I can't burn Ubuntu on a DVD

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Raisen223, Oct 28, 2014.

  1. Raisen223 macrumors member

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    I've followed the guide which they've typed out on their website for disk burning, but Disk Utility always fails the burning process. When I tried burning it on high speeds (4x~8x), it gave me an error saying that this particular disk drive could be incompatible, or the speed may be too much. Then I tried on the lowest speed possible (2x), and it gave me a medium write error.

    The DVD is a DVD-R from Maxwell with 4.7 gigabytes of recordable memory. It's labelled on the disk that it can be used both for video and data; so I'm assuming that an iso should work just fine with no issues.

    If anybody could tell me how to burn Ubuntu on these DVD-R's, that'd be swell. Thanks a ton in advance!
     
  2. Raisen223 thread starter macrumors member

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    Update: I've now tried with a Sony DVD+R, with 4.7 gigabytes of recordable memory, and Disk Utility still gives me the same errors.
     
  3. macenied, Oct 29, 2014
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    I think it is an issue with the drive, not with the media. Normal DVD's can be burned with 16x speed, so 4x - 8x should be fine.

    Before you head for a repair, try to clean the lens of the drive using a CD/DVD lens cleaner kit. I did this for the first time a few weeks ago on a 4 years old Superdrive and it helped.

    I assume you have checked the integrity of your downloaded ISO file already, by comparing a checksum.
     
  4. Raisen223 thread starter macrumors member

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    Sorry if this is a lamebrain mistake, but no I didn't. How would I go on about checking the integrity of my ISO?
     
  5. Raisen223 thread starter macrumors member

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    Okay, so I checked the checksums and they didn't match. I tried other mirrors on Ubuntu's site, I tried the torrent version, but none of them worked. Ubuntu says it can be a problem with their download server. Is there someplace else I could download Ubuntu from?
     
  6. macenied, Oct 29, 2014
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    Here is the checksum you should see for the x64 desktop version - "Erwartetes Ergebnis" at the bottom of the active window.
     

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  7. J232022, Nov 3, 2014
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    It does sound like a issue with the drive in my opinion , Why not try a Usb Drive its faster and more reliable than discs . Maybe you should try running a virtual machine and burning the disc inside that to see if there is any difference . It is worth a try , but it probably wont make a difference .
     
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  9. Raisen223 thread starter macrumors member

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    I tried with a USB drive and it worked flawlessly, thanks. And yeah, this does seem like a drive issue. I'll send my MAC for repairs.
     
  10. J232022 macrumors member

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    Happy to see it worked out for you and good luck I hope you get the drive fixed or replaced . Ubuntu is a very good os too and I highly recommend it .
     

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