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  1. LIGHTNING UK!

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    Problem: You get an error saying 'Unable to lock volume for exclusive access' A.K.A. 'DeviceIoControl(FSCTL_LOCK_VOLUME) Failed!' Answer: If the 'Reason' given is 'Invalid function' (or words to that effect) You need to update your IDE drivers. Your current ones are old and don't support this IMPORTANT feature. If the 'Reason' given is 'Access is denied' (or words to that effect) Another program is currently using the drive. You need to find out what it is and shut it down! The only way I know of finding out what else has a 'handle' open to the drive is by using Process Explorer from www.sysinternals.com Load it up and click 'Find' -> 'Find Handle...' The type 'cdrom' and click 'search' See if it comes up with any results If it doesn't, try searching for the drive letter of that drive - i.e. 'F:' If it finds something, click on it in the search window. The main window should then highlight the process / 'File' entry that contains the handle to the drive. You can right click -> close the handle if you like, or just close the entire application, it's up to you. You may also get error 'Unknown (34)' sometimes. Cancel the burn, press F5 and then attempt to write it again. It's just windows going mad, nothing to worry about An alternative to using the Process Explorer tool would be one called 'Unlocker' - http://ccollomb.free.fr/unlocker/ Once installed you can just right click the drive in explorer and select the 'Unlocker' option. Hopefully it'll present you with a window listing all the applications that are using the drive. This tool is great in that you can use it for anything that's locked and supposedly in use by something else (something that's very common when you're trying to delete files!).
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    Problem: My disc appeared to burn ok, but I'm experiencing skips, jumps and pauses during playback Answer: You've used media that your drive doesn't like very much. Basically I'm saying it can't read it - or at least not quickly enough to provide smooth playback. Please refer to the 'Which DVD-R media should I buy?' FAQ posted above.
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    Problem: I've deleted some files but I'm not getting my disk space back. Answer: OK, well the obvious thing to check here is that they're not in your 'Recycle Bin'. Right click on it and hit 'Empty Recycle Bin'. Still not got the space back? I expect you have a Norton (Symantec) tool installed that has added the 'Norton Protected Recycle Bin' feature to your standard Recycle Bin. The 'Norton Protected Recycle Bin' stores files you delete that don't go into the standard Recycle Bin. It has its good and bad points I guess. The bad ones are mainly that if you don't know it's installed, you end up running out of disk space! As before, right click the 'Recycle Bin' (that's probably actually called 'Norton Protected Recycle Bin') and select 'Empty Norton Protected Recycle Bin'. That should give you back the space you thought had gone missing.
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    Problem: The program gets stuck on 'Searching for SCSI/ATAPI Devices' Answer: Some old drives can cause this to happen. The program sends a command to them that they just dont like and they hang! They shouldn't hang, they should just respond with a 'I dont understand'. If a drive hangs, the program hangs. To find out where exactly the program is hanging (or rather, which drive is causing the problem), simply run the attached REG file when ImgBurn is CLOSED. It will enable a little built in feature known as 'I/O Debug Mode'. This logs all data sent to the drive so I can work out what exactly is causing the problem. Once you've run the file, open ImgBurn again. You'll see a lot more being put into the log. When nothing else is added, simply highlight everything in the log (Edit -> Select All) and then copy (Edit -> Copy) to your clipboard. You can then post details about it in the support forum and include the full log - by pasting it from your clipboard. Important Note: Do NOT run this file for ANY other reason. Enable_Debug_Mode.reg
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    Problem: Which DVD-R media should I buy? Answer: Well it's kinda hard to give you a straight answer to this question. Some drives just work better with some media than others. It's often difficult to actually find the media you're after. This is because a 'brand' name can often use discs from various manufacturers. Therefore it's important when buying discs that you look at what's known as the 'Media ID' and not who puts their name on the label. Look at the following link: http://www.svp.co.uk/ (Then select 'Blank DVDs' from the menu on the left) You can see lots of 'brands' being sold (Datasafe, Verbatim, Datawrite, Bulkpaq etc) but if you look at what they have down for the ADVDINFO text, many have the same 'Media ID'. Common ones are: MCC TY YUDEN RITEK CMC Prodisc Personally I'd steer clear of everything except MCC, TY and YUDEN for single layer discs. For double layer, you want to be buying discs using the MKM dye - normally branded by Verbatim. TY and YUDEN are both from the same people (Taiyo Yuden). The TY discs are - (minus) format, the YUDEN ones are + (plus) format. I wouldn't say they're any (much?) more expensive, but they're decent quality and unlike many other makes, you can trust them to be 'readable' in the future! lol The Media ID of your discs can be seen in the information panel on the right within ImgBurn and you have the blank media in your DVD Writer. It'll either show under 'Media ID', 'Disc ID' or 'Manufacturer ID'. Incase you'd like to learn more about good and bad discs, here's a link to someone elses site: http://www.digitalfaq.com/media/dvdmedia.htm
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    Problem: I'm getting a 'You need Administrative privileges to use SPTI' error when I start the program as a restricted user. Answer: SPTI is available to Administrators only. Microsoft designed it like this, don't blame me! Update: The policy/registry option mentioned below can now be manipulated directly within the ImgBurn setup program. You just need to enable the 'Enable SPTI access for all users.' option. Other workarounds mentioned within this post still apply. Update 2: This should no longer be a problem as of Windows Vista (i.e. so Vista and any OS that came after it should work). It seems Microsoft opened up SPTI (for optical drives anyway) to everyone. Here is a quick workaround for those people wanting to stick with SPTI: 1. Log in as an Administrator 2. Click 'Start' -> 'Run' 3. Type 'secpol.msc' and hit OK 4. Expand 'Local Policies' 5. Click 'Security Options' 6. Change 'Devices: Restrict CD-ROM access to locally logged-on user only' from 'Disabled' to 'Enabled' 7. Close the 'Local Security Settings' window 8. Log on as your restricted user and try again. Note: Only tested on XP and Server 2003. Wording may differ on other operating systems. Windows XP Home Edition doesn't have 'secpol.msc' so you'll have to edit the registry directly. Open up RegEdit and navigate to the following key: HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon Add a new String called 'allocatecdroms' and set its value to '1'. 0 = Administrators in the domain can gain access to data on the compact discs in the CD-ROM drive. 1 = Only the user logged on locally can gain access to data on the compact discs in the CD-ROM drive. See here for more info: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/library/cc957388.aspx If you're not confident enough to make the registry change manually, you can use a program called 'FrogRights' to make the change for you... or just import the following registry file: allocatecdroms.reg Please note: You'll need to be logged in as an Administrator to import the registry file and you'll need to reboot having done so. Yet another option is to use the Nero BurnRights tool. I believe this actually modifies the permissions on the device object (for some, this might be better than changing the group policy option). You can also use it to setup a security group that you can then add certain users to rather than giving everyone access to burn discs. ImgBurn supports several other I/O interfaces besides SPTI and there's always a chance that one of the others is already installed on your machine. Go into the Settings and change the 'Interface' option on the 'I/O' tab to see if any of the others will work for you. If none of them do you'll have to install an application that installs one of the other supported I/O interfaces and then tell ImgBurn to use it. i.e. You can use ElbyCDIO by installing some software from Elaborate Bytes or SlySoft - i.e. CloneDVD or Virtual CloneDrive. You can use Patin-Couffin by installing some software from VSO Software - i.e. VSO Inspector.
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    Problem: I have installed the Adaptec ASPI manager but ImgBurn can't find my drive(s). *NOTE: Only applies when I/O Manager is set to ASPI - and therefore should only apply to old operating systems like Windows 95, 98 and Me. Answer: Firstly, I just want to point out that this IS NOT ImgBurns problem!!! Download + import the appropriate REG file for your operating system. It should fix the problem. ASPI_9X_Fix.reg ASPI_NT_Fix.reg OR, if you want to do it manually: Click on the windows 'Start' button. Click 'Run'. Type 'Regedit' and then click the 'Ok' button. Within the 'Regedit' program, navigate to the following key: Windows 95/98/Me: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\VxD\APIX Windows 2000/XP/2003: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Aspi32\Parameters Using the context menu (right mouse button menu), create a new 'String' value called 'ExcludeMiniports' If it already existed, ensure its 'Data' value' is empty. Reboot your machine. If that doesn't work, try installing the Nero ASPI manager. Be warned that Adaptec ASPI doesn't support USB / Firewire (Or at least I dont think it does!).
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    Problem: You're burning at slow speeds. 'Slow' typically being no more than 2x - even on higher rated media. Answer: Well, it could be a couple of things.... 1. Your drive is slowing the burn down on purpose so you don't create a coaster. This is because it has determined you're using crappy media. 2. You dont have DMA enabled on the drive / IDE channel. (This is the most common cause of slow reads/writes) To check your DMA settings, go into Device Manager and look in the IDE Controllers branch. If you bring up the properties box on each of the channels (Primary and Secondary) you should see a tab where it lets you change between PIO and DMA mode. The above applies to Windows 2000, XP etc. On a Windows 9x machine, you'll need to look at the properties for the drive itself under the 'CDROM Drives' branch. You should see a 'DMA' checkbox in there somewhere! You might also like to read this Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=817472 Important: Windows XP will often get confused and report that a drive IS running in DMA mode when in reality, it's not. To fix this, Uninstall the IDE/ATA Controller (NOT the Channels!!!) from under the IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers branch (again in Device Manager) and reboot your PC. Windows will 'find' it again when it boots back up. DMA will be enabled by default. The alternative is to use the 'Reset DMA' option found on the 'Tools' menu within ImgBurn. I know it works on XP, but I'm not sure about other versions of the Windows operating system. Either way, it won't do any damage so you've nothing to lose by trying it. You should also check that DMA is enabled and active within the system BIOS screen. That's the screen you access by pressing DEL, F2 etc when the machine first boots up. You normally have to enable it for each device connected to the IDE bus - it's not a single setting to enable / disable it. Setting it to 'Auto' is the best bet - rather than DMA 5, 4... 1, PIO 4, 3...1 etc.
  9. LIGHTNING UK!

    Download problems

    lol, dunno what you're laughing at lfc, your avatar is 180k !!! @dontasciime, Your old avatar looked better mate and it was only 10k bigger. Go for that one and just ignore me!
  10. LIGHTNING UK!

    Download problems

    lol I don't mind, I have broadband! Text appears before the pics do anyway so it's no big deal.
  11. LIGHTNING UK!

    Suggestions

    Yup. If it works after a retry, it's no big deal. I thought you meant it bombed out with the semaphore error and never went any further.
  12. LIGHTNING UK!

    Download problems

    Does it?! Bugger, I missed one then! I'd changed all the others to 'Soon!'.
  13. LIGHTNING UK!

    Download problems

    Shhhhhhhhhhhhiiiit! 86k for the signature - and I thought that was bad enough, but.... 126k for the avatar! Thank god for caching.
  14. LIGHTNING UK!

    Suggestions

    Yeah it will still happen. Get a different enclosure (or update its firmware - if possible)!
  15. LIGHTNING UK!

    Download problems

    lol, in the same way your 86k signature picture winds up the poor little dialup users?!
  16. LIGHTNING UK!

    Download problems

    So in that sense, no it's not just you
  17. LIGHTNING UK!

    Hey Everybody!

    van.... you mean this one?
  18. LIGHTNING UK!

    Slow opening pages

    Faster now? We're on a proper server with a proper connection now!
  19. LIGHTNING UK!

    How?

    Ok I've changed the date on the main page and have uploaded the changelog as it currently stands.
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    Recommended floppy format prog?

    hdtools could be made to support reading/writing floppy sectors I think! I dont think zeroing the sectors is the same as formatting though
  21. LIGHTNING UK!

    Disks are screwing up

    Ahh, you have a plextor! In that case, you'd use PlexTools.
  22. LIGHTNING UK!

    Disks are screwing up

    With 3 burners, there is a good chance one of them supports the PIO scanning stuff in CDSpeed. Run the disc through that and show us a screenshot of the outcome.
  23. LIGHTNING UK!

    control panel

    I broke it whilst adding some custom features Should be ok again now
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    Disks are screwing up

    Are they failing during the burn or when reading back? To tell if they're genuine or not, all you can do is see if the disc id looks ok. Traxdata normally do branded discs though don't they - so you'd see 'TraxData' stamped on them if they're real! (or at least mine are stamped like that).
  25. LIGHTNING UK!

    Slow opening pages

    lol this place isn't hosted anywhere at the moment guys, that's why it's slow! I'll probably drop the nethosted guys an email later and see if they'll have me back!
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