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Douglas McClure
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Hi. I was at the point of posting this problem, but I solved it on my own. However, the solution might be of interest to some international users:

 

I use Windows XP, set up in American English. However, since I live in Spain, I have customized some of the Regional Settings, including the number format, so that my spreadsheets and such programs will be compatible locally. This included changing my "decimal point" and "numbers separator" settings. (In most of Europe, the number "two thousand and 65 hundredths" is written "2.000,65" -- that is, with the comma and point reversed from English and American usage.)

 

Anyway, I ran the Easy VHS to DVD setup program (in English) with no problems. Then the program simply wouldn't start, not even once. Each time, an error message flashed onto the screen and disappeared very fast. I managed to capture it with the PrintScreen key, and it said:

 

 

An unknown error has occurred. The application will shut down now.

Exception:

Cannot convert string '0.5' in attribute 'Opacity' to object of type 'System.Double'. 0.5 is not a valid value for Double. Error at object 'System.Windows.Media.Effects.DroptShadowEffect' in markup file 'EasyVHS2DVD;component/private/views/splashview.xaml'.

 

Because of the underlined bit above, it occurred to me that my numbers settings might be the problem, so I switched them to the U.S. system. It worked!

 

Frankly, this points to sloppy programming by Roxio -- they should have had the program check the settings of the computer it's installed on and use those settings. It can't be difficult.

 

Anyway, I don't want to have to reset my numbers format ever time I use this program. I think I'll try re-installing it in Spanish. Maybe it will work then....

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All Roxio Suites install based on the Windows installed language which may not be the same as the language that is running...

 

I think you have created a situation that causes a failure rather than a serious flaw in the program???

 

If it were a flaw, you would expect the millions of Europian Users would have mentioned it by now!

 

It is interesting though.

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Hi. I was at the point of posting this problem, but I solved it on my own. However, the solution might be of interest to some international users:

 

I use Windows XP, set up in American English. However, since I live in Spain, I have customized some of the Regional Settings, including the number format, so that my spreadsheets and such programs will be compatible locally. This included changing my "decimal point" and "numbers separator" settings. (In most of Europe, the number "two thousand and 65 hundredths" is written "2.000,65" -- that is, with the comma and point reversed from English and American usage.)

 

Anyway, I ran the Easy VHS to DVD setup program (in English) with no problems. Then the program simply wouldn't start, not even once. Each time, an error message flashed onto the screen and disappeared very fast. I managed to capture it with the PrintScreen key, and it said:

 

 

An unknown error has occurred. The application will shut down now.

Exception:

Cannot convert string '0.5' in attribute 'Opacity' to object of type 'System.Double'. 0.5 is not a valid value for Double. Error at object 'System.Windows.Media.Effects.DroptShadowEffect' in markup file 'EasyVHS2DVD;component/private/views/splashview.xaml'.

 

Because of the underlined bit above, it occurred to me that my numbers settings might be the problem, so I switched them to the U.S. system. It worked!

 

Frankly, this points to sloppy programming by Roxio -- they should have had the program check the settings of the computer it's installed on and use those settings. It can't be difficult.

 

Anyway, I don't want to have to reset my numbers format ever time I use this program. I think I'll try re-installing it in Spanish. Maybe it will work then....

 

Sweet user name for one of Spanish decent. He was one of my most favorite actors.

 

The Roxio program is not guilty of sloppy programing, in this case. As Jim stated, your mistake in how you set things up, is what caused your problem.

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