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  1. How/where/what can I do to change the program so that I can simply add an individual file or folder to the data project again.

     

    Also, where are these "importing sessions" located?

     

    Audsnends,

     

     

    To change the program settings run CD Creator, go to the top toolbar, FILE / CD Project Properties, and a window will open. In that window there's a box you can uncheck 'Automatically Import Previous Session'. Uncheck that box and ECDC won't automatically import the indexes of what was previously on the disc.

     

     

    The 'importing sessions' are just stuff you've previously written on the disc.

     

    If you want to preserve stuff you've written earlier, 'import' the indexes from the earlier session manually, by clicking on the import button. It keeps the earlier stuff, but doesn't write another copy of it.

     

    If you don't want to preserve it and you're writing on a CDRW (rewriteable) you should really erase the disc first. That saves problems of importing or not, because the disc is blank.


  2. Hi Ellen,

     

    I don't know what 'Beyond Compare' checks, but CDs do incorporate error correction in their makeup. If a CD doesn't verify properly because it's borderline and has errors, the data might still be recovered by the error correcting system. Things are still working properly.

     

    I read on google groups that this error may be corrected by an update,

     

    You seem to have fully updated software, since you say you have 5.3.5.10 - you can check by running CD Creator and going to Help in the top toolbar, and looking at 'About Easy CD Creator'. What error do the sites you read claim is correctable?

     

    There are two Version 5 updaters on the Roxio site, one for Platinum and one for Basic. They each update version 5.x to 5.3.5.10.

     

    Dell has an updater on their site for their OEM version of ECDC. It should be used for the Dell OEM version, and not for the non-Dell version.

     

    The updater adds/updates the files needed by your operating system. You should not worry that it will add XP files to an SE system. You're quite safe there. (In fact, if you have 5.3.5.10 it has already done it for you)

     

    Please feel free to ask any questions this hasn't answered for you.


  3. Okay Lynn,

     

    It had to be the correct one - the other wouldn't have worked.

     

    Okay, I think you've thoroughly ruled out anything actually broken in the Easy CD Creator system.

    You're using Win98, so that rules out the insidious SP2.

    I think all we are left with is interference from other programs, or something broken in Windows98.

     

    You say your problem is with WAV files, or at least that's where you've noticed a problem.

    (1) can your system still decode WAV files? Can you play them with Mplayer2.exe?

    (2) what other music programs (name and version, please) do you have on your system

    (3) can you play WAV files with any of them?


  4. Roxio says WARNING THIS FILE IS NOT EDITABLE AND WAS NOT ADDED....so ill keep trying this codec front and see if i can get anything to work....but if you think of anything else.....PLEASE PLEASE help me.

    Zodiacus,

     

    You might not realise that an AVI is a container file. It contains video which can be encoded by any of a large bunch of codecs - coder/decoders - such as DivX, XviD, IR41, and so on.

     

    If you want to deal with AVIs outside of Windows Media Player you need to have the codecs which can handle those particular AVIs.

     

    Please try this:

    -find your My Computer icon and right-click on it

    -click Properties / Hardware / Device Manager

    -click on the plus (+) alongside Sound, video and game controllers

    -right click on Video Codecs / Properties

    -click the central, Properties tab.

     

    You should be seeing a display like this. . .

     

    post-208-1158478417.jpg

     

    If all is going well, you should see codecs covering the Xvid and DivX AVIs you have been trying to work with. If you don't see them you need to go and get them because you can't decode the relevant AVIs without them, and you need to decode them before you can edit them.


  5. I guess pretty soon they'll be chips in toilet paper too! What a waste.

    Just wait, Paul.

     

    I hear that Sony Corp is trialing a microchip that will be injected in your neck (like dogs' ones) with all your details stored on it. Scanners on every street corner will tell the recording industry where you are at all times, and if you go within 30 feet of a pirated DVD the chip blows and takes your head with it.

     

    It's NOT TRUE that the street corner scanners have feeds to FBI, CIA, DHS, NSA, BATF and several other agencies.


  6. I copied one of my music files to a CD-RW for my mom to play on her PC at school, but even though I set the Advanced Eject Settings to ISO, the CD won't read in her school PCs drive, and when I ejected the CD in my drive, I got the following dialog box:

     

    wtf.jpg

     

    Please advise.

     

    The file system is Drag-To-Disc RW if that helps.

    Hello,

     

    You used a 'packet writing' software to write your disc. There are a number of packet writers around, and they all use different ways of writing discs. To read one of your discs your mom needs to have the same software on her system as is on the system which wrote the disc. (Yes, I think that's silly too).

     

    The other alternative is to ERASE (not format) your CD-RW disc and write it again with software such as CD Creator, Creator Classic, or Nero Burning Rom. These programs write standard CDROMs which can be read in any PC, without the need for special software such as the Easywriter reader.

     

    Packet writing software is useful for writing discs to move between similar machines running similar software, but if you want interchangeability then you need to write STANDARD CDROMS and even "closing a disc to ISO" in packet writers doesn't always do the job.


  7. What should I do next? I've tried what you suggested already....

     

    Hi,

     

    I fixed your email address to make it indigestible to 'bots.

     

    I'm afraid your message doesn't tell me who suggested what to you, and what you tried which didn't work.

     

    It looks a little as if your drive hasn't been recognized by the program, so why don't you start by telling me what drive it is, and what you tried?


  8. Hello Lynn,

     

    If your system is working well and then something breaks, it's rare for that problem to be fixed by updating. You end up by updating a broken system, and it's still broken.

     

    May I suggest that you uninstall ECDC with the Control Panel add/remove menu, then dry-clean it with the Roxio uninstaller ROXIZAP (see the message with the golden arches /\/\ pinned at the top of the forum to get Roxizap), and then reinstall it again.

     

    A good install should solve your problems, and Roxizap cleans out the broken files and/or registry entries which would hinder a proper install.


  9. Hello,

     

    Run Creator Classic

    Go to the top toolbar, File / New Project / Data Disc, or click on the Data tab on the tab bar in the middle of the screen.

    Drag required files from the top pane of the window to the bottom pane

    Set a Volume Label if one is wanted

    Click on the Burn icon on the bottom right of the screen

     

     

    That's all it should take. Probably setting the project to Data Disc rather than video (regardless of the type of data file) is the crucial part of this.

     

    Be sure to leave Drag-to-Disc and formatted discs well OUT of the process. Use blank or properly erased discs.


  10. Hello Vizi,

    You've done everything I would recommend, except you've still got a Real player there. I wonder if something got tangled during the reinstall.

     

    The 535V driveup patch is useless to you since your drive is known from waaaay back, so you could leave that patch off in future.

     

    Suggestion:

    uninstall the real player temporarily

    add/remove ECDC and then roxizap again

    reinstall ECDC (note the version number from Creator Help/About)

    apply the big 5.3.5.10 updater

    cross your fingers, and report back


  11. If you've never had Easy CD Creator software on your computer, then it seems the HP software is making a wrong identification of something it doesn't like, and thinking it's ECDC stuff.

     

    What is the actual test of the message you're receiving (word for word if possible) ?

    Where have you got in the install of your printer when you get this message?

     

    Have you ever tried to read a disc someone has given you, which was made with Direct CD? That would invite you to install its old UDF reader to make the disc readable, and your new software might be complaining about the UDF reader.


  12. Your drive was only added to the recognition list in May 2004 so you will need the du20041203 drive update patch for Creator Classic (Drag-to-Disc uses a different recognition system). Creator is behaving as if it doesn't recognize the drive.

     

    The patch needs to be applied last, after the engine update patch. It might be worth applying that drive update patch again if there's any chance that changes it made earlier were wiped out by any of the other updates coming later.


  13. Hi Dom,

     

    You've landed in the right place now, so we can work from here.

     

    Here's a very brief, rough and ready explanation for why you got the result you did. It's because you used a non-standard method of writing CDs.

     

    -The "standard" way of making data CDs is with a process called "Authoring", which is done by programs such as CD Creator (part of the Easy CD Creator suite) or Nero's main program. You run the program, point out the files you want to write, and the program creates and writes a standard CD-ROM which can be read on any PC drive.

     

    -Another method called "packet-writing" was devised to allow people to write a file at a time to a formatted CD, rather similar to the way a floppy disc is used. Versions of this method are used by Direct CD (another part of the ECDC suite) by Drag'n'Drop, and other similar programs such as Nero's InCD program.

     

    -Alas, there is very little in the way of "standards" governing how to implement packet writing, and each program tends to use its own proprietory methods. The discs produced aren't standard, and the ability to interchange data on them is very low. Even different versions of the same program tend to produce different discs, and you can have trouble with the same version of software on different drives. Forget discs made with other manufacturers' programs.

     

    Now, a Roxio packet disc is written in two separate parts. There's a standard part which is rather small and contains a reader and installer programs, and a specially formatted part which contains your data.

     

    If you have the right software running on your computer, the disc should be recognized immediately for what it is and only your data will be shown, and you will be happy.

     

    If you don't have the right software running on the destination machine the specially formatted part will be invisible. All you will see is the small "standard" part with the UDF reader and installer on it, and you'll be invited to install it.

     

    At this point if everything goes perfectly a reader will be installed and you'll be able to get the data off the disc. It's only a reader you installed, so you won't be able to write to the disc. In the real world however, it's more likely that the reader on your disc will be incompatible with your machine or operating system, so effectively you'll be screwed and it won't work.

     

    In your case it has shown you part of the contents of a full CD, and all the contents of a part CD. You're probably lucky to have got that far, to be truthful.

     

     

    To guarantee compatability, you need to use the authoring program on your work computer rather than the drag'n'drop one. It will be called CD Creator, or Creator Classic, or it might even be from another manufacturer. It will be designed to write a group of files to an unformatted CD-R or CD-RW, and to make a standard CDROM. You'll be able to take the resulting CD to any other PC and have it read, whereas you have seen that the other method is really only useful between a bunch of similar machines at a workplace which are running similar software.

     

    There are other ways such as USB pendrives etc for getting data from work to home and back, but if you're going to use CDs then the authoring program on an unformatted disc is the way to go.


  14. Thanks very much for your feedback. When you're working at such a distance there's only so much you can nut out with logic, and after that you need observation in the field to clinch the matter.

     

    Just be aware that if you get some new, flash, top-of-the-line drive it won't be recognized by ECDC 5, because they stopped adding new drives to the recognition table some years back.

    You'll probably need new software unless you get a reliable 'pre-loved' drive from somewhere.


  15. Just remember there is a 15MB overhead to set the CD up for the first session, and about 10MB for each session thereafter - that is, you will run out of space a lot sooner than you assume based on file size.

     

    Lynn

    Um, if you try it yourself Lynn, you'll find the overhead is 23 MB for the first session and 14.5-15 MB for subsequent sessions. The figures you are quoting are wrong.

     

    And actually, the operator WAS writing over the old files because the old Quicken did use packet writing -quite successfully most of the time.


  16. Okay, durn!

     

    That rules out Direct CD which is the first of the "usual suspects".

     

    Since you changed your burning software (DCD and CD Creator are totally different programs) that would most likely rule out a 'CD burning software' cause for the problem.

     

    You've changed from CDRW to a CDR, so that rules out a failing rewriteable CD (second of the "usual suspects").

     

    The files on your CD are the correct size so they're not truncated or cut off. I think an operating system error would be more likely to chop bits off the file rather than drop out part way through transfer.

     

    The file contents on the CD are definitely faulty, because attempts to read them with several different programs fail. However you have proved that the source photos are fine.

     

    I'm seriously starting to suspect your drive. LG is a good enough brand, but even good drives can go wonky. I'm having trouble thinking of a conclusive way to test it, though. Before you go too far, it wouldn't hurt to reseat all the cables to the drive to eliminate a dicey connection and try another burn.

     

    If that doesn't help, a program like CD and DVD Speed http://www.cdspeed2000.com/ would allow you to test the burned CD for errors, but it's quite a complex thing to do. Swapping out the drive would be a lot easier.

     

    Have you another drive you can borrow to try, or someone who would be prepared to try your drive in his machine?


  17. Rangerred41,

     

    Yes, using Roxizap will take out the files and registry settings used by Dell's version of Creator Lite. The utility was written to remove just those things.

     

    If your Windows is protesting about the drivers, it will be because you have overwritten the LE drivers with the earlier versions. Windows doesn't prevent you writing those old drivers onto the Hard Disk over the top of LE, it just prevents you running them.

     

    I believe you are going to need the installer CD for Dell LE, because you need to replace the drivers and other parts you've overwritten. (Since they're essentially just different versions of the same program, a lot more than just the drivers will use the same filenames and registry keys, and I expect your add/remove will have taken out large chunks of LE for that reason)

     

    What you really need to do now is get the installer CD for LE, use Roxizap to nuke the all Adaptec and Roxio fragments from the system, and then install LE afresh.

     

    I'm sorry, but I can't think of a way to do this without the LE installer.


  18. VABreeze,

     

    You ran INTO the software I was trying to steer you away from. I was trying to get you to remove Direct CD from the equation, not to try it out.

     

    I like Dave's suggestion of removing the CDRW from the problem, too.

     

    Would you please UNLOAD Direct CD from memory temporarily if you know how to do that, or else use MSConfig to prevent Direct CD from loading, and use a plain CDR instead of your rewriteable for this trial.

     

    -then use CD Creator set up to make a data disc, and burn a bunch of these photos to disc.

    -see if they will now read properly from the disc.

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