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  1. You're right Lance, the downloaded .EXE files are really self-extracting archive files.

     

    Theresa needs to extract each one separately and burn the contents of each to a disc. Then they will be ready for instant use if there's need for a repair or reinstall.

     

    Theresa, sorry you were misled by the filetype extension of the download files. Follow Lance's suggestion and all will be well.


  2. Okay, you've got me now, Woodysvdub. I'm a bit lost.

     

    What is the problem you have. Is there one, or are you reporting two problems?

     

    In your first post you were complaining that Roxio EMC 9 and WMP 9 wouldn't pick up the CD text off your burned CDs - it was pointed out that they don't pick up CD Text and you need a player that does. (You should note that original pressed commercial CDs don't usually carry CD Text, you have to insert it into your CDs as you burn them).

     

    Now you seem to be complaining that Disc Copier freezes. This doesn't seem connected to the first problem since the commercial discs are unlikely to have CD text, so you wouldn't want identical copies of them.

     

    Have you got over your first problem with CD text yet?

     

    With your second problem, what are you doing and what part of the process have you reached when Disk Copier freezes? Does it do this all the time, or only some times or some discs?


  3. That's a pain, because usually when this happens it's because of a conflict between the version of CDR4 installed by Easy CD Creator, and the version which is installed by Windows Media Player or one of the other music programs which use the Adaptec burning engine.

     

    When that happens, about the only way to cure it is to remove BOTH programs, delete any version of CDR4 which remains, and then reinstall Easy CD Creator. However you can't reinstall Easy CD Creator without an installer program or CD. In your case it is your OEM agency which has the program/CD, and it is them who you need to approach for a replacement.

     

    Bundled or OEM software is of very little value to you if the OEM is too cheap to provide a method to reinstall the software if you break it.


  4. I want to be able to have them show up on the mp3/cd player in my truck. So i can see the song title while playing. Or even when I pop them into a computer, that it will see who and what it is and will tell me.

    You need a player in your truck which will recognize and display CD text (most won't), and playing software on your computer which will recognize and display CD Text (most won't).

     

    If you want a tiny software player which will display the CD text (and will reassure you that it IS on the CD you made) look on the Internet for the HACP player. It's free, small, and versatile. It displays the CD Text on the disc, and you can get a download from any of dozens of sites.


  5. Shrky57,

     

    Optical drives are designed to optimize the burn they make on a disc. They do this by writing a series of burns in a special "calibration area" reserved on the disc for this purpose. They then read the burns and set themselves to the best level for that disc.

     

    If the laser's lens is getting dusty or the disc is a bit far away from the sensitivity the drive likes, the drive can find itself unable to calibrate for a decent burn, and you get that error.

     

    If only one disc in a stack is below spec, you can often burn the rest without any problems.

    If you're trying a new brand of disc, that error might show your drive doesn't like the type, and you may need to change disc brands.

    If you haven't changed discs and you start to get this error repeatedly, it could indicate a dirty lens which needs cleaning.

     

    Once you've sorted out the immediate problem, give this some thought.

     

    Have you updated the firmware in your drive since you got it? Often the most recent firmware will produce the best burn. I felt the early firmware in the 1008 was a bit intolerant of variations or hard-to-burn discs, and mine burned better after I updated. I think the latest firmware for yours is 0060, if you check this thread at CDFREAKS.


  6. Tomcat,

     

    I just made a T2 emergency boot disk in Win98, and here's the files on the disk.

     

    Aspi2dos.sys

    Aspi4dos.sys

    Aspi7dos.sys

    Aspi8dos.sys

    Aspi8u2.sys

    Aspidisk.sys

    Aspiedos.sys

    Atapmgr.sys

    Ma358.sys

    - - - -

    Restore.exe

    Autoexec.bat

    Config.sys

    ICFMDOI.txt

    Restore.loc

    Restore.txt

    Command.com

    IO.sys

    MSDOS.sys

     

    Config.sys loads only the .SYS files in the top half of that list, and Autoexec.bat runs only Restore.exe.

     

    I don't understand where you're getting the references to IFSHLP and VMM32 from.

     

    If you have a utility which can write a floppy image to a floppy disk I could email you an image of the T2 emergency boot disk I just made, and you can try that. Send me a Private Message with a suitable email address and a note of what you need.

     

    Else if you have all those listed files on your floppy (the last three are often invisible) you could make sure autoexec.bat contains only "restore.exe", and config.sys has these contents

     

    LASTDRIVE=Z

    DEVICE=ATAPMGR.SYS

    DEVICE=ASPI2DOS.SYS /D

    DEVICE=ASPI4DOS.SYS /D

    DEVICE=ASPI7DOS.SYS /D

    DEVICE=ASPI8DOS.SYS /D

    DEVICE=ASPI8U2.SYS /D

    DEVICE=ASPIEDOS.SYS /D

    DEVICE=MA358.SYS /D

    DEVICE=ASPIDISK.SYS /D

     

    Please let us know how you get on.


  7. Beej,

     

    A thought - you said the VOBs played okay from the hard drive before you burned them to disc, what happens if you copy them back off disc into another folder on the HD?

     

    If they won't copy off properly, or have difficulty, it could point to a sad disc / bad burn.

    If they have difficulty getting to the HD but then play well, it's definitely the disc.

    If they copy to the HD without fuss but are scrambled when you play them, then something has mangled them on the way to the DVD.


  8. Hi I've been trying to retrieve old archived backups using Take Two. I want to restore an image of my drive from 2001 to a new HDD. When I boot to the floppy drive the dos program says "the following file is missing or corrupt, A:\IFSHLP.SYS" and "A:\SYSTEM\VMM32.VXD" .

    TOMCAT

    Tomcat,

     

    Which operating system are you using when you make that floppy disk?

     

    IFSHLP.SYS is found in the \Windows directory in Windows98, and VMM32.VXD is found in the \Windows\System directory.

     

    Perhaps if you make your floppy disk in Win98 it may use the right files. (I don't know, since I avoided Take 2, and then it was dropped from the suite).

     

    Otherwise if you have room on the floppy you could make the directories it is asking for and put those files in there, and see if that works.

     

    If you don't have Win98 now and so can't get those files, send me a private message with a suitable email address and mention what you need, and I'll email you a copy of them.


  9. "Yes, but I'd like to know why changing the file type works/is needed. After all the contents of the file aren't changed by renaming it?"

     

    Different bunches of people have settled on different standards - again.

     

    That's the great thing about standards - there are so many different ones to choose from. (sigh)


  10. CDAnteek,

     

    Gary obviously thought you were advocating the retail version of the Plextor utility rather than the free one. So did I, it's strange for someone to label a free version "Professional", and the retail version "Professional XL", so I trust you'll forgive our mistake. :)

     

    This is the DVDInfoPro which is supplied with EMC 9. Clicking the box told me that it is up-to-date.

     

    post-208-1158887502.jpg


  11. Roger,

    If your computer keeps trying to install software each time you try to do something, then it is likely that the Windows installer system is broken.

     

    Try using the Windows Installer Cleanup Utility from Micro$oft

    Here

     

     

    This will enable you to remove the Windows Installer configuration information that is related to this program.

     

    It might pay you to remove EMC8 before you do this, and reinstall it again afterwards.


  12. I only suggest a CD cleaning disc as a last resort, if the drive has not responded to anything else.

    Use of the cleaner will either get the drive going, or save you from having to shoot it.

     

    All respect to Mr.Pioneer, but I've heard of many cases where a clean with this brushy thing has got the drive going again and I've not heard of one where the brush has ripped the lens assembly askew. (Although, being my own devil's advocate that could conceivably be what happens when the drive doesn't respond - you might never know why)


  13. Hi Cathy,

     

    MyDVD is a program by Sonic. At a later point in time than MyDVD 6, Sonic bought the Roxio name and software from a company that at that time was called "Roxio" but has since changed its name to "Napster".

     

    ECD/DVDC 6 was issued by the company that was known at that time as Roxio. It has absoutely nothing to do with MyDVD.

     

    After Sonic bought Roxio, they put a combined Roxio/Sonic Version called EMC 7.5. MyDVD is not part of Roxio software until EMC 8.

     

    These Forums are covered by people who have bought, installed, and used Roxio products. Since MyDVD 6 is NOT a Roxio product, you are going to have to contact Sonic. I undestand often the $35 fee is waived in installation issues, but that is something which will have to be dealt with by Sonic, not volunteers who answer questions about Roxio software.

     

    Sorry.

     

    Lynn

     

    I think what Lynn was trying to say in her ineffable way was "Sorry, you're in the wrong forum. You want 'My TV to go' which is in the forum just above this 'Legacy Products' one."


  14. Thanks for the quick answer; now that you mention it, I believe this happened before and I was able to still read the CD on the home computer. The only problem is, it is not running. I beleve my problems are all associated with this laptop.

    BFW,

    It looks as if you have version 2.x or 3.x of Direct CD installed on your Vaio.

    Windows XP does not like the drivers which run those early versions of Direct CD, so it won't display the special areas where your data are living. All it will show you is the UDFreader, which won't work because XP doesn't like it.

     

    You have three options, if the data on the CD are critical:

     

    1) get the VAIO going again, and then use Adaptec CD Creator's Data Disc project to write the data to an UNFORMATTED CD. That disc will be readable in any PC.

     

    2) if you can't get the Vaio running again, you'll need to obtain one of those recovery programs and attempt to recover the data off the CD to another system.

    or

    3) attach the Vaio's hard drive to another system and read them off there.


  15. I have a lot of cl4 files created on a WIN98 machine with Easy CD Creator 4.0.5. Now I have a WINXP SP2 machine and I know that Easy CD Creator 4 does not work with my current OS. Since I have so many files in the cl4 format, what version(s) can I upgrade to to preserve the files? Most important thing is to keep the files in a newer format, so I don't care if I have to pay (although free is always nice). I have searched the lists and googled for months and not found anything that matches my problem.

    Jamjnr,

     

    What exactly are you hoping to do with your old .CL4 files, please?

     

    Are you aware that they are only project lists? They list the names of files or tracks which are to be recorded by a Creator 4 project. They don't hold the actual files or tracks, just their names.

    If you were coming back from the shopping mall .CL4 files are your shopping lists, not the packages of goods you've bought.

     

    The only use for old saved Creator 4 project files is to run Creator 4 again and burn the same disc, but to do this you must have the same source files still in their old place on the computer, or the same audio tracks available to Creator 4. It's no use having the old shopping list if the articles are no longer sold, or the mall has been replaced by a freeway.

     

    .CL4 files can't be used in other versions of Easy CD Creator, only version 4.

     

     

     

    [*]The files can be converted to jewlcases with jewelcase creator (which will function as an independent program, altho it objects both when opening and closing that it can't find the rest of the program)

     

    Lynn

     

    Lynn,

     

    Would you tell me how to convert the .CL4 files to jewelcases please?

     

    I sent a number of CDs away without inserts when I didn't have a printer, but I still have the .CL4s for them.

    It would be really lovely to print and send the inserts to the person after all this time.


  16. Hello Gary,

     

    You're using Roxio Disc Copier to copy a DVD, and you need to cache it to a hard drive other than the default on C: ?

     

    Run Disc Copier. The main screen has boxes for the source and destination drives. You'll know how to set those, please do so.

     

    Down the bottom, under the destination drive box, is a button called Options. Click that.

     

    The main Copier screen will now extend to let you get at Write speed and instructions, and the cache settings. Click the "Select Location" button and an Explorer-type tree will open. Pick a folder on your other hard drive, and click Select.

     

    Once that's done and discs are in place and recognized, you're ready to burn with the cache folder in the new location.


  17. Greenlady,

     

    I'm guessing it can't read that file on the installation CD. Is that right?

     

    I'd suggest you first try cleaning the clear side of the CD with a soft, just damp cloth, perhaps with a little dish detergent in the water. Wipe radially from the hub to the outside of the CD to clean any dirt off.

     

    If you have the spare room on your HD, copy the entire installation CD onto the hard drive. Once you get it there, run the installer (setup.exe?) from the hard drive and see if it will install properly.


  18. Hi Brendon,

     

    Here are posts I found about the error. Lots of ideas and nothing conclusive. So I thought I'd ask here.

    http://discussions.virtualdr.com/archive/i...p/t-123844.html

    http://groups.google.com/group/aus.compute...4452c8cd1ab925e

    Thanks Ellen.

     

    The first reference was the sort of thread that problem-solvers hate - Nothing had anything to do with anything else.

     

    Stiltzkin was told by ECDC that one or more of his files had changed between the time he set them up to burn and the time the software verified them. i.e. he was trying to burn a changing file - a temp file, or a log file which was still being written to. Validation is there to make sure you're not trying to burn a file which is still changing. He ignored the error, and when the burn was finished the file had changed again so couldn't be verified. I'm surprised that he was surprised by that. It seems obvious that if a file is 5KB when you burn it, but has grown to 10KB when you try to verify it, that it won't verify.

     

    Jman then suggested he update. Obviously clutching at straws because he didn't have a clue.

     

    Stiltzkin then came back to say he did update, and now the system is protesting about the new (ultra type) disc he is using. At that point the discussion fell to pieces.

     

    The second reference was discussing a burner which apparently has problems "writing regular bit patterns correctly" and as a result it could not write an identical copy of a disc and its discs would not verify. The interesting thing in that one was that music CDs still sounded okay despite the errors.

     

    When a drive reads a data CD with an error, it will repreat the read and use error-correcting bytes to reconstruct the sector with the error. If it can't do that it will declare a CRC error and give up.

    With music CDs you don't get time to do that, and the easy fix is to play the last good frame (sector) again in place of the one with the error, and the ear doesn't notice. Since there are 74 frames/second a music CD can survive the odd small unfixable error where a data one cannot.

     

     

    I've gone into this because it's interesting and might explain one or two things, but the main thing is that you don't need to update your software because you got a verify error, and you can still get a verify error with up-to-date software.

     

    Discs are made to fit within a range of values, and so are drives. If your drive is up one end of the range while the discs are down the other, then they won't get on well together. The aim is to find a brand/type of discs your burner likes, and then stick to them. Otherwise your burning can be borderline, and some burns might fail.

     

    Unfortunately for the home consumer, CD burning still has some elements of Art and experimentation in it. It's not all precise Science.


  19. Ellen,

     

    Those are Lynn's names for making a data disc with CD Creator, or running a data project in CD Creator. Essentially they're the same thing.

     

    The Easy CD Creator suite has two CD writing programs (1) Direct CD, a packet-writer and (2) CD Creator which writes either audio CDs (music) or standard CD-ROMS (data).

     

    Lynn is recommending CD Creator (or similar programs) over Direct CD (or similar programs).

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