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Re: [Vox-Outreach] Need more CD burns!
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Re: [Vox-Outreach] Need more CD burns!

I burned a few Knoppix and GNUWinII CDs for a recent event. I found that if my CD record program told me it wrote OK, then I could mount, read a couple html files, and umount without any trouble on any _CDR_ drive (this was my test). However, they did not work on some older CDROM drives. Some of these problem CDROM drives would read the CDRs, but _very_ slowly and with lots of noise; others wouldn't read them at all.

So a word of caution: if someone's machine has an old CDROM drive as their primary CD device (the one that is in the BIOS boot sequence), they may NOT be able to use KNOPPIX at all.

Well, those are my non-technical observations.


btw: I wish I had time to burn a few more for the GTC event, but I am experiencing technical difficulties with my home desktop and have limited time to fix it. Maybe next time.

Peter Jay Salzman wrote:
On Mon 12 May 03,  4:25 PM, Mike Simons <msimons@moria.simons-clan.com> opined:

On Sun, May 11, 2003 at 12:13:07AM -0700, Michael Wenk wrote:

On Saturday 10 May 2003 11:30 pm, Bill Kendrick wrote:

Out of curiosity, what seems to be the failure rate?
(That is, how many discs seem to come out bad?)
Out the of the batch I sent in, I had 2 discs fail(which is around 4%.) Lately it seems higher, but that was because I was burning them on a system with a faster CD burner, but slowing the burn speed back down seems to have corrected that problem. I figure it have around 4% failure rate or so when its all over.
 Wow... I didn't expect that many failures, I've not burned disks... in
the last 4 years.  I'm just surprised.

How long does it take to test?  I'm not completely opposed to handing out
a few discs that might not boot, if it means being able to have a LOT more
discs on-hand.  If people have problems, they know how to get ahold of us.

point of reference - the only time i've *ever* burned coasters is when i
played a game like quake3 while writing a cd. other than that, i've had
a 0% failure rate.

 I would prefer the disks be verified before the event...

you don't even have to verify it.  just:

   mount /cdrom; umount /cdrom

and getting a prompt back quickly is enough.


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