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Brendon

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  1. Hi Ellen,

     

    Two things which can cause this are problems with your firewall, and hangovers from the CD Database wars. I'd suggest you check the firewall first, since that should be the quickest thing to fix if it's the problem.

     

    Nobody will tell us in detail how the CD Database system works or how Gracenote could deny service to Roxio customers while allowing users of other software to keep using the once-free database, but I believe it works something like this:

    -when the user calls Gracenote, the software provides a string or token which tells Gracenote who's calling.

    -Gracenote then decides whether or not to answer the call and provide the database lookup

    I think there were also changes in Gracenote's address and structure.

     

    In any event, updating to the final version (5.3.5) should make the necessary changes to re-enable your use of the CDDB if it wasn't your firewall which was getting in the way. You'll need the big 5.3.5 update corresponding to your Basic, but you won't need the additional "driiveup" patch.


  2. This is probably too simple, but is the original actually a data file, or is it a Video? If a Video, it would be measured by time, not by size. But you all know that, right? :)

     

    Lynn

    That was too simple, and wasn't right.

     

    Video files are data. The length of a video is measured by time. The size of the video files is measured in bytes or multiples of them (Kilo- Mega- Giga- etc).

     

    If the video size is less than 4.3 GB (and it was only 3.7 GB) then it shouldn't need compression to fit on the disc.


  3. Hi,

     

    The database

    Information on a CD retrieved from the Internet or carefully manually typed into the layout by you is stored on the hard drive. It depends on which version of Easy CD Creator you are using as to where it is stored, so you get the short history lesson. :)

     

    The early versions stored this info both in the Windows registry and in an .INI file called CDPLAYER.INI which was stored in the Windows directory. The .INI file could get up to 64k, and information in it was shared by a number of different programs.

     

    During the early part of version 5 there was a big change in the scene, and the previously free CD database (CDDB) was purchased by Gracenote who started licensing its use, and charging fees to people like Adaptec/Roxio.

     

    After some to and fro Roxio was forced to shift and encrypt the data users got down from the CDDB so that other people couldn't use info we had all put into the CDDB for years, without paying Gracenote for it.

     

    The next update of ECDC shifted the information you get from CDDB and also any you type in yourself into an encrypted database stored at:

    C:\Windows\Application Data\Roxio\CDDB (if you have Windows installed in C:\Windows).

    It is stored there in encrypted .FCS and .DS files. The directory and files may be hidden from your view.

     

    I don't know how big the encrypted database can get. You can delete the Roxio directory and the database underneath it if you want, and it will be re-started empty next time you query CDDB. I don't know how to decrypt it, either.

     

     

    CDInfo (CD Text)

     

    Not very many music players bother to read CD text off a CD. I don't know why, as no greedy company has managed to charge a licence fee for that. Some set-top and vehicle players use it to very good effect, and ECDC does write the info to the CD when it says it does. You need to write in disc at once (DAO) mode with a drive which supports CD text.

     

    A very good little (free) CD player program which reads and displays CD Text is the HACP player. It can be found on many freeware sites. Here's one to save you looking it up. Click here.

     

    I hope this info answers your questions.


  4. I like the idea of a small program that does nothing but burn discs for you, with the hardware you already have.

     

    The simplicity is very attractive, compared to huge software "suites" which are expensive; incompatible with other software; require you to double your hard drive space and upgrade everything else; and insist on being "your complete media experience".


  5. Does it play "standard avis" and mpgs such as captured using EMC or does everything have to be converted to Divx and mpeg4?

    Yes it seems to, Walt.

     

    I don't have a video camera I can "capture" from, but the player handles all the varieties of MPEG I've thrown at it, and all the AVIs. It will also play files with a .divx extension. It plays CDs, DVD Audio, and MP3 or WAV files, and it will automatically slideshow any MPGs it finds.

     

    If you make a directory called video_ts and put a set of VOBs and IFOs in there, the player will play them as if it's a normal DVD, notwithstanding the fact that you might have a GB or two of other files stored on the disc. (If your VOBs are in a different directory you have to pick and play them manually just like other video files, because the player only reads IFOs in the video_ts directory).

     

    It doesn't like Windows Media files (because Philips would have to pay licence fees for them) and it has a screensize limit on files it will play, but apart from that it's very versatile. I think there are later models out now, also.


  6. I'm really at a loss...any other ideas??

    Thanks for that detail in an easy-to-understand message.

     

    I think we have two main issues here. A third was going to be interference by Canon software, but I think we can safely ignore that possibility.

     

    The two issues left are the uninstall/reinstall, and the instability of your writing method.

     

    I suspect your first uninstall/reinstall gave you a broken install which was fixed by using Roxizap to tidy up the pieces left nehind. You should be good to go now, as far as that is concerned.

     

    The issue of using a packet-writing software (Direct CD in this case) is a bit more vexed. I've used Direct CD and Ahead Software's InCD quite a lot, and have also tried some of the other packet-writers, and they ALL did strange things to/for me at unexpected times.

     

    Those programs rely a lot on drive BIOSes, and every drive manufacturer seems to do things differently. In the end very little conforms to any standard, and it's a wonder that any of them work. I'm wondering if the writing method is what's causing you the problem.

     

    Would you try this for me please? I gather you're using a rewriteable CD, which should be fine for this purpose. Rewriteables can be used formatted with Direct CD, or unformatted (erased) with CD Creator, but a lot of users don't know that. They are not good for long term storage, but that is not the problem we're dealing with here.

     

    -would you ERASE the CD so that it is no longer formatted, and so we can eliminate Direct CD from this for the moment. If you know how to use MSCONFIG and can temporarily stop Direct CD from loading that would make it easier to properly erase the CD. A Quick erase should be enough, no need to cook the whole disc.

    -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.

     

    If you will try this, I'll be waiting to see how it goes.


  7. Hi Roger,

     

    You missed the forum, only just.

     

    If you go out to the main forum page and look just above the "Legacy products" forum where we are, you'll see a forum for Mac products.

     

    I'm afraid I haven't a clue what Sonic/Roxio products are available for the Mac, but the good people in the Mac forums should be able and very willing to help you.

     

    Go well.


  8. VABreeze,

     

    I heard back from Andre, and it seems he had another system available which didn't show those problems, so he went to that one. We have no solution available from there, so we need to start again from the beginning.

     

    Okay, so you're using a Canon Power Shot and saving big pictures. When you save them to CD the files saved are exactly (byte for byte) the same size as they are on the hard drive. Pictures under 1.3 MB in size are fine, but on anything bigger than 1.3 MB something happens to the file contents around that 1.3MB point and the picture won't display any further. The originals display fine from the HD, but the saved copies get cut off when viewed, even when copied back to the hard drive.

     

    Have I got that right?

     

    Presuming that I have,

    (1) What are you burning them to CD with? CD Creator from a data project or Direct CD onto a formatted disc?

    (2) What format are the photos? BMP, JPG, PCX, TGA, TIF, GIF . . . . .

    (3) If you're using Creator, do the files verify correctly after burning?

    (4) What viewer are you using to view them with, and does the problem still show if you use a different viewer program?


  9. Hi Veronica,

     

    With all the things you've been installing and uninstalling, I'm not at all sure what is actually happening to the CD software in your computer. I guess you'll be in the same position :)

     

    I think the best idea is to first clean out the fragments of Creator which may have been left in your system, and then assess whether you should try to reinstall it or should go on to a later version.

     

    -use the "Add/remove software" menu of Control Panel to uninstall, if there's an entry there for ECDC.

    -then use the Roxizap uninstaller to clean out the fragments left behind. You can find a link for Roxizap in the "Frequent Answers" post pinned to the top of this forum.

     

    Once that is done, we hope your system will have returned to normal, or at least as it was before you used the Dell CD. Something must have been wrong before all this, since you say you lost the ability to burn CDs some time ago. I have no idea what that might be.

     

    You didn't say what version of XP you're using, or what Service Packs are installed. If you're using SP2, I'd suggest you look for a later version of burning software. Roxio gave up on trying to support ECDC5 with XP-SP2.


  10. Hi again,

     

    I'm afraid that if you really want Platinum instead of the Basic which you've installed, you'll need to locate and buy a copy.

     

    I agree that it's an excellent piece of software, but there truly isn't a way you can physically upgrade from Basic - they are different program sets or suites, and it isn't like some other software (like the German disc burning software with the Roman name) where you get greater or less function depending on the serial number you give it.

     

    If Basic doesn't have what you need, you will have to go find and buy a Platinum installer CD. The version 5 updates are still available on a Roxio site I think, but that won't last forever so I'd suggest you download the necessary updates and burn them to disc.


  11. Hi there,

     

    The only way you can upgrade from Basic to Platinum is to remove Basic and then install Platinum. There's no software upgrade path possible, as they're quite different programs.

     

    I don't know what your "Roxio bonus CD" is. Can you tell me more about it?

    How did you get it, and what is is supposed to do?

     

    If you are an owner of 5 Platinum you still have rights to use it. It's just you need a Platinum installer disc or a copy of the old "ESD" electronic software distribution (on-line sales version) software to install it, after you remove Basic.

     

    Even if you did buy Version 5 ESD on line (and you've indicated you didn't) I don't think you'll be able to get another copy of that from Roxio since version 5 has been "unsupported" for quite a time now. [support for version 6 was finished last week]


  12. Thank you Jean,

     

    I used WICU a couple of months ago to sort a problem I had in Add/Remove, and everything went well it seemed. It certainly cleared that problem.

     

    A couple of weeks ago I decided to remove EMC 7.5 which was working properly, in order to install a later version onto a clean system.

     

    To my surprise there was NOTHING, absolutely nothing in Add/Remove to deal with EMC. In the end I removed it manually and tidied the registry with Regseeker. This was not a problem for me, but I imagine someone with less experience would be quite stuck.

     

    The only utility I had used which could have taken the EMC entries uninstall from Add/Remove was WICU. Since I didn't look at the EMC entries immediately before and after I used WICU I can't be conclusive about it, but I hold it in deepest suspicion.

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