I've just installed Bonkenc. When I run it up, I get the message :
Access to the CDROM was denied by Windows. Please contact your administrator
to be granted the right to access the CD-ROM drive.
I'm logged in as an ordinary user to a windows XP workstation. The CDROM
isn't shared in any sense. What on earth does this message mean?
Any help would be appreciated.
By default, Windows XP restricts CD-ROM access to users with administrator privileges so BonkEnc will not be able to access CD-ROM drives when run under an ordinary user account. To fix this, follow these steps:
After changing that option, a reboot may be required.
BonkEnc should start without the error message now and should be able to access the CD-ROM drives.
I'm getting the same error message using Windows 7 Home Premium, even when I'm logged on as administrator.
When I go to Control Panel->Administrative Tools, there is no link to Local Security Policy
Where can I find this, so I can use freac to rip cds?
Any help appreciated
This should not be an issue on Windows 7, so I wonder why it would deny CD-ROM access to fre:ac for you.
The Local Security Policy entry does not exist on Windows 7 Home Premium. It is available on Professional editions of Windows only. However, I don't think this is the problem here anyway. Still, you can try to use a tool like Nero BurnRights to change that setting. It's available for free download from Nero's website. I don't know if it will work on Windows 7 Home Premium, though.
A more likely possibility might be some application or service running in background and locking the drive for exclusive access. Please check that first.
Sorry for my ignorance, but how do I go about checking that?
I should have said that the disc drive is working normally otherwise - it's only when I run fre:ac that I get the error message.
I've tried Nero Burnrights, but it made no difference.
I've also had a look through services, but can't see anything that might relate to this problem.
It seems that access was being denied not by Windows, but by Comodo firewall..
I tried uninstalling freac and reinstalling it, and noticed that Comodo was sandboxing it - after I told it not to freac started working properly
Great! I'm glad you solved it. Thanks for reporting the solution here!
Thanks for that. After a reboot, it works well.
I'm just a little puzzled as to why it's necessary to do that. Other utils
I have access the cdrom without changing the local security policy?
BTW, I very much like the no-nonsense, clean interface. Seems
to work well too.