I'm using a cheapy no-name dvd burner and it works great. Would definitely recommend upgrading to a 2.6 kernel if you haven't already as it does away with the ide-scsi requirement.
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RE: Re: RE: Linux DVD recorders. Any recommendations?

Postby Guest » Fri May 06, 2005 4:22 pm

I've got two DVD burners, an internal one Single Sided DVD-/+RW made by NEC, and an external one, Gericom, which acutually is a USB2 interface built around a Samsung Double Sided DVD-/+RW.

Both work!

I think the interface is pretty standard these days and it would be harder to name one that didn't work than one that does!

One thing to watch, K3B is a front-end for several programs, and sometimes there are DVD and non-DVD enabled versions of these programs, so you may need to upgrade a few of them.

The other thing is that Mandrake 9.1 uses a 2.4.13 kernel, and this could cause problems. Maybe. I never had a DVD burner when I was using a kernel that old. So if it doesn't work, treat yourself to a shiny new distro as well.

Mandrake 10.1 OE or CE, Mandriva 2005LE and PCLinuxOS should all be logical updates of what you have.
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RE: Re: RE: Linux DVD recorders. Any recommendations?

Postby nelz » Fri May 06, 2005 5:02 pm

DVD burning works fine in Mandrake 9.1 (and older) although you may need to use ide-scsi emulation.
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Postby davecs » Fri May 06, 2005 6:50 pm

Many apologies for "guest" post 2 above, I didn't realise I wasn't logged in!
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RE: Re: RE: Linux DVD recorders. Any recommendations?

Postby Deke » Wed May 25, 2005 1:04 am

Just thought I'd log on and thank you for the recommendations. I would have done so sooner but the site took it upon itself to banish me for a couple of weeks, then today I find myself logged in again.

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