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Brendon

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  1. Hello Steve,

     

    You may have upset the MP3 Fraunhofer codec that ECDC uses. It would probably be worth looking for a version of the Fraunhofer Radium MP3 codec on the Internet, and installing that. It should take care of your MP3s.

     

    If it won't recognize WMA files, you may need to do a repair of your Windows Media Player. Check and see if your current Windows Media Player will play them. If it won't, then it needs to be repaired.

     

    Just repair WMP, don't upgrade it. The later versions can and do kill Easy CD Creator 5.


  2. I can "download" from CDDB, information from the cd y want to burn, but when y finish the

    process (burn the cd) the names aren't there. How can y do it? My version of the program

    does have this feature?

    The information about names that you have in your project could well be there, and might now be written on your CD.

     

    If your drive is CD-Text capable, and you burn in DAO mode, and you have CD text checked in the burn dialog, then it WILL be there.

     

    The problem is that not many player programs can see CD-Text when it is written on the CD.

     

    A small and simple player which will show you if CD-Text has been written on the CD, is the HACP player.

    It's free, and you can get it by clicking here or many other places on the Internet.

     

    Run one of your CDs in that player, and see if the text was written.


  3. Is that new?

     

    DVDinfoPro has been saying whether a CD is "HD-Burn certified" or not for quite some time, and it's rare for the third-party utilities to be in place before the technology is released.

     

    It seems a little late to be introducing another writing method which is incompatible with all other current drives and readers, especially when the use and the production of CDs are dying out.

     

    With manufacturers busy working on the Blu-Ray vs HD-DVD situation, it is hard enough to persuade them to provide backwards compatability with CDs as it is.

     

    Convincing them to provide backwards and sideways compatability to a new version of a dying technology is going to be like pushing water uphill with a rake - especially if they have to pay a licence fee to Sanyo for the "privilege".

     

    And what about the existing CD and DVD readers and writers? They would need a Sanyo-licenced firmware upgrade, or else be discarded. I can't see it happening.

     

    I think Sanyo have left their run too late. I am slow to change my ways, but even I have joined the millions of others round the world who now save data to DVDs because it's cheaper than using CDs. I would not discard my current gear to buy a new and expensive double-density CD writer or reader when I can store more than 6 times as much on a DVD that reads on any STANDARD drive.


  4. thanks for the response, but when I went to reinstall ecdc, a message came up telling me there is no roxio product. Should I have a disc for this program or can I get it somehow off this website. I used roxizap, and now I don't have cd creator 5 anymore. My computer runs on windows xp and my drive is a HL-DT-ST RW/DVD GCC-448 1B, if that helps. Basically I need to know how to get cd creator back.

    thanks for dealing with us dummies

    keenan

    Hi Keenan,

     

    After uninstalling and cleaning the machine you have to reinstall the original ECDC 5 program - it sounds from the "No Roxio Product" response that you just tried to install the updater without the original program installed first.

     

    Yes, you should have a disc for the program because it's not legally downloadable anywhere, and you need an installer CD to reinstall. You'll need to hunt through your computer gear to find it. I'm very glad you didn't uninstall a good working version of ECDC without the disc to put it back.

     

    If you never had a CD and someone installed the program for you, you may need to buy Easy CD Creator. It seems you can buy most versions on eBay, but if you have to buy one I'd suggest you go for version 7 or higher. You now have XP, and XP has changed so much since its first release that version 5 isn't now supported by it.


  5. If the tracks are .mp3, and instead of an AUDIO CD you have made either an .mp3 CD or a Data disc with .mp3's, Label Creator won't find it.

    Um,

     

    That ain't necessarily so. In Label Creator 5 you should get tracks named for your MP3 files,

    voila . . .

    post-208-1143889267.jpg

     

    Label Creator should find even an MP3 data disc. I'm concerned as to why it didn't.

     

    FGH7BX, how did you make the disc that label creator couldn't find?

    Which program did you use to burn it, and was it a CD-Audio disc, an MP3 data disc, or one you formatted first and then dropped things onto???


  6. Hello,

     

    It seems that something has broken in your software (or something is interfering with it) and the updater isn't fixing it.

     

    Updaters aren't meant to fix breakages, so what you need to do is:

    -UNINSTALL ECDC through the add/remove programs menu

    -clean the machine with ROXIZAP, which you can get through the link in the pinned "Frequent Answers" post at the top of this page

    -reinstall ECDC, and update if necessary

     

    This won't fix things if something is interfering, but it will fix something that has broken.


  7. Hello,

     

    I hope you didn't pay much for it, because ECDC5 is old and not supported any more.

     

    A) Labelling - if you make your own compilation of tracks on an audio CD, it will NOT be recognized by any of the on-line databases. They store mainly commercial CDs, and the database compares the characteristics of your CD (number and duration of tracks and what order they're in) to see if it can be matched. Your CD won't be already in the database to be matched.

     

    :) Label Creator should be able to locate and read your CD, even if it is not in the databases. The on-line HELP system says:

    To get the contents of an existing CD:

     

    1. Insert the existing CD into your CD-ROM or CD-R drive. If you have more than one drive containing a CD, CD Label Creator prompts you to select the drive containing the CD you want to use.

     

    2. From the Add menu, select CD Contents.

    . . . so if the CD is an AUDIO CD and is readable you should be able to have it in any optical drive attached to your machine and Label Creator should see it once the disc has had time to spin up. I can't understand why Label Creator can't find a CD to read, unless you have a virtual drive created on your machine which is confusing it.


  8. Some problems are very recognizable and have well-known cures {Well, we know them :) }.

    Other problems can be very evasive, and sometimes rather than dissecting the system for a month to find the cause, it's easier to uninstall - clean up - reinstall the software.

     

    That's why it's a good idea to keep the installation disc safe, and keep a copy of all necessary updaters (since you never know how long they'll be available on-line).


  9. I guess the trust in Sony must have been counted BEFORE their sneaky rootkit software was exposed.

    I wonder where it would be now that users have discovered that Sony's CD install stealthed software on their PCs.

     

    Micro$oft? Well, they have a huge monopoly position so they have us by the short-and-curlies. Every now and then they twist their grip a bit and do something nasty to us, but that's expected. We know they're hostile, and we can TRUST them to do to us what we expect.

     

    I too think that Micro$oft can be trusted more than Sony. :)


  10. Hello,

     

    The entries you see in MSCONFIG/startup are actually from one or more places in your registry.

     

    The main registry key they come from is "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run" in Windows, but they can come from a few other keys.

     

    Which entries are duplicated? There are some services which normally appear twice in some systems, depending on the operating system, and they should be left alone.

     

    If there are some which shouldn't be duplicated but are, you can use MSconfig to "untick" one of the entries or if you're quite sure, you can remove one. To do that, you:-

    -run REGEDIT,

    -backup your registry,

    -navigate to the key where those values live, and

    -delete the duplicate.


  11. As a general rule, Microsoft never recommends third-party updates because, without rigorous quality assurance testing, it is impossible to know what impact the unofficial fix might have on applications mandated in regulated industries or in-house applications.

     

    . . . and Micro$oft's software has rigorous quality assurance testing ? ?

     

    These patches are required because their rigorous quality assurance testing failed abysmally!


  12. Roxio Markup file, using .RXS file extension. (from Filext.com)

     

    When recording sound with the Roxio Audio Central, individual markup files for each track in your playlist, containing information about the edits and audio effects applied to their associated tracks are created. These markup files are in Roxio Markup Sound (.RXS) format and can only opened and played in AudioCentral with its associated .WAV file. Sonic Solutions bought out Roxio’s consumer software division on 20 December 2004.


  13. I'm impressed by the way they maintained the integrity of the passenger compartment. The rest of the car has disintegrated, but the compartment has saved the driver from his stupidity and is even intact enough for the door to be opened.

     

    That crash should have been fatal at half the speed.


  14. Alisana,

     

    Hi, The ID you have, "TSSTcorp CD/DVDW TS-H552B" seems right, and is what I'd expect for that drive. It's a Samsung DL recorder.

     

    You say it will read DVDs okay, but fairly recently is failing to recognise blank CDs. You also mention it won't read audio CDs, which I understand refers to pressed (not burned) silver commercial pre-recorded discs.

     

    If this is the situation, I'm afraid you DO have a hardware problem with the drive. More specifically with the CD reader assembly I think.

     

    If I can explain briefly there are TWO optical systems in a CD/DVD writer, one for CDs and a finer one for DVDs. It is possible for one to fail while the other stays working, and your DVD system still seems to be working while the CD side has failed. The two optical systems share a bunch of electronics. Since the electronics are still working for DVDs, it's likely your problem is in the CD optical system or pickup, not the electronics.

     

    When you put a disc in the drive a command is sent to the drive to spin up to speed and read/identify the disc and then report back what it finds. If the reader has failed, your entire system can be locked up waiting for the report from the drive - which never comes. You have to restart the system to regain control of it. The symptoms you've reported seem to fit.

     

    If the failure is a broken or loose connection it is possible for the assembly to work for a short period at irregular intervals. In a case like that it's quite possible for you to write a table of contents before the connection goes adrift again.

     

    If your drive is still under warranty you should return it to Gateway for a warranty replacement. If it has just come out of warranty (I'd have to raise my hat to the Gateway people - how do they time their warranties so tightly!!) you will need to buy a new drive if you want to continue. I'm sorry.


  15. <snip>

    and after one or all of the above occur(s), I get the window stating that the program has to close due to a problem with mfc71u.dll.

     

    At one time Roxio tech told me to copy mfc71u.dll from my windows/system folder to windows/system32 folder. It worked ! NOT!

     

    The same above tech stated the above problem is really Microsoft's fault because they developed, wrote, and/or is part of one of their system files that they produce.

     

    I give up! No more EMC. None of their solutions work even on a clean install on Win XP Pro. What really nurns is when you search their knowledge base I could find no mentiom of this problem. I have 2 other programs that use this file also - Studio 10 and my ATI driver.

     

    James, the fact that you have two other programs using that DLL may well be the clue to your problem, and might also explain why the problem isn't common enough to get into the knowledgebase.

     

    If you have several different versions of a DLL file installed on your system you can confuse Windows quite badly when it attempts to load both versions into the same part of memory. The solution is usually to pick the latest version (by version number, not date) and put that into the system32 folder, renaming or removing all other versions. This removes that problem with that DLL. The key is to have only one DLL with that name installed, which the tech didn't tell you.

     

    I think this might be the problem you're having. The solution is worth a try - if it works you're happy, and if it doesn't work just replace or rename the DLLs to their original positions/names and your system is back where it was.


  16. Don't know about your Seagates, Frank. It was the old ST-506 interface drives which had the problem.

     

    They put Seagate 10G in X-Boxes (even if they are too small) so either they have a better reputation now, or [being made in China] they're very cheap.

     

    I'm not sure that having North Americans adopt the Japanese warcry ( SoSumi! ) so often was such a good idea. The only ones getting rich are the lawyers, and the criminal justice system gets slowed by all the civil suits.


  17. Seagate had a problem with their Singapore factory quite a long time ago, where the platter surface lubricant went gummy and heads stuck to the platter as the drive cooled. The problem was called "stiction" and in bad cases the platter would fail to spin up, or else would rip the head off its tiny stalk.

     

    I went to WD then, and have 4 of their drives here now, totalling a TB. They are good drives, and I knew how much they held when I bought them.

     

    Don't all drive vendors count in millions (1,000,000) instead of Megabytes?


  18. Device manager info:

    DVD/CD Rom Drives: HL-DT-ST CD-ROM GCR-8481B

    LITE-ON DVD SOHD-16P9SV

     

    I was able to save pictures to a CD-R disk before. We upgraded the hard drive a few months back. I thought that may have been the problem and I just needed to reinstall roxio. That didn't work so I thought it may be because we recently installed the DVD drive. I haven't tryed to burn music. But, It definately says the drive is read only when I try to write pictures there.

     

    I'm not sure what other info would be needed here. Thanks

    I'm afraid the only useful info here would be where you put the drive which you removed when you recently installed the DVD drive. You have taken the burner out.

     

    The error message is correct. Both the drives you have in the machine now are READ ONLY. Neither of them is a writer, I'm sorry.

    The 8148B is a lucky Goldstar 48x CD reader.

    The SOHD-16P9 is a Lite-On 16x DVD reader and 48x CD reader.

     

    You will need to (re)install a writer in order to save to CD-R again.


  19. I have easy cd creator platinum and wanted to know how to have roxio be associated with .iso files.

    When ECDC is installed it usually automatically associates itself with the files it is "interested in". It will grab the extensions .CIF and .ISO, and thereafter ANY files with those extensions will cause Creatr50.exe to run. You should check and see if it has done that. The filetype is "Easy CD Creator image file" in Explorer's associations section (view / folder options / file types for Win98, or tools / folder options / file types for XP).

     

    This file association can be taken over by other programs which deal with disc images, and usually the easiest way to restore the association (unless you're experienced in these things) is to reinstall Easy CD Creator.

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