Linux and the laser
install. Look in the scsi directory and look for files named ide-scsi.o
and sg.o. If they exist then you don't need to re-compile your kernel. Just
add the following to /etc/lilo.conf.
Replace hdc with the device your CD-Writer is represented by. Run
/sbin/lilo and reboot. After the reboot, the scsi module will be loaded
for your CD-Writer. Only your CD-Writer will be using SCSI emulation.
JohnnyO sends in word that Mandrake 7.1 does not require any of the above
steps. Mandrake at installation will detect your CD-Writer and take the
necessary steps. So then you will have to do the following.
1. Click on the KDE Start bar.
K -> Applications -> Archiving -> Cd Burning
2. Pick a program
3. Go burn....
Now comes the time to install the cd-recording software. Cdrecord is the best
utility for this. It is available on most Linux distributions or from this
The latest version as of writing this articles is 1.81. Download the rpm
or the tar.gz if you prefer.
CDrecord recognises most cdwriters so you should not face any problems
there unless it is a hot off the lines model. If you face problems with
your version of cdrecord then try a newer version.
The first thing to do as root is cdrecord -scanbus. All writing will need to be
done as root.
You should get a display like this
Cdrecord 1.8 (i686-pc-linux-gnu) Copyright (C) 1995-2000 Jörg Schilling
Using libscg version 'schily-0.1'
0,0,0 0) 'LG ' 'CD-ROM CRD-8482B' '1.00' Removable CD-ROM
0,1,0 1) *
0,2,0 2) *
0,3,0 3) *
0,4,0 4) *
0,5,0 5) *
0,6,0 6) *
0,7,0 7) *
Note the sequence of numbers that precede your cd-writer entry (0,0,0 here).
Find an ISO image to write. The cdrecord command line is very simple.
cdrecord -v -dev=0,0,0 -speed=8
-v = Verbose. More information. Definitely should be there.
-dev = This is the ID of your scsi device which you should have after
the 'scanbus' command above.
-speed = This speed to write at.