> I've googled until I'm blue (would that be bluegled?) and I can't
> find a DVD burner that has all of what I want. These seem to be
> what people like for Linux:
> Ricoh MP5125A DVD+RW/+R, DVD-R, CD-R/-RW (OBSOLETE)
> NEC ND1100A DVD+RW/+R, DVD-R, CD-R/-RW (replaces above Ricoh)
> HP DVD300i (DVD+RW/+R, CD-R/-RW)
> (watch the line wrap)
> Pioneer DVR-A05 CD-R/RW, CD-RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD-ROM
> All of the above units are EIDE. Is there a SCSI DVD burner that
> works with Linux? My reason for wanting this is the wonderful
> burning throughput I get with my SCSI CD burner. I *NEVER* have
> buffer underruns no matter how much else my system is doing.
> I can even backup to my SCSI tape at the same time without
> problems. I'm nervous that an IDE burner will force me into
> buffer underrun land.
> Unless otherwise noted, the statements herein reflect my personal
> opinions and not those of any organization with which I may be affiliated.
I have had great luck with IDE-SCSI emulation. I was very skeptical, but it
works great! In fact, it works so well that I've removed my old SCSI CD
writer and replaced it with a (faster) IDE model. Now I've got both a CD and
DVD writer, and both work great with IDE-SCSI emulation.
By the way, if you really want SCSI on a CDROM, you can sometimes find units
with a bridge card that converts standard 50pin (narrow) SCSI to IDE. My most
recent drive, "Yamaha CRW-F1E" came with one. But I didn't need it. IDE-SCSI
works fine. Besides, I think a bridge card might just add more problems than
it fixes. However the bridge card is a viable option when you need to
workstations, etc, that don't have IDE controllers.
Note: Never trust the plain IDE driver for CDROMS. Lots of timeouts, buffer
over/underruns, etc. Also many drives don't even allow DMA to be enabled. I
don't know whether it is the drives or the kernel problem, but it is just
By the way, standard IDE on hard drives is mostly fine. When DMA works, they
kick ass. But I don't trust them completely yet. See my previous posts about
DMA timeouts on this newsgroup. Hopefully SATA (serial ATA) will fix this
once and for all. It is supposedly a higher level SCSI-like interface.
It is about time this was fixed...