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    File Association Problem?

    Hi All,

    I hope you can help me keep what little hair I have left. This has ben a maddening problem... I am running a Gateway PIII 733 MHZ WIN 98 SE. I am using a Creative PC DVD (12X) with encoding card as a secondary drive. Today, when I tried to watch a movie on the blasted thing, it wouldn't recognize the DVD. Usually the drive light flickers quite rapidly as it spins up, but now it flickers really slowly and regularly as if it can't build up enough steam to play or something. It also now calls the DVD a "CD Rom" when I check out the drive in my computer. When I put a regular CD-Rom in (Creative's Installation Disk), things ran fine.

    I have tried uninstalling and then reinstalling the drivers, and have turned off the disk detector and then turned it back on after deleting the "Mediadet.log" (something that was suggested in the help menu)...

    Up till today, the player has worked fine. I wonder if it is a file association thing, a software thing or a hardware thing. Anyone have any ideas or similar experiences???

    Cheers,

    Rich

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    Re: File Association Problem?

    Dr. D,
    A Google search for "Creative PC DVD (12X)" yielded a website http://www.geocities.com/dvd1242e/ that says that this particular DVD drive is "region protected" and offers a firmware patch to make the DVD "region free". Could be that the disk you are attempting to play was purchased or intended for use in one of the other regions created by the movie industry to protect their copyright. Your problem sounds strange and this is just a guess based on the information on this site and the fact that the Google search yielded more results in languages other than english.
    Anyone else want to jump in here ???
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    Re: File Association Problem?

    I highly doubt it's a file association problem. Have you removed the drive from Device Manager and let it re-detect it after a reboot?
    -Mark

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    Re: File Association Problem?

    Dear Doc and Mark, something weird happened and this may post twice... Anyway, I tried your suggestion Mark, which didn't solve the problem, although the drive was properly removed and recognized. I appreciate the suggestion, thank you. And to Doc, no, the DVD was region one as well as the player. Again, many thanks for the suggestions! Keep them coming, please! This is bugging me!

    Cheers,

    Rich

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    Re: File Association Problem?

    Did you make any changes to your system? New harware, driver updates, etc.?

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    Re: File Association Problem?

    As much as I hate to say it...there may be no easy fix for this. I've had this sort of problem occur once or twice and was never able to resolve it short of a full reinstallation.

    You may want to check into updated IDE/ATAPI drivers for your motherboard. Since you are at an impasse as it stands, you've nothing to lose by installing them. For Intel based boards of recent vintage, this is called the "Intel Application Accelerator" (good marketing). For AMD based systems, you're usually looking at the latest 4-in-1 drivers from Via, although there are a few other mainboard/chipset manufacturers. Check your hardware and see if you can find the drivers....and while you're at it, say a voodoo curse just for good measure.
    -Mark

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    Re: File Association Problem?

    Dear Joe and Mark,

    Sorry I couldn't respond right away. The computer is getting sicker and sicker. I know it's not a virus, I have already checked that. It's just time for a reinstallation. I have been using the same installation for just about two years, which may be some sort of record for WIN 98. I appreciate all of the ideas, and will be sure to come back once all is squared away with the new install... Wish me luck!

    Regards,

    Rich

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    Re: File Association Problem?

    <hr>I have been using the same installation for just about two years, which may be some sort of record for WIN 98<hr>
    If you've actually been using it instead of just letting it sit somewhere unattended....quite possibly! <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15> Luck: wished. Let's hope that you don't need luck and voodoo curses to make it work.
    -Mark

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