[bct] Re: problems with CD rom drive

  • From: Farhan Khan <Farhan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: Lukas Loehrer <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 19 May 2006 09:08:59 -0500

hello, what your talking about is rootkits. Sony rootkits
This practice that sony is doing to there cd's make them very unsecure and 
possibly dangerous to you.
1. The rootkit onceincstalled hides the cd drive, effectivly using a dolar sign 
to hide it.
2. a hacker could exployt this vonerability by going in to your machine if you 
don't have a firewall or router, and running a patch that could potentially 
hide all your important operating system files.
So my personal thoughts?
Don't buy cd's anymore, or at least not from sony.
You can find more information on http://sysinternals.com or do a google search 
for rootkit revealers.
ON 5/19/2006 at 9:04 Lukas Loehrer said

Hi Missy,

one reason why cd ripping may not work under windows is that some copy
protected audio cd has manipulated your machine in such a way that
ripping is disabled. What they will do is as soon as you put in the
cd, they will try to install some modified drivers on your machine via
the windows audorun mechanism. Usually, they will tell you that for
this cd to work properly, some additional software was needed and ask
you to agree to some licence agreement. Sometimes, I think it is also
done quietly.

This is just a guess. Also, I am not sure how you can find out, if you
are affected by this. Maybe some anti-spyware program can detect the
changes. Maybe someone else has some more insight into this.

It is surely a good idea not to consume any media (audio cds or dvds)
as Administrator and disabling autorun altogether may be advisable

As for combining small mp3 files into one, there is the program
mp3wrap that lets you do that. It is free and works from the command
line, but is easy to use.

The direct download link for the windows version is:

Best regards, Lukas

Missy Hoppe writes ("[bct] problems with CD rom drive"):
> Hello, all. I'm experiencing a really weird computer-related problem, and 
> I'm hoping that it's something that can be easily fixed.
> I was going to try and rip some of my books on CD to audio so that I could 
> send them to my bookport. I don't have any dedicated CD ripping software 
> because I haven't found anything accessible to use under Windows XP yet. 
> Anyway, to make a long story a bit shorter, I tried to investigate the CD 
> reading options in goldwave, and it said their was an error. It wasn't any 
> more specific than that, but no matter what I tried, it wouldn't do 
> anything with the CD I had in my drive. Similarly, I tried putting a CD in 
> to see if perhaps Windows Media player would rip it for me, and it also had 
> an error. Neither program would tell me specificly what the problem was, 
> but it would seem that for whatever mysterious reason, I'm not able to rip 
> CDs. Windows Media Player would play a CD, but that was about it.
> Any ideas? Am I somehow missing some driver files or something? Windows 
> Media player was ripping CDs for me a couple weeks back, but naturally, at 
> that time, I hadn't thought of the idea of trying to put some of my audio 
> CD books into MP3 format for the bookport.
> Does anyone know how I might go about fixing this problem, or I suppose a 
> better question might be, does anyone know the best software I can use for 
> the purpose described above? Ideally, I'd like to make a single mp3 file 
> from all the tracks of each individual CD; that way, a book such as one of 
> the Harry Potter books would consist of 24 mp3 files rather than tons of 
> really little files. Any assistance any of you can provide in this 
> situation would be extremely appreciated.
> Thank you all very much for reading this, and I hope that everyone is 
> having a great day.
> Missy 

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