Is there some trick to burning a cd with the CD/DVD creator?

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I'm installing k3b because that's a known entity. What is this, and where is the "burn" button? Help just tells me this is Nautilus 3.4.1, but I don't see a burn button to click.

There's no option to burn in the Files menu, nor does clicking on the whitespace indicate an option to burn anything.

  • What do you want to know? Are you asking how to burn CD/DVD with brasero or what? – Anwar Sep 10 '12 at 7:35
  • I'm asking what is this "cd dvd creator"? While it states that it creates CD's, there's no burn option.. – Thufir Sep 10 '12 at 7:49
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    Right click on the empty space and select "Start burning". – Anwar Sep 10 '12 at 7:51
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    It shold be in Files menu. That's not the best burning tool. I would try K3B Disc Burning from from software center. – Naveen Sep 10 '12 at 7:52
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    There's no option to burn either by clicking in the whitespace, nor by clicking in the Files menu. Does this mean something's borked? – Thufir Sep 10 '12 at 8:04

Have you inserted CD or DVD in the drive? Note, the option won't appear in the right click menu if you haven't done it yet. See this link for help.

Burning CD/DVD with Brasero:

  • Press Super key to bring dash and type "Brasero" and open it.

  • Click "Data project"

  • Click the + toolbar icon button to add files.

  • Click on the bottom right "Burn" button to start burning.

That's it. You have burned a CD or DVD with Brasero. Though you might also want to use k3b, because it has higher reputation in Linux ecosystem than Brasero.

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  • My fault, I removed the brasero reference from my question. I'm more asking what this CD/DVD creator is. I put in a link to a Nautilus tutorial, but my interface has no "burn" button as in the link in the question I asked above. pardon that. – Thufir Sep 10 '12 at 7:52
  • Right click on the empty space. there should be an option to burn. Also check File menu. – Anwar Sep 10 '12 at 7:53
  • there are no such options in the empty space nor in the File menu. – Thufir Sep 10 '12 at 9:35
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    This is a question about CD/DVD Creator; not Brasero. – H2ONaCl May 2 '14 at 5:05

I was seeing the same behavior, and just figured out the problem: the current user needs to be in the "cdrom" group in order to operate the burner. This is probably the default if you're logged in as the original user you created when you installed, but may not be if you're logged in as a user you created later.

So to fix it, either:

  • Log in as the original user you created when you installed Ubuntu, or
  • Add your current user to the "cdrom" group.

To add a user to the "cdrom" group, log in as a user with sudo permission (such as the original user you created when you installed), open up a terminal, and run the command:

sudo usermod -a -G cdrom <username>

where <username> is the user you want to add to the "cdrom" group. Then verify that the user in in the "cdrom" group:

groups <username>

It should show "cdrom" in the list of groups.

Log out and back in as <username> (this is important, or the desktop environment won't pick up the new group membership), insert a blank CD, and you should be set.

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Maximize or widen the window of CD/DVD Creator and you will see a button labelled Write To Disc. Click that to burn the disc.

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After you drag your .iso file to the white space, right click on it and select "Open with Brasero". You'll get a popup to burn the image.

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