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I am having trouble with DVDxcopy, Free Coasters!!

Discussion in 'DVDR' started by lfaustini, Feb 11, 2004.

  1. lfaustini

    lfaustini Member

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    Hi.
    I have a Dell Latitude 510 (i think it is 1.2Ghz) laptop, (which I keep plugged in during backups to avoid power management from kicking in) attached via USB to a Sony DRU-510a DVD+-rw drive.

    I have upgraded to Pattin-Couffin drivers, version 19 ( i had the same problem with version 16) and here is my problem...


    When I use DVD-Xcopy (platinum, Xrescue, or "simple") I cannot write DVD-R's I can write DVD+- RW's with no problem, but when I try to write a DVD-R, it gets about 10 minutes into the writing phase, and kicks the disk out. I have looked at the "logs" with DVD-Xcopy platinum, but there are no error messages in them. As far as I can tell, there is no log file for DVD-Xrescue. I have made about 10 coasters now. This is so frustrating, because I can write dvd+rw's with out any problems.

    Another clue, if I take a backup that I have made with Platinum, and put it back inot the drive to make another backup, Platinum and "simple" do not recognize the disk as a DVD. The only way I can backup a backup is to use Xrescue. Is this normal?

    Perhaps it is a write speed issue. Is there any way to get Platinum or Xrescue to NOT go at the maximum write speed of the drive? I am thinking that perhaps the USB link cannot handle the data rate.

    One more clue, whenever I put in an original DVD, Microsoft "dvdplayer.exe" pops up and tries to play the disk. is it possible that this is screwing up my writes? (although it dose NOT come up while I am writing the disk that fails)

    The media that I am using is "Compusa DVD-R" media that I got on sale. Is it possible that it is just really crappy media. Has anyone here ever had that problem with media before?

    The DVD+RW media that works fine is Fujifilm.


    Thank you for your time,

    ----Lou
     
  2. Jerry746

    Jerry746 Senior member

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    Hi Ifaustini, First thing is to make sure you are using the latest version of X copy Platinum. I think its version 3.2.1. Next thing make sure nothing is running in the backgroung on startup. Shut down anti virus programs if running. If you have any packet writing software it should be uninstalled(Nero InCD, Roxio Drag to disc, or Recordnow DLA). These all conflict with X Copy software. Make sure you use good quality blank media.

    You can not recopy a backup dvd done with any X Copy software with X copy again. It won't let you do that. You can use any burning software like Nero to do the backup again. Just use the copy compete disc function.

    Anytime you insert an ORIGINAL dvd into your drive, it will try to open a player software if you have the drive set to auto start. Nothing wrong there, just close out the player before starting the backup. Hope I helped some.
    Jerry
     
  3. lfaustini

    lfaustini Member

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    I know this is a mega-stupid question, but here goes..

    How do I know if I have packet writing software installed? When I installed Nero (which came with the Sony) a LOT of extra "crap" got installed. (I hate it when they make install disks that do that!!!) I want to think that I have un-installed all the extra crap, but I have a sneaking suspicion that I have not.. Are there any names of programs I can look for in the task manager to find these ugly "packet writers"

    --Lou
     
  4. Car.Mike

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    Here is the Blacklist from 321:
    Ok, what you need to look for now is conflicting software. Check this list:
    The following programs can cause problems while using our software. Your situation sounds like one of these are installed:


    1. B's Clip: This package will load a packet-writing software that will constantly talk to your CD/DVD writer, and can cause a number of issues while trying to write a disc. Disabling this software is not enough, as a portion of this package is always running after you start windows. You will need to uninstall it in Add/Remove programs, then reboot to remove it. For more information, visit the B's website at http://www.bhacorp.com.


    2. Direct CD or Drag to Disk: These are applications from Easy CD Creator from Roxio. This package will load a packet-writing software that will constantly talk to your CD/DVD writer, and can cause a number of issues while trying to write a disc. Disabling this software is not enough, as a portion of this package is always running after you start windows. To remove them you need to do to Add or Remove Programs in the Control Panel. There you can select Easy CD Creator to change, not remove. Then you must click next until it gives you the option to modify. Then either Direct CD or Drag to Disk should be selected and changed to "make this option not available". Then click next and while the program may look like it is installing, it is removing those options. One thing to remember is that both Direct CD and Drag to Disk will not be installed at the same time. For more information, please visit Roxio's website at http://www.roxio.com/en/support.index.jhtml


    3. GoBack: backup software that constantly runs in the background (Terminate and Stay Ready) this needs not only to be turned off, but disabled. Unfortunately, this may cause some restore points to vanish, but it will free up a lot of hard drive space. For more information visit Symantec's web site for GoBack at http://www.symantec.com/goback/index.html


    4. DLA: Also HP-DLA, Veritas DLA, and others. DLA stands for Disk Letter Assignment. This package will load a packet-writing software that will constantly talk to your CD/DVD writer, and can cause a number of issues while trying to write a disc. Disabling this software is not enough, as a portion of this package is always running after you start windows. You will need to uninstall it in Add/Remove programs, then reboot to remove it.


    5. InCD: This is packet writing software that comes bundled with Ahead Nero Burning Rom. This package will load a packet-writing software that will constantly talk to your CD/DVD writer, and can cause a number of issues while trying to write a disc. Disabling this software is not enough, as a portion of this package is always running after you start windows. You will need to uninstall it in Add/Remove programs, then reboot to remove it. For more information go to Nero's website at http://www.nero.com/en/


    6. Interactual Player and PC Friendly Player: These programs are DVD software viewers that often come on DVD movie discs, and will try to install themselves everytime you watch a movie on your computer. Please make sure to NOT let these install. Both programs interfere with all 321 Studios software and should be un-installed from Add or Remove programs in control panel when found. In some cases, you will need to uninstall and reinstall our software to restore functionality after removing one of these. For more information about both players, visit http://player.interactual.com/


    7. McAfee Anti-Virus: This is anti-virus software that when running, can cause errors. It needs to be disabled by right clicking on the icon in the lower right side of the task bar. The 321 Studios software then needs to be restarted. Whenever you are using our software, McAfee needs to be disabled to ensure unrestricted access to your drive. For more info go to McAfee's website at http://us.mcafee.com/default.asp


    8. Norton Anti-Virus: This is anti-virus software that when running, can cause errors. It needs to be disabled by right clicking on the icon in the lower right side of the task bar and the automatic updates should be disabled. The 321 Studios software then needs to be restarted. Whenever you are using our software, Norton needs to be disabled to ensure unrestricted access to your drive. The Norton Website is http://www.symantec.com/

    9. StopZilla: StopZilla can hinder required portions of our installer, causing the software to fail. Please completely disable StopZilla, then install our software. Once our software is installed, you may safely enable it again. If you have any difficulty using our software at a later time, you may need to disable StopZilla before going to use our software. Uninstallation is not required.

    10. MyStorageGuard: This backup software can hinder certain required files from being copied during the installation. Please disable this program before installing our software, and have it disabled any time you go to use our software. Uninstallation is not required.

    11. Napster 2.0: This software includes some basic burning software that can cause burning problems if it is running. You will need to close this program completely before trying to use our software. In some rare cases, you will need to completely uninstall this package to attain full reliability, so if disabling does not solve your issue, please try uninstalling this software, and try again.

    12. Easy CD Creator 4.x: Due to the age of this package, it is no longer updated by the authors. There are bugs present in this older system that will cause NUMEROUS problems on your machine, not just with our software. Please Uninstall completely, and consider either the new 6.x version from Roxio (http://www.roxio.com) or Nero 6.x (http://www.nero.com). These packages, installed without the Packet Writing software (DirectCD/Drag to Disk/InCD), all work very well together with our software.


    Spyware and Adware - some programs can install other software that can be damaging to your Operating System. Please scan for these programs with a Spyware utility. We recommend Ad-Aware, available freely at www.lavasoftusa.com

    If you perform any of these changes, you may need to uninstall our software, then re-install to fix any damage left. If you find some of these packages, please shut down and reboot twice to ensure that the last pieces of the conflicting software are completely removed.
     
  5. pcshateme

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    the reason you cant copy a copy is because dvdx copy puts its own special crappy files so it cant be easily copied- it also makes a 321 logo screen popup when you play it in your dvd player. If you didnt already by dvdxcopy id just tell you to use DVD Shrink.
     
  6. lfaustini

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    I ditched DVD-Xcopy -- good ridance.

    After I saw a post here about DVD Shrink, I tried it once, and IMMEDIATELY fell in love with it. I uninstalled DVD Xcopy. DVD shrink, in my opinion, is much, much better. It gives you a lot more control, and it gives you better feedback on what is going on..

    I do have a problem with DVD shrink, though..

    I tried to back-up my copy of Wonderland (the John Holmes flick) and it acts a little strange..

    Let me start by telling you what I did. I got rid of the French audio, but kept everything else. DVD Shrink said it has to compress by about 50% -- I am willing to live with that.. Buuut...

    When ever there is a scene change (Probly when a new I frame is generated in the MPEG stream) the movie -screen hiccups for just a second. It is slight, but very, very irritating. The new scene is not pixelized, it just "freezes" for an instant.. and then it continues..

    Any ideas?
     
  7. pcshateme

    pcshateme Guest

    it could be ANYTHING- theres like 2 dozen things that could have done that, but i have backed up over 50 movies and only 3 of my movies do it. Is the movie you copied fullscreen? cause i noticed it happend on my fullscreen copy of Tripple X, my fullscreen copy of "Road to Perdition" and "X-men2"- the origionals also did that- so it could be the souce dvds- and i think its a glitch that happens with full screen dvds.
    what i noticed is on both the origionals and the copies that when scenes change the screen "flips verticaly" for like a half second- however it did not do that on my full screen copy of "Phone Booth"
     
  8. Damon1

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    My DRU-510A needed a firmware flash to burn dvd-r discs when the format version for -r was updated. Alot of other people have had the same prob. So if your still having probs with -r media, try it.
     

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