Burning CD-G (karaoke) discs in Linux

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Some notes on burning CD+G discs in Linux:

  • cdgtools may be used to "rip" and burn (cdg2bin.py) CD+G (e.g., karaoke) discs.
  • I've never had successful CD+G burns using my LITE-ON DVDRW LH-20A1S burners. Although the graphics data (.cdg) copies, it is "blocky," making the discs virtually unusable on a karaoke machine.
  • My LITE-ON USB DVD writer (model eHAU220-08) makes perfect CD+G discs. The speed I burn at doesn't seem to matter. The discs work fine at a 48x speed burn.
$ wodim --devices
wodim: Overview of accessible drives (3 found) :
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 0  dev='/dev/scd0'     rwrw-- : 'LITE-ON' 'DVDRW LH-20A1S' (doesn't work)
 1  dev='/dev/scd1'     rwrw-- : 'LITE-ON' 'DVDRW LH-20A1S' (doesn't work)
 2  dev='/dev/scd2'     rwrw-- : 'ATAPI' 'iHAS220   6' (works)
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Information from working burner:

$ wodim dev=22,0,0 driveropts=help -checkdrive
...
Device type    : Removable CD-ROM
Version        : 0
Response Format: 2
Capabilities   : 
Vendor_info    : 'ATAPI   '
Identification : 'iHAS220   6     '
Revision       : '8L04'
Device seems to be: Generic mmc2 DVD-R/DVD-RW.
Driver options:
burnfree        Prepare writer to use BURN-Free technology
noburnfree      Disable using BURN-Free technology
forcespeed      Tell the drive to force speed even for low quality media

Information from non-working burners:

$ wodim dev=4,0,0 driveropts=help -checkdrive
Device type    : Removable CD-ROM
Version        : 5
Response Format: 2
Capabilities   : 
Vendor_info    : 'LITE-ON '
Identification : 'DVDRW LH-20A1S  '
Revision       : '9L08'
Device seems to be: Generic mmc2 DVD-R/DVD-RW.
Driver options:
burnfree        Prepare writer to use BURN-Free technology
noburnfree      Disable using BURN-Free technology
forcespeed      Tell the drive to force speed even for low quality media
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