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Disable AutoPlay of Blank CD or DVD media

Ubuntu will automatically launch a CD burning tool when you insert a blank data cd or dvd. This can sometimes interfere with something else you are doing right at that moment.

To disable this, navigate to System \ Preferences \ Removable Drives and Media:

Uncheck the box, and you will no longer autoplay blank discs.

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  • Published 11/10/06

Comments (3)

  1. Paul B.

    More recent version of Ubuntu (and Fedora), circa 2010:

    There is no longer a System>Preferences>Removable Drives and Media option.

    Instead, open the File Browser, Edit>Preferences and choose the “Media” tab.

    Under “Other Media” select Type “blank CD disc” and action “Do Nothing”. Close

  2. John S

    @Paul B. Thanks Paul, that was exactly what i was looking for!

  3. eli

    great tips. thanks!

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