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  1. Hmm ... the only DVD+R Verbs I can find in my local shops are 16x ..... what do you guys think of those ? I haven't used any yet - I'm still using up my last few DVD-R Verbs (which are also 16x, and which have been fine). BTW: regarding the "Drives & Media" forum : I haven't yet graduated to the point where any of the stuff in there is remotely comprehensible to me. Noting the forum motto "We waste money so you don't have to" I'd really like to begin understanding all the graphs & stuff ... is there a good beginners' guide ? Also, you guys mostly just post the data, without any qualifying summary statement such as "Great discs", "Lousy discs", "Only usable at < 8x speed", "Don't seem to work in LG drives", etc., etc. I've gained some insight by reading the accompanying ImgBurn logs looking for error messages, but often there are no such errors - just data which only means something to those with the right kind of PhD. Is it possible for you to post a summary, or would that be too "contentious" ? For instance, my work just bought a load of Datawrite "Titanium" DVD-R 8x discs, so I looked in the forum to find out what to expect ... but ended up none the wiser
  2. Not if they are copy protected (e.g. bought from a shop). If they are unprotected then no problem - non-commercial DVD movie discs (e.g. not-for-profit movies, your own holiday movies, the movie you made at college on your "media degree course") will be unprotected, and can be copied by ImgBurn.
  3. You mean you want to burn an audio CD ? For playing in a domestic audio player for instance ? If so, ImgBurn doesn't do that ... it only burns "data" discs, not audio discs. Some domestic audio CD players can play "MP3" format CDs - these are just data CDs which only contain MP3-format files, and ImgBurn can burn these - use ImgBurn's 'build' mode to assemble the list of required MP3 files. I'm not sure whether you'd notice the gaps between successive MP3 files during playback (might depend on the player). If you want to make a real audio CD you could try Burrrn - see http://www.burrrn.net, which is free. It will automatically convert the MP3s (and a lot of other compressed audio formats) to standard audio (.WAV) on the fly, but I don't know whether it can suppress the gaps - I use Nero to do that (V6, which was bundled with my drive).
  4. ImgBurn doesn't attempt to defeat any form of copy protection - if that's what you need to achieve you'll have to search for help elsewhere. DVD Decrypter was able to defeat some forms of copy protection, but its development has been discontinued, and there are now new copy protection techniques that it can't handle. If you need to make copies of your own DVD movie discs, and they are copy protected, you won't be able to use ImgBurn to do it - and this forum can't help you. It's probably not anything you're doing wrong - probably just some copy protection that prevents ImgBurn from working. If your discs are not copy protected then ImgBurn will make backups for you very nicely - and in that case "bad sector" errors may mean you have a damaged disc.
  5. http://download.imgburn.com/SetupImgBurn_1.2.0.0.exe But why would you want it ?
  6. Yep .. that sounds like an excellent strategy - covering all the bases while being nice to the user - sounds like ImgBurn
  7. There seems to be a fault with ImgBurn 'verify' mode, at least with the two data CDs I've imaged, and then tried to verify the ISO against the original disc : on using the 'Please select a file' dialog to select the ISO to verify against, ImgBurn rejects the selected ISO with a message of the form : Cannot open file: J:\KNOPPIX.ISO\TS_D2.MDS Note the ISO was created by ImgBurn, and it didn't create an MDS file to go with it .... er ... er .....
  8. Don't know whether this is by design or not, but in 'read' mode, ImgBurn doesn't set the Implementation Identifier of the resulting ISO image to "ImgBurn" (with the two data CDs I've imaged so far), whereas it does do that when you use 'build' mode to create a DVD ISO. Is that an oversight, or deliberate because the original disc structure wasn't created by ImgBurn, only transcribed by it ?
  9. There seems to be a small bugette in V2.2.0.0 ImgBurn's disc-erasing feature : if you select "Tools | Drive | Erase Disc | Quick Erase", but then ImgBurn finds it can't lock the drive for exclusive access, after correctly displaying an error message saying : DeviceIoControl(FSCTL_LOCK_VOLUME) Failed! Unable to lock volume for exclusive access Reason: Access is denied it then attempts to unlock the volume and of course fails, displaying the message : DeviceIoControl(FSCTL_UNLOCK_VOLUME) Failed! Unable to unlock volume from exclusive access. Reason: The parameter is incorrect. Presumably ImgBurn forgets that the volume isn't locked when it falls through the error path and gets to the unlock code (it should just skip the unlock ?). I discovered this when I had an audio project all set up to burn to CDRW using a different program, but then remembered I hadn't yet erased the disc after the previous test burn, so decided to fire up ImgBurn to do the erase. The other program presumably had the volume already locked. After cancelling the other program ImgBurn completed the erase successfully. Obviously this will only show up in obscure circumstances (such as when a stupid operator is in charge ), but it seemed worth reporting.
  10. erm ... LUK! can answer best of course, but although ImgBurn reads data discs now I don't think the new 'read' mode does the "bitwise" 1:1 copy that some other programs do, if that's what you were wanting. That is, it can't read an audio disc - I just tried, and it says "Disc Not Supported (Audio)". Disclaimer: I've only just started looking at V2.2.0.0 - and I don't really know what I'm talking about ... I just know audio CDs (CDDA) have a different format defined by the Red Book specification, and presumably that's not "visible" to the read method that ImgBurn is using. LUK!: is that anything like correct, or am I talking rubbish ?
  11. Hah! Unbelievable I just tried it all out ... outstanding ! That's an especially nice touch (I must try right-clicking more). Tip o'the hat
  12. Yep ... what lfc said PS: I had another thought, sadly useless, on the point of ImgBurn's "carbon footprint" (sorry!) ... if it were possible to tell the PC to Hibernate, that would solve all the issues ... nobody's app would be brutalised, and no unnecessary electrons would be wasted. Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be any such option with any of the Win32 interfaces for requesting a shutdown - sigh. Lightning UK!, thanks for looking into this and finding a way forward that sounds ideal for everyone. More class.
  13. I understand entirely your wanting ImgBurn to "play nicely with the other kids" .. I'd like it to do that too Out of interest I've been reading the MS API docs, and note with some amusement that the spec for ExitWindowsEx() has the comment "This can cause applications to lose data. Therefore, you should only use this flag in an emergency" next to the EWX_FORCE flag, whereas their sample code for doing a system shutdown uses exactly that flag : // Shut down the system and force all applications to close. if (!ExitWindowsEx(EWX_SHUTDOWN | EWX_FORCE, SHTDN_REASON_MAJOR_OPERATINGSYSTEM | SHTDN_REASON_MINOR_UPGRADE | SHTDN_REASON_FLAG_PLANNED)) return FALSE; return TRUE; Oh well ... it's up to you of course - it's your baby But one last thought: you could assume that the ImgBurn user who requests "Shutdown Program" might be expected to have already closed everything else they care about - and it's their fault if they didn't ? Also, if I understand the docs properly, with XP if the user has other concurrent sessions logged in (fast user switching) then those won't get closed even if the workstation is unlocked, thus also preventing a shutdown unless EWX_FORCE is used. It seems hard to do the right thing
  14. Hmm .. thanks .. I'm still thinking about that. Bear in mind I'm using Win2K though, while that page discusses a problem for users of XP. I take it that you're using the referenced API call "ExitWindowsEx(EWX_LOGOFF|EWX_FORCE,NULL)" ? This is a stand-alone PC (no domain) so I'm not sure the "DisableCAD Group Policy setting" will be enabled, but the other criteria certainly apply. FYI, DVD Shrink 3.2 succeeds in shutting down the PC when I leave it running, check the relevant option ("Backup DVD | Options | Shutdown Computer When Backup Complete"), and lock the session - I just ran a test to be sure. Is it possible to find out what API call Shrink uses ? In case it's useful, whatever method DVD Shrink uses doesn't give any other applications you have running at the time a chance to tidily exit - it just brutally shuts Windows down - which has the serendipitous side-effect that when I restart Windows, login, and fire up Firefox again, it offers to "restore my session" - i.e. reopens all my the web pages I was previously reading at the time I "locked & left" ... which is nice, as it happens Maybe Shrink uses the 'EWX_FORCE' option, and ImgBurn uses 'EWX_LOGOFF' .... ? I realise most folks here have no need for this function (maybe you all live in nice safe environments where you can leave the PC unattended and unlocked ) but some of us need to lock before we leave
  15. I've been seeing a problem with the "Shutdown Program" option, such that the shutdown only seems to occur if the desktop is visible - if the screensaver has engaged (and is locked, i.e. password protected) then although ImgBurn closes, the PC doesn't shut down. (The burn & verify are always okay.) Is this the expected behavior ? Here's a fragment from the end of a sample logfile for a session with shutdown selected : [...] I 06:08:40 Operation Successfully Completed! - Duration: 00:10:05 I 06:08:40 Average Write Rate: 7,980 KB/s (5.8x) - Maximum Write Rate: 8,372 KB/s (6.0x) I 06:08:40 Cycling Tray before Verify... W 06:08:48 Waiting for device to become ready... I 06:09:02 Device Ready! I 06:09:02 Operation Started! I 06:09:02 Source Device: [1:1:0] ASUS DRW-1608P2S 1.39 (F:) (ATA) I 06:09:02 Source Media Type: DVD-R (Book Type: DVD-R) (Disc ID: MCC 03RG20) (Speeds: 4x, 6x, 8x, 12x, 16x) I 06:09:02 Image File: I:\HolidayPics.mds I 06:09:02 Image File Sectors: 2,198,688 (MODE1/2048) I 06:09:02 Image File Size: 4,502,913,024 bytes I 06:09:02 Image File Volume Identifier: Holiday Pics I 06:09:02 Image File Application Identifier: Truth I 06:09:02 Image File Implementation Identifier: ImgBurn I 06:09:02 Image File File System(s): ISO9660, UDF (1.02) I 06:09:02 Verifying Sectors... I 06:14:19 Device MD5: 4a539390c914a2c8e62bc4b6795a438e I 06:14:19 Image MD5: 4a539390c914a2c8e62bc4b6795a438e I 06:14:19 Operation Successfully Completed! - Duration: 00:05:17 I 06:14:19 Average Verify Rate: 13,871 KB/s (10.0x) - Maximum Verify Rate: 16,928 KB/s (12.2x) I 06:14:19 Close Request Acknowledged I 06:14:19 Closing Down... I 06:14:29 Shutting down SPTI... I 06:14:30 ImgBurn closed! The last few lines look the same whether I check "Close Program" or "Shutdown Computer".
  16. [...] (for some reason I had to post this part as a separate reply ... maybe I busted a forum limit on post size) Yes, exactly - but I'm also suggesting you may only need CD 1, rather than DVD 1 (and maybe save yourself some time). Etch CD image ISOs are available here : http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/ etch_di_rc1/i386/iso-cd/ (LUK: I had to break that URL into two pieces to stop IPB from falling over with a permissions error ... cq: remove the space between '/cdimage/' and 'etch') Yes, and it's just as wonderful as ever - but now we're getting very OT ... Hope it all works out.
  17. (NB: this is all getting seriously OT for the ImgBurn forum - you should PM me if you want to talk much more about installing Debian) Well yes, there is such a thing - e.g. here : http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/weekly-builds/i386/bt-dvd/ Sounds like bad advice .. I can't advise strongly enough to just ignore 'Jigdo' (unless you're keen to help the authors test and debug it ... which I wouldn't if I were you right now) There is just one Debian 'installer' program, and for Etch it comes embedded in multiple possible 'installer' discs : The regular (full size) disc sets (CDs or DVDs) all contain the Debian installer on disc 1; if you use CD 1 on its own you may well find it gives you all you need; if you use DVD 1 that will almost certainly be the case. The complete Debian software library occupies 15 CDs, or 3 DVDs. I always get just the full CD 1 image. Or you can try the new (with Etch) cut-down Network Installer CD ISO, which is only ~130Mb big, and provides only a minimal system, sufficient to get the machine up and running to the point where you can connect over the Internet to the standard Debian repositories and install the additional packages you need. This gets you going after downloading only a relatively small ISO. Or you can try the even smaller Business Card CD ISO, which is only ~30Mb in size, and contains even fewer Debian components (but enough to get the installation underway). The last two options both give you only a minimal system, which you'll then need to extend by installing further packages over the Net. For more info about the disc types see this page. Whichever one you decide to use, you need to first download the ISO file containing it, and burn it to a disc. I always download the standard 650Mb ISO of CD 1 as a regular file for simplicity, but use BitTorrent if you prefer. [...]
  18. Congratulations on your excellent choice of Linux flavor, but ... no offence ... it doesn't sound like you really know what you're doing here It looks like what you have is a tiny fragment of a Debian DVD image formatted in the somewhat strange Debian "Jigdo" system, and it is in no way a complete DVD image. Jigdo is designed to make it "easy" for people to download large ISOs in many small pieces, perhaps from multiple servers (slightly analogous to a mixture of rsync and BitTorrent technologies) - think "jigsaw" pieces. The file you have is only 235Kb in size - as your own post indicates. Maybe you got it from here ? http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/weekly-b...i386/jigdo-dvd/ More information on the Jigdo system is here : http://www.debian.org/CD/jigdo-cd/ http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/Debian-Jigdo/ To download an ISO using Jigdo you need to install a Jigdo download utility (both Windows and Linux versions exist), and the necessary template files for the ISO image you want to acquire, and then set Jigdo running. After it has acquired all the pieces of the ISO image, it assembles them into the required ISO file. The advantage of this system is that (1) no single download server suffers overload, and (2) when at some later time you want to download an updated Debian image you'll only need to download the changes parts of the image. The disadvantage is that Jigdo is strange and that, as even the Debian site says : "Currently, the system works, but is not yet very comfortable to use because the download manager application is not finished". I've never used it :& . My advice is to simply download only the first CD image (not DVD) of the 15-CD Debian disc set, and install from that. (Or use BitTorrent to acquire your DVD ISO file instead ...) You'll find CD 1 contains almost everything you could possibly want for a base Debian system, and everything else is easy to install, package by package, over the Net, as and when you decide you want it. A complete Debian binary disc set contains some 15,000 packages covering all kinds of applications you almost certainly will never need. The only reason for needing a complete disc set is if you need to install on a machine which has no Net connection. Hope this helps.
  19. FWIW I'm very happy with my internal IDE Asus DRW-1608P2S so far (6 months now). Firmware version = 1.39. I have no information about the burn quality it delivers (that stuff all goes over my head at pres), but no coasters at all (using single-layer Verbatim and TDK media). Updated model (1608P3S) currently available here : http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Products.AS...;Thumbnails=yes for ?18.79
  20. Sorry - I was being way too nerdy ... I thought we were doing HTTP status codes ... "303 - The response to the request can be found under a different URI ... redirects the user agent to a selected resource". I'll just shut up and make myself useful sorting out which CD pens have dried up and which ones still work ... you should all just ignore me.
  21. VLC is "Videolan Client" from http://www.videolan.org/vlc/ and is extremely well thought of. It's generally reckoned to be just as good as (if not better than) MPC. Internally it uses many of the well-repected components used by other projects (e.g. ffmpeg). Having said that, I have no personal experience of comparative play of the same DVD using both. Good plan.
  22. Ooops, sorry - so it is :http://forum.imgburn.com/index.php?showtop...d=8023&st=0 (question 4) Good point ... weird indeed. Is it possible it's actually the Daemon Tools drive that gets detected successfully, and the two real drives that fail (I've never used Daemon Tools, & don't know what kind of drive it reports itself as ... RO .. RW) ? Nice.
  23. Agreed, though due to my extreme native cunning and paranoia ("the viruses ... the viruses ... they're .. alive!") I can't agree with the Honourable Shamus about the "Add Administrator rights to your user account" bit. I applaud your tactic of running as a Restricted user, and in the interests of encouraging you to continue I'd like to suggest you simply grant your restricted user account the permission to use the optical drives. Obviously you've already gotten around the permissions problem by installing the nifty ElbyCDIO device driver, but anyway ... consider trying this : Login to your local administrator account Go to Control Panel | Administrative Tools | Local Security Policy With Security Options highlighted on the left, look in the list on the right side for "Restrict CD-ROM access to locally logged-on user only" (if you are using Windows 2000), or "Devices: "Restrict CD-ROM access to locally logged-on user only" (if you are using Windows XP) and right click on it and choose Properties. A ?Local Security Policy Setting? window will pop up - select the "Enabled" option and click OK. Though choosing ?Enabled? on an option that says it is to ?Restrict access?? sounds the opposite of what is desired, it is the correct option to choose. (Bill Gates can no doubt explain ) Log off of the Windows local administrator account and log back in as your normal Windows user. (I'm on a Win2K box at the moment, as a non-admin user, so the above is from memory - sorry if any of it is inexact) Hopefully you will now find you are able to access the optical drives properly as a restricted user using the SPTI driver (if you still want to). If I'm wrong about this config fix being relevant then sorry for the noise.
  24. Aah ... thanks for that ... makes good sense. No, that's not an issue - my domestic player (a supermarket ?25 special) played them fine till it died (since then I've been playing my discs in a PC DVDROM drive piped out of the graphics card TV-out to the TV - works just fine, except for not having a remote ) I just wanted to learn how to make the best burns possible ... and setting the booktype appropriately seemed to be something to be desired if possible. I'll just ignore it for now. Cheers
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