Samsung SE-506BB/TSBD (external Blu-ray 6x Writer, 6x DVD±R DL, USB 2.0)

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Samsung SE-506BB/TSBD (external Blu-ray 6x Writer, 6x DVD±R DL, USB 2.0)
Linux compatibility:
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Samsung SE-506BB/TSBD 
Minimum: $ 69.99 
Maximum: $ 139.99  
Updated: 16/07/2016 12:03

Review of Linux Compatibility

The Samsung SE-506BB/TSBD is an external Blu-ray writer, which uses a single USB 2.0 cable for power and data transfer. The writer can write triple layer and read quad layer media.

The following writing speeds are supported:

  • 6X BD-R
  • 6X BD-R dual layer
  • 4X BD-R triple layer
  • 2X BD-RE single, dual, or triple layer
  • 8X DVD±R
  • 5X DVD-RAM
  • 6X DVD+R dual layer
  • 6X DVD-R dual layer
  • 8X DVD+RW
  • 6X DVD-RW

Supported maximum reading speeds are

  • 6X BD-ROM dual layer
  • 6 x BD-R/-RE single layer and dual layer
  • 5 x BD-R/-RE triple and quad layer
  • 8 x DVD +R/-R, +RW/ -RW
  • 6 x DVD +R/-R dual layer
  • 5 x DVD RAM
  • 24X CD-ROM
  • 24X CD-RW

The SE-506BB/TSBD has the USB ID 0e8d:1956

Bus 001 Device 002: ID 0e8d:1956 MediaTek Inc.

and is automatically recognized by the Linux kernel:

usb 2-2: new high-speed USB device number 5 using ehci_hcd
usb 2-2: New USB device found, idVendor=0e8d, idProduct=1956
usb 2-2: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3
usb 2-2: Product: MT1956
usb 2-2: Manufacturer: MediaTek Inc
usb 2-2: SerialNumber:
scsi 6:0:0:0: CD-ROM            TSSTcorp BDDVDW SE-506BB  TS01 PQ: 0 ANSI: 0
sr 6:0:0:0: [sr1] scsi3-mmc drive: 0x/24x writer dvd-ram cd/rw xa/form2 cdda tray
sr 6:0:0:0: Attached scsi CD-ROM sr1
sr 6:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg2 type 5

Unfortunately, the MediaTek USB controller that is used in the device has not been programmed with a serial number (see last line of lsusb output):

Bus 001 Device 005: ID 0e8d:1956 MediaTek Inc.
Device Descriptor:
bLength 18
bDescriptorType 1
bcdUSB 2.00
bDeviceClass 0 (Defined at Interface level)
bDeviceSubClass 0
bDeviceProtocol 0
bMaxPacketSize0 64
idVendor 0x0e8d MediaTek Inc.
idProduct 0x1956
bcdDevice 0.00
iManufacturer 1 MediaTek Inc
iProduct 2 MT1956
iSerial 3 ?????????

Under certain situations this missing serial number can lead to problems under Linux, e.g., if more than one SE-506BB/TSBD is used in parallel. Furthermore, some writer programs can not handle the device if a serial number is missing.

Identified Hardware Configurations (3 Results)

This hardware component was used by Linux users under the following system configurations. These results were collected by our LHG Scan Tool:
Scan Date
Debian GNU/Linux 8.7 (jessie) 3.16.0-4-amd64 - 19/03/2017
Linux Mint 18 Sarah 4.8.0-6.1-liquorix-amd64 - 11/11/2016
Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca 3.19.0-22-generic - 14/07/2015

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