DVD Burner permission question

Karl Larsen k5di at zianet.com
Tue Jun 26 11:49:34 UTC 2007

John Pierce wrote:
> Hello!
> I have two hp pavilion laptops, both are the same machines purchased
> the same day.  I had opensuse 10.2 on both and then switched to fedora
> 7.  Now the machine that my wife uses will not burn a dvd, it will
> burn cd and cdrw discs but not a dvd.  I figured that the drive went
> bad and I called hp tech support, they told me it was a configuration
> issue not hardware since it will burn cd and not dvd.
> I did an ls -al of /dev/scd0 on my machine (the one that still burns
> dvds) and this was the result:
> brw-rw----+ 1 eagle1 disk 11, 0 2007-06-24 17:50 /dev/scd0
> I then did the same on my wifes computer (the one that will not burn a
> dvd) and this was the result:
> brw-------+ 1 panda1 disk 11, 0 2007-06-24 20:56 /dev/scd0
> I only see one small difference in the two listings, could this be the
> problem of why it will not burn a dvd disc? Or, should I be more
> insistent on have the hardware replaced?
> It does seem strange that it worked fine until I switched to fedora 7
> from opensuse 10.2.
> Any thoughts, suggestions, ideas would be greatly appreciated.
    Hi John, it appears that you have DVD drives from 2 different 
companies. Odd that this is the case since you bought both computers at 
the same time. My experience has been that DVD drives fail exactly like 
yours did. I had to throw away one last month because it was getting 
worse. So I think it is possible that the drive is bad,

    To get a replacement free you need to swap the drives and see that 
it fails too in your computer, or not. You learn a lot.


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