Brasero changed/modified CD/DVD Burner Drive to no longer read as a boot device (causing a hardware failure).

Bug #381488 reported by Aisthesis on 2009-05-28
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brasero (Ubuntu)
Low
Ubuntu Desktop Bugs

Bug Description

Binary package hint: brasero

I was preparing to move my root fs to another partition on the same hard drive. I booted to the Live CD to make sure my wireless was working in-case I needed it. (I am not a whiz at Linux yet). After rebooting and removing the Live CD from my Laptop (confirming that the DVD drive was a bootable at the time) I logged into my current installation of Jaunty. I then went to burn Super Grub (supergrubdisk.org) since I am not familiar with Grub's command line. The plan was to format the first bootable parition and move my current installation to that partition.

I used a single layer DVD-R for the burn. In Brasero I choose the ISO from my home folder (as you will see in the log file from the Brasero). This was my first attempt at burning anything in Linux on this laptop. During the burn process the DVD burn had an error and stopped. I then went and decided to try a CD. The CD burn was successful.

I rebooted and tossed the DVD that was unsuccessfully burned and when I sat down again at my Laptop I noticed I was at the Gnome login for my current installation. The Super Grub CD did not boot. My laptop completely skipped the CD boot process. I figured something must have happen during the burn. After seeing that disk was readable, I decided to try again. It did not work. I then stuck my Live CD in and that also no longer was bootable. It was at this point I knew something happen.

I just got my replacement DVD drive today after arguing with Sony and everything is now working again, including the SuperGrub CD. To me it's clear that Brasero caused this hardware failure. Before the burn, the DVD drive was bootable and after the unsuccessful burn of the DVD, the DVD drive was no longer bootable. This all happened within a time frame of 20 minutes or less. I was waiting till my replacement drive arrived to confirm it was the DVD drive that failed. The original damaged drive was an Optiarc, the replacement drive appears to be Pioneer.

I am using a Sony Vaio Laptop, VGN-FW139E. It is 9 months old and I have had no issues until now. At this point I am scared to burn anything with Brasero or anything at all on Linux until someone can provide any advice or some information on how to avoid an issue like this or prevent it in the future. Please advise and also let me know any information at all I can provide that will be helpful in resolving this problem.

DVD Drive from Brasero log:
BraseroWodim stdout: Vendor_info : 'Optiarc '
BraseroWodim stdout: Identification : 'DVD RW AD-7560A '
BraseroWodim stdout: Revision : 'DS03'

Aisthesis (aisthesis) wrote :
Schily (schilling-fokus) wrote :

I recommend you to replace the broken wodim by the
official recent original software from:

ftp://ftp.berlios.de/pub/cdrecord/alpha/

Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

could you install cdrecord and try to burn again?

Changed in brasero (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Ubuntu Desktop Bugs (desktop-bugs)
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Incomplete
Aisthesis (aisthesis) wrote :

Should I also replace the wodim as Schily said before I do so?

I also noticed in the brasero log that it set the job mode to "dangerous". I'm not sure what that means, but in linux I take things very literally when it comes to warnings. My guess, is this "mode" is what caused the issue.

I have not had the time to research how to compile the wodim yet. I have been extremely busy with work and also really reluctant to attempt burning on this new dvd burner.

It appears I will need to compile the wodim myself and I am not sure 100% how to do this. I have only compiled my video card drivers so far. So this is the thing I need the time to research. If anyone could let me know what packages/libraries I need to do this would be very helpful to get me started. Or the place to find this information.

Sony is %(#&$@ and these burners cost $200 a pop. Luckily I am still under warranty, but I do not think they will continue to send me dvd burners everytime I call them if something like this happens again. They already gave me a hassle about even having linux installed. But I told them it was for work. This would not be such a big deal if it was your random $25-30 burner off newegg that I could just RMA.

I will try the things the both of you suggested. But some more direction/information would be very helpful.

-Ais

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