NEC ND-3550A DVD-RW Install Problem


T

todds

I recently upgraded my Asus P4C800-E system with an NEC ND-3550A
DVD-RW. The previous configuration had a Sony DW-U14A (DRU-510A OEM) 4x
DVD-RW set as Master and a BENQ 1648A 16x DVD-ROM set as Slave on the
secondary IDE connector. This configuration has worked flawlessly for
over two years, but I wanted the additional speed and DL media
capability provided by the NEC ND-3550A. The Sony DVD-RW was removed
and replaced with the NEC ND-3550A set as Master. Win XP SP2 recognized
and installed the driver, requesting reboot. Device manager shows the
drive installed properly and windows explorer also shows the drive. It
will read and play CDs, but will not read or recognize any DVDs. It
just posts the message to please insert disk into drive D: and then the
drive icon changes from 'DVD-RW' to 'CD.'

Nero recognizes the NEC drive and I succesfully burned a TDK 8x DVD-R,
but the NEC drive still can not read it. I reinstalled the original
Sony DVD-RW and it can read the DVD burned on the NEC drive with no
problem. I have tried swapping the Master/Slave drive jumper settings
with reboot, as well as trying Cable Select setting on both drives
using an 80-conductor cable with the same results - Everything appears
fine in Device Manger and Explorer, but still unable to read DVDs. I
tried the NEC drive on another XP SP2 system with the same Master/Slave
configuartion, and it works with out any problems. I am considering a
BIOS upgrade (currently rev. 1014), but don't see why that should have
anything to do with this problem. Any suggestions?
 
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R

Rob

I recently upgraded my Asus P4C800-E system with an NEC ND-3550A
DVD-RW. The previous configuration had a Sony DW-U14A (DRU-510A OEM) 4x
DVD-RW set as Master and a BENQ 1648A 16x DVD-ROM set as Slave on the
secondary IDE connector. This configuration has worked flawlessly for
over two years, but I wanted the additional speed and DL media
capability provided by the NEC ND-3550A. The Sony DVD-RW was removed
and replaced with the NEC ND-3550A set as Master. Win XP SP2 recognized
and installed the driver, requesting reboot. Device manager shows the
drive installed properly and windows explorer also shows the drive. It
will read and play CDs, but will not read or recognize any DVDs. It
just posts the message to please insert disk into drive D: and then the
drive icon changes from 'DVD-RW' to 'CD.'

Nero recognizes the NEC drive and I succesfully burned a TDK 8x DVD-R,
but the NEC drive still can not read it. I reinstalled the original
Sony DVD-RW and it can read the DVD burned on the NEC drive with no
problem. I have tried swapping the Master/Slave drive jumper settings
with reboot, as well as trying Cable Select setting on both drives
using an 80-conductor cable with the same results - Everything appears
fine in Device Manger and Explorer, but still unable to read DVDs. I
tried the NEC drive on another XP SP2 system with the same Master/Slave
configuartion, and it works with out any problems. I am considering a
BIOS upgrade (currently rev. 1014), but don't see why that should have
anything to do with this problem. Any suggestions?

Chances are you have bought a defective drive. There are two
'read' lasers (of different wavelength), one for reading DVDs, one
for reading CDs. It sound like the DVD one isn't working.
You should be able to exchange it via the supplier.
HTH
 
T

todds

Rob said:
Chances are you have bought a defective drive. There are two
'read' lasers (of different wavelength), one for reading DVDs, one
for reading CDs. It sound like the DVD one isn't working.
You should be able to exchange it via the supplier.
HTH

That's what I thought as well. The drive was purchased as an OEM unit
from newegg.com. I RMA'd the first drive and promptly recieved a second
drive, which exhibits exactly the same problems. Also, the drive works
fine on another motherboard reading DVDs and playing DVD movies. My
original Sony 4x DVD-RW also works fine on this motherboard. Both the
NEC and Sony drives have a Burst Transfer Rate capability of Ultra DMA
33, so I doubt it is a signal quality issue (i.e. cabling, etc.). Very
strange, but I have seen similar posts, all with no resolution.
 
G

George Valkov

Open device manager, locate the NEC DVD-burner, open its properties and
under drivers, click: Driver Drtails...
On Windows Vista you should see only [cdrom.sys]
On XP and on 2k3 you should see these four: [cdrom.sys, imapi.sys,
redbook.sys, storprop.dll]. All these should have a signed file icon.

I bet you have at leat one unsigned in addition. Can you post its name here?
 
T

todds

George said:
Open device manager, locate the NEC DVD-burner, open its properties and
under drivers, click: Driver Drtails...
On Windows Vista you should see only [cdrom.sys]
On XP and on 2k3 you should see these four: [cdrom.sys, imapi.sys,
redbook.sys, storprop.dll]. All these should have a signed file icon.

I bet you have at leat one unsigned in addition. Can you post its name here?

Thanks - I'm currently at work, but will post what I see when I get
home tonight.
 
J

jsherer

You didnt say you tried a different IDE cable. As I have read in earlier
posts, newer IDE drives with ultra ata-66,100,133 transfer rates require
shielded or newer cables to avoid EMF, crosstalk, and other interference.
You said you tried the drive in another computer with a different cable. Can
you swap cables and try it again to see if it makes a difference?
jon

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George Valkov

Because:
on computer A: can write, but cannot read
on computer B: can write, and can read
I expect this to be software problem.

The most problematic software problems I know of, are caused by lower and/or
upper filters installed for the CD/DVD class. This are the unsigned drivers
I posted about.

They alow 3rd party software to use the CD/DVD burner. Say it an alternative
to the native NT api. Some or all of these are ASPI layers (I`m not shure).
You may also have some services like the Ulead CD/DVD burning helper.

I had another conversation on that topic. Device Manager may show that the
device is working, but when control to device and data from the device need
to pass through additional layers or filters, they can block some of the
functionallity, preventing programs from using it. This is due to a bug in
the filter or incompatibility with some devices.

What software may cause these problems:
In general any software using CD/DVD burning capabilities will either use
the native NT api or will install a lower or an upper filter.
GEAR software use GEARaspiWDM
iTunes use GEARaspiWDM
Pinncale use PXhelper20
Sonic use PXhelper20
Ulead use Ulead CD/DVD burning helper
and so on.

What was the opisite word for 'help'? Becase all these and especially the
PXhelper20 (I guess PX comes to say - "we created a filter to add support to
our software for Plextor drives"), will cause more pain and problems than
you could imagine. They make my DVD-burner - Plextor PX-760A (top model)
behave worse than the cheapest drive in the world. Especially if I have two
filters from different software installed, which is normal, because one DVD
authoring application never have all the features that one needs.
Example: I ask Plextools to erase a DVD+RW 4x Verbatim (this usually takes
14 min 32 sec). I`m back one hour later and it is still erasing (flashing
the led a few times orange then a pause green - it should never go green)...
Then I reboot to the other windows and it erases the disk in 14 and a half
minutes (as usual).


Now the most interesting and important part:
~ How to get rid of all those software? Remebmer to create a system restore
check-point!!!

1. Locate:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
If you soubt that any startup item is related to CD/DVD software, go ahead
and delete it.
Same here:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

2. find any CD/DVD related services that are not from Microsoft.
start --> run: msconfig
under services, see if you have any.
If so, start --> run --> services.msc
Locate any service and disable it. If some software re-enables it, you may
want to delete the service. Open properties and look under service name.
Stop the service. Open Command Prompt and type
sc delete "service name"

3. In device manager see what unsigned drivers you have for your DVD-burner.
Remeber to backup (export as type 'hive') any part of the registry that you
modify!!!
Then start --> run: regedit
locate: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services
make a search for the unsigned file's name.
Example if you are looking for GEARaspiWDM.sys, you will see it is in a
folder [GEARaspiWDM] under services. Than`s what you need. Now locate:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet
and make a search for
GEARaspiWDM
Any time you find the string in any lowerFilter or Upper filter, edit the
data and remove it from there. Finally you will be back under services. Now
don`t delete the service from the registry. Open Command Prompt and type:
sc delete GEARaspiWDM

4. Finally check back the unsigned files under Device Manager. There should
be one less.

5. All clean? Reboot and pray!

Some software like iTunes use a boot-straper shortcut. If you open
shortcut`s properties, you`ll see 'Target: Tunes' and you cannot change it.
Delete the shortcut and create one manually. If you start a boot-strapper
shortcur, it will notice the missing services and lower/upper filters,
launch windows installer and repair them.

If you find this all too hard, backup, format and reinstall windows. Just
keep in mind tha after installing your software, you may end up from where
you started.

Now I bet you know why I hate all these lower/upper filters so much? And why
I`m trying to tell all those software companies not to use such. Whatever -
they simply do not care that they will mess-up your computer.

Good luck!


George said:
Open device manager, locate the NEC DVD-burner, open its properties and
under drivers, click: Driver Drtails...
On Windows Vista you should see only [cdrom.sys]
On XP and on 2k3 you should see these four: [cdrom.sys, imapi.sys,
redbook.sys, storprop.dll]. All these should have a signed file icon.

I bet you have at leat one unsigned in addition. Can you post its name
here?

Thanks - I'm currently at work, but will post what I see when I get
home tonight.
 
T

todds

George said:
Because:
on computer A: can write, but cannot read
on computer B: can write, and can read
I expect this to be software problem.

The most problematic software problems I know of, are caused by lower and/or
upper filters installed for the CD/DVD class. This are the unsigned drivers
I posted about.
Yes, I have quite a few of the unsigned drivers you mentioned. My
question is - Could this be preventing Windows explorer and other apps
from properly reading data from the drive? As I mentioned Nero seems to
be working without any problems and it's the only writing software I
use. Here is the driver list, which is the same for both the Sony and
NEC drive. I see the iTunes and Pinnacle files you mention. I don't use
either of these programs, so I'll try uninstalling them and recheck the
drivers. I'll report back with the results later.

ASAPIW2K.sys Pinnacle Systems GmbH Ver 6,0,2,27 Not signed

cdrom.sys Microsoft Corp. Ver 5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.04803-2158)
Signed

WDM.sys GEAR Software Inc. Ver 2.0.4.3 Not Signed

imapi.sys Micorsoft Corp. Ver 5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.04803-2158)
Signed

InCDPass.sys Nero AG Ver 4,3,23,2 Not signed

incdrom.sys Nero AG Ver 4,3,23,2 Not signed

pfc.sys Padus, Inc. Ver 2,5,0,201 Not signed

redbook.sys Microsoft Corp. Ver 5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.04803-2158)
Signed

storprop.dll Micorsoft Corp. Ver 5.1.2600.2180
(xpsp_sp2_rtm.04803-2158) Signed
 
T

todds

Yes, I have quite a few of the unsigned drivers you mentioned. My
question is - Could this be preventing Windows explorer and other apps
from properly reading data from the drive? As I mentioned Nero seems to
be working without any problems and it's the only writing software I
use. Here is the driver list, which is the same for both the Sony and
NEC drive. I see the iTunes and Pinnacle files you mention. I don't use
either of these programs, so I'll try uninstalling them and recheck the
drivers. I'll report back with the results later.

OK, this removed the 'WDM.sys GEAR Software Inc. driver and I can now
play movie DVDs using my InterVideo WinDVD 4 application, so obviously
there is nothing wrong with the drive or IDE controller and other HW.
But, I am still unable to read data DVDs in Windows Explorer or other
apps. I also noticed prior to uninstalling iTunes and Pinnacle HFx
Studio that Nero Info shows my 'System ASPI' as 'corrupted.' Posts on
the web state this is an old SCSI driver not required for IDE drives.
However, I don't know if this has anything to do with the problem. I
think we are getting closer to resolving this "common" drive problem.
 
G

George Valkov

Nero is a safe application, however when I once installed InCD that came
with Nero, I had problems burning disks with Plextoos - there was a conflict
between the two applications. Try to uninstall InCD and Nero and all other
stuff.

See if it works and then install only Nero, without InCD.

Note that InCD is a file system driver and if other filters are preventing
it from accessing the drive, it may prevent explorer and all other programs
from accessing the files.

If you really need InCD, try to install it later, but first cleen all the
stuff related to CD/DVD burning. If it causes your problem, you may try with
another manager that offers UDF write support, which may cause other
problems ;-)

By the way, when Windows Vista comes in 2007 it will have have UDF write
support, so you won`t need InCD anymore. In Vista you can format a CD/DVD RW
disk and use it like a hard disk.
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/
 
T

todds

George said:
Nero is a safe application, however when I once installed InCD that came
with Nero, I had problems burning disks with Plextoos - there was a conflict
between the two applications. Try to uninstall InCD and Nero and all other
stuff.

See if it works and then install only Nero, without InCD.

Note that InCD is a file system driver and if other filters are preventing
it from accessing the drive, it may prevent explorer and all other programs
from accessing the files.
OK, I uninstalled ALL other dvd apps, includimg Nero, InterVideo,
Pinnacle Studio 8, InCD, etc. Now only the Microsoft signed drivers
load, but this did not help. When trying to read any data DVD, I get
the message D: is mot accessible. Incorrect function.

cdrom.sys Microsoft Corp. Ver 5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.04803-2158)
Signed

imapi.sys Micorsoft Corp. Ver 5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.04803-2158)
Signed

redbook.sys Microsoft Corp. Ver 5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.04803-2158)
Signed

storprop.dll Micorsoft Corp. Ver 5.1.2600.2180
(xpsp_sp2_rtm.04803-2158) Signed

I'm beginning to think that it's a problem with quality control of the
DVD lens/reader system, where it reads mass-produced DVD movie meida
OK, but not recordable DVD media. I'm using TDK 4x DVD+R media, which
is on the NEC ND-3550A approved media list as 8x writable (better than
labeled). All of these DVD+R disks read fine on the Sony DVD-RW and
BENQ DVD-ROM.....There were over 300 reviews on newegg.com for the
NEC-3550A drive, with only 2 or 3 negative. That's why I selected this
drive and not another Sony or some of the other brands I considered.
Reviews for those drives were like reading a horror story.....similar
to what I am now experiencing.
 
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George Valkov

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}
^
If you see:
(Default)=DVD/CD-ROM drives
Class=CDROM
Then you are on the right place. Look for [LowerFilters] and [UpperFilters]
Name. Make sure the Data is empty.


HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\IDE
^
Now for all folders starting with CdRom. Open it. One folder should be
inside. Open it.
Service=cdrom
LowerFilters=imapi
UpperFilters=redbook
If there is anything else under these names, remove it.
Another folder is inside is named [Control]
Make sure that:
ActiveService=redbook


HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\SCSI
^
Make the same like in IDE

Restart and pray.
 
T

todds

George said:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}
^
If you see:
(Default)=DVD/CD-ROM drives
Class=CDROM
Then you are on the right place. Look for [LowerFilters] and [UpperFilters]
Name. Make sure the Data is empty.


HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\IDE
^
Now for all folders starting with CdRom. Open it. One folder should be
inside. Open it.
Service=cdrom
LowerFilters=imapi
UpperFilters=redbook
If there is anything else under these names, remove it.
Another folder is inside is named [Control]
Make sure that:
ActiveService=redbook


HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\SCSI
^
Make the same like in IDE

Restart and pray.
OK, did all of the above and it seems to read all media just fine,
including a Verbatim 8.5GB DL burned on this drive. I had to use
selective startup to keep a Pinnacle driver from loading -
Asapiw2k.sys. Apparently a driver check file psdrvcheck.exe keeps
loading and says "Detected a problem' on boot and ask sto fix it. If I
cancel out of it then it does not load. I guess uninstall of the
Pinnacle software did not remove this driver. Not sure how to uninstall
or remove this checker. The filw 'psdrvcheck.exe' is located in
C:\windows\systems32\.
 
G

George Valkov

George said:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}
^
If you see:
(Default)=DVD/CD-ROM drives
Class=CDROM
Then you are on the right place. Look for [LowerFilters] and
[UpperFilters]
Name. Make sure the Data is empty.


HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\IDE
^
Now for all folders starting with CdRom. Open it. One folder should be
inside. Open it.
Service=cdrom
LowerFilters=imapi
UpperFilters=redbook
If there is anything else under these names, remove it.
Another folder is inside is named [Control]
Make sure that:
ActiveService=redbook


HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\SCSI
^
Make the same like in IDE

Restart and pray.
OK, did all of the above and it seems to read all media just fine,
including a Verbatim 8.5GB DL burned on this drive. I had to use
selective startup to keep a Pinnacle driver from loading -
Asapiw2k.sys. Apparently a driver check file psdrvcheck.exe keeps
loading and says "Detected a problem' on boot and ask sto fix it. If I
cancel out of it then it does not load. I guess uninstall of the
Pinnacle software did not remove this driver. Not sure how to uninstall
or remove this checker. The filw 'psdrvcheck.exe' is located in
C:\windows\systems32\.
I`m happy you made it till here! I hope this will be the last problem. Let`s
try to fix it, shall we?

Boot to safe mode. Locate this 'psdrvcheck.exe' and move it somewhere else.
A good way to get rid from any running program is to simply move it
somewhere else or rename it. I usualy change the name to 'psdrvcheck.ex_'.
The good thing is you can do this with almost every running program. And
when you restart, they won`t be able to start.

Now create a restore point or registry backup, then make a search in the
registry and delete every possible link to it. Especially if it is in Keys
like [Run, Runonce, RunonceEx] or a Name like [load].

It is good practice to check propperties of a program to know what it is.
See the details under Version.

psdrvcheck sounds like Pinnacle Studio Driver Check (just as you mentioned).
What version of Pinnacle Studio are you using? Or to be more precise "used".


Good Luck!
 
T

todds

I`m happy you made it till here! I hope this will be the last problem. Let`s
try to fix it, shall we?

Boot to safe mode. Locate this 'psdrvcheck.exe' and move it somewhere else.
A good way to get rid from any running program is to simply move it
somewhere else or rename it. I usualy change the name to 'psdrvcheck.ex_'.
The good thing is you can do this with almost every running program. And
when you restart, they won`t be able to start.

Now create a restore point or registry backup, then make a search in the
registry and delete every possible link to it. Especially if it is in Keys
like [Run, Runonce, RunonceEx] or a Name like [load].

It is good practice to check propperties of a program to know what it is.
See the details under Version.

psdrvcheck sounds like Pinnacle Studio Driver Check (just as you mentioned).
What version of Pinnacle Studio are you using? Or to be more precise "used".


Good Luck!

I was using Pinnacle Studio Ver 8, which came with my ATI AIW 9600
video card. Actually never really used it much, just loaded it with the
anticipation of doing so. I'm just ramping up on Sony Vegas 6.0, wich
doesn't seem to introduce any system problems (yet!). Anyhow, I removed
all of the psdrvcheck.exe references in the registry and it stopped the
loading of Asapiw2k.sys in upper filters. Everything seems to be
working perfectly, which just proves that it isn't always the hardware
at fault. George, thanks again for all of your expert assistance - It
is most appreciated! Todd
 
G

George Valkov

I`m happy you made it till here! I hope this will be the last problem.
Let`s
try to fix it, shall we?

Boot to safe mode. Locate this 'psdrvcheck.exe' and move it somewhere
else.
A good way to get rid from any running program is to simply move it
somewhere else or rename it. I usualy change the name to
'psdrvcheck.ex_'.
The good thing is you can do this with almost every running program. And
when you restart, they won`t be able to start.

Now create a restore point or registry backup, then make a search in the
registry and delete every possible link to it. Especially if it is in
Keys
like [Run, Runonce, RunonceEx] or a Name like [load].

It is good practice to check propperties of a program to know what it is.
See the details under Version.

psdrvcheck sounds like Pinnacle Studio Driver Check (just as you
mentioned).
What version of Pinnacle Studio are you using? Or to be more precise
"used".


Good Luck!

I was using Pinnacle Studio Ver 8, which came with my ATI AIW 9600
video card. Actually never really used it much, just loaded it with the
anticipation of doing so. I'm just ramping up on Sony Vegas 6.0, wich
doesn't seem to introduce any system problems (yet!). Anyhow, I removed
all of the psdrvcheck.exe references in the registry and it stopped the
loading of Asapiw2k.sys in upper filters. Everything seems to be
working perfectly, which just proves that it isn't always the hardware
at fault. George, thanks again for all of your expert assistance - It
is most appreciated! Todd
I`'m glad to help!
I have ATI AIW-9600XT too. It comes with Pinnacle Studio 9.1.2 SE. I think I
had problems with it too, but mostly reduced performance and burn errors.
Pinnacle Studio produced bad results capturing video:
~ will arrange upper field first instead of lower for (PAL)
~ problems capturing audio
~ When building DVDs with menu, it will always recompress DVD-compliant
content captured with ATI MMC TV. So I left it too. The only good thing in
it are transitions and effects.

I use the trial version of ULEAD Video studio 10 on a test installation of
windows that I can restore every 30 days ;-) It will remux DVD compliant
files captured with ATI TV-application, so I produce a DVD disk ISO image in
less than 20 minutes. Then I restart to my main installation and burn the
ISO from there.


May I ask you a couple of last questions about the AIW card and ATI MMC
software?
~ What version of MMC do you use? I use 9.08.
~ If you ever used versions 9.13 to 9.15, then do you have the same problems
as I have described here:
http://gfc.my.contact.bg/tests/LowResolution-video-in-MMC-9-15/

~ Did you had any problems installing Remote Wonder 3.02 to 3.04 as I have
described here:
http://gfc.my.contact.bg/tests/ATI-RW-3-04-setup/

~ Have you ever tried: primary=monitor + secondary=TV-display, then use
TV-application in easylook mode on the TV-display? Whatever I do, when it
goes easylook mode, it will always grab the primary monitor, so I cannot
work on it. And if I set the TV-disaply as primary, the monitor will be
free, but every single application I start will appear on the TV-display and
I have to fetch it behind the video, so I cannot work that way either.

PS:
I sent a lot of requests to ATI support and catalyst crew to fix simple
problems in their software... All the support they offer is time wasting
support, and try to get rid of me. Further more one of the disks that came
with the AIW card is defective. ATI seem to have good hardware, but they do
not deserve our money and our respect.
 
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T

todds

May I ask you a couple of last questions about the AIW card and ATI MMC
software?
~ What version of MMC do you use? I use 9.08.
~ If you ever used versions 9.13 to 9.15, then do you have the same problems
as I have described here:
http://gfc.my.contact.bg/tests/LowResolution-video-in-MMC-9-15/

~ Did you had any problems installing Remote Wonder 3.02 to 3.04 as I have
described here:
http://gfc.my.contact.bg/tests/ATI-RW-3-04-setup/

~ Have you ever tried: primary=monitor + secondary=TV-display, then use
TV-application in easylook mode on the TV-display? Whatever I do, when it
goes easylook mode, it will always grab the primary monitor, so I cannot
work on it. And if I set the TV-disaply as primary, the monitor will be
free, but every single application I start will appear on the TV-display and
I have to fetch it behind the video, so I cannot work that way either.

PS:
I sent a lot of requests to ATI support and catalyst crew to fix simple
problems in their software... All the support they offer is time wasting
support, and try to get rid of me. Further more one of the disks that came
with the AIW card is defective. ATI seem to have good hardware, but they do
not deserve our money and our respect.

The last update I did to my ATI drivers/apps was to MMC v9.13 and RW
3.03. As I recall the drivers/apps had to be installed in a particular
sequence, involving no less than five separate load steps. I did have a
problem with the Remote Wonder 9.13, but somehow got it to load. When I
put this system together I was going to purchase the non-Wonder ATI
Radeon 9600 AGP card, but the price difference to go to the AIW 9600
was so low I just went with the AIW version. I had always wanted to
transfer and edit some old VHS and 8mm tapes, but never bothered
getting a converter for my last system. Other than that and using the
TV mode on the AIW 9600 card, there is very little else I have tried.
The TV tuner mode does not produce a very high quality image, with
visible pixalltaion and other artifacts on anything other than a very
small window view. Fortunately, the video capture with this card from
8mm tapes and direct from the camera is very high quality (at least for
NTSC resolution capability).
 

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