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  1. hello,

    this is my first computer with burning capability. i used roxio dvd creator 6

    to burn 4.5gb on a fujifilm dvd+rW 4.7gb

    disc. the files i burnt were a mixture of

    avi and wma.

    when i went to play it on my Govideo dv1030

    vcr/dvd player. I received the error "unknown disc". i checked the documentation for the player and it stated it would play DVD+RW discs.

    so my question is what should i do now?

     

    thanks,

    craig

    Craig,

     

    I think the problem is not what TYPE of disc (+ or -) you used, but what you did with it.

     

    Did you use one of the suite's video programs to make a VIDEO DVD out of those files? (it would turn them into a bunch of .VOB and .IFO files in a VIDEO_TS folder on the disc)

     

    Or did you make a DATA disc with those AVI and WMA files just stored on the disc, and not converted to DVD? (and if you did, did you FORMAT the disc and use Drag and Drop to transfer the files, or did you use Creator in a data project to write the files to an unformatted disc??)

     

    All players should play a VIDEO DVD

    Some players will play AVI files off a DATA disc (especially DivX certified players) but not WMA files.

    Many of the players which will read DATA discs won't read formatted "drag'n'Drop" discs

     

    Please come back and tell us what sort of disc you made, and with which program.


  2. Er ... ml ... I'm sure you meant to say

     

    2. Copy those files to a CD - R using DataProject rather than Drag to Disk

     

    This is ECDC, not EMC.

     

    Lynn

     

    To be fastidiously accurate he would have said "CD Creator" rather than "Creator Classic" since a data project isn't a program, but who wants to be pedantic?

     

    I'm sure the member now knows which program we're talking about. (happy smile)


  3. Bettz1943

     

    What is the "ID String" of the CD burner drive you now have in the machine? You said a CD ROM drive went out, but you haven't said just what you do have in there now.

     

    Right click My Computer, select properties, 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.

     

    What is the actual version of ECDC that you're trying to install? Can you find some indication printed on the installer CD or in the various help and .ini files on the CD?

     

    If you can help us with that information we may be able to give you better advice.

     

     

     

    Turfsniffer

     

    Nice to see you've made it here. I was beginning to think that Colinburnshome had taken over the cudgel from your part of the world.


  4. For those who are wondering still . . .

     

    The foreign language is supplied by foreign language .LOC files.

     

    Do a search on files with the extension .LOC in the Adaptec/Roxio parts of your hard drive, and rename any you find to a different extension, like perhaps .ORI (original) which isn't used by anything else.

     

    You could find 12 or 15 in a full installation. Renaming them takes them out of service and should return you to English.

     

    An ordinary uninstall doesn't kill these files, and nor does running an English updater, so they stay there and are read and used next time you install.

     

    There are a few bitmapped screens which don't rely on the LOC files and will stay in the foreign language. Running the English updater will fix the bitmapped screens.


  5. I'm planning to upgrade to Windows XP (I'm now running Windows ME).

     

    Right now I have Jewel Case Creator 1.02d as part of Easy CD Creator 4.02d.

    What about compatibility between the old Jewel Case Creator and whatever the replacement is in Easy Media Creator 8.0? Will I be able to import the old Jewel Case files into the new application?

     

    Any comments about the replacement application?

     

    Jthoma4

     

    I still can't call XP an "upgrade" from Win98, though I suppose it might be an upgrade from WinME (grin).

     

    Easy CD Creator 4 won't install in XP, but you can take Jewel Case Creator with you. Do it like this:

    -backup the directory where CDJewel.exe lives, and the two subdirectories underneath it, Page Files and Style files

    -create a directory (any name) on your XP machine and copy your backup to it so you have the proper files in the main directory and the two subdirectories.

    -create a desktop shortcut to cdjewel.exe, and use that.

     

    The program will complain and tell you the CD Guide isn't available as you start, and it will complain briefly as you exit because it can't find Creator4 to link to (hit Esc to clear that complaint) but it should otherwise work fine.


  6. Hello,

     

    When you burn a data file to a CD, an exact copy of the file is written on the CD. If you copy it off again and do a byte-for-byte compare of the original file and its copy you will find they are identical.

     

    I know this in practice, because I often do byte-for-byte comparisons when testing things, so it's not just a belief I hold. Try it youself. Get a file compare utility (the old Micro$oft COMP.COM works very well) and compare a CD copy of one of your files with the original file.

     

    To compare images visually, you really need to be able to display both of them on the same screen at the same time with the same software. If you do otherwise it's too easy to be misled, no matter how careful you are.

     

    >"Everywhere I read it says, you can't burn too slow! "

     

    That's quite WRONG, I'm afraid. In the early days the slower you burned a CD the "darker" the burn would be, and the better chance you would have of getting a read off it from an insensitive player. Not so today.

    Again if your system could not deliver data fast enough to the drive, the drive would suffer a "buffer underrun" and the disc would be ruined. For these reasons, slower was considered better. NOT NOW!

     

    Modern drives calibrate their power against the disc they're burning on, and are optimized to burn best in the mid- to upper-ranges of their permitted burning speed. If you shift too much from the optimum you're more likely to get error(s).

     

    Finally, burning slower or faster isn't going to change the contrast of an image file. You either get an identical file or you get an error reported. The bits which are written in each sector of the disc must add up to precisely equal a checksum written at the end of the sector. The file must be identical, or it's a different file and that's not allowed when burning a copy to CD.


  7. Hi,

     

    Normally I'd expect to see a set of half a dozen "Available Write Descriptor" entries between that mention of HD-BURN and the "Complete Media Code" heading. The Plasmon disc in my drive at the moment shows them.

     

    However it doesn't look as if we're going to get too far along that track this time.

     

    It might pay you to try another brand of CD. Buy one or two to try. Even at the inflated price you pay for singles, it's better than buying a spindle of 50 which might not work.

     

    Just remember, not all players are equal. The fact the CD will play in some, means it has been burned the right way. The fact it won't play in another usually means the "other" doesn't like that brand (or dye-color) of disc.


  8. The unfortunate thing about help files and manuals is that they're written by people who are extremely familiar with the software.

     

    It would not be a silly idea to get a literate person who has never seen the product before, to sit down with a list of things it can do and write the manual while an expert coaches him/her on how to do everything. That way everything would be explicit and anyone could understand the manual.


  9. Frank,

     

    I believe Seagate's innovation is to stack the magnetic domains on a hard drive on end, rather than the pits and lands of an optical drive. This technology allows them to get the bit density of a magnetic drive increased to allow more storage in a smaller space.

     

    I think your PC Magazine article must have been talking about something else than Seagate's "perpendicular" recording of magnetic disks.


  10. The drag to disc, scandisc feature offered to try and either fix the disc or recover the files. It couldn't fix the disc but reovered the files. Only problem is that windows media player can play the movies, but none of the programs in my media creater 7.5 can see the files. Neither can windows movies maker. How can I get roxio to either recognize the files, or better yet, convert them back to their original types. Thank you for your help. BTW Roxann is usless, you cannot get anybody to answer you at the chat help desk, and why should we pay $35.00 to talk to a technician for a very expensive piece of software. This is my last chance. Please help. Barry Kiefaber

    BTW The file types are REC (recovery) files

     

    This post has been edited by lynn98109: Jan 29 2006, 11:44 AM

     

    Hi Barry,

     

    "Packet writer" programs such as Drag to Disc or Direct CD or DLA or InCD sometimes lose track of their indexes or tables of contents. When this happens, scandisc first tries to recover the directory. If that doesn't work it will read the disc to find the start and end of the files.

     

    It can recover the file by finding the beginning and end, but not the name of the file. That's why all the renamed files get a generic .REC name. They aren't modified at all, it's just their name is lost.

     

    Rename the recovered files as James suggested, and you should be able to use them again. If you can't work out what type of files they are, try renaming all the unknowns to AVI for example. Any which don't work after that, rename to .MPG and so on until you have them all identified.

     

    Unfortunately, recovering any sort of disc is always a long process. That's why we recommend you don't delete anything at source until it's safely reached its destination.


  11. The download is an altered version of the CDR4 driver which doesn't rip AVG's britches like the earlier version does.

     

    Since the CDR4 driver has been around for much longer than AVG has, I don't know how they persuaded Roxio to make a change and not the newcomer AVG.

     

    I suspect that Adaptec/Roxio may have done something "not quite standard" in there in earlier versions, so have now changed CDR4 to make it completely compliant wih standards.


  12. Hi Joe,

     

    There are two modules of Easy Cd Creator 5 which are typically loaded at boot time. They are DirectCD if it is installed, and the project menu program CreateCD50.exe It seems that your menu system has been set to load at boot time.

     

    Try this:

    -Go to Start / Run and run Regedit.exe, the registry editor.

    -Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

    -It might pay you to "Export" that key (save a text copy of it in case you want it back later). Highlight the RUN key, then go to File/Export and tell the editor a name and place to save the file. If you ever want it back like it was, use File/Import to return the key to the original state.

     

    -Now, in that key you will see a list of programs which are started at boot time. The ECDC one should look rather like this:

    "CreateCD50"="\"C:\\Program Files\\Common Files\\Adaptec Shared\\CreateCD\\CreateCD50.exe\" -r"

    Highlight the "CreateCD50" name, and then hit delete. That will remove the offending entry.

     

    Finish the editor, and restart. Is it all fixed now??


  13. Sorry Frank,

     

    I did see it. I was just being cheeky and playing on the words.

     

     

    "I guess I should have just said "I don't, or never, cared for Les Paul OR Mary" and left off the Terry part"

     

    No, that sounds too much like the "Do you now or have you ever belonged to . . . " from the McCarthy era. :)

     

    Do you listen to Satriani?


  14. 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.


  15. 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,


  16. 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?


  17. 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.

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