HOME-RECORDED DVDs, COPIED OR ATTEMPTED TO COPY:
I have two Panasonic DVD Recorders/VCR Combo units. These receive their signals from Comcast, one through a digital (but non-HDTV) cable box and one directly from cable. (We have the Digital Plus package of channels but I do not access HDTV programming.) The home-recorded DVDs I make on the Panasonics are from local and cable channels, mostly black and white programs such as Perry Mason, Combat, and black and white and color movies from TCM.
Occasionally I wish to make a copy of a home-recorded DVD on my Dell Dimension 4700. I do not attempt to copy commercially recorded DVDs. The DVD-R media I use are name-brands, Memorex, Verbatim, TDK, or Maxell.
The original installations of EMC 7 and EMC 7.5 were able to copy home-recorded DVDs without a problem.
EMC 8, and the most recent reinstallation of EMC 7.5, will not copy home-recorded DVDs.
ROXIO EMC 7, 7.5, & 8 INSTALLATION AND UNINSTALLATION HISTORY:
Before installing programs I shut off anti-virus and other security software as well as closing all open programs with Windows Task Manager.
My Dell came with Sonic RecordNow! 7.3 LE software. Before installing Roxio EMC 7 the Sonic DLA portion of RecordNow! was uninstalled. The original installation of Sonic RecordNow! made copies of home-recorded DVDs. RecordNow! was uninstalled in a few months as it had fewer features than EMC.
EMC 7 was installed without the Drag to Disc feature. EMC 7 update patches were installed as available. EMC 7 satisfactorily copied home-recorded DVDs. Photo Suite 7 could not synchronize slide show images with soundtracks.
Later, hoping for program improvements, EMC 7.5 was installed, without the Drag to Disc feature, and then its update patches were installed as available. This installation of EMC 7.5 satisfactorily copied home-recorded DVDs.
In November 2005, hoping for program improvements, I purchased EMC 8. EMC 7.5 was uninstalled and EMC 8 was installed without the Drag to Disc feature. Immediately I discovered that the optical drives were no longer recognized. The computer locked up when attempting to read from DVDs or CDs. The Audio Capture feature was used once.
I emailed Roxio with my observations and concerns about EMC 8. No response was received. On 12/19/2005, for the second time, I emailed Roxio with my observations and concerns about EMC 8. This inquiry was acknowledged by Roxio Technical Support but no relevant or specific advice was given.
EMC 8 was soon uninstalled and EMC 7.5 was reinstalled without the Drag to Disc feature. Update patches were reinstalled. EMC 7.5 satisfactorily copied home-recorded DVDs through around early April 2006.
EMC 7.5 stopped making copies of home-recorded DVDs around early April 2006. This was around the time I uninstalled McAfee software (a trial version installed by Dell) and installed Norton Internet Security 2004 (a trial version from the Dell Dimension 4700 Tools System Software CD). (I have available a retail version of Norton Internet Security 2005 that I have never installed.)
Then I saw that there was an EMC 8 update patch. I saved the patch to my hard drive. I uninstalled EMC 7.5, reinstalled EMC 8, updating it with the patch.
The reinstalled EMC 8 again failed to read the optical drives and locked up the Dell 4700, just as the original installation had done.
I uninstalled EMC 8 and reinstalled EMC 7.5, without Drag to Disc, and reinstalled its update patches. The optical drives can be read and home-recorded DVDs may be watched on the Dell, but they can no longer be copied by EMC 7.5. There are several errors given when attempting to copy DVDs, some say “cannot read from media,” or “cannot write to media,” or “incompatible format,” and perhaps some other error messages. EMC 7.5 will burn CDs.
Lately, in desperation, I reinstalled Sonic RecordNow! 7.3 LE, without the DLA utility, from the Dell supplied reinstallation CD. The reinstalled RecordNow! LE can no longer make copies of home-recorded DVDs. It correctly burns CDs.
While I prefer the Audio Capture of EMC 8 (with its instant finalization like the older EMC 5 Platinum) the ability to make occasional copies of home-recorded DVDs is very important to me. How might I get EMC 7.5 or EMC 8 copying home-recorded DVDs on my Dell Dimension 4700?
DELL DIMENSION 4700 SPECIFICATIONS
Dell Dimension 4700 (new 12/04)
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005
Microsoft Plus! Digital Media Edition for Windows XP
Remote Control for MCE 2005 (there are no TV tuner or capture cards installed)
Sonic RecordNow! 7.3, Dell installed software (reinstalled without DLA utility)
MS Works Suite 2004, Dell installed software
Pentium 4 530 with Hyper Threading (3.0 GHz, 800 FSB)
512 MB Ram DDR2 400 MHz
160 GB Serial ATA Hard Drive 7200 RPM
ATI Radeon X300SE 128 MB PCI Express X16 Video Card
Creative Sound Blaster Live! 24 bit HD Audio Sound Card
Dell E1704 FPV Ultra Sharp Flat Panel Monitor
LiteOn SOHD-16P9SV DVD-ROM (replaced original DVD-ROM)
LiteOn SHOW-1633S DVD-RW (replaced original CD-RW)