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  1. Looking at XP, I shudder to think what Vista will be like.

     

    There are still a heap of things I can do with Win98SE that nobody can do with XP.

    ME is short for "Multiple Errors", and I think XP might actually be an upgrade if you're running ME.

     

    Still, it's getting so you won't be able to run it on the new CPUs. It seems some of those being designed now will not run 32-bit code on the chip, but only in an emulator. (sigh)


  2. Hi KC,

     

    This is what's called "CD Text". It's interesting because not many readers will pick it up, despite it being so useful.

     

    To burn CD Text you need to:-

    -have a drive which supports it (not all do)

    -have the details entered in your project (either manually or through the CDDB)

    -have CD Text turned on in your burn dialog (there's a tick-box to check)

    -burn in Disc At Once (DAO) mode

     

    A small (and free) CD Player program which will read CD Text off the disc is the HACP player by Hans Nelisse. It's available at a large number of websites if you do a search on "HACP PLAYER"


  3. Cannot create a music CD-R.

     

    Yes, I’m serious. I am using Windows XP, 4 yr old top of line Dell, writing to a NEC DVD+RW ND-1100A [CD rom] drive. Been trying for 3 months. Thrown away 23 CD-Rs. They play fine in computer but I get “ERR” message in car CD Player and just nothing on my progressive scan DVD player. I close it out to play on all devices. Tried 3 brand name CD-Rs. I follow Roxio Music CD instructions to the tee. Tried using Windows Media Player and when I went to “Burn” (after recording track from my purchased CD to hard drive) I immediately get a message that Windows has incurred a problem it doesn't recognize. I use drive for everything else in the world and have no problems. I updated to Easy CD Creator Version 5.3.5.10. No difference. When I look at the Drive properties, it says it supports CD-R. I feel a little foolish.

     

    Hi,

     

    There's nothing wrong with using a DVD+RW ND-1100A. That drive has been supported ny ECDC since version 5.3.1.154.

     

    What did catch my eye is your remark "I close it out to play on all devices." I don't recall such an option in the music project of CD Creator. You're not FORMATTING the disc first, are you?

     

    Are you trying to record audio, or are you recording an .MP3 or .WAV file on the disc?


  4. Hello,

     

    I've not heard of this happening before, but I'll try to help.

     

    If it wasn't that you can read the DVD on other drives I would think that the burn had failed, but since you can read it elsewhere the obviously the burn was done the right way.

     

    DVD writers usually have tables of burn parameters in their firmware, and these parameters adjust things such as burn speed and power, depending on whether the drive recognizes the blank disc. As more disc brands and types come on the market firmware updates are issued by reputable manufacturers so their drives can recognize and handle more types of discs.

     

    With all that in mind, I'm wondering if your drive might be having difficulty with the type of DVD you're using.

    If it was a fault in the Roxio software (not impossible) then I would expect it to have shown with other people before now.

     

    -May I suggest you check with the drive manufacturer to see if a firmware update is available, and update the drive if necessary.

    -Try changing your brand or colour of DVD, or try changing the burn speed in case that makes a more readable disc.

     

    You haven't said, but I'd be interested to know if the drive can read other burned discs, or if it can only read silver, pressed, commercial CDs and DVDs. If the last is the case, it would seem the drive has something wrong with its read circuitry (hope not). Please let me know if this helps.


  5. Everytime I put a blank CD or DVD into any of my DVD/CD drives EZ CD Creator launches and this causes the system to freeze when I'm doing a buckup using Ghost. How can I stop the Project selector from launching everytime I insert a blank disc into the drive? I'm using ver 5.3.2.34, need to get newer version but for now I need to stop this auto launch issue, someone please help

     

    This has nothing to do with Direct CD.

     

    Best way to stop Project Selector launching is to stop it from loading when windows starts.

    Run the registry editor (Regedit) and go to the key at

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

     

    There you should see an entry for CreateCD50, the project selector, which should look like this:

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

     

    Delete that entry, and project selector won't load and run resident when you start Windows. It means you'll have to click on an icon when you want ECDC, but that's a small price to pay. Later updates killed this "feature" anyway.


  6. 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.


  7. 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)


  8. 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.


  9. 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.


  10. 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.


  11. 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.


  12. 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.


  13. 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.


  14. 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.


  15. 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.


  16. 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.


  17. 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??


  18. 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?

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