1. # use the program xine-check to determine whether your cd/dvd software (e.g., mplayer, ogle, xine,...) is configured optimally:
  2. # enable dma for your dvd player:
    sudo hdparm -d1 -X34 /dev/dvd 
    If you are satisfied with this setting, consider appending its specification to /etc/init.d/bootmisc.sh:
    echo hdparm -d1 -X34 /dev/dvd|sudo bash -c "cat >> /etc/init.d/bootmisc.sh" 
  3. # the program k3b, part of the kde tools, provides a very nice user interface for writing cds and dvds:
  4. # how to write bootable cd/dvd images to cd/dvd using linux: here
  5. # create an exact copy of the information on a cd/dvd to your hard disk:
    sudo umount /dev/cdrom;sudo dd if=/dev/cdrom of=/tmp/image.iso conv=noerror 
  6. # how to burn a DVD-Video under Linux with mkisofs and dvdrecord