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Brendon

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  1. Lyndon,

     

    This could be something to do with your CD Player. It's very noticeable that the quality of the player mechanism in a box doesn't always match the price you paid for it. Some of the really expensive boxes have rubbish players. Some of them are so cheap they won't even play burned CD-Rs or RWs.

     

    Your writer will (usually) be optimized to work best about the middle to upper part of its speed range, and burning at single speed (even if you could make it do that) would probably be so far out of the optimum you'd be making coasters. I think you'd be better off trying a speed that's more mid- to upper-range.

     

    You can check the burn speeds available from your burner either by reading the manual, or by looking up the company's website.

     

    You can check the speeds available ON THE BLANK DISC by going to www.dvdinfopro.com and downloading the free version of Dvdinfo Pro. Run that with a CD in the burner, click on MEDIA, and you'll get a report on what the program read off the CD.

     

    The program will tell you who made the CD (regardless of what brand it shows) and will show you several "Available Write Descriptors" which give you a good idea of what speeds the CD is happy with.


  2. Phil, that's excellent (that was the next step I was going to suggest).

     

    In the meantime, not knowing what you were up to, I loaded Version 5 and went through just on 500 MB of files, looking for "napster".

     

    I found it in one text file I had, and mentioned in an .INI file for another program. There was no mention of Napster in the ECDC software or in my version of Windows.

     

    I think it must have loaded or been loaded quite independently of ECDC5 (unlike some of the later versions).

     

    I hope Creator works properly now, though there's always the chance it has been messed up by "whateveritwas". If that's the case, you should uninstall through the Control Panel Add/remove programs, perhaps dryclean it with Roxizap, and then reinstall.

     

    Go well,


  3. Which program, Phil?

     

    CD Creator, CD Copier, Direct CD, the "home" menu program, Label Creator . . . . ?

     

    I'll install V5 and go scan everything for that text to try and see what's gone wrong, but it would help if you could narrow down the search area a bit for me.

     

    Does anything about that Napster thing appear in your control panel "Add/remove programs" menu?

     

    Do you have the Windows Installer Cleanup utility on your system?


  4. Glad things went well. I always check my message before I hit the final button, but it's a juggle between being concise and not giving enough information.

     

    You should be fine as far as time of access goes. That Seagate is a 20GB, 5400 rpm drive I think, but should still give you no problem.

     

    The idea of specifying minimum HD access time is so that your burner doesn't have to wait around for data to arrive from the system That's the minimum specs needed if the Lite-On is to continuously perform to its maximum rated speed.

     

    Now "full stroke seek" is where the head has to travel from the far end of the platter to get data from the other end. It's truly a worst case thing, and the average seek is half that. In a real situation where the HD is mostly tidy the data to be sent to the burner will be stored fairly close together and seek time won't be an issue.

     

    Apart from that, your burner has "Smart Burn" which sets the speed according to conditions, and buffer underrun technology to protect a burn if the buffer momentarily runs dry, and a good sized buffer anyway. Defrag your HD once in a while and everything should be very sweet.


  5. Right, here we are in our own thread. (smile) It can get very confusing when two different members are on the same thread.

     

    You mentioned that you use Total Commander and so you rely on Direct CD. That's okay as long as you never trust your ONLY copy of a valuable file to Direct CD.

     

    DCD uses a different drive recognition system from CD Creator or CD Copier. Instead of registry entries which are easy to edit, it has a lookup table embedded in a file. The name of the file varies, depending on your operating system. What is required is a binary edit to the file to change the drivename in the lookup table.

     

    Unless you are confident and competent at editing a binary file, the best idea is probably for you to email me a copy of your PWD_2K.SYS file so I can do the edit and send it back to you. I'll send you a private message (look up towards the right corner of the screen) with an email address you should send the file to.

     

    What I'll be doing is looking for the entry for the highest member of the CRX series of drives, and zapping it to read CRX230EE. You then write the altered file back over the top of the old one, and Direct CD should recognize your drive.


  6. Sorry to take my post back,

     

    (blush) Don't be sorry. We shouldn't have threadjacked it in the first place. Rather than going to the fuss of moving the other user I had hoped you might have finished using it. My apologies. I'll try and fix that now, to avoid confusion.

     

    There's no tweak file, I just guide you through making a registry edit. Here's a brief explanation first:-

     

    Creator uses a lookup table to match a drive with a list of parameters the burning engine receives. The table is stored a file, with extras stored in the registry. While the large version updaters (11-19 MB) update the drivers and support files and lookup tables, the DriveUp patches are installed after the big updaters and update only the lookup tables in the registry, adding entries for new drives.

     

    The final DriveUp (535V) added recognition for the SOHR-5239S. "Recognition" is achieved by matching your drive's ID string with an entry in the lookup table. Luckily the burning parameters for that little family of drives are all identical, so if we edit the entry for the SOHR-5239S we can use it instead for a SOHR-5239V. (I learned this through experimenting with ECDC from the early days of version 3.5 until now)

     

    YOU NEED version 5.3.5.10 with the 535v DriveUp applied. Run the registry editor, REGEDIT.EXE (Regedit32.exe in Win2000).

     

    -Press Ctrl-F (find) and look for "device330" (without the quotes". You should find you're at an entry for an NU DVDRW drive. Press F3 to search again for the next device 330 (there's two of them)..

     

    -This time you should arrive at an entry for the SOHR5239S. It looks like this:

    LITE-ON CD-RW SOHR-5239S,LITE-ON,CD-RW SOHR-5239S,MTK5232_LITEON,cdrmmc.drv,172,,9

     

    -doubleclick on the device330 key, and an edit box should open with that entry highlighted in it. Carefully edit the two instances of SOHR-5239S to read SOHR-5239V.

     

    -click on OK to complete the edit, and then exit out of the editor.

     

    That's the tweak. After restarting, to force a re-read of the registry, your 5239V should be happily supported by Creator and Copier. (Direct CD doesn't use this system).


  7. Hi Jeri,

     

    That's excellent to hear that CDRoller support are helping you. Between that and ISObuster, I prefer CDRoller. Thank you if you can post the tutorial. that will be very helpful I'd think.

     

    A number of us who have used the early packet-writing technology (Direct CD and the equivalent competitors' programs - InCD, DLA, they all have one) think it's very easy to lose all your files at any stage of using a packet-writing program. I said it so often it's now quoted around here, "Never trust your only copy of a valuable file to a packet-writing program or a re-writeable disc." IMHO there would have to be such notes under every menu in that program.

     

    It's a personal choice, but for reliability, safety, and interchangeability I think you should use CD Creator to write standard CDROMS on unformatted CD-R discs.


  8. Oh, you didn't mention that you were after Direct CD, I think. That's always a touchy one.

     

    Direct CD was written by a different crew, so it uses a different recognition system from CD Creator. The DriveUp patches are for Cd Creator.

     

    Still, if it needs it I can patch a file for Direct CD for you. Come back and let me know.


  9. Hello again, we're back.

     

    Okay, you have a bunch of things and want to know what order to use/install them.

     

    I think your 5.4.3.21 SP10 is a BASIC version of Easy CD Creator 5. If you got it bundled with a drive or a computer and you don't need a "CD key" when you install, then it's Basic.

     

    If you bought it retail and you need a CD key to install, then it's the Platinum version.

     

    Keep the 5.3.5.10 updater which applies to your type, Platinum or Basic, and set the other one aside. The Engforce program was made for another problem, and should also be set aside. Roxizap is a brute force uninstaller, so should also be set aside. DriveUp5.3.5p.exe is not the current DriveUp patch, so should be put aside.

     

    You need to go to the Software Updates page (link at the left of this forum) and get the final DriveUp patch, DriveUp5.3.5v.exe. Once you have that, we're ready.

     

    -Install ECDC from your CD. Ignore any complaints it can't find a supported drive, and carry on. DON'T restart the machine after this (XP doesn't like the early version's drivers)

    -apply the 5.3.5.10 update which suits your ECDC, and then you can restart.

    -apply the 5.3.5v DriveUp Patch.

     

    That should have Easy Cd Creator installed and updated, if we're lucky. That last patch installs an entry for your CRX230EE, so your drive should now be "recognized" by CD Creator and CD Copier. (It might not be recognized by Direct CD, but I would suggest that is no loss)


  10. Evening Captain,

     

    (1) XP's SP-2 broke so many things that Roxio declared they couldn't support ECDC 5 in SP-2. It seems from reports in the forums that ECDC5 will work okay in SP-2 most times, it just isn't guaranteed to work in there. Users say it will work if ECDC is installed after you've applied the SP-2 update.

     

    (2) Your CRX230EE was supported first in 535v. (That's version 5 with the big 5.3.5.10 updater and the DriveUp patch "V" applied)


  11. I tried recovering using ISO Buster but it just recovers some strange files that I cannot open. And it took 5 hours just to get the non usable files!

     

    Jeri,

     

    Has ISOBuster recovered the files all with the same extension (e.g. *.REC or something like that?) If it hasn't been able to read the table of contents it may have had to recover files blind without knowing their names.

     

    Try renaming the file extension to whatever matches the files you had on there (e.g. *.JPG if they're photos) and see if you can then open one. You may have all your files only the proper names are missing.


  12. Hi Trish,

     

    Easy Media Creator is really just the child of Easy CD Creator and a number of interesting visitors. It still has CD Creator (now called "Creator Classic") and Direct CD (Drag-to-Disc) plus a label creator and a zillion other features and utilities, some of which are very nice. A lot of them I would never use, but installation does seem to be customizable if you buy the "boxed" version rather than a download distribution.

     

    I don't know if you need to install Drag-To-Disc to read Direct CD's progeny, but you may have to. DON'T use Drag-to-Disc to format and write your discs though, since that would put you in a very similar position to where you are with the old ones.

     

    Use "Creator Classic" and write a standard DATA CDROM with it, on an unformatted CD-R. That will give you a CD in the most universal format, which can be easily copied if a copy is wanted, and which will last for decades if stored properly in a cool, dark, dry place. For security you can make more than one copy, and inspect them every year or two. At the first sign of any degradation or becoming hard to read, make a new copy. CD blanks are cheap enough.

     

    I wouldn't use a hard drive for permanent storage unless I was very rich and could make many copies. Hard drives have a finite lifespan and if the drive dies at an awkward time you could lose the lot (that's why they make backups). Unless you have so many photographs that backing up to CDs (700MB) or DVDs (4700MB) isn't practicable, I'd suggest you stick with CDs/DVDs.

     

    I hope to still be around for a while yet, and if you need help that's what these forums are for.


  13. Crazycomputer,

     

    Thanks for trying that. I'm afraid it seems to confirm what I was fearing - the HP drive is on the fritz. I think it has died through an electronic fault or failure!

     

    A CD drive is comprised of electronics and the mechanical parts. When power is applied to a healthy drive the electronics run through a program kept in a chip in the drive and command the mechanicals to do the appropriate things. They command the drive to spin up, read the first part of any disc in the drive, report back, and spin down. The light should return to green, and the drive should report both its status and that Identity string to the computer.

     

    Your drive is locking up with the light on red, and is failing to tell the computer what sort of a drive it is, and how happy it is to be there. That's why you can't find a Drive ID in Device manager - the drive interface has gone down. If it was just a loose data cable the drive would be sitting there with a green light, but it's not so the fault is with the internal electronics.

     

    You might be able to get it repaired, but few technicians are trained to repair drive electronics, and their charge-out rate for an hour's work is about the price of a new drive with a warranty. I think your old drive has become a door-stop, I'm sorry.

     

    - - -

     

    Now, how to get those files off all those discs. You could (1) get another burner for your old machine, but it would have to be an old model to run with your old software. A new drive might not be recognized as a burner. (2) You could get a later version of Roxio to read them on your XP machine. (3) you could read them on the old machine and transfer them to the XP one for burning.

     

    (1) You may be able to find or borrow an older burner from somewhere. If you have a drive ID I can advise if it will be recognzed by your old software.

     

    (2) I have run Easy Media Creator 7.5, and it read Direct CD discs I had formatted on both versions 3.05 and 5.3.2, to my great delight. I haven't installed EMC8 yet because I'm waiting for the bugs to be ironed out of it, and 7.5 seems pretty good. I THINK you should be able to read those discs with version 7.5 on your XP machine. (There is always CDRoller or ISOBuster which you can buy to read the discs if all else fails.)

     

    (3) You could transfer files between machines with floppy disk (take a month), or a parallel cable between printer ports with the right software (Laplink or simlar), or if you have USB you could get a USB to USB cable or use one of those little flash RAM drives they call thumb drives or pen drives - you can get them in 1GB size for a reasonable price. Alternatively, there are a heap of small (10GB) hard drives out there which come from X-Boxes being upgraded, and you can get one of them quite cheaply. You could fit that in the old machine, fill it up, and then hook it up to the XP machine and transfer 10GB at a time.

     

    - - -

     

    Sorry this has been so long, but there's a lot to consider and I can't come to your place to do it for you. You'll have to choose which recovery method you use, but at least there is a choice. Since they're CD-R discs the data shouldn't evaporate. You may need to get an experienced person to help you. Whichever method you use, don't change the software on your old machine which CAN read the discs until after the recovery is finished.


  14. But, once again, Stacey is correct. Where are the Roxio Guru's? The one's who should be posting their lives away on these forums - in the very least acknowledging some of these severe problems, and saying "hey, we know we're having problems with x,y, and z - we're busting our butt's trying to correct them - please hang with us."

     

    Unfortunately, there is where you missed the point. The Gurus are software customers like youself, who are trying to help other users. They DON'T HAVE POWER TO CHANGE ANYTHING, much as they would like to.

     

    I don't think I'm giving away any secrets when I say the Gurus get just as frustrated as you are, over certain things. They pass their frustrations very forcefully up to the Roxio representative, who in turn passes them on upstairs (and is often equally frustrated, but tries his best)

     

    I'm not making this posting to try and defend Roxio, as I am just as dismayed as you are about such things as when Version 8 was released, and how ready it was for release, and so on and so on.

     

    What I am asking everyone to do is LAY OFF THE GURUS. They're here on their own time trying to help you. If you aren't prepared to help other users yourself, at least get out of the way and don't abuse the volunteers.

     

    Ethood, I'm disappointed with you. You go on about this WWF board or whatever it is (wrestling??) and don't even have the decency to tell people what it is so they can look for themselves. If you want to vent at Roxio/Sonic then write to THEM and tell them. Don't come here and abuse the volunteers. If these forums upset you so much, please feel free to go to the other forums and stay there.

     

    As I said before, if you're not prepared to help, at least step out of the way for those who are trying to.

     

    Thank you all for taking the time to read this. May we now return to helping the users as much as we can?


  15. I am sure they will, but it is just wonderful that after 30 years they have made it there. Who knows strange things happen sometimes. I know a lot of people thought N.C. Panthers were going to win too, so we will just have to wait and see. I just hope they play the best they can and put in a good showing. Like I said, I am just thrilled they are finally going. :)

     

    That's excellent Patty. Now we just hope they get a good singer for the anthem!


  16. Hello Again,

     

    All I can tell you about the CD burner drive is that it is a HP CD-Writer 9500 Series. The drive will not open at this time and the light is still red. As long as it is red the computer won't recognize it in the Device Manager or anywhere else. Usually if I restart the light will come up green the next time. I don't know what the problem is or if it's at all related to the Easy CD Creator. I'm nearing my wits end.

    Okay, it's no use to you as it is. Something has caused the drive to lock up, and you'll need to power it off to reinitialize the drive.

     

    Power the whole machine down. Wait 15-30 seconds and re-start it.

     

    As the machine restarts, push the eject button every few seconds until it ejects whatever disc is in there.

     

    -Don't put that CD back in that drive, but go get the DriveID for it from Device Manager.

    -Do see if that drive will read a commercial silver CDROM or audio disc, but be prepared to power down and eject as it powers back up again if the disc locks in there.

    -Do see if you can read your Direct CD discs in the SDM-1202 drive, and come back here with the results.


  17. Crazycomputer,

     

    37 CDs worth - I see your problem, and the urgency of the situation!

     

    Thank you for the system details, but I'll have to deal with most of them in another message. First I need to know, since one of your drives is a Toshiba DVD-ROM SD-M1202 (should be no gap between M and 1202) then what is the other one, please?

     

    The specs for that drive at http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/stor...0170E/Specs.htm show it as a DVD and CD reader only (DVDROM and CDROM), so the other drive must be the writer.

     

    Could you repeat the effort in Device Manager to get the driveID for the writer, please?

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