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CD burning: run xcdroast

The below describes a 2 stage process for burning CDs. First, the data are all translated into a native CDROM format, and put into a large image file on the hardisk. This file is then burned into the CD. Users familiar with burning CDs in Microsoft Windows (using Easy CD Creater for example) may be confused by this, as in Windows the translation and burning is done in one go. Although xcdroast can also do this, the two-stage process is much more reliable, and takes only a little longer to complete. Hence it is described below.

  1. In a terminal, type xcdroast

  2. Click \fbox{Create CD}
  3. Click \fbox{Master tracks} on the left.
  4. Under \fbox{File/directory view} select the desired directory, click \fbox{Add}.
  5. Under \fbox{iso09660 header} put volume id and rest of information if desired.
  6. Under \fbox{Create session/image}: click \fbox{Calculate size}. If the size is ok, click \fbox{Master to image file} at the bottom. This writes the data to a CD image file on the hard disk, which will be in /scratch/test/ (or wherever it is specified in xcdroast under \fbox{Setup}). Do not be alarmed by the ``Warning: creating filesystem that does not conform to ISO-9660'' message - this is fine.
  7. Click \fbox{Write tracks} on the left.
  8. Under \fbox{Layout tracks}: select your image (the one you just created) under \fbox{Image-Information}, click \fbox{Add}.
  9. Click \fbox{Accept track layout} at the bottom (this is important!)
  10. Click \fbox{Write tracks}.
  11. Put CD into cdrom tray (check that no dirt is sticking to the underside) make sure the write speed at top left corner is ok for the cdwriter (8x or under) and for the CDs. click \fbox{Write tracks} at the bottom.
  12. Cross your fingers...

  13. Please delete the old track to save space for the next user. Click \fbox{Delete tracks} on the left, select the old track, and click \fbox{Delete selected tracks}.

Note that very often the reasons for corrupted or failed cdroms are: dirt stuck to the cd, too fast a burn speed, running too many processes, or doing hard disk intensive tasks during the burning process.


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ls-spectro 2002-01-16