Win9x

Oliver Valencia

Using cdrtfe on Windows 9x/ME

cdrtfe should be usable on Windows 98/ME. At least there haven't been any changes that intentionally break the compatibility to these operating systems. However, during the development there is no possibility to test cdrtfe on a real Windows 98/ME system, only on a virtual machine, which doesn't allow to test all functions before a release. So, unexpected problems can occur.

Following limitations and potential problems are known:

Windows 95:

cdrtfe will not work on Windows 95.

Installation:

Under Windows 98/ME the Windows Installer Package (*.msi) cannot be used. The exe installer, the portable version and the zip archive work without restrictions.

ASPI driver:

The SCSI Passthrough Interface (SPTI) doesn't exist under Windows 98/ME. So cdrtfe needs a working ASPI driver (ASPI = Advanced SCSI Programming Interface) which allows the access to the drives. If cdrtfe cannot find the CD/DVD/BD drive or a bluescreen (BSoD) occurs when cdrtfe is started or cdrecord is run manually ('cdrecord -scanbus'), then this may be caused by a problem with the ASPI driver.

In this case the ASPI driver from Windows should be replaced. There a several alternative drivers, e.g. from Adaptec or Nero. For use under Windows 98/ME the Adaptec ASPI driver 4.60 is recommended, which can be installed using the package ForceAspi 1.8.

cygwin:

Some of the commandline programs used by cdrtfe need DLLs from the cygwin environment, especially the cygwin1.dll. cdrtfe provides this DLL in version 1.5.25, which usually works on Windows 98/ME. In some cases this version causes problems (like BSoD when starting cdrtfe or executing a project). If this is the case, an older version of the cygwin DLLs based on cygwin 1.5.14 can be used. These DLLs can be downloaded from the cdrtfe website (http://cdrtfe.sourceforge.net/tools/index_en.html). All three DLLs (cygwin1.dll, cygiconv-2.dll, cygintl-3.dll) have to be replaced. They are located in the cdrtfe program folder in the subfolder tools\cygwin.


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