he does seem a wee bit touchy that I should dare to cast aspersions on "his" software..... but you're right, of course, I've noticed people do tend to lose their perspective somewhat when they are too close to something.
Unfortunately, I'm not mistaken. Both proggies are burnt to a cd-r/w (my normal practice with large downloads) and I simply used "run", browsed to the .exe and that's it. Pretty foolproof, I think you'll agree. If it is another proggie, I have absolutely no idea what it could be, I've never seen this particular screen come up before.
And it's consistent, it does it each time.
(Just so you don't think I'm a complete novice and don't know what I'm talking about, I started with a C64, way back when, and progressed, if that's the word, from there. In my time I've built modems, designed and built eprom burners so I could hack OS's, purely out of curiosity, of course, and designed and built a hard drive interface for my Amiga - that was a real headache, the data did not want to travel on any cable longer than 75mm, lots of buffer/drivers needed for that one!
Among other things )
Anyhow, this thread has become rather irrelevant, as I've lost interest in these programmes. I doubt very much whether MJ will do anything that DVD2svcd can't do, and that proggie does a great job. And I must add that any problems I had, and there were a few, were promptly and cheerfully answered by ChickenMan and/or others on his forum.
And I make NO apologies for being a bit paranoid about unknown programmes trying to use MY computer to access the 'net!
Thanks again damiandimitri and Hemispasm.