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asked 2016-04-10 09:48:31 -0500

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I have an Acer laptop recently bought shipped with windows 10 Home 64-bit. I partitioned the hdd and installed FC23, which I keep using all the time (I simply love it). Unfortunately, FC23 doesn´t do pretty well recognizing external dvd recorders. I have an Asus external drive (laptop doesn´t come with an internal one), but I can´t record anything with it. What can I do to change this? I tried everything with Brasero, K3B, DEVEDE, etc... Please help???

Thanx in advance.

Regards, Pedro

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randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2016-04-11 13:33:46 -0500 )edit

I'm not sure, but by what you wrote you have a dual-boot laptop. (You can either boot Windows or Linux.) If so, can Windows recognize and use the drive? If you've replaced Windows with Fedora, try booting from a LiveUSB key and see if that finds the drive. If either of those works, we'll need to dig deeper. If not, it's either the drive itself, the cable or the port you're using. Please respond as a comment as you're only allowed one answer per question and you don't want to waste it on giving further information.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2016-04-11 14:57:40 -0500 )edit

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davidva gravatar imagedavidva ( 2016-04-11 22:18:53 -0500 )edit

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answered 2016-04-10 11:52:48 -0500

aeperezt gravatar image

updated 2016-04-10 11:53:37 -0500

First check that you drive is detected by the kernel

sudo lsusb

Should tell you the usb device and drive

then user wodim to check your dvd drive

wodim  -checkdrive

Device was not specified. Trying to find an appropriate drive...

Detected CD-R drive: /dev/sr0
Using /dev/cdrom of unknown capabilities
Device type    : Removable CD-ROM
Version        : 5
Response Format: 2
Capabilities   : 
Vendor_info    : 'Slimtype'
Identification : 'DVD A  DS8A9SH  '
Revision       : 'EC61'
Device seems to be: Generic mmc2 DVD-R/DVD-RW.
wodim: Cannot load media with this drive!
wodim: Try to load media by hand.
Using generic SCSI-3/mmc   CD-R/CD-RW driver (mmc_cdr).

Supported modes: TAO PACKET SAO SAO/R96P SAO/R96R RAW/R16 RAW/R96P RAW/R96R

You can check which device you DVD burner is like:

wodim --devices

If wodim show you the device you can burn a DVD like this:

wodim  dev=/dev/sg0 -dao -eject -ovwoderburn -v Fedora-16-x86_64-DVD.iso

Hope this help

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Tried it but with no success. The dev is dev=/dev/sg1. Doesn´t work...

psampaio gravatar imagepsampaio ( 2016-04-17 14:52:57 -0500 )edit

That is the device wodim find? how do you know it is /dev/sg1?

aeperezt gravatar imageaeperezt ( 2016-04-17 16:58:48 -0500 )edit

wodim -checkdrive described it as sg1

psampaio gravatar imagepsampaio ( 2016-04-18 11:47:48 -0500 )edit

if it detects it as sq1 then it should work with something like

wodim  dev=/dev/sg0 -eject -v Fedora-16-x86_64-DVD.iso
aeperezt gravatar imageaeperezt ( 2016-04-18 16:24:48 -0500 )edit

I thought of that too, but it doesn´t.

psampaio gravatar imagepsampaio ( 2016-04-21 08:48:21 -0500 )edit

answered 2016-06-13 08:06:54 -0500

psampaio gravatar image

Don´t know how, maybe due to the constant updating, I can now record dvds. Brasero only detects 2.7Gb on a 4.7Gb recordable dvd, but I guess that in time, things will change. Thanx for the support.

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