Windows XP pro SP2
Pentium 4, 2.8 GHZ, 1 GHZ Ram
DVD RW drive â€“ ASUS DRW-22B1S
Iâ€™ve just started trying to learn how to backup some of my movies and have spent several days downloading programs and reading forums on various processes. I donâ€™t know a lot about computer mechanics so a lot of the terminology that Iâ€™ve read in the posts is meaningless to me. Iâ€™ve checked the FAQs and perused the posts and have not seen any that describe my particular problem although some were similar.
Problem: I cannot backup Smallville (Season 1) w/DVDFab 126.96.36.199 or DVD Shrink. Backup failed with Blackhawk Down using DVD Fab.
My Attempts: (Smallville) I started trying to backup Smallville Season 1, disk 1 with DVD Shrink coupled with DVD43. It had some problems reading and verifying but after many different tries I got it on hard drive. When I tried watching the file created on computer it would open, start playing, jump to several different screens and go back to the menu. The movie menu and the audio were all in French!
I came to this site and spent several days searching and reading and it appears that a lot of folks have had success using DVDFab. I downloaded the 30 day free trial Platinum version from the .com site (not the .net site) and tried it. I had to uninstall DVD43 but other than that saw no problems
I ran the decrypter in Full mode and after about 5 minutes it gave me an error message and asked if I wanted to ignore errors. I checked ignore all errors and it started running, over and over. After about 45 minutes I shut it down and ran it in Main Movie mode. I got the same error and after checking the ignore error box let it run. After more than 2 hours I checked and it was still running, over and over. I used the same drive to play the movie from disk and it played fine.
The DVD Fab log reads:
Info for drive [E:] (DVDFab Platinum 188.8.131.52)
Drive region: 1
Disc is not opened.
Checked Disk: Having read some of the problems encountered by others I checked the disk surface under 8X magnification for damage. It was pristine, not a scratch, smudge or even any lint on it. I then ran it through Nero Speed scan:
Nero DiscSpeed: Disc Info
Disc type: : DVD-ROM
Capacity: : 7.65 GB
: 7838 MB
: 8219449344 bytes
Layers : 2
Layer break : 3.92 GB
Track path : OTP
Copyright protection : CSS/CPPM
Region(s) : 1 - 2 - 3 - 4
Physical Format Information (00h)
0000 - 01 02 31 10 00 03 00 00 00 FB 75 5A 00 22 63 FF - ..1.......uZ."c.
0010 - 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 - ................
Iâ€™ve only played this disk a couple times (its been in and out of my computer more now than my DVD players) and it plays perfectly so I donâ€™t think itâ€™s a problem with a damaged disk.
(Smallville Disk 2): I tried backing up Disk 2. DVD Fab ran fine, no errors and went through the copy/burn process. I tried playing the disk in 2 players and it didnâ€™t work. It would read for about 3 minutes before bringing up the menu screen, then when I hit play it just stopped and wouldnâ€™t go any further.
(Blackhawk Down) When Smallville failed I tried backing up Black Hawk Down in DVD Fab. I ran through the copy and burn process and it appeared fine. When I tried to play disk, It flashed to the menu then quit.
I ran the Blackhawk files created by DVD Fab through DVD shrink, authored for Main movie and ran compression for DVD5 (I was tired of wasting $1.50 on DL disks). I ran the files through FixVTS then burned to 4.7 disk with ImageBurn. It played fine.
Iâ€™ve successfully backed up War of the Worlds and Alien and they work so I donâ€™t think the problem is my ASUS drive.
Any thoughts on what Iâ€™m doing wrong or what the problem is with DVD Fab or anything else would be very much appreciated. I really want to find something that works (and that I can work) before I shell out any cash so software suggestions would also be appreciated.