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How can l burn dual-layer DVDs without ruining them?

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I’m using Debian stable (Wheezy) and I am having trouble at burning an ISO image of 8GB on a dual-layer DVD+R with wodim. This is the command I’m using as root:
wodim -v speed=8 dev=/dev/sr0  /home/myuser/image.iso

Everything seems to be ok (though it doesn’t seem to respect the writing speed which wodim says it’s 2X instead of 8X as it should) until the “fixating” process begins. At this point, it hangs for several seconds and it ends up with error messages like the following:

 Input/output error. writeg1: scsi sendcmd: no error
CDB:  2A 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 10 00
status: 0x2 (CHECK CONDITION)
Sense Bytes: 70 00 05 00 00 00 00 10 2A 00 00 0C 30 05 00 00
Sense Key: 0x5 Illegal Request, Segment 0
Sense Code: 0x30 Qual 0x05 (cannot write medium – incompatible format) Fru 0x0
Sense flags: Blk 0 (not valid)
cmd finished after 0.002s timeout 200s

(I’m sorry, these aren’t exactly the same errors I get, but they are pretty much the same)

So I end up with a burned DVD movie which turns up pixelated while being reproduced, thus pretty useless. Note that I don’t think that the ISO image
is corrupted or broken, since it works well when playing it with mplayer from the hd. 

I tried setting up different writing speeds with wodim, without success. In addition, I gave growisofs a try, but I got the same results. 

I am absolutely sure that my DVD drive has writing capabilities for dual-layer DVDs. In fact, I remember having successfuly burned the same kind of disc several months ago with the same device.

Here’s the wodim -prcap output:

Device type    : Removable CD-ROM
Version        : 5
Response Format: 2
Capabilities   : 
Vendorinfo    : ‘PIONEER ’
Identification : ‘DVD-RW  DVR-112D’
Revision       : ‘1.09’
Device seems to be: Generic mmc2 DVD-R/DVD-RW.

Drive capabilities, per MMC-3 page 2A:

  Does read CD-R media
  Does write CD-R media
  Does read CD-RW media
  Does write CD-RW media
  Does read DVD-ROM media
  Does read DVD-R media
  Does write DVD-R media
  Does read DVD-RAM media
  Does not write DVD-RAM media
  Does support test writing

  Does read Mode 2 Form 1 blocks
  Does read Mode 2 Form 2 blocks
  Does read digital audio blocks
  Does restart non-streamed digital audio reads accurately
  Does support Buffer-Underrun-Free recording
  Does read multi-session CDs
  Does read fixed-packet CD media using Method 2
  Does not read CD bar code
  Does not read R-W subcode information
  Does read raw P-W subcode data from lead in
  Does return CD media catalog number
  Does return CD ISRC information
  Does not support C2 error pointers
  Does not deliver composite A/V data

Does play audio CDs
  Number of volume control levels: 256
  Does support individual volume control setting for each channel
  Does support independent mute setting for each channel
  Does not support digital output on port 1
  Does not support digital output on port 2

  Loading mechanism type: tray
  Does support ejection of CD via START/STOP command
  Does not lock media on power up via prevent jumper
  Does allow media to be locked in the drive via PREVENT/ALLOW command
  Is not currently in a media-locked state
  Does not support changing side of disk
  Does not have load-empty-slot-in-changer feature
  Does not support Individual Disk Present feature

  Maximum read  speed:  7056 kB/s (CD  40x, DVD  5x)
  Current read  speed:  7056 kB/s (CD  40x, DVD  5x)
  Maximum write speed:  7056 kB/s (CD  40x, DVD  5x)
  Current write speed:  5644 kB/s (CD  32x, DVD  4x)
  Rotational control selected: CLV/PCAV
  Buffer size in KB: 2000
  Copy management revision supported: 1
  Number of supported write speeds: 8
  Write speed # 0:  8467 kB/s CLV/PCAV (CD  48x, DVD  6x)
  Write speed # 1:  7056 kB/s CLV/PCAV (CD  40x, DVD  5x)
  Write speed # 2:  5644 kB/s CLV/PCAV (CD  32x, DVD  4x)
  Write speed # 3:  4233 kB/s CLV/PCAV (CD  24x, DVD  3x)
  Write speed # 4:  3528 kB/s CLV/PCAV (CD  20x, DVD  2x)
  Write speed # 5:  2822 kB/s CLV/PCAV (CD  16x, DVD  2x)
  Write speed # 6:  1764 kB/s CLV/PCAV (CD  10x, DVD  1x)
  Write speed # 7:   705 kB/s CLV/PCAV (CD   4x, DVD  0x)

Supported CD-RW media types according to MMC-4 feature 0x37:
  Does write multi speed       CD-RW media
  Does write high  speed       CD-RW media
  Does write ultra high speed  CD-RW media
  Does write ultra high speed+ CD-RW media

After doing some google research, it seems I have the following alternatives: 

1)  wodim seems to have trouble with dual-layer DVDs, so several people recommend using the original cdrecord and not the forked one.
2) Try cdrskin
3) Try an older kernel?

Any other one you can think of? Which one would you recommend? 

Any suggestion, tip or hint to solve this, will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance!. 

NN comments

Never mind!. In this case, it wasn’t wodim’s fault nor the DVD burner’s fault. I was missing a step before creating the ISO image. My fault! 

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