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  1. Screen issue

    Just remember: a. any smudge you make on the white screen back is permanent b. the inverter generates 3000V or so Good luck!
  2. Laurel/Yanny

    Haha I think it's a complete hoax. Today whenever they speed it up it changes from Yanny to Laurel, rather than vice-versa. Yesterday it was the reverse. That tells me someone is playing games with us.
  3. SonicStage 4.3 Ultimate Edition

    The Sonic Stage license for Gracenote is expired/busted/oversubscribed. We don't know what to do about it. If you have the time to make a complaint to Gracenote that would be much appreciated by all here.
  4. Screen issue

    Nothing special about VAIO here. You are better off going to a PC forum, as we don't deal much with these issues here - not the same expertise as MD and other music gear. However, probably the 3kV inverter is dead. For most people this means taking the laptop to an authorised service agent and they swap the screen. But really it's likely the inverter board you have to replace. Not a job for the faint of heart
  5. Laurel/Yanny

    Hmmm if you have to hear high frequencies to get "Yanny" then half the world is pitch-deaf
  6. Gracenote, M-Crew 32-bits

    Update: 1. The PCLKUSB M-Crew on CMT-M333NT and CMT-PX3 never did support CDDB/Gracenote 2. I still don't know about the PC3 since my machine has perforce been converted to 64-bits Windows 7 and there is no way to read the CD 3. Gracenote works fine with the M-Crew Server 2.51HP, although the user interface to that monster is dreadful. So where are we going? There's no specific shutdown of Gracenote, simply that the Sonic Stage account has not been renewed or re-licensed when it hit a certain number of users. So someone needs to start a dialog with Gracenote tech support to see if they are willing to rectify it. I'm not sure I will have the time until July......
  7. Gracenote, M-Crew 32-bits

    Great point. I will check to see if my other M-Crew setup (CMT-M333NT via USB) still works, or whether they have cut off all Sony applications....
  8. Vintage Sony Walkman on Collectors Weekly

    ... and consequently a bit overpriced. Did you check Yahoo Jp?
  9. Vintage Sony Walkman on Collectors Weekly

    Why? The item I looked at was on eBay with willingness to ship worldwide.
  10. Gracenote, M-Crew 32-bits

    Interesting: it looks as if Windows Media Player interacts with Gracenote just fine. It just found the CD I had tried to load in SS. So where is the problem? Aha... finally got this error out of SS
  11. They double the data rate intermally for the copy, I believe. But it can only be transmitted internally. Not possible with the standard 44.1 sampling frequency of optical (TOSlink) transmission.
  12. I just played the video. You only need one .inf file (if 32 bits then NETMD052.inf, if 64 bits then NETMD760.inf) There may be an issue with UNinstalling some other inf files depending on what the installer did. Most importantly, you have to disable driver signature enforcement (temporarily) in Windows. This can be done by rebooting in a special way (as it is hard to hit f8 at the right time during Windows 10 boot sequence). It's well documented here.
  13. It's going to wait the prescribed number of seconds before dividing the track, I think. If the signal hasn't dropped by the time you press start on the media player then you will get two tracks merged into one. Once the signal drops then you get a track mark. It's at the best of times an iffy process. I think some of the folks here have worked out a special add on to Foobar2000 to play two seconds of silence at the end of each track to accomplish what you want.
  14. Gracenote, M-Crew 32-bits

    That's truly weird. Almost like a certificate ran out. The interesting thing (to me) is that the Gracenote popup occurred in the usual way, so it's (probably?) connecting. So far I have yet to find a counter-example (maybe another day!). ITunes absolutely depends on Gracenote (irony, since until a couple of years ago it was actually owned by Sony), so the possibility exists that the new owners (Nielsen) either knowingly or unknowingly jettisoned compatibility with any vendor who's not paying their fees. We first need someone who is an iTunes user to verify that it's working with a "brand new" (to them) CD that's never been introduced to their iDevice. If not then probably just a glitch, or bad guys have taken the server out. I do recall when the over-the-air EPG stopped working for TV. The numeric codes for every show used to be reproduced in the TV listings in the newspapers, and TiVO and many other products relied on that service, which was summarily withdrawn about 4 years ago IIRC. Maybe this is the same, though a quick check online doesn't indicate anything like that for Gracenote. Of course - if Gracenote is gone, then so is my need for M-Crew on a real machine. Anyone have experience tweaking Apple devices to get the names out of iTunes?
  15. Gracenote, M-Crew 32-bits

    Hello everyone, it is rare for me to start a topic but here goes. I was recently forced to retire the machine on which I ran M-Crew successfully, and edited all my sound files. It was a venerable XP machine that worked like a champ until one day the fan died. It's gone despite all attempts to revive it. I have since purchased a refurbished machine that will do everything I need, Windows 7/64, and it works perfectly. EXCEPT for M-Crew. I have that running in a Windows XP virtual mode session, and it's inconvenient but it does work fine. However there are certain things that don't quite work in the virtual box. My question is this: has anyone gotten M-Crew to work on Windows 7, 32-bits? I can put up a machine that does that, but it will be a fair amount of work if at the end of it, it refuses to run because some coding by Sony restricted in ways I can only guess (hint: the problem has to do with CDs and GraceNote). I know for sure that the PCLK driver will never work in 64 bits, but I still don't know if M-Crew is blocked somehow because it's too low-level, in later versions of Windows. This is definitely the case for Simple Burner, it absolutely fails on all later versions of Windows at least in my limited experience. I would be so grateful to know this, because it would save me a bunch of time if I know it's still impossible. I found getting M-Crew going on virtual XP was an oddly unreliable process. Twice it told me that it couldn't install something from a remote session, then went right ahead and did it. Your experiences and thoughts would be most welcome, indeed treasured. Thanks Stephen