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  1. Hi Bruce I gotta question your statement on the Haali Splitter old friend, it's not a "Virus" nor does it act as one, and is probably the highest regarded DirectShow splitter in current development. Haali is a well known codec writer and works for CORECODEC support center and almost all top Codec packs incorporate the Haali splitter with absolutely no issues, nor do I read any in the many Audio/Video forums I post in. As with any new type of filter it has had some growing pains but this splitter has been very stable and useful pretty much from inception. I would tend to think after my latest experience with a Creator 09 demuxer "SonicHDdemuxer.dll" basically forcing (hijacking) all DVD programs unrelated to Sonic to use one of it's proprietary dll's, that it's more a Sonic module interfering with the Haali splitter, and the outcome may be this poster's problem. BTW Bruce, if you have any links to knowledgeable sites (not just posers) where they have Haali splitter issues, I would like to read up on that more.
  2. Hi Folks First, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year to my friends here! I hope you all find comfort and good times with family & friends this Holiday season! Now, here's what's what. I've been using Creator 2009 for about 4 months now and no real issues so far with this suite, but it seems to interfere drastically with other non Sonic DVD related apps. I've ripped a few titles from the BBC series "Planet Earth", "Blue Planet" and the other 2 sets in the series. Now before anyone goes all "High & Mightier then thou" on me, I am a firm proponent of being allowed to create backup copies of your software titles you OWN, and since my brother in law is not versed in this type of thing I've been doing it for him. Anyway, 17 dual layer disks in all and I ripped them all to VIDEO_TS folders on my HDD (I didn't have enough Dual Layer DVD's at that time to do direct copy..heheh). I was using Copy2DVD to make "bit-4-bit" copies (didn't want to re-encode) but on at least 6 disks the app crashed, and these crashes were all caused by SonicHDdemuxer.dll. I tried a temp rename of the dll to see what happened, started Copy2DVD and I was informed by popup that the installer needed to configure sonicHDdemuxer.dll and asked for my Creator 2009 disk...I was a bit perplexed by this other program asking to install a Roxio dll. On a few occasions the files would load and the burn apparently start and then crash with the same demuxer.dll as the problem and the DL-DVD disk made useless...8 of them in all (major unhappy, they aren't cheap). I then tried a few other DVD copy app's., Xilisoft DVD Copy, PlatoDVD Copy, DVD Cloner VI along with 2 others. Some would start the burn and then fail with these same VIDEO_TS files but most of the time as soon as I navigated to the folder to add the IFO, BUP and VOB files the app's would crash. Every time the event viewer said that SonicHDdemuxer.dll was the faulting module...(???) I did a clean reinstall of Creator 09 but no happy there. Finally I just uninstalled Creator 2009, reinstalled the Shark007 Codec pack (which I always use with Creator and Nero with no issues...EVER), and now magically all these other apps work perfectly...without any popups or issues regarding that SonicHDdemuxer.dll. I guess in a way this is also more than a question about that demuxer dll, and also a statement to Sonic about the way it interfere's with any other DVD copy/create s'ware and crashes the other app. Obviously the popup was from Sonic and not the other apps, and Sonic basically hijacked my ability to use other DVD creator apps by forcing their proprietary dll on this sytem. Has anyone else have this issue? I searched the forum and a post from 2007 brought up the exact same issue but nobody ever posted to it. I'll be informing Sonic of my displeasure with this behavior as well since I'm not positive any Sonic staff read the forums. FYI - one video file I tried with at least 4 other apps that crashed each time due to sonicHDdemuxer.dll, just finished without issue after Creator 09 was uninstalled....hmmm.
  3. Hi Brendon Yah, it's always been frustrating when certain programs decide to take over all related functions by registering their proprietary (insert offending module name here) or take over file associations without user permissions. Back in tha day a group of of us Tech Forum admins banded together to "request" spam the developer's of programs that used this kind of behavior until we forced them to realize how unwelcome that is to us little people. Our forums were full of newer users who were upset that "such-&-such" program launched anytime they tried to view pictures or listen to music, and we just got fed up with it to the point of fighting back..LOL...fun days I am very disappointed to see this from a Sonic filter and have brought this up to the Support staff. I've used Roxio/Sonic since 04 but this problem has me wondering if I will even reinstall Creator 09 again. I've also used Nero 8 alongside Roxio/Sonic suites and I've never had Nero filters cause this sort of problem, nor have the 2 program's interfered with each other...so far. I still want to test if unregistering the dll with regsvr32 command will make a difference or not, but that's a workaround that should be unnecessary IMO. I guess this whole post is more a bit of a rant in a way, and not so much a question other than if anyone else has seen this problem lately. Needless to say I was quite upset that this conflict cost me 8 dual layer Tayo Yuden DVD's.
  4. Late reply I know, I have been rather ill and haven't gotten much done online. Hi Big Dave, yah that is the default setting but many of us change that for other programs. For instance I'm a big Flight Sim fan and of course I try to optimize the graphics settings for the program and for this you need to change that setting. That was one of the first things I did and it wasn't until weeks later that I needed EMC and immediately had problems. Of course by then I'd completely forgotten about that little switch and it took my awhile to find the culprit...frustrating to say the least. I know other gamers may find that same thing and I hope this helps them. I haven't tested this with Creator 2009, maybe I should and update this when I find out what happens.
  5. Hi For anyone who has EMC10 (and possibly 9 also) and is using Nvidia Forceware Driver & Ntune Control Panel, there is a setting in the Ntune CPL that will completely mess the backgrounds used in MyDVD10, making them completely unusable. If you have this type of problem when using MyDVD or similar parts of EMC, open th Ntune control panel, under the "Adjust image settings with Preview", change the settng to "Let the 3D Application Decide" and Ok or Apply it. This will fix any background image issues in MyDVD or Video Editor which causes the images loaded to be squat and extremely distorted. Hope this helps anyone with similar issues, it took me a while to find the culprit and this is 100% reproducable and fixable with the above settings change.
  6. Actually, you are incorrect. In Canada (and many, Many other countries) it is Legal and proven in our courts that copying for archival purposes is allowed. Sharing that archive to anyone other than the proper owner, outside of simple viewing that is, is NOT legal, so no Laws are being broken here. Still if you feel that way that's your opinion. Others, and you may be one yourself, feel that an investment of $100's of dollars in an very fragile medium such as CD's and DVD's, deserves to be protected. Therefore to copy the original so it can be put away in a safe environment, and allow the copies to take the daily abuse, is a smart way to protect that investment. Fortunately the courts agree upon this (look it up) and copy protections are put in place to try to limit file sharing, not archiving. Remember blank VHS??? blank Cassettes? blank CD's? Every time a new recordable format arrived, the Media makers howl unfair but every time the courts side with the public right to record data they own or that is freely available. Still tho, you miss the point here Walt. I'm not talking or asking questions on how to "rip" or "share" these files, the fact remains that the SonicHDdemuxer.dll interferes with LEGAL programs other than Roxio/Sonic products operations. This dll must register as the proprietary muxer/demuxer for any such operations, otherwise it would not be called during another program's operation. That is not right and reminds us of older media players or other programs that take over file associations without user permissions. Many of us worked hard for years to stop developers from thinking they can take over user machines that way and filters such as this are no different. BTW, upon removal of Creator 09 and that dll, all other DVD creation program crashes have disappeared. Hopefully anyone else having a similar issue will read this and find the way to fix it. I didn't test trying to unregister that particular dll to see if that is a viable workaround or not so I'll do that next. Still ticks me off that I had to uninstall Creator to get other programs to function.
  7. Hey Folks...isn't this "Digital Life" fun!!!!!!! Big Dave, you've definitely done your homework on Multicore processing and you understand the dynamics of I/O and bottlenecks well. Also well explained. I remember very well how many times I had to stop doing stuff on my 3.4GHz (OC'd fro 2.6) P4 Northwood, simply because my AV scanner started doing it's thing. That's a thing of the past on my Core 2 Duo E6750 and I certainly don't miss it. Jean, excellent reports! One other thing is...do we want a rendering process to consume 100% of a multi-core machine just to make it "that much faster"? I think not because then we lose one of the REAL aspects of multicore processors...multitasking. I would rather the render process stay at 75-85% and allow the rest of the power to continue other tasks. I have noticed a Marked increas on rendering a movie to DVD even with EMC10, at least twice as fast than my P4 was able to accomplish the same task. Software today is written more and more to take advantage of multicore threading so we'll see better performance in more programs soon. 2009 is written to take advantage of this and in certain areas we are bound to see improvement over other versions, but to think that 2 cores will double, and 4 cores will quadruple these improvements is simply showing a lack of understanding in what multicore processing is and how it works. Gary, I believe you just set yourself up for disappointment in thinking how you did when you switched to your newer processor. Like others, I don't notice any real increases in how Fast my regular programs work now, but I sure do notice how many more things I can do at one time now over my P4, which was "theoretically" faster than my current processor but P4 had a much smaller cache and didn't properly access the L2 cache either (thru FSB).
  8. Chappy

    New Novice Re - Dvd Info Double Layer

    Yes, I think it will be best to go with Bruce's suggestion and copy the DVD9 to your hard drive, split it and then burn to the 2 DVDR's. You may be able to span it across 2 disks using the Video Copy & Convert feature, which is what Support was probably trying to get you doing, but I think you'll have better luck doing it this other way.
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    Roxio Retrieve

    C2009 has Roxio Retrieve 11, check your Prgram Files\Roxio 2009 folder, it should be there. Retrieve has been a staple of Roxio suite since version "Before Christ" and is still a component of 2009. As for your issue kpruner, all I can think of is that the disk has become corrupted or was corrupted during the initial burn. The "Retrieve.exe" is installed onto all the disks burned with it so that it can run and extract from the burned CD's without having Retrieve installed on the machine. If you have a Data Recovery program you may be able to save those files, if you don't have one there are a few free ones available online. "Recover My PC" may have a feature to recover from CD's\DVD's, I'm not sure but if you Google for Data Recovery you can see what's out there. I prefer to use R-Studio and GeDataBack (both Paid-4 programs) but they work very well to save corrupted and missing data.
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    Roxio 10 And Roxio 2009

    Hi Rachel Yes, it should be fine to uninstall all Roxio 10 products. Use the proper technique of course, control panel - Programs & Features - Uninstall Roxio 10 components. Start with the Core components and you'll find that some others will be uninstalled along with those as well, or when you check them and uninstall them, they'll uninstall almost immediately. Roxio 10 added all seperate components into the Uninstall list as you have seen, while 2009 only adds the single "Roxio 2009" entry. P.S. - @ Syrallas - Already linked her to that page above -
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    Roxio 10 And Roxio 2009

    Hi No, Roxio 2009 doesn't need any Creator 10 files to function correctly. 2009 has to be self reliant since not all 2009 customers are going to be upgrading from Roxio 10 now are they, so 2009 does not need any Roxio 10 files to function. There has to be another reason for the issue you had. Now that 2009 has installed and is working fine on your machine, you should be able to uninstall Creator 10 from it without affecting your 2009 installation. If for some reason there is a problem after you uninstall Roxio 10, follow the Uninstall Instructions HERE carefully (stop at the Install 10 instructions of course, step #5) and then try reinstalling 2009 again.
  12. Hi y'all For those here who know me...yes...another weird interface issue, this time in Sound editor. I'm trying to remove an ugly little "gap" that was left inbetween 2 tracks that should merge seamlessly, that was inserted in the ripping process somehow. I've done this hundreds of times in EMC7's sound editor but now that I run Vista I have EMC10 and find the sound editor to be not as useful as 7's was...at least for me. Anyway, what happens is that when I load the 2 tracks in EMC10 sound editor, I join the two clips and then highlight the selection I want to edit and click "Zoom to selection". Here is when it gets stupid so I'll have screenshots to help. When the selection is zoomed, part (a big part) of the waveform simply disappears... First, here's the selected area which shows that a waveform is actually supposed to be there. As can be seen, there should be full waveform in the "Zoom to selection", but here's what happens... The waveform is gone from the left side of the selected area, and the really weird thing happens when you pan left....ALL the waveform is missing from the left! It will start to show again after a few full page-backs or if you zoom back out a few times, but as soon as you zoom in again it's gone. Here's what it looks like when it's panned back to the left, and remember the top screenshot which shows there should be full waveform there Does anyone have any explanation for this behavior or any suggestions of what I could try to get this strange behavior to stop? Thanx
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    Waveform Disappears In Sound Editor

    Hi Dave I thought of that too, and so did the Roxio tech working on my support ticket, but unfortunately the Nvidia driver I have has the video hardware acceleration settings locked out. weird... Frank Tried it...no workie...still does it. It's funny, I can load other clips and it won't always do this but with these two clips it's almost 100%...almost like it's the clips themselves that are the cause..(??) That would definitely be weird if that were the case eh. But it almost seems that way now since I can load and join two other songs randomly and in most cases it works fine, only occasionally does it exhibit this same behaovior, but with these two songs it's 97% always an issue. I'm almost out of ideas for it now and so is the Roxio tech, and since I've already done the needed edit and burned the disk it's not a pressing issue anymore, but I'm definitely still trying to reproduce it with other songs. It almost NEVER happens with a single song loaded and when it does happen in other clips, it's very random and not at all reliably reproduced...I'm stumped...
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    Window Size Too Large

    Hi Denny Not a big deal since this forum is not quite as busy as others, but it's not just "This forum's" guidleines, it's Every forum. It has the potential to muddy the waters so to speak, on any online help forum and is widely discouraged because of that. I'm sure you can see the potential for confusion so I was simply pointing it out...no harm done. I am curious tho...do you have the Nvidia Ntune control panel and if so, did you try that setting I showed to change? Since it works pretty well on another setup, I get the feeling that this issue could easily be caused by that setting. It doesn't seem like it should...I know..I couldn't see the connection either, but when I started testing everything in sight to fix my issue it turned out to be that setting that messes with EMC's graphical interface somehow. Just as I was finishing this I remembered that I had a problem exactly like this a couple years ago, but I can't recall the program or the fix right now...I'm wrackin my brains out trying to remember. Same thing...window too large for the display when maxxed (even spanned over 2 monitors) and critical buttons were missing because of it. Dang...just can't recall it right now but I'll try to remember and if I do will post it immediately for you guys.
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    Window Size Too Large

    NP Bruce...I was pretty sure that was the post you were referring too.. TY Gary! I have well over 600,000 posts in online help forums, so I've been helping folks for along time now and one of the Most confusing things is when 2 or more people are asking for help in the same thread...don't you think. It all just goes to heII in a handbasket faster than you can blink that way, as nobody is exactly sure who's replying to who after awhile, so I always try to teach the newer forum users the basic etiquette of posting. More eyes look at it also if you have your own thread since allot of forum users pass on reading posts that they see are already being worked on by the regulars, so it's always best to start new threads for any question. I hope Ankrum posts back with results so we know if this worked for him/her also. Later!
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    Window Size Too Large

    Hi Bruce Maybe you're thinking of my "Movie Background" issue when everything was oversized and squashed until I changed a setting in the Nvidia Ntune CPL? It could actually be a similar issue here too so I see no harm in relaying it here for this one.. (Hi Gary too!!) Ankrum - Do you have the Nvidia Ntune Control Panel installed? If so, open it and go to the "Adjust Image Settings with Preview" section and select the "Let the 3D Application Decide" setting. It seems that anything but this setting when EMC 10 is installed messes with allot of graphical things. Let us know if this worked or not. Another suggestion for future use in All online forums, it's always best to start your own thread for your issue rather than insert it into another persons thread, even if it's the exact same issue. It's called "Thread Hijacking" and can cause serious confusion as people lose track of who's talking to whom and what's getting done (and by whom). It can get out of hand quickly and then nobody gets proper help.
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    Waveform Disappears In Sound Editor

    I've opened a Support Ticket on this. I can reproduce this with almost 100% certainty, so it HAS to be a graphical bug I would say. I've reinstalled EMC10 3 times, once with an absolutely clean removal of any Roxio/Sonic leftovers (which there are a TON of BTW...) from hidden user files and registry changes (all monitored during an install) and this darn issue still happens. Will post any resolutions if found.
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    Waveform Disappears In Sound Editor

    Hi Frank Yah, I get full waveform also if I use a single file, I tested that pretty well. It seems that I get the issue after I've joined 2 clips to try and edit out that annoying "burp" that a rip always seems to insert into 2 tracks that should merge one into the other. I also found that on occasion, if I simply click the tracking bar around a few times and then zoom in, it'll work...maybe. But once I've done an edit and want to zoom in again to mabye tweak it a bit, it always seems to disappear then. This is very odd behavior for sure. I can work as much on a single file as I wish with no odd disappearances but once I do a join & edit, it starts to act up like that. Even reloading doesn't seem to help but what I'll try next is to export the joined clips as a single file and then try opening that in a new project and see what happens. Thanx for trying to duplicate this and help me out here Frank! P.S. - One thing I noticed also...if I do what you do by moving the horizontal bar back and forth some, I can get a waveform back but it seems the timeline gets messed up when this is done, I have to zoom back out full to reset everything and then I'm back to the beginning. It really is annoying bud...I finally just edited it at a zoom I wasn't able to get real precise with and burned a disc for my truck use, but there's an obvious little "burp" still where the tracks should merge seamlessly. That bothers me since I'm used to getting that close to perfection before but now I just can't get in close enough to do that.
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    Waveform Disappears In Sound Editor

    Hi Frank Same here. I have literally done this hundreds of times with EMC7 Sound editor and never ever had any problems, in fact I could do seamless edits with ease in that one. I could cut & replace a section so seamlessy that you would never know it was ever edited, but to do it that exacting you have to get zoomed into the 1000th of a second and I can't get there with 10's editor...yet. This behavior happens with any clip, as soon as you zoom in a couple of times the waveform goes bye-bye. I like to edit so that the wave structure is cut/inserted to match the wave it's mating to so the transition is undetectable and I just can't get zoomed in that far without losing ALL of the waveform completely. It will play the music and the timeline moves along the flat wave line, so where the heck did it go... Pisses me off big time, I have no idea what could be causing this. I've uninstalled and reinstalled EMC10 a couple of times and the same thing happens. There is nothing in the installation log that shows any errors during install so it can't be a corrupted install and you can see by my specs in my sig, this isn't a low end machine by any means so it's not a resource issue either. I can't see it being a codec thing either since the clip plays fine...I'm stumped so far.
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    Menu Background Issues

    RESOLVED - READ PG 2 FOR FIX Hey Folks I've recently upgraded from EMC9 to EMC10, and this issue was in both. Before I get into it I have to say that it worked properly before, with this same setup, but now it's just gone crazy. I'll supply screenshots to help illustrate. Ok, just found this forum doesn't allow screenshots..darn! I'll link to PhotoBucket I guess. Trying to burn movies using MyDVD10 and the Menu background is totally messed up to the point of being unworkable! It's chopped into horizontal bands and misaligned (and enlarged it seems). I can't find buttons on it or edit it, but if I just let it be it will diplay properly in the burned product....(?). It's only in the MyDVD 10 interface it seems, that this display issue arises, since as I said above...if I just burn the project everything is fine, except for the fact that I can't edit the button names or anything cause I can't SEE them! This started even with EMC9 and I figured with EMC10 now, it should work properly, but it doesn't. If I change the background tho, it will flash with the proper display and then 3 seconds later it will go wonky again. This happens anytime I attempt to make a change, like "Edit Menu Style" or something...it'll display properly for a few seconds and then BAM...cut into bands and unintelligable! Here's a screenshot of an image, I'll choose a simple one so you can easily see the difference: 1st, this is the image that I get in MyDVD menu - http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/3927/mydvd1ba0.jpg This is what it's Supposed to be - http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/1678/mydvd3lf3.jpg Here's another example. What I get in MyDVD - http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/9509/mydvd2ax1.jpg What it's Supposed to look like - http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/3148/mydvd4jc3.jpg I've worked in MyDVD9 many times and I'm very computer savvy, and I simply cannot find any reason for this. I have a Geforce 8800 GTS OC2 320MB card with latest drivers. Another stupid issue that just showed it's face (right now in fact), if I try to launch MyDVD10 when I have Media Center running, I get a message stating that I don't have the graphics resources to launch MyDVD10.....huh....I doubt that very much! Minimal background programs running (AV, Firewall, KB & Mouse drivers and Graphics drivers), 320MB on card RAM, 4 G's physical RAM, and 4 G's virtual memory so I doubt my resources are "used up". Anyway, I need to figure out why my menu backgrounds are getting messed up. Any ideas are welcome...I have tried everything I can find in main and right click menu's to no avail yet. Thx Dave
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    Menu Background Issues

    Hi CarbonArc That's Fantastic!! This is exactly why anyone who's ever worked in user help forums, always asks people to reply back if something we suggested worked. The ONLY way we know what works is if people reply and let us know. Way too many times we make suggestions for awhile and then never hear back from the OP, and never really know what the outcome was. I always make sure if I have an issue and I find a workaround or fix, I'll post about it and I prefer to both [a] post into the OP about it, and/or make a new thread with an unmissable title for others who are researching the same problem, and explain the entire issue. I'm so glad that you found this CarbonArc!! It makes it all worthwhile to go thru all that crap, so that my troubles can make someone elses day go easier. You are VERY Welcome!!
  22. Chappy

    Menu Background Issues

    LOL!!! Yah, they all should be like that at times. Even tho I did get it all straightened out eventually, my mind was made up to freshen it up anyway, so that''s just what I did. I find that once things start going south for whatever reason, it's usually only the beginning of more to come. The Repair Install does do wonders tho, it's definitely one of my TOP fixes that I suggest to users that I'm helping when most other things don't work, and 90% of the time it'll fix things up. With Vista now, the "Repair" option is called In-Place Upgrade and is run from within Windows now and not from booting the Vista DVD. Anyway, I'm still working on getting this install back up to speed. My Comodo firewall (beta still) hosed almost ALL Win Updates in the default config with this newest Beta version, and I had to uninstall it completely until I had all the updates installed and then reinstall it. Contacted Comodo team about that, it's not supposed to mess with those in all but the most paranoid settings so there's obviously a problem with this latest Beta. Plus the GUI is messed up some in this version so hopefully they'll have a new one out soon. Well....back to work getting this install up. I think my next install is EMC10
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    Menu Background Issues

    Ever try running a Repair Install? Not Recovery console, but a complete reinstall of the installation folders/files without damaging your data. I found that this would work very well when XP started acting weird, and it saved many a reformat/reinstall. Restore is buggy in XP and I wouldn't use that past 4 days if ever, but running a repair install pretty much took care of any XP ills I ever had. JIC you're unfamiliar with it - boot the XP CD, DO NOT choose "Recovery Console", choose "Install Windows", go thru accepting the EULA stuff, when it lists any found Windows install highlight the desired install & press "R" to start the repair process. Setup runs as if a clean install was done but when it boots to the desktop, all your programs ands data are intact.
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    Menu Background Issues

    "ME 2"...LOL!! I fully understand why but I don't think ANYTHING could beat out ME as the top of the Crap Heap.. Yah Bruce, I was too, but I built my new machine and figured I'd give Vista a whirl. Maybe I'm too stubborn but I don't want to give up on it just yet, it is a good OS at it's heart, but man it is quirky at times. When XP was first released, it was a real DOG also. It didn't become the ultra stable OS we know (and dearly LOVE) today until well after SP1 and SP2 solidified it as the BEST that MS ever made. MS states that XP was released with 1500 known bugs while Vista had only 500, so theoretically Vista is (supposed to be) more stable out of the box than XP was. Unfortunately MS is not planning any major upgrades for Vista in SP1 like they did with XP, because they're doing that in their Update releases instead. SP1 is more a cumulative rollup with a couple of new updates added but not much more from what MS is saying, and it's still not slated until Jan/Feb 2008. I can't put my finger on just what happens really, and I can't fully blame it on Vista either. Too many drivers & programs for Vista are still in the Beta stages and without some really serious time to test things, I just can't say for certain what the root causes for these are. Also, if I took allot of time I could probably get it back...uninstall & reinstall a bunch of things..you know, but I figure my time is better spent on a fresh install anyway, so that's the route I go instead. It just seems that once one thing goes nasty, a bunch of others follow suit quickly! (sigh) I know Vista will get better as time goes and better drivers and programs are released for it, and MS gets more compatibility updates into it, just like XP did, and I like the direction MS is going with things. Security over compatibility was long overdue in their OS's as anyone with a brain knew. I can't remember ever, an OS release where most AV, Firewall & Graphics companies are STILL in Beta drivers almost a Year after the OS was released...but that's the case with Vista. I know MS was trying to keep kernel hooks out and the security producers had a big issue with that..yadda-yadda, but seriously...too many companies just dropped the ball here and MS is not only to blame for our Vista woes. I think I could write a small book on all that but we don't need that here, or now do we I need to figure out whether to fix or format right now, I think the next few reboots will tell. 7-1 for the Red Sox right now eh...Wow! 8-1 9-1...
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    Menu Background Issues

    Thx Bruce I'm sure I'll have fun with the software but I'm sure not having fun with Vista right now.... Since I got this issue fixed, Vista has become totally HOSED!! The shell freezes immediately after bootup everytime, my firewall can't be found in the installation directory, so it complains and then reports it has unfixable errors, my core 2 is maxxed because of explorer being frozen, so it's near immposible to use the mouse or KB to try and get anywhere to see what's going on, can't open the start menu or the task mgr...it's gone haywire! Finally booted the OS DVD and ran Sys Restore back to 4 days ago, when my only problem it seemed was with MyDVD and the background stuff. It seemed to go well and I restored my backup of the firewall settings so I don't have to go thru all that setup again, and on the next restart I started having troubles again. The shell isn't freezing things up anymore but I had to restart 4 times to get my mouse cursor to move, then I lost my network connection. Reinstalled the network adaptor and then my AV (NOD32) couldn't contact the kernel and the VSS started throwing errors....WHAT NEXT!!!! I like Vista but this will be the 3rd time in 8 months the install just hoses itself without any real user intervention! I could see if I was doing allot of system changes or low level stuff, but eveything I've done trying to fix this thread's issue was all UI based, no registry stuff, no low level command line stuff, and the OS just starts going south. With XP Pro SP2 I could make extensive system changes with no issues but Vista sometimes seems to do it to itself. I think it's time to prepare for a clean reinstall....again. I've done it so often lately that I have a document that lists all the config files and things I need to copy to get the new install up and running ASAP. Still takes a good 3 days or more to get everything back up to speed so it's still a Major PITA! Oh well
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