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Brendon

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  1. Lynn, this may be a stupid question but ... How can removing the labels also remove the recording layer? After all the are on oppositie sides of the CD. Personally I never use labels since I fell they can upset the balance of the spinning CD unless applied perfectly.

     

    Hi Walt,

     

    On a CD-R or RW the recording layer is put onto a strong plastic disc, a very thin reflective layer is put on top of the recording layer, and a layer of paint and/or laquer is put over the top of that to keep the air out.

     

    It's the paint/laquer and the reflective layer which get ruined so effectively and easily when you rip a label off.

     

    Once you've damaged the reflective layer, the CD don't play no more. The recording layer (dye or alloy) is usually undisturbed, but by this time the question is a bit academic.

     

    With a DVD the recording layer or laters are sandwiched between two plastic discs, so the data is protected a lot better from mechanical damage. Their main problem isn't surface damage, but stressing the sandwich and causing the two discs to separate (de-lamination).


  2. Hi Justin,

     

    Yes, everything's clear now thanks. I'm pretty certain you don't have a Roxio CD burning application (a separate program) on your system.

     

    You're burning with Windows Media Player 9. WMP9 has a Roxio burn engine as a "plugin", and that's what you've been peeping at.

     

    Okay, given that you're using WMP9, you should be able to upgrade your burner to one that's a bit faster without running into software trouble. WMP9 won't handle the newest, fastest, top-of-the-line drives but it should be able to deal with a drive model which has been around a couple of years.

     

    You can use other software than Roxio's product. That's up to you. However it isn't going to make that old drive go any faster, and if you get a real new drive you're going to find that (1) old software won't recognize the drive, (2) your old computer won't be able to feed data to a new drive fast enough to run at high speed, and (3) your old computer won't have the specifications to support the newest software.

     

    It's all a balancing exercise. If you can put up with slow speeds you can keep your old system. If you want real fast speeds with a new drive, you may need a new system.

     

    I think that's answered the question you asked, though the answer might make you glum. If I can help with any more info or suggestions, please feel free to ask.


  3. Hi,

     

    There are two modes of burning an audio CD. They are Track At Once (TAO) and Disc At Once (DAO).

     

    The most common way of getting an unwanted 2-second gap between tracks (or losing the last 2 seconds of the song) is to burn in TAO instead of DAO.

     

    Check the on-line Help in Easy CD Creator if necessary, and switch to DAO when you burn the CD.


  4. The pures lines

    ?? :)

    Lynn

     

    "The PURE lines . . ." It looks elegant, as if that's the factor which counts.

     

    My clunky old DVD writer already has black, cream, and silver faceplates so THEY're not new, and it also has a firmware upgrade function so I don't know what's new about that.

     

    Crafty little sods, though. Talking about BD-ROMS and BD-RE, they're trying to redefine all the terms you've come to know and love, just to prevent the purveyors of HD-DVD from using the same terms. And "HD BD-ROMs", now if that isn't calculated to confuse punters then I'll eat a CD label!

     

    Boxers to your corners, and let the fight begin.


  5. Justin,

     

    If as Lynn says, WMP9 has disabled Easy CD Creator permanENtly, what are you burning with?

     

    Starting from Windows without anything else running, do you have an icon to click on when you want to burn a CD? What application or menu comes up when you click that icon?

     

    Where are you getting that version number, 2.00.44, from please? How do you display the version number?

     

    I don't blame you for wanting to replace that old, slow drive. I have an idea or two, but I need the answers to those questions above before I can advise further.


  6. Hi Richard,

     

    Okay, it's a 4176B. Sometimes vendors use a catalog number which is similar to the drive ID, but it's the drive ID that the machinery reads and that's what counts.

     

    I'm sorry to report that the 535V drive update was published December 2004, which explains why it doesn't cover a drive from late 2005, so your drive isn't "recognized" by ECDC5 for burning DVDs.

     

    Now, given that ECDC5 can only write DATA DVDs and not video ones, and given also that Roxio gave up trying to support ECDC5 in Windows XP-SP2, you might want to get a later version from Roxio which will do all you want. The latest version is 8.05, although I saw 7.5 for sale on eBay a couple of days ago for $7, and 7.5 is an excellent and stable version.

     

    However if you want to get ECDC5 to recognize your drive in the meantime, that's quite easily done. We just hijack the registry entry for the 4120B.

     

    -With Version 5.3.5.10V installed, run the registry editor (Regedit) and search for "device079" without the quotes. When you find a key called device079, hit F3 and search again. The second device079 key you come to should have this entry:-

    "HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-4120B,HL-DT-ST,DVDRAM GSA-4120B,DVD+-R/RW,cdrmmc.drv,178,,9"

     

    -double-click the highlighted "device079" and an edit box will open with that entry in it. Carefully edit that so that each 4120B is changed to 4176B. If you make a mistake in the edit, just Esc out of it and start again. When you have it right, click OK to complete the edit, and then exit from the editor.

     

    There you are. You can now write data DVDs with your drive.

     

    I hope all this helps.


  7. Given Micro$oft's recent edicts about motherboard upgrades requiring the purchase of new licences, where will that put Vista with dual processors?

     

    Will you need to buy dual licences?

     

    Would upgrading a motherboard then require TWO new licences?

     

    What about single processors with dual cores?

     

    . . .and what happens when the new 4-core chips are released?


  8. I have the latest updates for drive support (Version "V") on Easy CD creator Platinum. OS Win XP Home SP2.

    I have an LG GSA-6167B burner which is good for DVD and CD burning. I also have an old Sony CD burner installed.

     

    Your GSA-6167 may be good for DVD and CD burning, but not with ECDC 5.3.5v

     

    The highest LG GSA burner recognized by 535v is the "HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-5120D"

     

    What is the "ID String" of your burner?

    Please right click My Computer, select properties, (then hardware, if in XP), Device Manager. Find the DVD/CDROM icon, click on the + alongside to expand it and you will see an icon and text information for each CD/DVD device installed. This text is the ID String. Please quote it exactly.

     

    When did you buy this drive?


  9. Hello,

     

    Direct CD used to be very good for the job you're trying to do, back when disk drives were "dumb" and did only what they were told.

     

    In those days they did exactly what the software told them to do (if they could) and they all formatted discs the same way.

     

    Now disk drives have been made "smarter", and they each do their own thing regardless of the instructions they're given. The result is what you've found - rarely are two of them the same.

     

    The best thing you can do is "erase" your CDRWs. A quick erase should do it without having to do a full erase. That should bring back and discs you have "lost".

     

    Then use CD Creator in a data project to write a "session" of files on a disc. Close the session but not the disc. This should allow you to transport the files to the other machine, and write another session with that other machine if you want to for transport back to the first machine. There is advice in the help files for writing sessions.

     

    When the disc gets full you can erase it again and re-use it.


  10. Darkvador,

     

    Have you inserted your blank disc and allowed time for the drive to spin up and read it?

     

    My machine shows max CD speed only until the disc has been recognized, and after that it will let me set the speed normally.

     

    If I have inserted a DVD the burn speed indicator will change from CD speeds to the DVD speed as soon as the disc has been recognized.


  11. I tried googling HP DVD/CD Writer 200j, and there isn't a "perfect match", which means you have not given us the actual id string. A quick glance at the results offer the possibilites it uses plus media but not dash media; or that it might be a "combo" drive - that is, CD-RW/DVD-ROM - and doesn't burn DVDs of any kind. Without the actual id string - see the FREQUENT ANSWERS post referred to earlier for how to find it - it's impossible to do more than guess.

     

    Lynn

     

    It's a "HP DVD Writer 200j". It writes DVD+RW and DVD+R, according to

    http://www.cwol.com/dvd-burners/hp-dvd200i.htm

     

    The HP DVD Writer 200 series were sold as 200e (external) or 200i (internal) but the actual drive carried the 200j identity string.


  12. Codec-download.com is one place to go to get codecs, but really you are best off if you can work out which codec you need. Then you can do a web search and go get that codec, rather than having to get a whole supermarket trolley full of them.

     

    It would seem that you don't have a codec for the file you tried to add, so what was that file? Examination of that should give an idea of the codec you need.

     

    There is a codec information appliance program called GSpot. (I believe the G is for Graphics). It can be found at http://www.headbands.com/gspot/ or at a number of other places on the Internet.

     

    If you run this program and then drag the video file onto the GSpot program GUI, in mostcases you'll get a lot of information about the video file. GSpot will tell you if you're short an audio or video codec, and most times will tell you which one you need. Try it, it's free.

     

    If you get stuck, come back here with more information and we'll try to help you.


  13. Bruce, you're showing your prejudices (grin). Bit Comet is a program, not a site.

     

     

     

     

    Jack,

    when you say the new HP-R will work but the old one won't, have you looked at the discs with a utility such as DVDInfoPro? [it should have installed with EMC8]

     

    If you go to the Media button you can get all sorts of interesting stuff on the disc in your drive. Comparing the results from both types of disc might show some significant difference between them.

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