burncd(8) usability: why `-s max' isn't default?

Daniel O'Connor doconnor at gsoft.com.au
Tue Aug 31 05:31:53 PDT 2004

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On Tue, 31 Aug 2004 20:20, Dag-Erling Smørgrav wrote:
> > Do you have any evidence?
> Yes.  My laptop's DVD/CD-RW drive (Hitachi something-or-other) turns
> out coasters if I try to use -s max with no-brand CD-R media.

Tried newer firmware?

> >      You will have big problems finding any CD-R media (even very
> > cheap one) with rating < 32 on the market today, so that chances to
> > "overspeed" the media with those ancient burners are quite theoretical.
> What planet do you live on?  Back here on Earth, the most widely
> available CD-R media is 16x or 24x, and prices rise steeply once you
> cross that boundary.  For CD-RW media, that boundary is even lower (8x
> or 12x).

The drive reads ATIP info from the disk to determine the maximum writable 
speed (Among other useful things)

Of course the media could be lying about the maximum speed it's rated for, but 
I haven't seen media like that. I buy Verbatim 48x spindles of 50 disks which 
are fairly cheap but don't produce coasters.

CD-RW media is slower but that's a function of the way CD-RW's are made and 
their smaller volume.

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