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DVD burning-shrink/decryptor & Nero

  1. I am having difficulty w/ creating a DVD.
I downloaded (several times) Shrink & Decrypter.

Decryptor would stop part way through w/ a message:
  • I/O Error Slimtype DVD a A58a1HWH66 (E:) (ATA) Status 0x02 inter[retation: read (10) sector: 863237

It will then continue to download.

Then when I attempt to burn on shrink it says there is not file. I go to the file and IT'S THERE! (I checked the file name many times)

What is the problem? How can it be fixed? (please say "easy"!)

*The original disc I am using was one made by Shrink on another computer. It plays just fine in a DVD player (but not on my computer). Is this a factor?

  1. I attempt to set up Nero through a trial program. It stops after what appears to be downloading and will not run. I called the company and they just said "some computers do that"! They would not offer any other explanation. Can this be cured? If not do you have another recomendation for a simular trial (or free) program that is the same?
  2. When people send me short videos by email they will not open w/ a message about "ActiveX" problem saying there is not a program associated w/ it.(They have zero problem on their end). I started to download a ActiveX program till I was told there are many fake & dangerous downloads w/ this name on it. Is there a safe one you can recommend?
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I suggest u make use of nero 7.0 if your dvd rom is a new one

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