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X-CD-Roast 0.98alpha14

How to burn DVDs

nach untenOverview
nach untenSetting up the files
nach untenSetting up the DVD-key


nach obenOverview 

To burn a DVD in X-CD-Roast, you have to set a media size greater than 1 GB in the media selection drop box, you must have a DVD-Writer, and you need a plugin as well as a DVD-key. The rest is the same, X-CD-Roast switches automatically from burning CDs to burning DVDs. In this chapter, we will download the plugin and the DVD-key. The plugin is named cdrecord-ProDVD. It is used in addition to cdrecord. Cdrecord is the library used to burn usual CDs. With the latest releases of cdrecord-ProDVD, as well CD-R/RW as DVD-R/RW are now supported.

Setting up the files

nach obenSetting up the files 

Make sure you have a kernel version 2.4.x or higher. (you can test this with the command uname -a). Next, download the appropiate binary of cdrecord-ProDVD for your system from:

For current linux distributions this would be the binary that ends in -i586-pc-linux-gnu, e.g. cdrecord-prodvd-2.01a12-i586-pc-linux-gnu

What you downloaded is a binary, that means, it can directly be used. So, copy it to the xcdroast-bin directory (mostly /usr/lib/xcdroast-0.98/bin or /usr/local/lib/xcdroast-0.98/bin). Name it "cdrecord.prodvd". (I spent 2 hours of error tracking because I renamed it to "cdrecord-prodvd", what is wrong!) Call chmod 755 cdrecord.prodvd to make it executable.

Setting up the DVD-key

nach obenSetting up the DVD-key 

Now start X-CD-Roast. You will get a message like this:

Congratulations! That means, X-CD-Roast has detected the binary of cdrecord-prodvd used by you. Quickly get a DVD-key (only for private use) from It will be in a line like this:

In this case, the DVD-key is something. Copy it into the textfeld Setup -> Options -> CDR_SECURITY key and click on Save Configuration. Now, X-CD-Roast should write DVDs instead of CDs if your media size exceeds 1 GB.

copyright (c) 2003 Thorsten Stärk