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  1. Here is what I will be posting on Ebay: 287 recordable minidiscs NOTE: All mds have been recorded on. Erase them at your leisure. Each disc and slipcase probably have labels as well. A simple way to remove a face label is to soak a q-tip in WD 40 and rub it onto the face label until soaked. For the slipcase, lay it (remove disc!) on a paper towel and simply spray WD-40 on the label soaking it as well. Wait a few hours and then remove label. You may need to use rubbing alcohol or something like Goo Gone to remove any residue. Wipe it off and let it dry before relabeling. Hardware & Accessories & Software
  2. Topic says it all...this was brought on by two things: (1) The recent annoucement of the end of MD production by Sony (2) The loss of my imported cds (hundreds) and thusly the loss of thousands of files after the external drive I was using got corrupted. I know that #2 is not Sony's fault, but after reading about the end of production, I decided it was time to move into the 21st century. So I reformmated the external drive that I have been importing cds to over the last two years. In the next few days I will be putting my collection of recordable mds onto Ebay, along with the player and sofware for auction. My Ebay username is DRDOOMCOMICS. I will post the number, brands, and time-lengths of the discs, along with info about the player. I have both a portable and a home deck. It has been a sweet ride with MDs since I bought the first player in 1999, but after the above recent events and I imagine it won't be long until Sony discontinues the remote connection to your databases, I decided it is time to mve on. Feel free to bid if you wish.
  3. The problem here and with other such posts is: you are assuming that everyone wants a mindisc player. The base of customers interested in it is a small fraction of just the iPod base! Just recently I saw a report that nearly 300 milllion ipods have been sold since 2001!!! Somewhere there is statement here that Sony has sold some 22 million over 19 years...that is an average of 96,491 md units per year for Sony. Compare that to 2,500,000 per month for iPod. I am not a businessman, but even I can see what the majority of audiophiles want... There just simply is not enough customer base to warrant continuing the manfactuer MDs.
  4. No need to be lost: the disc I am trying to import is not a cd-r. It is a store-bought disc that I got some years ago. I have imported all tracks execpt the last two. When I try to import those two, I get the above-mentioned message.
  5. Huh...well, I can see there is little agreement on this but that ok...I have just learned that I have made a mistake, so maybe this will clarify: In my OP, I stated something to the effect of that all the songs on the problematic disc had been converted to the WAV with no problem, except one or two. Well, that is dead wrong...I was referring to the wrong cd entriely. I just figured that out: The disc I mentioned in the OP (and I checked my records) was burned from a music-downloading site that I had purchased some albums. I also have 4 other cds imported to SS that I burned from the same site. NONE of those tracks can be converted to the WAV. So the reason I guess is because of the service I purchased them from. Ok, so I have located now the original cd I was having problems with. To sum, this is another problem (nothing to do with the OP) but I will just put in this thread since it has already been started. I have imported ALL tracks on this disc, execpt the last two. I have an attachement that shows the progress and the message. If you can't open it, I will post the steps here.
  6. Huh...ok. Well, I don't rip from the disc itself. I import the cd to the Library and select a song and convert it to a WAV from that point. What is puzzling me is that on this disc, there is just one song giving me this message...all 9 others covert fine.
  7. ok, so yesterday I posted (I thought) about a problem that I ran into while converting files in the WAV format, but it seems I goofed somewhere cause I don't see it anywhere. So here it is again: Some months ago I found an Ipod Touch buried in the couch. No one claimed it so I gave to my son who has Down's Syndrome. He can navigate the icons and play what he wants. With some music he wants I have copied the cds to the Library. Since I don't want to drive to wharehouse to get them (I don't keep either my cd or comic collection at home...too big)I began copying the cds using the SS program. I learned that if I use said SS to convert the songs to a WAV, I can then import them to the Ipod and he can play them. SO far, that method has worked great...until now. I went to covert two songs off one cd in the Library. One converted fine and I was able to load it onto the Ipod. The other gives me this message (see attachment): What's going on here? Message.rtf
  8. Ok, so some years ago Neato discontinued their mindisc labels that I had used for some time. So I ordered some labels from some site, but now I am unsure what that site was or I would just contact them. Here's the problem: The labels are in a Word Template format. I can print the text on a regular piece of printer paper to check the alignment, but the text will not print on the label sheet itself. Now I have had this problem beofre, but I don't remember how I solved it. Any idea what is causing this? I am thinking that I have posted about this before, but I cannot find it.
  9. Well, I do have a "USEFUL" selection, but it is a search function (artist, album, song title and group) there is no "audio out" selection. The only other options I have a far as sound goes is "sound" which has submenus of "normal" and "sound eq"...just an eq setting menu. There is an "AVLS" option and I have turned it off, but it does not seem to effect the problem. I think I am going to Radio Shack later on and buy a tad-more expensive pair of plugs and see how that affects the volume.
  10. Ok, so I have a MZ NH600 Hi-MD player. Usually I play it thru the AUX input on my receiver in the car and the volume is fine. But yesterday when I plugged some headphones to listen to it at work, the volume was really low...even with the unit volume at 30. I tried a few more headphones and all with the same results. I also noticed that the battery was about dead so I replaced it, but that had no effect. To be fair, all these headphones are the cheap-$2-my-wife-boutght-them-at-Walmart variety. I don't have any decent in-ear plugs. I have checked the audio settings and the hold button and all seem normal. Could my problem be just these cheesy headphones? Can some recommend some decent in-ear plugs that might produce better results?
  11. Ok so: (1) I was looking yesterday at Staples and saw several versions of W7 and all of them said "32 & 64 bit dvds inside". Is this what you are talking about? (2) Ok.
  12. (1) Need to upgrade the OS on my Dell Dimension 4600 from Windows XP to Windows 7. Is SS going to work with this? I don't want to lose the hundreds of discs I haev imported. I import them now to an external HDD...if that means anything. (2) I noticed that the Simple Burner app seems to have vanished...how do I bring it back?
  13. Well, I have the correct location set (the G drive) for SS to import tracks to...no problem there, but I can't find any option anywhere that will allow me to specify where I can tell SS to "look" for files already imported on the G drive. That's is my problem: right now I am importing some cds and some of these have already been imported 'cause when I put in the disc the tracks come up as imported. And they are on the correct drive...the G drive. Yet when I click a track to play it, I get "can't find it" (attachment #1). Yet, when I look on the G drive using My Computer, there the folder and the files both are there! The folder "Wish You Were Here" is one of many that I am having this problem with. (see Attachement #2) #1.rtf #2.rtf
  14. Huh...maybe I should just leave it alone! And SS is my favorite music manager! I tried WMP 11 and the main problem I have is that if I try to import a cd-r that has say, 10 songs by Band A and 10 songs by Band B, there is no way I can find to import seperately...I have to put all 20 under Band A or B. SS lets me do that several ways.
  15. Ok, I am recording some old lps onto the PC using an old Microsoft program I found years ago. Works fine, execpt that any sound that comes thru the speakers (called the Stereo Mix on the program I use) will also recorded. So I am trying to record and import cds at the same time with SS. The only problem I am having is the "beeping" SS makes when it finishes importing. It gets recorded along with the lp! Don't want that. I have cut off the System Sounds in Windows Xp using the Control Panel, but it does not seem to affect SS. Can I cut off this beeping?
  16. Ok, from time to time I will go to the "My Library" and click on a cd I have imported on the get the message "the music track for the file was not found." So I am given two options: "remove from My Library" and "Specify the location of the file". Until a few minutes I had always chose the first 'cause I had no idea what could have happened it. I have posted about noticing some kind of strange connection between WMP 11 and Sonicstage: sometimes I will come acrcoss a cd that SS will not import. So I will import it with WMP 11 and then use the Import Music Files to download the disc to SS. But if I delete the cd from WMP 11, it seems to vanish as well from SS for some reason. Anyway, so I chose the "specify location" this time. Now I have a dedicated hard drive for cd imports. The SS software is set to put all files from cd imports on this drive. So, just for the fun of it, I selected that drive and behold the folder with the required filles is there. So I select the correct file and now it appears normally on the My Library. So it seems that sometimes at least, the software "looks" in the wrong place and cannot find the files. The question: how do I make SS "look" on the correct drive?
  17. Ooooo...I don't like the sound of "deleting" anything. Could you be a little more specific?
  18. Ok, on occasion I will come across a cd that Sonicstage will not import. So I use Windows Media Player 11 and import said disc with that. Then I use the "import music files" to download the said cd into Sonicstage. Works fine, except for... Earlier today, I was going thru the WMP library and noticed a group of cds that I had done like this. The thought crossed my mind, "why do I need two copies of each disc? I have one on WMP and one on SS..." So I deleted the cd from the WMP library. Much to my chagrin I discovered that now those exact same cds cannot be accessed from Sonicstage. If try to copy a track from any of them to the MD unit or even just try to play a track I get a message, "file not found" or something like that. Then I get asked to remove the file or locate the file. Try as I might, I cannot locate of the cd files anywhere. What's going? Why would SS be connected to the WMP 11 in this way? Is there a way around it?
  19. Ok, so I am back to reimporting CDS after the elimination of my library after the replacement of the old HD. I now have the old drive being used as an external drive. How do I get ALL of the SS stuff on it, including reimports made over the last few days and the ones that will be done. I want the SS just on that drive.
  20. Ok...I figured out where I downloaded the template...at least a place where I can download it. But I still have the same problem: after the file is unzipped, the template still comes up blank...no gridlines indiciating the actual labels themselves. But the formatting is there. It may be a compatibilty issue with MS Word 2007; I don't know why...I have used this template several times with MS 2007. Any ideas?
  21. Ok, so I have posted about the trials of missing imported cds after the removal of the old hardrive. But, I have just discovered a new casulty: my minidisc labeling template. I downloaded it a few years after I could net get anymore that were put out by Mediaface. I don't remember where I downloaded it from. It shows up as: LA-50900-W Microsoft Office Word 1997-2004 Word Template The file is still on my hard drive, but when I click to make a lable, the page is blank. However, when it loads, you can tab around the blank page and the locations for text seem to still be there. Just no lines representing the actual label sheets themselves. Down at the left-hand corner of the label sheets is a number: 103245 Does anyone know this template and where I got it from? If not, is there another minidisc labeling program I can use? Attached is a screen-shot made w/Jarte of the screen I get when I load the template. MD.rtf
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