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HELP! (Not Home Theater Related) But please read!

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Brett DiMichele, Jan 1, 2002.

  1. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Producer

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    Administrators,
    Since this is the place I hang, will you please allow me to
    keep this one semi off topic post here so I can get some
    awnsers from the experts! [​IMG] Thanks!
    It's rare that I run into a PC problem I can't solve but I
    have to say this one has me stumped. I am running a Creative
    Labs MX32 Speed CD Rom and I borrowed my buds Sony Mavica
    CD-1000 Digital Camera which records the pictures straight
    onto the mini CD's (3") and my drive recognizes the disk but
    when I try to drag the images to the hard drive, or even
    view the files for that matter I get "Unable to read source
    disk".
    This drive is fairly new and replaced a failing Acer 8X which
    eventualy wouldn't grip CD's. I thought that Creative Labs
    made a good product and I bought this CD Drive and a bundled
    SB16 card (the SB16 card never did work from day one) And
    now I get this drive problem.. I got so mad that I ripped the
    tray out of the drive.. LOL (I fixed that) and I cleaned the
    optics so that's not an issue either.. Is there something in
    windows I may need to change? I tried disabling CD Rom Read
    Ahead Caching to no avial and I tried disabling Sync Data Transfer
    and this also did not help.
    The disk is not the problem because I can take the disk to
    work and place it in any of the IBM workstations in my area
    and the generic drives read the disk with absolutely no problem.
    If I could transfer them from work to home that would solve
    my problem but unfortunatly I have nearly 100 megs of image
    to get onto this PC..
    Any help or hints would be greatly appreciated!
     
  2. Philip Hamm

    Philip Hamm Lead Actor

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    The PC experts usually hang out on the HTPC forum, I think you're more likely to get an answer there, so I'm moving the thread......
     
  3. Parker Clack

    Parker Clack Schizophrenic Man
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    Brett:

    Can you copy the images from the Sony to your HD first and then try to drag and drop? It might just be an issue with reading from the Sony to your CD R. Try copying your pictures files from the Sony to your HD and then moving them over to the CD R. See if that works. I know this is an extra step but you will know if that was the problem or not.

    Also, what software are you using to copy this over with? Are you running XP?

    Parker
     
  4. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Producer

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    Parker,

    The Sony CD-1000 Mavica burns the images directly to a 3"

    CD-R Disk. I am trying to read that 3" CD-R disk with my

    CD-Rom drive.

    My setup is windows95 build version400.950 running on a P5

    Pentium 133. The CD-Rom Drive is a Creative Labs 32X MX 32

    Speed installed with the correct Creative Labs drivers.

    I can not copy from the 3" CD-R in any way shape or form.

    I can "look" into the directory's and see the files via

    Explorer but I can not copy and paste or move the files in

    any way, over to one of my hard drives. When I attempt to do

    so I get an "Error Reading File From Source Disk".

    ????? I am guessing that this CD-Rom Drive is going south..

    I think it's time I build a new system with a CD-Recoder and

    a DVD Drive anyway! But this burns me, As I need to get these

    images off the disk to write some reviews for another forum

    on the net (not audio related)

    Thanks for any suggestions.
     
  5. Steve Berger

    Steve Berger Supporting Actor

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    I think that you need a udf reader installed to read CDRs that haven't been closed. WIN98 and above have one as part of the OS but 95 doesn't. I know that Sony uses a different reader than DirectCD (HP CDR-R/W drives) but DirectCD has one that will auto-install on 95. You might need to install a reader from his software of you might not be able to read it at all on Win95.
     
  6. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Producer

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    Steve,
    That is very interesting info you posted and that sounds
    like an interesting avenue to look into. But I did Initialize
    and Finalize the disk.. So it should be "closed"
    Damn these infernal machines.. I still say it's time for
    a new PC..
    I just priced out a 2Ghz PIIII with 1.0 Gig Ram and 64 Meg
    Nvidea and a SB Live card and a DVD-Rom and a CD-RW and all
    sorts of other goodies.. $1800.00 (no peripherals, just the
    box...) Hmmmmmmm I don't think I wanna spend 1800 they are
    asking way too much for Ram (hell I can get a Gig of ram at
    Wallmart cheap!) but I am seriously considering something
    this fast [​IMG]
     
  7. Jason Merrick

    Jason Merrick Supporting Actor

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    Brett,

    Does the mavica have a serial or USB cable or port that will allow you to run a direct connection to your computer? I would be surprised if there is not some way to transfer directly from the camera to your hard drive using the camera as the cd-rom. It may be slower, but it should get the job done.
     
  8. Jason Merrick

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    Brett,

    Have you tried checking out Sony's support website? I am sure there are more people out there who have had this problem, maybe they have a driver or something you can install on your system to help it "see" the files on that disk.

    Good luck...
     
  9. MichaelPe

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    My suggestion:

    Make a DOS boot disk which contains your CD-ROM driver and try booting from it. Then, once your PC has booted into DOS, just copy the files to your hard drive using the copy command. Let me know if it worked.
     

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