Optical drive lockup
dwyatt at sunflower.com
Sat Oct 20 23:26:15 UTC 2007
Perhaps there's no solution, other than rebooting or maybe
getting a different DVD writer drive, but here's my problem.
When using K3B to write to dvd+r and dvd+r dl media with
Verify selected, after the write completes and the tray is
ejected and reloaded, I see a "No tracks" message when the
verify phase begins and the drive becomes inaccessible and
unusable. Only a reboot restores the drive to usability.
By unusable I mean: the green LED is on and steady, the drive
isn't accessible from any software I've tried, it doesn't
show up as busy via lsof, and the manual eject button does
This lockup also happened recently, once, when trying to begin
the write phase (with blank media). There was no indication
of error from K3B, it just hung. After a reboot, a second try
to copy the iso (w/K3B) to the same disk went w/o a hitch.
This is an up-to-date F7 system. The drive is a Benq DW1655
with the last released firmware update.
This problem never occurred under FC4 before I upgraded a
while back, though then I tended to use GnomeBaker for
writing iso's to disk. GnomeBaker never works since the
upgrade to F7, though it fails w/o affecting the drive (or
writing anything to the blank disk, for that matter).
There is another optical drive, a Lite-On LTR-52327S, whose
operation is unaffected when the Benq stops responding.
Though I wouldn't mind a solution that prevents the drive
lockup, what I'd be more interested in is a way to restore
the operation of the drive w/o a reboot.
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