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    Poll For "live Chat Option On Board?"

    The little indicator at the bottom left of each message (on/off Card PM) shows the poster's status. When you look at yours it will always be on (grin) but when you go off-board it will switch to "Off" for anyone else who's looking at it. [What is the CARD button for?] I don't think a chat forum would be such a good idea, although I know just the person to lurk in there and have the last say on everything.
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    Cd Copy

    Hi Lenny, The problem is NOT what you wrote the files ON, but what you wrote them WITH. There are two CD writing methods used by ECDC: 1) is a temporary, packet-writing method. Here you format a CD with the Direct CD program, and can drag and drop files onto the CD with Windows Explorer. 2) uses the CD Creator program, and writes either a bunch of files or a whole disc in one "session" to an unformatted disc. Method 1 makes "special" discs that nothing else can copy, and precious-little else can read. Method 2 makes standard CDROM disca that anything can copy or read. Disc Copier can't copy the special discs method 1 uses. You need to read them all back onto your hard drive and then make a standard CDROM with CD Creator. Disc copier will handle those happily if you need more than one copy. Lynn is correct when she mentions that CDRWs shed data like a tree sheds leaves, but that's a whole 'nother problem and is not why CD Copier won't copy your discs.
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    Overburn

    Hi, Regrets, but there's NO WAY of getting version 5 to overburn or write to CDs past 700 MB. You need to go to a later version of Roxio or someone else's software for that (as well as having a drive which will not only recognize but also BURN to 900 MB).
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    Copy A Disc

    Hi Ron, Easy CD Creator has a number of systems, all interlinked. The messages you're getting all indicate that something has seriously broken in your ECDC installation. Normally I'd recommend a full uninstall with the Control Panel uninstall applet, followed by a cleanout of any fragments with Roxizap, followed by a careful reinstall and re-update following the instructions Rich86 writes for installations. However you may already have done this. It would be worth re-doing this (you need to clean it out again anyway) and getting a set of Rich's instructions for reinstallation, because XP has gotten very finicky about how you install these things. One other thing though, what have you done with your XP as far as updates go during that complete system restore you speak of? If you have installed Micro$oft's SP2, that might have caused the problem. SP2 breaks so many things that Roxio wouldn't support ECDC version 5 in XP2. If you have gone to SP2 you may be SOL, I'm afraid.
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    Attempting To Access "customer Support"

    Hello Ryan, I can't do anything about the Roxio site but I do volunteer to help fellow users with problems here. You say your problem's off topic here. Have you posted it in one of the other forums where it might be on topic? Which forum?
  6. Tap water here is artesian, straight out of the ground - same as they bottle. I have the occasional Coke, but it's bottled in another city so I sterilize it with Messrs Beam or Daniels or Capt. Morgan. (Just to be safe).
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    Unable To Uninstall

    Hi Mark, Perhaps that's one of the reasons Easy CD Creator is NOT supported by Roxio in a server environment. I don't know. If you can't uninstall it the regular way the Roxio brute-force uninstaller, Roxizap, should do it for you. I believe there's a link to Roxizap in Lynn's 'frequently asked questions' post at the start of this forum.
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    Which Email App Do You Use?

    I don't like the latest version either, Paul. I stuck with version 1.92 because it's good, not just because I insist on driving an oxcart. (my bumper sticker: Caution, don't step in exhaust! )
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    "new Toys" 39 Megapixel Digital Camera

    What sort of wine's good where you are, Neil?
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    Which Email App Do You Use?

    I use Forté Agent. It's a text-mailer so doesn't let in all those greeblies that other mail clients expose you to, and it doesn't absorb huge amounts of disk space like the zillions of attachments Incredimail stores. It's also very tidy when dealing with newsgroups.
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    Media Player 9 Engine Update?

    Hi Terry and guys, I've sent that file re-named to *.EX to Dave, so it should get through. A lot of those mail systems don't like "naked" executable files. Lynn, There are no popups and no word "promotion" associated with either of the links for that file. It is a utility, not an update. Now we have to see if it solves Dave's problem with that AVG thing. Thanks everyone.
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    Media Player 9 Engine Update?

    Hi, I'm back. Sorry to have been away from this for so long. Ogdens: Yes, that's the file I spoke of. It's version 4_53_71, and it's 188,406 bytes. DrBsr1: if you want to try this file and can't get it down off the server (it took me six tries to get it down to compare) I can email it. It's not that AVG thinks the old file is a virus - it actually identifies it - it's just AVG has problems with it. Send me a personal message (PM) mentioning that file and an email address I can send it to, and I'll do that for you. Please to pop back here afterwards and let us know how it goes.
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    Adaptec Directcd Upgrade Question

    Hi Steve, I just read my Direct CD 3.05 test disc when using Easy Media Creator 7.5's "Drag to Disc", and it read fine. Drag to Disc (D2D) is the equivalent of the earlier Direct CD. I think that D2D did an unauthorized write to the disc when I ejected it though, as it told me to wait while it prepared the disc for ejection and now the disc reads whether D2D is running or not. Pah! Now I have to install version 3 again to make another test disc. I didn't need that. eBay has always been a good source of genuine discs from owners who are upgrading and want to sell their old version. I think you're unlikely to get genuine Version 8 discs from there as it's the latest version, although I have seen some members saying they're going back to 7.x until 8's teething problems get fixed. I think if you can find a genuine 7.5 there it should be worth getting. There are also a lot of good discount deals going out there. I think you should be aware, once you get access to your photos again, that storing them on a rewriteable disc is NOT a good idea since CDRWs lose data quite quickly. Neither is storing them on formatted discs because of reliability and interchangeability issues. For reliability and universal access, store precious stuff on CD-Rs written as a standard CDROM by Creator Classic.
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    Cd Won't Eject

    Crazycomputer, It looks as though you're using Direct CD and writing on a formatted disc, especially if you can read the disc on your machine while others can't read it on theirs. Direct CD when it is working properly will lock a disc in the drive because there are things it should do to a disc before it is ejected. You shouldn't try to manually eject it with the drive button, but should go into the Direct CD formatting wizard and eject it through the software. Your best path to preserve your family pictures is to read them all off that CD onto the hard drive. Once they're safely there, burn them to a CD-R disc with CD Creator's data project. DON'T use Direct CD to format the disc, but write a data project to an unformatted disc. That will produce a standard CDROM disc which can be read by any PC. If the pictures are precious, make another copy of the CD and keep is safely somewhere else in case you damage the first one. In summary, don't use a formatted disc because it will give the problems you've already found. Don't use a re-writeable disc (CD-RW) because they aren't stable and will fade quite quickly. Now, if my guess about you using a formatted disc is wrong, please come back here because something is quite wrong in your system.
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    Screen Refresh

    I tap F5 on the page I want refreshed (using IE).
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    Compatability Error

    Hi Cody, I think that's more likely to be a hardware problem than software. Drives which sold in the time of ECDC4 are reaching the end of their expected service life. When you insert a disc in a drive the drive spins up and reads the disc. After a successful read it reports to the computer what sort of disc it has, and sets itself ready to operate. The drive decides what disc it has, not the software. The laser unit on CD/DVD drives normally faces up, so you see the label of the disc as it goes into the machine. This is handy, but it also means that dust, fibers, and other garbage can settle on the lens over time. This can cause read and write errors. If the dust isn't firmly stuck on the lens it can move, giving sporadic errors. I think it would be worth getting a lens cleaning disc and cleaning the laser lens. Cleaning kits aren't expensive and are a good investment. There's a good chance this will improve the read so your drive no longer mistakes what sort of discs you've fed it. There is always an outside chance that parts of the drive are failing and cleaning won't help, but it's certainly a good thing to try first.
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    Help Me Get Back My Family Pictures

    Hello Brad, There are two ways ECDC4 can write to CDs. 1) Using Direct CD, and writing single files or bunches of files to a FORMATTED CD. 2) Using CD Creator and writing either a whole CD or at least a "session" to an UNFORMATTED CD. Method 1 can be handy for local or short-term use, but the discs are unreadable on another machine unless you're running Direct CD on that machine too. Often they're unreadable unless you have the exact same environment as when you wrote them. Handy, but not over-practical or safe. Since you're having trouble I assume that you were using this method. Method 2 is not so easy for dropping the odd file onto a CD, but it makes STANDARD CDROMs which can be read on any PC and many other machines. Both methods can be used on either CD-R (write-once) or CD-RW (re-writeable) discs If you want to archive precious stuff, use method 2 and write it onto a CD-R not a rewriteable CD. For very precious stuff write two CDs and store them in different places. Never trust your only copy of a precious file to a packet-written (formatted) disc. Nero has similar systems. Their "InCD" is the equivalent of method 1, and the regular Nero writer uses method 2. Their StartSmart is a menu system, and Data CD should take you to the safe method 2. - - - - - Right, that was how to archive them. Now, how to recover them from your old discs. Various claims have been made about reading old Direct CD discs on new versions of the software, but the results (if any) have been patchy. They seem to rely on a combination of the new system, the new software, the new CD/DVD drive, and the way you hold your mouth. I believe that your most reliable and least expensive solution is to get a recovery program such as CD Roller (www.cdroller.com) or ISO Buster (www.isobuster.com). These programs allow a trial so that you can see what files they can recover, though you need the paid version to actually do the recovery. Our forum members have recommended both of these recovery programs. I wish you success.
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    Tsid Lost

    Jim, My great regrets, I put you wrong earlier. It was version 5 where the CDkey was split from the TSID, not 4. One thousand apologies. In version 4 the TSID serves both installation and support functions (while the program was still supported). During installation the number is stored in several different locations. I did a mimimal install of Creator; the menu system; and JCC; and the number was stored in 4 different sub-keys. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Adaptec\CreateCD\4.0\Registration HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Adaptec\Easy CD Creator 4\4.0\Registration HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Adaptec\Easy CD Engine\1.0\Registration HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Adaptec\Jewel Case Creator\4.0\Registration If your uninstalling didn't remove those keys they may still be there. Run REGEDIT.EXE and either navigate to the Adaptec section of HKLM or else search for "Registration" to see if you can find one still intact.
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    Tsid Lost

    You don't need a TSID to install Easy CD Creator 4, you need a CD Key. You can't get past that. You say "reinstall". If it has been previously installed on THAT machine with that operating system and the registry hasn't been damaged, it may be possible to locate the CD key in the registry. Is that the case, or is it a new install in this system?
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    How To Open *.cl3 Files

    Hello, Sorry, but there is no backward compatability allowing you to use .CL3 files. It was lost early on in version 5.
  21. Jim, If you have the original drive that the OEM software came with, it should work WITHOUT UPDATES being necessary. If it isn't working (and the drive's still okay) then the software has been broken by something or hasn't been installed successfully. Tell us more about your operating system, the drive, the machine, and the software history, so we can see where it broke.
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    I Like The New Boards

    That's a good paradox, Judy. If you see my reply there was no need for it, because you found where your question was going to and where the answers were. If you don't see my reply, how can I tell you where to look?
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    Media Player 9 Engine Update?

    Dave said :"I'm really reluctant to do this to my machine because it is used for business purposes and I don't want to take a chance on screwing it up, so I'd like to find another solution. That solution apparently is to update the Roxio applet in MP9, which brings me back to my original question: How can I get an engine update from Roxio?" I have an idea that this was a conflict with the CDR4 module in WMP9, CDR4 being a Roxio module and one of the reasons why Windows Media Player conflicted with earlier versions of CD Creator. Roxio put out a fix file, UPDATECDR4_53_71.EXE which was 188,406 bytes, and I think this was to fix that problem. I haven't been able to find that file available from the Roxio site when I had a look just before, but I do have a copy of it from about a year ago. If you need, I can experiment on my Version 5 and see what that file does.
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    Upgrade

    There are two types of 4, Standard and DeLuxe. If you get a "file not found" error it's usually because you have the wrong sort of updater and it's testing for the presence of a file which your version doesn't have. [pssst! just quietly, there's no version 4.5 - the highest reached was 4.05 ]
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    Photo Cd

    John, There are two main methods of writing CDs used by the Easy CD Creator suite. 1) Direct CD, where you format a disc and drag 'n' drop files onto it. This is a proprietory format meant for local use, and it won't be readable by most other systems. 2) CD Creator which writes a STANDARD CD ROM onto an unformatted CD. You should use method 2 if you want to produce CDs which can be reliably read by other people or even yourself if your system changes.
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