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  1. I do have Real Player 10. Does anyone know if this conflict with ECDC 4 also applies to DirectCD? Sorry for the stupid question, but I don't know if refernces to ECDC just refer to the creator or also apply to DirectCD.


    Reason I'm still using this packet writing is that I do my 'extra backups' of data to a CD. Used to do zips, but every zip drive I've ever bought has failed sooner or later. So (realizing this is a Roxio board) if anyone has any suggestions for other easy copy/drag and drop, etc type way to burn, I'd appreciate it!

    Thanks all.

    The ECDC suite has two different burners as you've noticed, Creator and Direct CD. Versions of Media Player and Real Players started to use an Adaptec burning engine which Roxio OEMed out to them, and which conflicted with the Creator burning engine. As far as I know this doesn't clash with the Direct CD module, which is written by a different group of programmers.


    This hasn't been covered in the FAQ because there's a limit to how much you can include in one of those without it becoming "War and Peace" :) and because use of packet writing (Direct CD) or rewriteable discs is not recommended for backups.


    I know your pain with Zip disks, and the "click of death". :huh: It's a pity, because otherwise they'd be ultra useful.


    If you want quick and easy, Direct CD is useful it's just the method isn't so reliable and drastically shortens the life of CDRWs. You can use it on CDRs within its limitations.


    A reliable way to do daily backups is with Creator on a CDR. They can be read on any PC.

    -open a folder for the day's work, and write the whole folder (named with the date) to a CD as a session. Close the session but leave the CD open.

    -next day, IMPORT the previous session, and write another folder (new date) to the CD. Again, close the session but leave the CD open

    -do this as often as you want until the CD gets full, then file it or whatever and use a new CD.


    Something to remember if you get a new drive, it won't work with this old software since it won't be listed in the old Adaptec lookup tables. You'll need new software which might not read old Direct CD discs, so it would pay to read any vital data off them and put them onto a standard disc written by Creator before you go making any big changes.

  2. Hello,


    It seems likely to me that your drive might be failing. Any drive which can still use Easy CD Creator 4 has to be pretty old, and drive lifespan is quite limited. The reading part is fine, but the writing part could be failing. It may be time to swap out the drive if you can find another one old enough to run this software.


    However there is something more you can do before you point the finger firmly at the drive.


    The fact that your system is freezing is probably because Windows is waiting for the drive to return control after performing some instruction. If the drive has ceased to respond or there is something wrong with one of the drivers doing the communication between Windows and the drive, then your system can loop forever waiting for the response, and only the big button will break the loop.


    You've reinstalled the software, but did you remove all traces of it before reinstallation? Uninstallers will sometimes leave files or registry settings which are not replaced by reinstalling, so a broken file or registry key can be re-used and the problem isn't fixed.


    I suggest you

    -pop the hood of your computer and carefully reseat all cables and ribbon connections between the drive and the motherboard.

    -locate your Easy CD Creator 4 installer CD and copies of updaters

    -uninstall Easy CD Creator 4 completely using its own uninstaller and moving copies of any projects or labels you are keeping away from any Adaptec directories

    -get a copy of the Roxio uninstaller, Roxizap (see the messages pinned to the top of the version 5 forum for a link to that), and run it to remove all the important Adaptec files and registry entries from your system

    -reinstall and re-update the software.


    Once you've done that, get a new disc and try the system. You will have replaced ALL the software and registry entries, checked the connections, and ruled out a faulty CD. If the system still fails you'll really need to look hard at the drive.


    Go well

  3. My solution:


    -use a small partition for Windows like Cringely does, and install all my codecs, drivers, and stuff on it

    -back it up with Ghost and keep this nice clean backup image

    -avoid all interaction with Diabolical Digital Rights software


    When Windows gets bloated or falls over, restore the Ghost image (saves rebuilding)

  4. Does this mean that it can wipe out tracks that I have copied from a CD that I have purchased and am converting to MP3 for my personal listening pleasure, and have no intention of sharing with anyone, although I reserve the right to listen to it in the company of one or more others for our mutual enjoyment?



    It's a trojan, a harmful program, and deletes files. Protect yourself wi from trojans with a good antivirus system and safe surfing habits.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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)

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.