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using Ubuntu 12.10 and I cant erase any of my dvd, or cd Rw's. Terminal will not work either. I have tried all the force commands in terminal and nothing. The dvd is recognized as a rewritable disk so I don't know why its not working. When I open brasero I have no "menu" to shoose blanking from.

The data on the disk that I want to blank has some backup from Windows 7 is that why brasero will not blank it? I know longer have windows 7, Ubunto is my only OS.

I want to put Lynux Mint on this dvd.

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It could be faulty media, try another disc. If that fails try install/use K3b, it is much more capable than Brasero. – fleamour Mar 7 '13 at 13:12
My suggestions in this answer might help if you haven't tried similar things already. – user76204 Mar 7 '13 at 18:02

I am the developer of libburn which probably does the drive related stuff for your Brasero.

In order to distinguish between a problem of Brasero's own code and a problem of libburn, you could use one of my command line applications of libburn called xorriso. This can be installed with

sudo apt-get install xorriso

as it does not automatically get installed with libburn4 on Ubuntu.

A blank command would be (I assume your drive has address /dev/sr0):

xorriso -outdev /dev/sr0 -blank as_needed 

Then obtain the state of drive and medium:

xorriso -outdev /dev/sr0 -toc

In case of success, xorriso should then report among other lines

Media status: is blank

If this succeeds, then Brasero's code is to blame, resp. the system facilities by which it gets information about drive and medium. (I cannot help with such problems.)

If above command fails to blank the medium, then you will have to show me the messages of the blank attempt and the outcome of -toc run. Probably we will have to obtain a log of the commands sent to the drive and the replies which are received:

xorriso -scsi_log on -report_about ALL -outdev /dev/sr0 -blank as_needed 2>&1 | tee -i /tmp/xorriso.log

The log will be quite verbose. Thus above command catches a copy in file /tmp/xorriso.log. This file would then of interest for me.

Have a nice day :)


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xorriso is a useful tool- I was not very familiar with it before, but the man page is very interesting reading. – user76204 Mar 9 '13 at 0:03

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