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  1. Hi Syl,


    Okay, you're using XP and you want to make Media Player the default player for your MP3 files once more.


    Try this:

    -open My Computer

    -go to the top bar, TOOLS / FOLDER OPTIONS / FILE TYPES

    -hit M once and then downarrow until you get to MP3. Bottom half of the box should show "Details for 'MP3' extension, and show that these files open with a Roxio program now.

    -Click on "Change. . ." and select Windows Media Player in the "Open With" box which appears.

    -click on OK, and then close the Folder Options box, which should now be showing that MP3s open with Windows Media Player

    -close My Computer, and try it out.

  2. Can we burn several files to one cd, with each file becoming it's own track on that cd, and each file retaining it's description?



    The answer is "it depends".

    It depends on what you want to "play" the CDs on. The type of CD you make depends on where you expect your congregation to play it.


    (1) Your average music-type CD player will only play audio CDs, and will not display a description anyway. (2) A computer CD drive can use both audio or data CDs, but it depends on the program you're using to play them just what description it will display. .


    In CD Creator you can choose to make an AUDIO CD, or a DATA one. CD Creator will make both types, but they are very different in structure and behave quite differently.


    If you write your MP3 file onto a DATA disc it will retain the information the description it has in its MP3 tag. You can also put other MP3s on the CD until it is full (700 MB usually). However this is a data disc, and can only be used in a computer unless you have a new player which handles MP3s. It won't play in most older music CD players.


    If you open an audio project and drag the MP3 into your Creator window, Creator will turn it into an audio track and record that. This will play in most CD players so you don't need a computer to play it. You can add tracks until you reach 80 minutes, which fills the CD. (You can get 74 minute CDs, but they're rare now). Information from the MP3 tag is lost during conversion back to audio. It is possible to write "CD Text" into an audio CD, but very few players or playing programs will display that.


    I hope this helps. The answer is condensed, so if you need any aspects expanded please feel free to come back here and ask.

  3. I burned some CDs this morning and all worked well. My new problem is that the Roxio player has replaced my Windows media player. I would like to get it back. I know how to change preferences in Netscape but Internet explorer is the one which has changed. Can you advise how to get Windows Media player back in my IE?



    Hello Syl,


    When a program is installed it is common to set the 'file associations' in your registry so that when you click on particular types of file then a particular program is automatically run. It sounds as if the Roxio suite has grabbed some file associations which were previously 'owned' by another program.


    Tell me please, what are you "playing" [CDs, MP3, WAV files . . .]? What program now runs and what previously was run when you played these?


    If I can work out how things were, we should be able to show you how to change them back.

  4. Hello,


    It seems you have a tangle with your installer configuration for ECDC6. This happens if things are done out of order, or sometimes (it seems) if you hold your mouth the wrong way while looking at it.


    May I suggest you go to the Microsoft site and read the page on the Windows Installer cleanup utility. The idea will be to use the utility to completely remove the ECDC6 installation configuration. After that is done you will have a clean system to install the program suite you want.


    The page you want on Microsoft's site is here. (click on this link)

  5. To begin with.....it keeps talking about copying stuff to disks. I only want to copy from Itunes to the little chip things they provided with the phone. Is that what they refer to as a disk? I dont know if Im supposed to go to media creator or to cd and dvd creator. Help, please........and where are the Roxxio technicians that are supposed to help customers?


    You can download it from the message pinned to the top of this forum page.


    Once you have read the manual most things will become clear, and we can help you with anything which is still mysterious. But READ THE MANUAL first.

  6. Any suggestions on "CD Utilities" software to "repair" a CD-R by a total erasure (write over), even when there are errors on the CD would be most helpful. I presume that will be a capability built into CD burner software and not standalone software.

    Joe 20060505


    Please explain what you're wanting to do with this "repair" you're describing. If the following paragraphs don't answer the question, you'll need to describe the question in more detail for us to help.


    A CD-R is written by using a laser to "cook" patterns into a layer of dye. Once the dye is cooked, that area is permanent and cannot be uncooked or overwritten. That is the nature of a CD-R.


    When writing in sessions, as described by DAVE above, it is normal to import the file index from the earlier session into the current session so that files from the earlier session(s) can still be accessed.

    -If you are wanting earlier sessions to just disappear, you can do that by declining to import the previous session. Earlier files will still exist on the CD and will still take up space, but most applications will not be able to see them anymore. In effect, this will be the closest you will get to an erasure on a CD-R but you can't recover used space.


    If you are needing to erase a CD and recover the space previously used, you will need to go to a CD-RW which can be erased (completely blanked, not formatted) by CD Creator at any time.

  7. The way it struck me was NOT that Packet-Writing was used, but I was sufficiently unsure to leave it for you, Dave.


    Now that I have your information to think about ... (and Dave, this isn't aimed at YOU) ...


    I'm still not clear that the problem is what I call "Basic False Analogy <snip>"



    Dave has the measure of the problem, which is caused by the way Direct CD behaves, and gives the solution.


    Joe, do what Dave says so concisely.

  8. Helo Peter,


    I do it like this:


    -half a cup/mug of water in the microwave oven (protects the oven from running without load)

    -DVD/CD placed on top of the cup/mug

    -3 seconds of power on


    The timing isn't crucial. The disc will arc nearest the hub, and the sparks will run out to the edge. Hit the stop button a second or so after you see the first sparks. Ruinning the power too long will make a burning smell.


    This doesn't damage the microwave oven, but even the CIA and NSA combined couldn't recover your data off the disc.

  9. Output looks a tad better on my DVI than it does on the analog output with my Viewsonics. (when you drag a text window to make it sit with half on each screen, or have the same picture on each monitor)


    It's hard to tell the difference if you're flicking from one input to the other on a single monitor.

  10. Hello J Bach,


    I think I'm on its trail. Is this the error you're getting?


    I found an entry at http://maxxpsoft.com/ which dealt with this error. From what I can see the poster was having a problem with his drive connection and got the error halfway through a Direct CD format. It would seem that this error was caused by problems with the data fed from the drive to the computer because he had his drive attached to the middle instead of the end of the ribbon cable.


    Now it's unlikely that you are having a data problem because of the position of your drive on its cable like he was, because that would have always been a problem, and yours seems recent. But it might be worth checking your cable position in case that is aggravating the situation. Here's the link, in case it helps you.

    click here


    However you could be having a data problem during formatting because your drive's optics are getting grubby, or because the electronic parts on the drive are drifting out of specifications due to age.


    You can often fix an optics problem by getting a CD lens cleaner disc and running that, but fixing drifting component values often costs more than the drive is worth. If connecting to the end of the ribbon cable and cleaning the lens don't work and you insisist on using Direct CD, you may need a new drive.


    Now, where does that text live, and why didn't my search through all the files on the drive find it . . . . ??

  11. I suspect the new Lite-on will be reading data and extracting audio a lot faster than your old drive. You have put off the day when you have to replace your system with a new one. That's good.


    The program supplied with the drive will be a lot newer, and will probably be optimized a lot better for the new drive. There's no point in staying with old slow things just because you're used to them, or just because they're one of our sponsor's fine products.


    Find something which suits you (like you have done) and go with it.

  12. So, you SHOULD be able to do a Nero-thing, finish, close, open and do an EMC8-thing, finish, and close.

    Neither program should even know that the other even exists on your computer.

    Well, it looks like they both know, watch each other, and throw fits when the other enters the room.

    The packet-writing thing (InCD vs DirectCD/Drag to Disc) is a no-no, because the two programs are like monkeys trying to swing off the same hooks in the operating system. They collide, and both fall down.


    However for writing standard CDs/DVDs I never have a problem. I regularly do a Nero-thing, close, and then do an EMC8-thing. There's no hissy-fits and each program works well without interfering with the other.


    There are differences - one doesn't like the other's ISOs some times, and the other doesn't like writing to a multi-session disc started by one. I haven't worked out why this is yet, I just keep the discs a bit separate and there's no problems. Each program has its strengths and weaknesses, so I use whichever seems best for the job on hand.

  13. Hello,


    Would you please tell me the following info:


    1) What program are you runninh when you get this error?

    2) What operating System are you running it in?

    3) Exactly what are you doing when you get the error?

    4) What is the EXACT text of the error, as I have searched my whole drive with ECDC5 on it for the text "You will not be able to read and write to the CD" and "through drive letter access" and I can't find either of those strings embedded in any ECDC5 files.

    5) WHO does the error message say to call? You say "(technical support for more information?)" but that isn't what it actually says, is it?

  14. Hello,


    It is quite possible that the Roxio uninstaller Roxizap (see the messages pinned at the top of the V5 forum for details and location of this) might do the trick for you, but I have not tested it on a version 3 installation.


    There was never a 'clean uninstall' instruction written for version 3, but V3 and V4 were extremely close in structure so I think that the version 4 clean uninstall instructions should cover your needs quite happily, with perhaps only small changes.


    Here is a V4 clean uninstall file I prepared earlier. Please try it, and feel free to come back here with any questions.


    - - - - - - - -

    Note: This article applies to uninstalling/reinstalling Easy CD Creator 4 only, if you are using Easy CD Creator 5 there is a separate article available.

    Note: if you are running Windows NT or 2000, login as ADMINISTRATOR, not just a user with administrative rights.


    1. Click Start button and select "Setting" then "Control Panel" menu options.

    2. Select the "Add/Remove" programs icon.

    3. Select and remove all Easy CD Creator programs and remove all shared files when prompted.


    Next Clean Easy CD Creator completely from your system:

    1. Go to "Start" and then to "My Computer" and select it.

    2. Go into your C:\ drive (C:\ is default install drive, compensate accordingly if you installed in another location)

    3. Go into the "Program Files" Folder

    4. Look for a "Adaptec" folder and if found delete it

    5. Look for a "Direct CD" folder and if found delete it

    6. Go into the "Common Files" Folder

    7. Look for an "Adaptec" and/or "Adaptec Shared" folder and if found delete them.

    8. Go into the "InstallShield" Folder (C:\Program Files\Common File\InstallShield and rename the "Engine" and "IScript" folders to "Engine .ROX" and "Iscript.ROX"

    9. Go to "Start" then "Search", look in C:\ (or the drive where your operating system is located) and search for:

    Cdr4vsd.sys or .vxd

    Cdr4dll.dll or .vsd







    10. Rename any of those files you can find, changing their extensions to .ROX (Right click on the file name and choose "rename") You can restore the function of these files by restoring the original name if you need to, else they can be deleted when you're sure you don't need them any more.



    (Despite that, these steps are necessary to cleanly uninstall version 4 from your system)


    1. Click Start button and select "Run" menu option.

    2. Type "regedit" and click OK button.

    2a.Click on "Registry" and select "Export Registry File"

    2b.Give a filename and your registry will be exported to a text file of that name

    2c.If you ever need to restore the registry, come back to here, select "Import registry file" and import that file you made.

    3. Select Hkey_Current_User/software, highlight and remove the following key: Adaptec

    4. Select Hkey_Local_Machine/software, highlight and remove the following key: Adaptec

    5. Exit the registry editor.

    6. Perform system restart.


    - - - - - -

  15. Roxio sends out "Not for resale" copies of the full software to reviewers and as complimentary copies to "important" people.


    It looks like a recipient has set out to make a buck from a complimentary copy. That's a bit off, but not your fault. You just carry on . . .


    I wonder who the dude was.

  16. The exact wording of the Patch Error when upgrading from

    4 to 4.02 is: "Old File not found. However a file

    of same name was found. No update done since file contents do

    not match."

    Hello Elendur,


    That error is usually because you tried to update a standard ECDC with a DeLuxe updater or vice versa. Going from 4.0 or 4.01 to 4.02 you need to have the right sort of updater to match your installation. I suspect you might have got ecdc_v402_dlx_de.exe (the German DeLuxe updater) when you really need ecdc_v402_std_de.exe (the German OEM or standard updater) and that's why you got the error.


    It might pay to re-visit the UK site and see if there are any other types of updater available, or perhaps the site Rich86 mentioned. You need either ecdc_v402_std_de.exe (German) or ecdc_v402_std.exe (English) if you have a preinstalled OEM version.


    After you get to version 4.02, I think both the DeLuxe and Standard versions used the same updater to get to version 4.05 - the final version.


    Your drive was first supported by version 4.02d (the supported drive list is still wrong), so you will need to get to 4.02d or higher to have the program support that burner.


    If all your efforts fail please come back here and I'll work out a registry patch which should give you at least limited recognition for that drive.