Easy CD Creator affecting Win9x machines as well

What's left?


It gets worse. A number of people have been in touch to say that it's not just Win2K machines that are being affected out by the installation of Roxio's Easy CD Creator.

We've had four reports of the software affecting Windows 98. Most have pointed the finger at either the Take Two or Direct CD modules, although with Win2K at least, the removal of these modules does not guarantee success. Unlike Win2K however, it seems the software doesn't kill the machine.

Instead, people have reported trouble with the CD formatting - CDs ejected before finishing, unformatted disks, failed backups etc etc. The fix for Easy CD Creator 5 has also caused more problems than before it was installed, we have been told. Rebooting is the only option.

One reader reckons he has nailed the basic problem with the latest version. "The problem with this program is how it controls the hard drive controllers. Example: normal PC systems have two IDE buses. This program integrates with these components so it can have access to your CD-R burner. However if your CD-R drive is on a different bus you will not lose your system but only have problems with devices connected on that bus. In any case scenario you will have problems with this software.

"In my case, my system is all SCSI (two controllers) one for hard drives and the second for any other devices like CD-R and CD-ROM. As I tested I uninstalled the software (I had no problems when software was installed) and lost everything that was connected to this controller, CD-R, CD-ROM, and Scanner. After that, if the software is installed (Custom or Full) you will regain functionality of all devices on that controller. It seems that Roxio really need some programmers that know more hardware and less software GUI."

Not a bad explanation, you must admit. ®

Related Stories

More woe over Easy CD Creator
Microsoft posts warning over Easy CD Creator
Easy CD Creator problems just won't go away
Roxio replies over Easy CD Creator problems
Easy CD Creator saga continues
Stop! Don't install Easy CD Creator 5 til you read this story


Other stories you might like

  • AsmREPL: Wing your way through x86-64 assembly language

    Assemblers unite

    Ruby developer and internet japester Aaron Patterson has published a REPL for 64-bit x86 assembly language, enabling interactive coding in the lowest-level language of all.

    REPL stands for "read-evaluate-print loop", and REPLs were first seen in Lisp development environments such as Lisp Machines. They allow incremental development: programmers can write code on the fly, entering expressions or blocks of code, having them evaluated – executed – immediately, and the results printed out. This was viable because of the way Lisp blurred the lines between interpreted and compiled languages; these days, they're a standard feature of most scripting languages.

    Patterson has previously offered ground-breaking developer productivity enhancements such as an analogue terminal bell and performance-enhancing firmware for the Stack Overflow keyboard. This only has Ctrl, C, and V keys for extra-easy copy-pasting, but Patterson's firmware removes the tedious need to hold control.

    Continue reading
  • Microsoft adds Buy Now, Pay Later financing option to Edge – and everyone hates it

    There's always Use Another Browser

    As the festive season approaches, Microsoft has decided to add "Buy Now, Pay Later" financing options to its Edge browser in the US.

    The feature turned up in recent weeks, first in beta and canary before it was made available "by default" to all users of Microsoft Edge version 96.

    The Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) option pops up at the browser level (rather than on checkout at an ecommerce site) and permits users to split any purchase between $35 and $1,000 made via Edge into four instalments spread over six weeks.

    Continue reading
  • Visiting a booby-trapped webpage could give attackers code execution privileges on HP network printers

    Patches available for 150 affected products

    Tricking users into visiting a malicious webpage could allow malicious people to compromise 150 models of HP multi-function printers, according to F-Secure researchers.

    The Finland-headquartered infosec firm said it had found "exploitable" flaws in the HP printers that allowed attackers to "seize control of vulnerable devices, steal information, and further infiltrate networks in pursuit of other objectives such as stealing or changing other data" – and, inevitably, "spreading ransomware."

    "In all likelihood, a lot of companies are using these vulnerable devices," said F-Secure researchers Alexander Bolshev and Timo Hirvonen.

    Continue reading

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2021