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Re: growisofs problem with non +RW media on Samsung TS-542A

I'm running debian/unstable with a kernel and growisofs  The machine has a Samsung TS-542A. growisofs works
fine for DVD+RW media but refuses to do anything with DVD-R or DVD-RW
media with a 'Wrong medium type' error.

black:/home/mal# dvd+rw-format -blank /dev/hda
* DVD\uffffRW/-RAM format utility by <appro@fy.chalmers.se>, version 4.10.
* 4.7GB DVD-RW media in Sequential mode detected.
* blanking .:-[ PERFORM OPC failed with SK=5h/ASC=30h/ACQ=02h]: Wrong medium type

black:/home/mal# growisofs -dvd-video -Z /dev/hda=ocean.img
Executing 'builtin_dd if=ocean.img of=/dev/hda obs=32k seek=0'
:-[ PERFORM OPC failed with SK=5h/ASC=30h/ACQ=02h]: Wrong medium type

black:/home/mal# dvd+rw-mediainfo /dev/hda
INQUIRY:                [TSSTcorp][CD/DVDW TS-H542A][TS01]
 Mounted Media:         14h, DVD-RW Sequential
 Media Book Type:       32h, DVD-RW book [revision 2]
 Legacy lead-out at:    16424665*2KB=33637713920
 Disc status:           blank

This is formally impossible state, blank DVD-RW in Sequential mode with lead-out at less than 4.7GB. Was it written before? If yes, then you should know that Sequential mode requires blanking procedure to be applied before you can re-use media. Alternative is to format for Restricted Overwrite with dvd+rw-format -force in which case it will act more like DVD+RW. If media wasn't written before that it's simply not recognized by your firmware and you should either upgrade or switch to another media brand.

For the reference. I have received a problem report from another TS-H542A/TS03 user claiming that growisofs fails to start DVD+R recording with ":-( none Mode 1 track" error message. It's TSSTcorp firmware glitch which will be worked around in upcoming dvd+rw-tools update. A.

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