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  1. Try also registering another file: regsvr32 "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Sony Shared\AVLib\SsAppDbMan.dll" Again, the path may need to be changed.
  2. Open the Command Prompt, type the following: regsvr32 "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Sony Shared\AVLib\SsDbMan.dll" and press Enter. EDIT: You may need to change the command, depending on the actual location of the SsDbMan.dll file in Windows 7.
  3. Pure visual analysis can only help to detect really poor quality in some cases. A nicely-looking graph, on the other hand, doesn't guarantee good quality. And don't forget that Hi-SP is not the same thing as software-encoded ATRAC3plus @ 256 kbit/s.
  4. It looks like there's absolutely no information on this problem. Theoretically, it may be possible to reset the mode by fully formatting the player from Windows, since most settings are actually saved in physical files on the player. But I don't promise anything, since I have no idea how the demo mode is set, and there is no information on this in any service manual for SONY players. And don't forget to backup any music, videos or documents the player may contain, before you format it.
  5. I'm not sure why this happens, but frequency analysis in Adobe Audition shows that more higher frequencies are preserved when encoding to ATRAC3 @ 132 kbit/s using the Normal (Faster) mode or SimpleBurner, than when using High Recording Quality. And I'm still not sure about the actual quality of encoding (more higher frequencies do not automatically mean better quality). Also, it is not possible to record in SP/MONO/LP2/LP3/LP4 on the unit in Hi-MD mode (only PCM, Hi-SP, and Hi-LP are available for recording). But you may transfer ATRAC3 @ 66, 105, or 132 kbit/s from the PC.
  6. Which music format are you using? Some MP3 files may lead to such clicks, and this is not an indication of a unit malfunction. However, ATRAC files should not normally cause such clicks. But again, this may depend on the music itself. Non-stop albums may produce clicks when selecting tracks in some situations.
  7. Traditional electronic viewfinders and pushbutton/rotary controls increase manufacturing costs, so they were forced out of fashion. Now an LCD "handles" everything. And for a Digital8 camera, you may use a cheap Video8 cassette (not even of the Hi8 variety) to record in digital. That's what SONY should have advertised when introducing the format (at the time, Video8 cassettes were several times less expensive than miniDV ones). But instead they tried to sell Digital8 cassettes, and people got confused, thinking that the new cameras would only work with this new and expensive media.
  8. If you have all current updates, then the "Ultimate" version should be enough.
  9. Your possibilities depend on your operating system. If you have a 32-bit version of Windows 2000, XP or Vista, then simply download and install SonicStage 4.3 "Ultimate" from http://forums.sonyin...showtopic=24405. If you have a 32-bit version of Windows 7, the program may also work, with or without problems. But if you have a 64-bit version of Windows, then your only chance is to use a virtual machine with a 32-bit version installed. And welcome to the forums!
  10. Avrin


    The "Ultimate" version supports all devices the official version 4.3 does, and may work with additional devices supported by 4.4 (newer ATRAC phones), but this has to be confirmed. Some devices (ATRAC phones, SONY MD decks, SHARP MD portables, etc.) require additional drivers to work with SonicStage.
  11. 1. I've described the situation with purchased music in Post #6 on the previous page. 2. All prerequisites are probably already installed on a modern operating system.
  12. SimpleBurner encoding uses the same encoding algorithm as SonicStage does in Normal (Faster), and not High, Recording Quality. But this definitely preserves more high frequencies in LP2.
  13. UPDATE: rapidshare.de download links removed (the server is no longer available).
  14. Flashing a non-Japanese unit with a Japanese firmware, if done successfully, will bring back ATRAC and gapless playback.
  15. 1. Anything recorded by a pre-MDLP machine can be played back on an MDLP one. 2. You may use your MZ-NE410 to transfer songs in fake SP mode, so they will be playable by the Tascam (and anything else), but the quality will suffer, since music is actually transferred in LP2 and then converted (lossy-to-lossy) to SP by the unit.
  16. Well, officially Microsoft allows you to use Windows XP mode in Windows 7 without buying an additional copy. Using Windows with other virtual machines requires buying licensed copies.
  17. If you want to use imported music with an ATRAC device, then SonicStage is the only option.
  18. If you want to use less memory, install Windows 2000 on the virtual machine.
  19. Using the "Open With..." Wizard and then disabling the pop-up also works, and is definitely safer. But the registry file adds a bit more information, so Windows Media Player treats OMA files more like any other media files it supports. But the playback quality should be the same in both cases.
  20. There should be two subfolders in the "L:\Documents and Settings\All Users\SonicStage" folder - "Contents" (which is usually empty) and "Packages" (which is used to store ripped music by default). Anyway, try searching the old drive for OMA files. If you find any, look at their extensions. "OMA" (uppercase) usually denotes unprotected files, while "oma" (lowercase) does exactly the opposite. But this is not a 100% reliable rule.
  21. First, download SonicStage 4.3 "Ultimate" from http://forums.sonyin...showtopic=24405 and install it. What follows, entirely depends on whether you have added copy protection to your files when ripping them from your CDs. Assuming that you had Windows XP on your old drive, the files are located at the "L:\Documents and Settings\All Users\SonicStage\Packages" folder, where L: is the drive letter of your old drive in the Enclosure Kit. Do not try doing anything with these files, but copy them to some folder on the new hard drive (e.g., create a folder named C:\TEST). Then import this folder to the newly installed SonicStage, and try playing the files. If all of them play nicely, then remove them from the SonicStage library without actually deleting the files, move the files to a more appropriate location (I recommend moving them to the "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\SonicStage\Packages" folder on you new drive), and import them from there. That's it, if there is no copy protection. If, however, the files are protected, this means that they are linked to your old installation, and will not play on a new one. To unprotect them, you'll need to reconnect the old drive exactly as it had been connected before (same IDE channel, etc.). Then start the old copy of Windows, run the SonicStage File Conversion Tool, and uncheck the Add copy protection box. The tool will create unprotected copies of all protected files. Files that may have been initially unprotected will not be changed. Then reinstall the drive into the Enclosure Kit, and import the files into your new installation as described above.
  22. And I'll say it again - you don't need to have SonicStage installed in order to use SimpleBurner. You only need OpenMG and the drivers.
  23. Anyone to risk flashing a non-Japanese unit with a Japanese firmware by substituting the INI file?
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