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Computer Help Needed

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Steve B., Apr 10, 2006.

  1. Steve B.

    Steve B. Senior member

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    Saved a Power Point Presentation onto a disc over the weekend in another computer. Now my computer will not read said file.

    Any suggestions?
     
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    Check if it reads in any other computer. If not, and if it's a cheap cdr, it may be lost.
     
  5. Steve B.

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    It's a Fuji...

    It read in the original computer. Maybe I'll take it down to Kinko's and give it a shot.

    Plus I can make another identity and have conversations with myself.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Did you close the session? If the CD remains open and you did not close the session, the CD will play on the original computer, but will not be read by another computer until the write session is closed and the TOC is encoded onto the CD.

    Jon.
     
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    I agree with imageWIS. You may not have closed the disc, so that a true CD-R/RW drive can read it, but a regular CD-ROm drive would not be able to.
     
  8. Steve B.

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    I dunno. I thought I closed the session. Saved and exited out of the program...
     
  9. Huntsman

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    Not the session of you using the program/computer -- the 'session' that is a write operation on a CDR. There are issues sometimes with CDRs not being able to be read by other drives if the session is not 'closed' meaning, roughly, that you're done with the disk and don't wish to do anything more with it.

    You said the computer will not read the said file -- what does that mean? Is the file visible in the directory tree, and when you click it nothing happens, or does the disk not appear in the tree when you insert it?
     
  10. Steve B.

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    My computer does not recognize that there is a file on the CD-R.

    The original computer I wrote it on recognized it, and I was able to pull up the file.
     
  11. Huntsman

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    That's what it is then.

    You'll need to go back to the original computer, right click the disk in the tree, and there should be an option to close the disk or make it readable in other computers. If not, try typing directcd into the 'run' command box in the start menu. A window should open, and somewhere in there is an 'options' button with an option for closing the disks on ejection. It's not a one-size-fits all solution because disk writing is done by so many programs now...

    If the orig computer is inconvenient to get to, the Kinkos has a good shot of working, especially if you can't normally write to CDs with the drive on your system.
     
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    By 'Kinkos has a good shot of working' I mean that you'd have to go there and follow the same procedure -- the disk needs to be closed for you to read it.
     
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    My computer does not recognize that there is a file on the CD-R.

    The original computer I wrote it on recognized it, and I was able to pull up the file.

    Is it too big to email to yourself?
     
  14. Steve B.

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    Tried to. This particular computer way f***d up. Tried to e-mail, but file either ended up in a web folder that wouldn't open, or in a Power Point file where it appeared I had to e-mail slide by slide. I think I should shoot it and put it out of its misery.

    Can anyone loan me a trad pistol?
     
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    Tried to. This particular computer way f***d up. Tried to e-mail, but file either ended up in a web folder that wouldn't open, or in a Power Point file where it appeared I had to e-mail slide by slide. I think I should shoot it and put it out of its misery.

    Can anyone loan me a trad pistol?

    Is a Ruger trad enough?

    If you can get on the forum from the other computer, you can attach it to a post in the Squirrel forum and then download it from there from the other (other) computer.
     
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    Another way of moving files that are too large to email is to use a USB memory key, if you have one.
     
  17. Steve B.

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    Well...The problem is the computer's in New York and I'm back here in good ole Texas...
     
  18. Huntsman

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    It's likely that any computer running DirectCD will be able to read, then close, the disk for you. Got a neighbor?
     
  19. Steve B.

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    What is Direct CD?
     
  20. Huntsman

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    It's a common program that enables CD-R/RW drives to perform 'packet writing' -- what the data transfer to a CD is called, which happens to be something CDs were really not intended for. DirectCD is not the only program that does this, but it is by far the most common. Most computers with win98 or better and a CD-R/RW drive will have it. I think I asked if your drive was an R/RW (essentially just to check if you have that program available -- if you do, there could be other problems. Typing directcd in the Run window from the Start menu will open it if you do).

    I'm with CC above, though, shell out the 20 bucks or whatever and get a USB keydrive if your computer supports USB and be done with data transfer via CD. It never really was good, it was just bigger.

    ~ Huntsman
     

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