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    Arrow XFburn will not erase CD-RWs

    I am working with Lubuntu 10.10 installed on a Dell Dimension 2400 PC. Lubuntu runs almost perfectly, with the one exception of blanking CD-RWs using XFburn.

    The CD drive is a brand new LG 22X internal IDE CD/DVD reader/writer, although this error occurred with an older Sony CD reader/writer that I had installed previously as well, so I don't believe it is hardware related. Other than this one problem XFburn and this new reader/writer work flawlessly reading CDs and DVDs and burning data and ISO CDs.

    Here is the problem: When XFburn is opened and a CD or CD-RW that is already written is inserted into the drive it automatically returns the error:

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    Failed to unmount media/disk. Drive cannot be used for burning.
    I have used a number of CD-RWs and they all return the same error. The same thing occurs when inserting a non-blank CD when XFburn is open as well. I have checked the CD-RWs that I am using by blanking them on another PC running Ubuntu 10.04 using Brasero and they blank just fine on that box.

    This looks like a failure to unmount the CD so it can be erased. I have checked Launchpad to see if this is a bug and nothing is filed there that I found. Is there something that can be done to fix this?
    Last edited by Ahunt; December 9th, 2010 at 08:17 PM. Reason: grammar

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    Re: XFburn will not erase CD-RWs

    OK so XFburn is a burning tool, right? how about trying another tool just to make sure at least there's nothing wrong with the Hardware?!



    Edit:
    Is that problem has anything to do with your other thread about burning CDs or it's another separated issue?
    Last edited by amjjawad; December 8th, 2010 at 07:00 AM.

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    Re: XFburn will not erase CD-RWs

    Not sure if you wan to try brasero.
    I've had some issues earlier versions of linux where if a disk wasn't finished, doing anything with it later would be troublesome. I haven't had that issue since Hardy Heron though.
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    Re: XFburn will not erase CD-RWs

    Trying another burning tool is a good idea. I have tried Brasero on Lubuntu but it just crashes when asked to do anything. K3B seems to install and work okay, but it has outstanding Bug 581926 and won't currently blank CD-RWs (I have tested it and it doesn't blank on both Ubuntu and Lubuntu), so it doesn't give any better functionality than XFburn does at present.

    I like the idea of a command line tool for CD burning. Does anyone know the commands to blank a CD-RW? That would really indicate if the problem is related to the GUI front end or not.

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    Re: XFburn will not erase CD-RWs

    Quote Originally Posted by Ahunt View Post
    I like the idea of a command line tool for CD burning. Does anyone know the commands to blank a CD-RW? That would really indicate if the problem is related to the GUI front end or not.
    I don't know about that command but you can start any program from CLI and keep monitoring it.
    For example, you could simply just write:

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    k3b
    In the Terminal and in case of errors, the terminal will show it there.

    I haven't tried k3b with RW media but so far it's so good for me.

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    Smile Re: XFburn will not erase CD-RWs

    Incidentally I started a new thread to deal with the question of erasing CD-RW from the command line.

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    Re: XFburn will not erase CD-RWs

    Problem fixed!

    As described on the other thread on blanking by command line I was able to put a CD-RW in the drive and then use:

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    sudo umount /media/disk
    to unmount the disk before opening XFburn. When XFburn was then opened it did not crash and I was successfully able to blank the disk. It looks like XFburn has a bug in it - it should unmount the CD when it opens and it doesn't, otherwise it works fine.

    I want to thank everyone who contributed here. As usual the Ubuntu Forums are an amazing source of information and everyone here is amazingly patient and polite to those of us who are still learning!
    Last edited by Ahunt; December 9th, 2010 at 07:21 PM. Reason: spelling

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    Re: XFburn will not erase CD-RWs

    Very glad you managed to sort it out, my friend
    Well done and I share the same opinion with you about this forum.

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