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Re: Linux Friendly Hardware Database ??

Michael A. Peters wrote:
Many moons ago I bough a Sony DVD burner.
It worked in Linux from day one - worked extremely well.

I finally ran out of my supply of DVD-R and bought another 50 spindle.
It will not burn to them - first spitting out the disk and sucking back in, and then failing when it comes to the burn.

I recently bought a spindle of 50 CD-Rs.

The first three I burned were in non-sony drives (pioneer DVD burners except I don't recall whether one of the three attempts were in my Mac), and all three were coasters.

I don't recall having CD coasters resulting from burn errors before.

It happens I have a Sony CD burner, came with my thinkcentre. It can burn the CDs.

Sony's on my no-buy list.

http://www.digitalfaq.com/ has a lot of general information about DVD media and drives. http://www.digitalfaq.com/media/dvdmedia.htm is a good starting point.

I googled the error and found that my drive is old enough that for the new media types, I need to update the firmware on the drive. Went to get the new firmware, and read the instructions. You can not update the firmware from a DOS boot floppy, you update the firmware from within Windows.

That's a bit of a problem for me, I do not have windows, and this is NOT the kind of task I would expect to work in wine (though I may be wrong, I kind of doubt it would).

So I'm on the hunt for a new DVD burner, but I'd like to find one that allows firmware updating via boot floppy or bootable flash drive. I'm having trouble finding one.

Is there a hardware database of Linux friendly hardware that takes into account things like firmware updates? I hate having to replace hardware that otherwise functions perfectly, but just needs new firmware.

I've never had the need to upgrade the firmware in a CD/DVD drive.

What does Sony support say? Sony has some involvement with Linux.



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