Here You will find answers to commonly asked questions. It would be great if You checked here before asking me...
|Frequently Asked Questions|
When will you release new version of Frying Pan?
Actually it is not a question I can answer.. Development of this program depends mainly on my free time; for now I can only say:
1. the development is not suspended ;).
2. all good things to those who wait ;).
What are the restrictions of demo version? Can I burn anything with it?
No, actually not. Version 0.4 will no longer let You write data in real mode; instead drive will make an attempt to burn Your discs in test mode. Another limitation is that reading & writing is limited to a minimum speed. This restrictions include burning, erasing and other actions that will modify Your CD / DVD contents as well as any action that will access your drive in any way, even speed probing.
As far as the demo version does not allow You to burn data to disc, You still can use it as data extractor. For more information concerning this topic check other subpages on this site :).
Burning ISO images||
I have here an iso image file xxxxxx.iso. How do I burn it?
It is in fact very simple, but people confuse two basic things: disc image constructor is not the place where You put iso images. To burn ISO files open data/audio tracks and add it there; if file is read properly, it's type should be set to ISO.
Now - go to the Write page, enable "cooked data/audio tracks", disable "on-the-fly images" and click Write.
What does writing in "Test Mode" mean?||
Some of You may be confused with this and say - "how could it write in test mode if my drive led blinks red?".. Answer is easy.
Writing in test mode mean that despite your drive behaves as if it was really writing the disc, the laser is turned off. In other words - there is no modification made to Your disc - in other words - everything is working as if the write process occured, except that the final step (medium modification) never occurs.
What is the difference between DVD + and - standards?||
The difference is enormous. IMO "+" media are an epoch ahead of "-". I will present just a few differences that may make You think a bit more about "+" standard when choosing media:
+: Mt Reinier ready. It means that there is no need to play with opening and closing a session.
+: Rewritable medium is random writable - that makes advantages and disadvantages: DVD+RW acts as a single 4.7G floppy disc.
+: Rewritable medium requires no formatting or erasing except for the very first time you use it.
+: Buffer underrun never actually occurs with these media (this comes as a result of above mentioned features).
+: No session allocation occurs - in other words, if writing gets interrupted for some reason, You can easily continue writing it (+RW) or add new session later (+R), having the whole remaining space for your use.
-: Two different acting (RW), based upon blanking method (format or erase) - DAO or Packet discs which are handled in totally different way.
-: Formatted media require special treating for re-writing drive sectors; only advantage of packet discs is the possibility to grow session with files (which is intended to act as a Mt Reinier ready medium).
-: If writing is interrupted by loss of power Your recordable disc occupies the whole space "as if it was written" (even if the writing had just begun); Re-Writable media can get seriously damaged (blanking or formatting such medium may no longer be possible).
-: Big number of buffer underruns may cause your disc to be partially or totally useless.
-: Certain drives require either one time full formatting/blanking or even performing such actions every time you want to change the type of your disc.
-: DVD-R(W) media are slower (very few drives can burn - media at same speed as +, even less do it faster, provided there are any) and more faulty from what i have tested.