I'm using Windows 2000 - and now I've got just too many - for my own liking - CD/CD-R(W) drivers !!
2 days ago, I used the "Windows Update" utility to upgrade Windows Media Player - from 7.0 to 7.1.
When I rebooted, there came this message up that Elby/CloneCD's "Sanity Check" had detected something "bad" in CD-ROM Class, and it had now fixed this problem. I can't remember exactly the words, but I think that was the essence.
Well, as I had no idea of what that had happened, I just went along as usual.
But, when I later burned a image with Nero, I got coasters 3 times in a row, even when I rebooted yhe pc inbetween - which have helped before. Lastly, I burned the image with CDRWin at 4x, and this time it was ok.
(I'm not sure if these coaster issues has anything to do with the topic - all has happened on the same brand of CD-R's: "Smartbuy" - the cheapest, worst CD-R's that's available here in Norway - I won't buy any more of those)
Well, to the topic:
As I studied the log from Nero, I noticed that after WMP 7.1 had been installed - I had got 2 more drivers, making a total of 5:
File 'Drivers\CDR4_2K.SYS': Ver=2.5 (089), size=52720 bytes, created 02.03.2001 20:55:54
File 'Drivers\CDRALW2K.SYS': Ver=1.00 (1030), size=22585 bytes, created 02.03.2001 20:55:54
File 'Drivers\ASPI32.SYS': Ver=4.71 (0002), size=16877 bytes, created 17.07.2002 08:53:02
File 'WNASPINT.DLL': Ver=V1.17, size=55808 bytes, created 19.09.2002 00:00:00
File 'Drivers\Ultra.sys': Ver= 1.60 (Build 33), size=37338 bytes, created 19.09.2000 11:58:54 (Adapter driver for rec)
The new ones, CDR4_2K.SYS and CDRALW2K.SYS have I now traced to WMP 7.1's cd-recording option:
C:\Program Files\Adaptec\Shared\ECDC Engine\wmburn.exe
I don't like all these drivers!
It's bad enough with RealOnePlayer's drivers - but they are at least hidden inside a \Real\ subfolder, so only Real itself is affected by them. So does CDRWin, if I've understood it correctly.
But Adaptec, no, they must place theirs inside
- making sure every application will have to deal with them... [xx(]
There can't be any need for this?
I will never use WMP to burn a cd - therefore I won't need the ECDC Engine either.
But - I would like to be able to play some files with WMP 7.1 !
I've been using the good, old MP 6.4 - and also MP 5.0 (for it's frame-by-frame options) - but lately,
I've discovered that some files/formats/codecs seem to play *much* better on WMP 7.0 than on MP 6.4 -
DivX movies, ASF and WMV - among others. Therefore the WMP 7.0 -> WMP 7.1 upgrade.
I seem to recall that when I installed WMP 7.0, I had the option to decide if I wanted WMP to record cd's or not ?
I've checked inside the registry - and this is what I found:
If I translate from hex:
LowerFilters = ElbyCDFL - I guess this was the one the "Sanity Check" "fixed" ...?
UpperFilters = Cdralw2k - but this one is the work of the ECDC Engine
To summarize - I have this question :
Is there a way to make the ECDC disappear, with its 2 drivers and registry entries - without removing the whole WMP 7.1 ?