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Section 8-3-0:
  1. Using Nero Burning 5.5 With the Philips DVD+RW-DO1 Drive (Author: Tom Almy ~ Talmy)
  2. Feurio`s software (free downloads)
  3. Dell`s User Guide for Easy CD 5.x
  4. Dell`s User Guide for Direct CD
  5. Various Burning Software, Audio Grabbers (Author~Steve-S)
  6. Back Up using Quicken, Direct CD, Easy CD, etc (Author ~ Dave Johnson)
  7. General Instructions to improve burning process. (Author ~ volcano11, Steve)
  8. 48X 24X 48X burner will not record higher than 32X (Care of ~ Jack aka ~Fireberd)
  9. How to find your drives Firmware version in Roxio & Windows XP. (Care of Asp, Jim H & Roger)
  10. Some files are empty (0bytes) when writing DVD with Roxio EasyCD Creator 5 Basic   (Care of ~ Jim)
  11. The on going saga with the Dell NEC 1100a drive, steps to try.
  12. Large file issue and UDF / Joilet format Roxio version 5 / 6 (Care of Jim H)
  13. How to convert a Realplayer file into a .wav-format (Care of ~ Xley)
  14. Ripping Songs to Hard-drive using Music Match (Help files)
  15. Top 10 Hot tips for Windows Media Player
  16. Windows Media Player 9 Series: How-to for Beginners
  17. Windows Media Player FAQ ( 2 - links )

 

8-3-1: Using Nero Burning 5.5 With the Philips DVD+RW-DO1 Drive (Author: Tom Almy~Talmy)

The DVD+RW drive is great for data file backups and archiving. However the Roxio software provided by Dell has some shortcomings. Roxio has issued an update (version 5.3) which allows the EZ CD Creator program to burn DVD+RW sessions, however the DirectCD program (for UDF "packet" burning, so that the DVD+RW can be used as a removable media disk drive) has serious limitations. The best solution to the problems I, and others, have found is to purchase a copy of Nero Burning 5.5 and replace the Roxio software that comes with the systems.

First note that the following instructions worked with my Dimension 8200, running Windows XP Pro. Your results may not be the same if you have a different (particularly older) operating system, DVD burner, or system.

Before installing the software, DirectCD must first be uninstalled. It is not necessary to uninstall the full Roxio package. DirectCD can be successfully uninstalled using the "Add or Remove Programs" choice in the Control Panel.

Nero Burning 5.5 should be installed from the purchased CD. Note that if you have downloaded the trial version for evaluation, you will not have the InCD program used for packet burning. Updates can be downloaded from the Nero site. You should update to the latest release to get the most features, such as DVD Video and multisession DVDs.

Nero comes with two main programs plus several utilities. The two main programs for burning DVD+RW and CD-R and CD-RW media are Nero Burning ROM and InCD.

InCD is the packet burning program, which is accessed via an icon in the notification area of the Taskbar displaying a CD and an arrow. When a UDF formatted DVD+RW (or CD-RW) disk is in the drive, the icon will show a green arrow pointing in. In this case, you can copy files to or from the disk using Windows Explorer, and programs can read or write data to the disk like any drive, although slower. When a UDF formatted disk is in the drive, the only way the disk can be ejected is by the right-button-menu over the InCD icon, or the drive icon in My Computer. Never turn the computer off with a UDF formatted disk in the drive, otherwise data loss will probably occur (this applies to the Roxio software as well).

Newly purchased DVD+RW media is not formatted. To use with InCD, insert the blank disk. A formatting dialog will usually pop up on the screen. If it doesn't, select Format from the right-button-menu over the InCD icon. InCD will format DVD+RW media to the point where it can be used in about a minute. However it will take additional time for the formatting to complete. You can eject the disk, and it will continue formatting later, but it cannot be read on a DVD-ROM drive until formatting completes. Using UDF format, you will be able to store 4.37GB on the disk.

When InCD is used with CD-RW media, the formatting must complete before the disk can be used or ejected.

Many people worry about data integrity on optical media. InCD has a verify-after-write option that will check to make sure data has been written correctly. Bring up the disk properties from the InCD icon, and select the InCD Page Settings tab. Check the box "Safe Mode" to enable the verify-after-write.

The Nero Burning ROM program creates ISO formatted DVDs (and CDs) in "sessions". This requires all the files to be available at one time for DVDs. ISO formatted DVDs can be created faster (under 30 minutes for a full 4.7GB) and probably are more reliable than UDF formatted DVDs.

The Nero Burning ROM program will not start if there is a UDF formatted disk in the drive. Eject the disk first to start the program. Once the program is running, you can write sessions to UDF formatted media, which will delete all the data previously on the disk. This means that (unlike Roxio) you can use a disk alternately for ISO or UDF formats without having to dedicate it to a single format.

Nero Burning ROM is a complicated program, however for almost all use the "Wizard" will do the job. If the Wizard does not start automatically, go to the Help menu to enable the Wizard, then select New from the File menu. You will first have to select CD or DVD media, then whether you want to create a new DVD/CD or copy an existing one. You can then select Audio/Data/Video/mixed or image CD or Data/Video or image DVD. Specify a new image, rather than adding a new session, unless you have gained experience with multiple sessions. Assuming you are making a data DVD, you will then be presented with two panes, one on the left with the files to go on the DVD and one on the right being the file browser. Drag the desired files and folders from the browser to the DVD listing. A gauge on the botton of the display shows the DVD capacity being used. You can right-mouse-click on the Disk icon labeled "NEW" to change the name of the DVD or the DVD properties, but the defaults usually suffice.

To burn the DVD, press the button with the fire icon. You may be asked a few questions, then the disk burning will begin. There is a check box to enable a verification pass at the end. If you want to be sure the burn was successful, check the box.

The most recent update adds a new, replacement user interface, Nero Express, which I haven't tried. It is supposed to be easier to use the the Wizard. Try it and see what you think, the Wizard works fine for me.

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8-3-2: Feurio software (free dowloads)

Feurio!® is an integrated software for creating audio CDs (especially samplers) for PCs with Windows NT® or Windows 95/98®.
Feurio!® combines "Audio Grabbing" (digitally reading of an audio CD), a database for CDs (including CDDB support), a CD and Wave player, a simple Wave Editor and a CD Writer.

Feurio`s web site has Screenshots of the software and a number of interesting attributes concerning the software itself.

For more information please follow this link --->

http://www.feurio.com/English/index.shtml

 

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8-3-3: Dell`s User Guide for Easy CD 5.x

I had planned on adding the full article here but it rather large, you should follow this link, then Bookmark / Add to Favorites for future reference,

Predator

http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/kb/en/document?dn=1065712&l=en&langid=1&c=us&cs=19&s=dhs

 

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8-3-4: Dell`s User Guide for Direct CD

Please follow the link for the full detailed version.

http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/kb/en/document?DN=1048989

 

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8-3-5: Various Burning Software, Audio Grabbers (Author~Steve-S)

I always burn audio at 8X.  You can download Feurio as a nagware/shareware (it doesn't time out, just nags you) and it has an excellent audio grabber in it.  Before downloading it, make sure your burner is supported:

http://www.feurio.com/English/index.shtml

A superb grabber that is essentially freeware (the author would like a postcard registration) is Exact Audio Copy:

http://www.exactaudiocopy.de/

You might also consider trying some other burning products.  If you have a fast internet connection you can download trial versions of other burning software products that many of us like better than Roxio:

http://www.nero.com/en/index.html#download   Nero Burning Rom

http://download.ntius.com/trialsoft/default.asp   CDMaker 2000

http://www.stompinc.com/trial/index.phtml?stp   RecordnowMax

If you try RecordnowMax, download the new PX engine from here:

http://www.prassieurope.com/

Also, I would make sure you use high quality blanks.  I am personally very fond of Verbatim DataLife Plus and recommend them but some car players prefer a lighter dye so you might also look for ones that are made by Tayo Yuden (the easy way to tell them is that they say "made in Japan" and have a knob on the top of the spindle of blank cds that you turn to open up the spindle).  Mitsui are superb but relatively hard to find and expensive.

Steve

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8-3-6: Back Up using Quicken, Direct CD, Easy CD, etc (Author ~ Dave Johnson)

 

Backup Quicken Data Files to CD

Quicken’s backup files can be burned to CD as part of your normal backups. By default, Quicken saves the backup files into the C:\Program Files\Quicken\Backup folder. When backing up you can change the location to any drive/folder you want. There are at least 3 ways to backup the data files to CD, namely using DirectCD (or InCD) to backup to CD-RW disks, using Easy CD Creator (or Nero) to backup to CD-R disks, or using a 3rd party backup utility like BackupMyPC by Veritas Software.

 

DirectCD – Format a blank CD-RW using DirectCD. In Quicken go to File/Backup and direct the backup to go to your CD Burner. If you do not want Quicken to overwrite a previous backup, just add a folder name (like D:\Backup#\, where # is an incremental number) and it will be created, leaving previous backups intact.

 

Easy CD Creator - Backup the data files to a folder on your hard disk and them burn it to a CD-R. Make sure you finalize the session but not the CD in the options. With subsequent backups it will ask you if you want to overwrite the files already on the CD. Say yes and let it burn the files to CD. The previous backups aren’t really overwritten, just hidden. If needed they can be recovered using a utility like ISOBuster - http://www.smart-projects.net which is free or CD-R Diagnostic -  http://www.cdrom-prod.com

 

3rd Party Utility – Any 3rd party backup utility should allow you to back files and folder that you choose to CD. I use BackupMyPC to backup all my data files on a weekly basis. I do an incremental backup so only those files that have changed get backed up.

Dave

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8-3-7: General Instructions to improve burning process. (Author ~ volcano11, Steve)

First, update your virus definitions and do a complete system scan for viruses.

Next, boot into Safe Mode (reboot your computer and tap several times on the F8 key just before Windows starts to load). Go to your Windows/temp folder and delete all of the files in the folder. Then, run scandisk and then defrag on your C: drive.

Next, get rid of all of the unnecessary programs that run from startup. To see how to do this and to see what is not likely to be needed running from startup, see the following:

http://www2.whidbey.net/djdenham/

for programs running from startup that are not listed at the above site, see the following:

http://www.pacs-portal.co.uk/startup_index.html

You might also want to get rid of any spyware that you downloaded and installed with along with free programs. Note that spyware's main purpose is to report on your browsing habits, but most of it is poorly written, interferes with other programs running on your computer, and consumes system resources while it is running. Also note that if you remove the spyware, the free programs that the spyware came with will not likely run. You have to decide whether the free programs and included spyware are worth the penalty you pay for other problems. To get rid of the spyware go to the followng site and download, install, and run Ad-Aware:

http://www.lavasoftusa.com

After performing these steps you should have a pretty clean running computer, and, hopefully your problems will have disappeared. Let us know how this works out.

Steve

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8-3-8: 48X 24X 48X burner will not record higher than 32X (Care of ~ Jack aka ~Fireberd)

Using Roxo`s Basic version, standard software shippd with Dell.

The first thing to do is upgrade the Roxio supplied to the latest version.  Since it was supplied with the new PC it's probably the Basic version so get the update for Easy CD Creator 5 Basic.  It sounds like Roxio, or at least the version you have, does not support the full features of the drive. 

Although this is not an answer to your burning speed, if you are making audio CD's, you don't want a high speed for most Audio CD Players.  Most players will not play audio CD's created at high speeds.  My Audio CD "standard" is 12X and that allows them to be played on most any audio CD player including most car CD players that are really sensitive to CD recording speed.  Recent car CD players and home/DVD players will play CD's created at a higher speed but I sell an instrumental CD at concerts so I keep my speed at 12X for compatibility with almost any CD player.

Another issue that you will observe, with the update to Roxio.  The update adds an actual recording speed display as you record or copy CD's.  Very rarely will the actual recording speed equal the selected speed.  This is because of the "burn proof" (or whatever they want to call it) technology in recent CD burners and the fact the burning program will sense the optimum burning speed at any given moment.   Also, when you copy CD to CD, your burning speed will be governed by the DAE (digital audio extraction) or data extraction rate of the CD reader, and the extraction rate will always be less than what the CD reader's rated speed is.  e.g. the DAE speed of my DVD-ROM drive, as detected by Roxio, is 4X and consequently on a direct CD to CD audio copy the actual burn speed will be 4X or lower.

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8-3-9: How to find your drives Firmware version in Roxio & Windows XP. (Care of Asp, Jim H & Roger)

Asp: I went to Roxio | CreatorClassic | Tools | Drive Properties

Jim:  XP – Start | All Programs | Accessories | System Tools | System Info.
Expand Components and click on CD-ROM. It is at the end of the PNP Device ID.

Roger: Try Wininquiry from Samsung.It correctly identified the firmware version on both of my optical drives and I do not even have a Samsung drive installed. Check it out at the following web address.
http://www.samsungodd.com/eng/LiveUpdate/FWvercheck/FWvercheck.asp

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8-3-10: Some files are empty (0bytes) when writing DVD with Roxio EasyCD Creator 5 Basic   (Care of ~ Jim)

Use Windows Explorer to see what File System was used to create the DVD. You should see UDF or Joliet and I am guessing UDF was used.

With ECD V5 there is a bug when preparing to write UDF. Many members find by setting the File System to Joliet this error goes away.

However Joliet has limits and you may have exceeded them! In that case you would want to switch to UDF for your file system…

In either case, use File – Validate prior to burning a project. It will test and report any problems.

This bug will be fixed in the upcoming 6.2 update but since V5 has been out of production for some time, I doubt that it will be fixed.

Optical file system limits are as follows:

Joliet Limits:
File name = 64 characters (max)
Directory structure = 8 levels deep (max)
Total characters = 128 (max) path+filename

ISO 9660:
File name = 8.3 or 8.3 MSDOS or 30 character if Advanced is used
Directory structure = same applies

UDF:
Basically the same as Windows – Max Path = about 255

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8-3-11: The on going saga with the Dell NEC 1100a drive, steps to try.

http://support.dell.com/FileLib/Format.aspx?c=us&l=en&ReleaseID=R59801

Below are the instructions for updating the firmware for the drive from Dell-Stephen

Follow these steps to update the firmware on the NEC ND-1100A 4X DVD+RW drive.
1. Check to see if the tray is closed and that there is no media in the NEC DVD+RW drive.
2. Download the R59801.EXE file from the Dell website to a known directory.
3. Double click on the file R59801.EXE
4. Go to the directory and double-click on the R59801.EXE file that was downloaded.
5. Click on "Continue".
6. Follow the instructions for unzipping the files.
7. The update utility will launch automatically. Click on "Flash" to update the firmware on the drive. **Please do not interrupt the update process by accessing the drive.
8. Reboot the system when update is complete


This is a Windows-based flash utility, if the following products are installed on the system, please un-install these products prior to proceeding with the firmware update:

Intel Ultra-ATA Storage Driver
Intel Application Accelerator

Although the drive will generally not be configured this way (but some may have changed the configuration), if the NEC ND-1100a drive is configured as a Master device in combination with a Slave device on the IDE bus, please disable the Slave device via Device Manager. Also when the update is in progress, please do not interrupt the update process by accessing the drive.

If you have any problems updating the firmware of your drive, try disconnecting any other drives from the IDE cable the NEC is attached to so that it is set as master and the only drive attached to the IDE cable. Once the flash is complete you may reattach any other drives that you disconnected.
( Explained in more Detail in # 4 below )

The following is additional information we have seen:

  1. Try a different brand of media.
  2. Update your burning software.
  3. Verify the flash did take, version 10GE
  4. If it did not, first Remove / Uninstall any second drive on the same IDE cable as the NEC 1100a from Device Manager, shutdown. Disconnect the second drive, including the power cable, Dell ships their system using the Cable Select Feature, verify jumper CS / CSEL, you may also use MS, to perform the flash properly, the NEC 1100a should be attached to the "End" connection of the IDE cable, if is was on the "middle" connection please disconnect and attach to the "End" connection, perform the flash again.
  5. Try flashing the drive in Safe mode
  6. Remove the drive from Device Manager, re-boot, Windows will re-install the drivers (After the flashing the drive)
  7. Clear the NVRAM (Section 11, article 2 of the CD/RW link in my post) ( before & after flashing the drive)
  8. Section 100, article 31 of the CD/RW link ~ Upper & Lower Filters
  9. Verify that DMA is enabled for the drive. Apply Dell patch, Section 15, article 13.
  10. Verify that both Drive 0 and Drive 1 is enabled in the BIOS.
  11. Remove the drive, carefully place it on a firm surface, then stomp the living day-lights out of it.
  12. Contact Dell and discuss the issue, they are dealing with this on a case by case issue. Explain all the steps you have tried, including the Dell Firmware, be firm but polite.
  13. Dis-regards # 11 .. lol ..  use for venting purposes.
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8-3-12 : Large file issue and UDF / Joilet format Roxio version 5 / 6 (Care of Jim H)

The large file problem is in DirectCD and was fixed many, many updates ago. Get the 5.3.5.10 update for BASIC,  near the bottom of Roxio`s support  page. I am assuming you have Basic as opposed to Platinum which you would have had to purchase separately.

You need to select Joliet for your file system rather than the default UDF.

It is a bug in v5 and will probably never get fixed. It is still present in v6.2, just tested it last night and will pass it along to Roxio.

This is a known bug in Easy CD Creator in the part of the software that generates the UDF file system used by default on Data DVDs. The bug will probably never be fixed in Version 5 and they are apparently working on a fix for Version 6 but they don't have it yet. The files really are on the DVD but you just can't get at them without using file-recovery tools.

Try switching ECDC to use the Joliet file system instead.

Jim H

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8-3-13: How to convert a Realplayer file into a .wav-format (Care of ~ Xley)

These are the steps that I use in order to convert a Realplayer file into a .wav-format.

First, I should note that I downloaded and installed the Realplayer "Basic 8" program. You can obtain a copy here (see the bottom of the page). It is the least objectionable software that RealNetworks has. I then unchecked everything that there was to check within the Basic 8 program and proceeded to use the player merely for playing files either at web sites, or locally.

Once a file is playing, I then use my Creative SoundBlaster soundcard recording software called "Creative Recorder", and record the Realplayer file.

After the file has been recorded, I no longer need the .ram-file so I delete it.

The new file (the one within the Creative Recorder directory) is a wave file; it has been recorded at the highest CD quality compression available. However, since I want that file to be smaller, I then use Creative's editing software called "Creative Wave Studio 4.0" to edit and to compress my file into a smaller, less dynamic .wav file. This conversion is very simple; it usually involves little more than clicking a CONVERT button, then selecting something like MPEG LAYER-3, 56 BYTES, 22000 HZ, STEREO.

WINDOWS has a built in converter. And it is possible to open your wav-files once they have been recorded with the Windows Sound Recorder. Even a long 5-minute file will open with the recorder--although you can not RECORD files of the same length without a certain amount of trickery! Using the recorder to open a wav-file, you must wait patiently while your hard drive works in the background--the Sound Recorder's screen will turn Grey, then the file's title will eventually appear in the banner. (It usually takes approximately 3-4 minutes). You then select properties and then convert now and convert it.

There are more compressions within the Sound Recorder than Creative offers.

You can also bypass this Windows Sound Recorder process completely, if you want, and use the Windows "Save As Manager" during any of the above steps--that is: After your file has been recorded, select MPEG LAYER-3 from the Save As dropdown FORMAT box.

After you have converted your .ram-file to .wav-format, then go here , to Predator's excellent web site, and digest the database of ripping skills.

xley

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8-3-14: Ripping Songs to Hard-drive using Music Match (Help files)

Recording:

Click the Record (red) button on the Player, or choose the menu View/ Recorder to open the Recorder screen.

Insert an audio CD in your CD-ROM drive.

CD Lookup will read your CD and attempt to fill in Album, Artist, and Track (Tag) information. If CD Lookup does not find this information, you can manually enter in the tag information. (Occasionally CD Lookup will return several versions of one CD and ask you to choose the correct one.) How to manually enter Track info.

Also, use Manual Track info to enter in special characters like Copyright, Registered Trademark or Trademark symbols (©/®/™) to protect personal work


Check the boxes next to the tracks that you wish to record, and click the Record button.

MUSICMATCH Jukebox will start to record from the audio CD, to digital file.

At the bottom of the Recorder window you will see a progress indicator. When complete the indicator will be at 100%, and the track will be added to your Music Library. Tip!

While recording you will see a Green, Yellow, or Red stripe moving from left to right, beneath the progress indicator. This tells you the current recording status of your track. If the bar is Green, then the track is being recorded at its optimal level. If Yellow, the track may have flaws like 'pop' or 'clicks'. If Red, the track is recording at very poor quality and may not complete. If the track fails you will get a warning notice with an explanation of why the track may have failed.

Also See: How to manually enter Track info

If CD Lookup does not return track info for your CD, you can manually enter the information.

In the Recorder window, click on the Track name (typically 'Track 1', 2, 3 etc...) next to the check box. Once highlighted, the cursor will blink on the right side of the highlighted track.

Hit the Delete key on your keyboard.

Type in the Track name in the now empty track field.

Hit Enter. The name you typed will be saved and the next track will be highlighted and ready to edit.

To change the Artist Name or Album Name in the Recorder display window use the same steps as above, clicking on either the Artist Name or Album Name.

Copyright protection

Use the same steps as above however when it's time to enter in a symbol (typically at the end of the track name) use the following ASCII codes to do so:

Hold down the Alt key on the keyboard while entering in the following number sets (enter the numbers only)

0174 (®)

0169 (©)

0153 (™)

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8-3-15: Top 10 Hot tips for Windows Media Player

  1. Skin it

    Windows Media Player doesn't have to look like a boring box. Change its appearance to something a little more you -- something more colorful, classy, or just plain strange.

    1. Click the Skin Chooser button.
    2. Click each skin to see what it looks like.
    3. When you find one you want to use, double-click it or click Apply Skin.
    4. If you don't find anything you like, click More Skins to search the Windows Media Player skins gallery.
  2. Lava lamp effects

    Trick out your music with pulsating images called visualizations. Graphics files will spontaneously react to the changing beat and volume of your music. To select a visualization, click View, click Visualization, select a category, and select a visualization. Download other Visualizations from the Windows Media Player site.

    If you want to watch your favorite visualization full-screen, put on your favorite playlist, select an Ambiance, Battery, or Plenoptic visualization, and press Alt + Enter to give your party a unique twist. Press Esc to return to your desktop.

    Some visualizations look odd in the larger size because the resolution for the visualization is different from your monitor's resolution. Here's how you fix the problem.

    1. Click Tools and choose Options.
    2. Go to the Plug-Ins tab.
    3. Select Visualizations and the type of visualization you're using.
    4. Click the Properties button.
    5. Under "Full screen settings," choose your screen resolution from the drop-down menu.
    6. Click OK.
  3. Change views

    Ctrl-key shortcuts change the size and shape of your player instantly.

    • Press Ctrl + 1 for full-size view.
    • Press Ctrl + 2 for compact view.

    If you have Windows XP, you can also put Media Player in your taskbar.

    1. Right-click an empty area of the Windows toolbar.
    2. Click Toolbars and choose Windows Media Player.
    3. Minimize Media Player.

    Click the Mini-Player icon in your taskbar to get a small screen for your visualizations or video. Click the player's information button (it's the only button you won't also see on a home stereo) to get access to your CDs and playlists.

  4. Volume hot keys

    Three keys will help you adjust your player's volume while it's minimized.

    • F8 mutes your player. Press F8 again to bring the music back.
    • F9 turns volume down a notch.
    • F10 pumps up your desktop sound.
  5. Stop WMP from stuttering

    Streaming media often stops and sputters on low-bandwidth connections. Increase the amount of time your player spends buffering the stream and you'll be on your way to clean, crisp playback.

    1. Click Tools and choose Options.
    2. Go to the Performance tab and put a mark next to the Buffer radio button.
    3. Increase your buffer time.
    4. Click OK.
  6. Fast playlists

    You don't need to add each MP3 to a playlist individually. Make huge playlists in seconds.

    1. Click Media Library and open the playlist you want to use.
    2. Open the folder where you store your MP3s on your hard drive.
    3. Select the songs you'd like in your playlist. Hold down the Ctrl key to choose multiple MP3s.
    4. Drag the MP3s into the right pane of your playlist.
  7. Open URLs

    You don't need to spend hours searching for video or audio streams you've recently played when you want to watch them again. Simply open the Internet file in Media Player.

    1. Click File and select Open URL.
    2. Select the file from the pull-down menu or type the file's URL.
    3. Click OK.

    If you want more information about the file (file size, file type, size, length, and creation date), go to File and select Properties.

  8. Increase privacy protection

    Windows Media Player can send out information about how you use the program. Make sure it doesn't.

    1. Click Tools and choose Options.
    2. Go to the Privacy tab.
    3. Uncheck "Send unique player ID to content providers."
    4. Uncheck "I want to help make Microsoft software and services even better by sending Player usage data to Microsoft."
    5. Click OK.
  9. Share music over a network

    Play your CD tracks on other networked PCs.

    1. Click Tools and choose License Management.
    2. Select a shared folder on your network.
    3. Click Backup Now to back up your audio licenses to this shared folder.
    4. On a second PC, select the same folder using Tools, License Management.
    5. Click Restore Now.

    The second PC can now play the same audio tracks.

  10. Copy and burn your music

    Get music from a CD into your computer.

    1. Insert a CD into your CD drive.
    2. Click the Copy From CD button.
    3. Select individual tracks or the entire album and copy.

    If you later want to burn your music to a backup CD or transfer music to a portable MP3 player or Pocket PC, click the Copy to CD or Device button. Select the tracks you want to burn or transfer and the device you want to use. Start copying!

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8-3-16: Windows Media Player 9 Series: How-to for Beginners

Learning to use Windows Media Player 9 Series puts more flexibility and fun into your music collection. As long as you've got your own CDs, a computer with Windows XP, and this latest version of Windows Media Player, you're ready to play, organize, transfer, and enjoy music on your computer. The how-to articles featured in this section offer step-by-step advice to get you started.

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/windowsmediaplayer/getstarted/default.asp

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8-3-17: Windows Media Player FAQ ( 2 - links)

Two of our Regulars, Kippy50 & xley provided the following links for WMP, hope you find them useful:

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/mp10/faq.aspx

http://www.nwlink.com/~zachd/pss/pss.html

 

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