Bug 177526 - cdrecord writes CDs that fail mediacheck without dma=off
cdrecord writes CDs that fail mediacheck without dma=off
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: anaconda (Show other bugs)
i686 Linux
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Assigned To: Peter Jones
Mike McLean
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Reported: 2006-01-11 10:20 EST by Scott D. Anderson
Modified: 2008-05-06 11:33 EDT (History)
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Description Scott D. Anderson 2006-01-11 10:20:01 EST
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Description of problem:
I burned several FC4 ISOs (for installing on another machine) using cdrecord.  The burning exhibited no errors, but the installation failed.  I checked the disks using "mediacheck," and they failed.  I asked on LinuxQuestions, and was told to use "dma=off" in the mediacheck, and that succeeded.  I'm told that the installation will succeed the same way, though I haven't tried that yet.  

The exact command I used was: 

cdrecord -v -dev=ATA:1,0,0 -eject -data FC4-i386-disc3.iso

I checked the sha1sums for the ISOs I burned and they were fine.  Burning those same ISOs using a Mac OSX produced CDs that installed just fine.  So it really seems to be a bug with CD record.

You might argue that it's not a bug, since there is a workaround, but I've been using Redhat and Fedora for years without hearing about dma=off or understanding what it means, so it seems to me that the workaround is obscure enough that this counts as a bug.  There is an "easy" workaround, so perhaps I've miscategorized the severity, but because the workaround is somewhat obscure, I've classed it as a bug.

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Burn ISO using cdrecord -v -dev=ATA:1,0,0 -eject -data FC4-i386-disc3.iso
2. Boot from a working FC4, disk 1
3. type "linux mediacheck" at the prompt
4. test the burned CD.  this will fail.  
5. reboot from the same working FC4, disk 1
6. type "linux mediacheck dma=off" at the prompt
7. test the burned CD.  this will succeed.

Actual Results:  disk failed the medicheck

Expected Results:  disk should pass the mediacheck

Additional info:
Comment 1 Harald Hoyer 2006-01-11 10:54:57 EST
please use "-dao" for burning
Comment 2 Harald Hoyer 2006-01-11 11:01:03 EST
Also, because I think this is more an anaconda/mediacheck issue, which should
use the isosize and not the number of bytes read from the device, I am
reassigning this to component anaconda.
Comment 3 Horst H. von Brand 2006-03-22 11:52:43 EST
Again, with Fedora Core 5 media won't pass the mediacheck test here unless I
give "ide=nodma". Tossed a few (presumably good...) CDs away... CDs were burned
on a DVD writer under Fedora rawhide (almost Fedora 5).
Comment 4 Christian Iseli 2007-01-19 19:37:57 EST
This report targets the FC3 or FC4 products, which have now been EOL'd.

Could you please check that it still applies to a current Fedora release, and
either update the target product or close it ?

Comment 5 Ruth Aydt 2007-03-28 13:15:47 EDT
With RHEL V5 x86-64 on an AMD based system I get mediacheck errors on discs 1 
and 4 of the release.  I confirmed the md5sums were correct on the iso file 
images and reburned disc 1 - still get errors reported.   Tried mediacheck 
with  dma=off; still get errors reported.   tried mediacheck with ide=nodma 
and after initial progress get "Kernel alive" and "kernel direct mapping 
tables up to 260000000 @ 8000-13000" then system hangs.    Will go ahead and 
try install with these discs as not sure what else to do.  Think there is 
still an issue w/ mediacheck in V5.
Comment 6 petrosyan 2008-03-09 22:56:00 EDT
Fedora Core 5 is no longer maintained. Can you reproduce this bug in Fedora 8?
Comment 7 Bug Zapper 2008-04-03 22:06:24 EDT
Fedora apologizes that these issues have not been resolved yet. We're
sorry it's taken so long for your bug to be properly triaged and acted
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Comment 8 Bug Zapper 2008-05-06 11:32:58 EDT
This bug is open for a Fedora version that is no longer maintained and
will not be fixed by Fedora. Therefore we are closing this bug.

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