when I booted back into Windows on the weekend, the Nero Packet Writer component didn't work -- the CD/RW kept reporting "Improper Operation" errors. The Packet Writer didn't see the drive as a valid drive.
uninstalled the Nero component and installed the Adaptec EasyCD that came with the camera. That didn't work either.
unistalled that, and installed the EasyCD Platinum v5 I have a 'borrowed' copy of. Still no joy.
upgraded that to 5.35j through two convoluted steps, and somehow that worked.
burning through Linux from the network at 16x or 8x, the buffer doesn't stay full, and in fact appears to empty itself frequently. Disks are still usable, though.
attempting to burn from the local disk (iso in /tmp) fails with a coaster really quickly.
found some packet writer drivers for Linux, but they require patching the kernel and we all know how much success I have with that. Still can't get the damn kernel I built to boot. At all. Obviously I am missing something.
This seems to be turning this log into a litany of CD/RW drive complaints.