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installing cdwriter

Posted on 1999-07-19
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Last Modified: 2013-12-05
how to install cdwriter(hp 8100) in hp netserver lh3 with
sco unix 5.0.5 installed in RAID 5 configuration.& also
how to use it
Question by:lalitc
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ID: 2011561
how to use take backup on cdwriter

Expert Comment

ID: 2011562

  We have SCO openserver 5.05 and I have looked in to
this problem. The short answer is you can't. The long answer is  You Can. The problem with CD-writers is they don't like to be interrupted. If you interrupt the Bit stream at all then you have just created a $1.08 coaster. If you go to the SCO site and click on solutions then openserver and the proper hardware category under the the Harware compatibility page, you will see some high end magni-optical solutions from a few different vendors starting at about $1500(not to mention the disc prices).
 ZD-studios makes a black box that burns CDs perfectly with a nil scrap rate. The Black box is basically a computer that is networked to your server that receives the job and has enough memory and singlularity of function to burn Discs quickly and error free. It's $5000.
  Now to the long part. You could wait and watch the web for a port(either SCO certified or not) to Openserver or you could get creative if you have the stamina. I have
seen on Freeware sites, a driver written in Java for burning CDs on Linux. Linux and SCO are close cousins.
 You could try to port the driver to SCO or run the job
 to a dedicated Linux box via a file Linux understands.
 But perhaps a simpiler solution yet, Vision
comes standard on Openserver and I think you can still Dos copy on SCO. In other words get the file on a Windows machine then it is a cinch to burn. Granted you would have to run the CD contents through Rawrite( also freely available) to translate back to Unix, but you have something that is definitely do-able.
If I get the points I will gladly give more details
that might be needed.

Accepted Solution

dgrimes earned 400 total points
ID: 2011563
I use mkisofs to create the burnable CD image and then use a windows product to actually burn the CD. This works great 100% of the time. I am using Easy CD Creater on Windows to burn the CD. The best thing about this is that it is freeware. You can get from or use a search engine to locate mkisofs. You get the entire source and make files to compile for SCO (and many other OSs). If you have a hard time finding it, let me know and I'll send you the tar package I have. BTW, the image create maintains all permissions and optionally ownerships. The CD is completely mountable by ANY system including windows and can be treated as just another file system.

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