Friday 26-09-2003 (september 26th 2003)
I bought myself a new DVD burning rom.
A NEC ND-1300A
(officially borrowed from http://necd.de)
single/dual-layers, DVD single/double-sided, DVD Video, DVD-ROM,
DVD-R(W), DVD+R(W), CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, CD-Text, CD-Video, CD-Extra,
CD-DA, Photo-CD (single-/multisession), CD-R(W)
DVD, 700 Mbytes CD-R(W)
120 ms DVD/CD
|Data transfer rate
DVD 12x CAV (max. 16.200 Kbyte/s), CD 40x CAV (max. 6.000 Kbyte/s);
Write: DVD±R 4x (5.520 Kbyte), DVD+RW 2,4x (3.300 Kbyte/s), DVD-RW 2x
(2.760 Kbyte/s), CD-R 16x (2.400 Kbyte/s), CD-RW 10x (1.500 Kbyte/s)
Ultra DMA 33 mode 2
and horizontal operation, special anti dust seal, PC 2001, MultiRead,
ACTOPC, Buffer underrun prevention
The ND-1300 is
NEC´s 4x DVD writer supporting DVD+R(W) and DVD-R(W). This NEC DVD
writer provides a complete solution for data backup, storage and
distribution - from sharing films and music to archiving a massive 4,7
Gb/s of content on one DVD disk alone. It removes the compatibility
issues that have slowed the take-up of DVD re-writers by incorporating
all eight optical storage formats in one product. The ND-1300 removes
the guesswork one and for all, enabling end-users to create disks for
play-back in virtually all DVD video players and DVD-ROM drives with no
compromise in performance. ND-1300 delivers a very fast
performance at both reading and writing media. Its performance enables
the ND-1300 to record one hour of DVD Video in just 15 minutes. The
product also includes ACTOPC - NEC´s high resolution writing strategy
to enhance the accuracy of written data. ACTOPC provides the user with
improved quality of data copying - whilst allowing for local anomaly in
the media- manufacturing tolerances, finger marks etc.
The burning of DVD's is subject to a lot of changes. The media isn't
according to all standards, and the hardware isn't bug-free.
For this reason, new versions of the firmware are released allmost
every month on the website of Nec.
At buing date this was 1.06. A month later it was 1.07 and now (begin
november 2003) 1.08 is out.
Firmware update page at nec: http://www.necd.de/softwareoverview2.php/id/557/lang/ENG
Changes made to /etc/lilo.conf
|image = /boot/vmlinuz
label = linux82
root = /dev/system/lvroot
vga = 791
initrd = /boot/initrd
append = "hdc=ide-scsi hdclun=0"
As you can see, my dvd recorder is connected to hdc (primairy disk,
The ide-scsi module is then loaded to emulate scsi over the ide bus.
the filesystem on a dvd/cd is iso9660.
|# mkisofs -o
/media/space/install.iso -R -J -x /media/install/excluded1 -x
-o iso image to create
-x exclude directory
/ files to inlcude on image
After this, /media/space/install.iso exists and can be burned onto the
As you may have found out, normal cdrecord versions do not support dvd
The homepage for cdrecord is: http://www.fokus.gmd.de
for future reference and why dvd's are not supported.
my first dvd
not working yet
After realising that it takes a lot of time to get a copy of my dvd
under linux I stepped over on Windows.
Burning tool is nero 6 and the cheapest media is bought with http://www.com4.nl
at Eur 2.50 a piece.
Strange enough, DVD+R dvd's are cheaper in Holland, So I bought a
DVD+RW from Nashua and DVD+R from Platinum.
Since creating RW's under linux wasn't a problem, this also went OK
The problem was ripping the dvd and converting it into a playable DVD.
I bought together with the dvd 30 Princo's DVD-R 4 speed, and 5 DVD-RW
2.4 speed. They all are useless to me sol I sold them to a collegue.
The perfect tool to rip dvd from an original DVD and convert it into a
smaller .vob file. This can be burned onto another dvd with Nero.
I had two problems with dvdshrink. At first, you needed a dvd player,
So I installed my asusdvd that I allready used with my notebook.
After that, It still wasn't working.
When I played the dvd it was clear that I had to set my Region. So I
selected 2 and now it works.
Nero 6 can use dvd's and I have found, until now, no errors. Only that
the new software is very badly designed. Only the advanced version,
Nero Burning Rom and not the other ways of creating an DVD.
How to create a DVD under FreeBSD with cdrecord
Herries Page on firmware: