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I am using Sony CD-R 700 MB discs and every time I try to burn the ISO file on a disc, an error message pops up saying error while burning, drive is busy.

Can anyone assist me in this process? I am trying to do this on my HP touchsmart which has one disc drive.

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provide information of software you are using for it. – K.K Patel Aug 8 '12 at 9:52
Excuse me i am running Ubuntu 11.10 and the ISO file I am trying to burn is Ubuntu 12.04 – Frank Aug 8 '12 at 9:56
Which burning software do you use? Brasero? – BuZZ-dEE Jan 14 '13 at 14:15
Do you see any pertinent messages near the end of your /var/log/syslog file? I would speculate that your drive is somehow misconfigured -- uses the wrong driver, or somehow conflicts with another device on your system. – tripleee Jan 16 '13 at 4:39

You could try burn the iso file in a terminal with:

  1. growisofs

    1. Install dvd+rw-tools:

      sudo apt-get install dvd+rw-tools
    2. Burn iso file:

      growisofs -dvd-compat -Z /dev/dvd=/path/to/image.iso
  2. cdrecord

    1. Add the CDRTools PPA and install cdrecord:

      PPA description

      This PPA contains builds of CDRTools and Smake. CDRTools has been packaged as a replacement for CDRKit. This may (or may not) solve many CD/DVD burning issues in Ubuntu.

      The CDRTools package builds Cdrecord, which replaces Wodim, and Mkisofs, which replaces Genisoimage. Add the PPA, update your sources and then install cdrecord and mkisofs.

      sudo apt-add-repository ppa:brandonsnider/cdrtools
      sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install cdrecord
    2. Determine dev for CD / DVD burner:

      cdrecord –scanbus | grep -i cd

      Output something like this:

      3,1,0   301) 'Optiarc ' 'DVD RW AD-7173A ' '1-01' Removable CD-ROM
    3. Burn iso file:

      cdrecord -v dev=3,1,0 /path/to/image.iso
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Have you tried creating a USB bootable flash drive? You can burn an ISO using the command line via wodim. To install wodin, Just press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the command below:

sudo apt-get install wodim

Locate your cdrom drives location with following command:

wodim --devices

Command above should give output like the following:

neostream@ubuntuportal:~/Desktop$ wodim --devices
wodim: Overview of accessible drives (1 found) :
 0 dev='/dev/sg2' rwrw-- : 'ASUS' 'DRW-2014S1T'

Using the output from above identify your drive location. In this example it would be /dev/sg2, Insert a CD/DVD blank into your CD/DVD burner, then burn ISO image with following command:

wodim -v dev=/dev/sg2 speed=10 -eject /home/neostream/iso/ubuntu-12.04-desktop-i386.iso

If you want to burn to CD/DVD-RW disc, you can erase it first with this command:

wodim dev=/dev/sg2 blank=fast


1Source:Ubuntu Portal

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Try running your software from the command line and check if it outputs any error. If not maybe you can try using K3b, i find it really good and never had any problems.


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