WMP 11 says it's ripping but there's nothing there

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by Ted W, Jun 7, 2007.

  1. Ted W

    Ted W Guest

    I've tried this on 2 different laptops - both running Vista and WMP 11. On
    the RIP tab and MORE OPTIONS, I set the format to MP3 and navigate to a
    different directory to store file. These values are saved and stored, but
    when I try to rip files, they're not used. In fact, files don't seem to be
    copied at all. I check the files on a CD that I want to copy, WMP goes
    through the process, but when I try to find them, there's nothing there. As
    long as the CD is in the drive, it will show up in the library, but after
    it's removed there's nothing there. Nothing. Help anyone?????
     
    Ted W, Jun 7, 2007
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  2. Tedd,

    When the rip occurs, does the status for each track actually say "Ripped
    to library"? If it doesn't say that then the files are not getting created.

    If there's a Red X, please click it and tell us what the error message says.
    Also click the Web Help button and tell us what the URL is that opens in the
    web browser.
     
    Mike Poz [MSFT], Jun 8, 2007
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  3. Ted W

    Ted W Guest

    Hi Mike...

    Yes, it says "Ripped to Library" and there are no X's - red or otherwise.
    The laptop is not connected to the internet. I'm not sure where to locate a
    'web help' icon. After I've gone through the rip process, the tracks show up
    in the library as 'unknown album', but this goes away as soon as the CD is
    ejected. I've selected a different directory - other than the default - to
    put the files in and nothing has ever gone there.

    Ideas???

    Ted

     
    Ted W, Jun 8, 2007
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  4. Ted,

    When you're in the library view, do you see a tree of nodes, "album",
    "artist", "songs" etc or do you just see the CD drive?

    If you just see the CD drive, click the Library tab across the top. After
    that, make sure that in the bar across the top, under the tabs and above the
    two arrows (<- ->) you see a musical note. If you don't see a musical note,
    select that icon and select "Music" from the dropdown menu.

    THen select the "Album" node, or "Songs" note.

    Do you see your ripped tracks with "Unknown Album" and "Unknown Track"
    format now?

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    Mike Poz [MSFT]
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    Mike Poz [MSFT], Jun 8, 2007
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  5. Ted W

    Ted W Guest

    Hi Mike...

    Well, I located the files I'd ripped by clicking on SONGS and ALBUM inside
    WMP. I still can't find them on the hard drive though. I'm sending them to
    this directory: "C:\Program Files\EmceePro" and according to the properties
    I'm seeing now, they're there but in UnknowArtist/UnknownAlbum folders. I
    want to be able to access these files using the EmceePro software. That's my
    whole purpose in this. I've gone into the File Explorer and selected Show
    Hidden Files/Folders, but I still can't see them. When I right-click on any
    of the songs and select 'open file location', I get a message saying
    'Location is not available'. How can I make it available?

    Ted

     
    Ted W, Jun 8, 2007
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  6. I'm going to be bluntly honest and tell you I have NO idea what's going on
    with your computer.

    Are you able to actually play the ripped tracks with the unknown data in WMP
    from the library?

    I found the program you're talking about (it's your software right?).

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    Mike Poz [MSFT], Jun 8, 2007
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  7. Ted W

    Ted W Guest

    Ok... I'm figuring out a little more Vista stuff here. It looks like an
    issue with the way Windows Explorer and Search use indexing. The tracks are
    showing up when I use EmceePro (my program) to access folders/files. So far
    I haven't been able to see the downloaded files using the Vista tools - even
    when I widen my search to everywhere. Any chance that there's a choice to
    ignore the indexing scheme? That's where the confusion and conflict are.

    Ted

     
    Ted W, Jun 8, 2007
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  8. Ahh, so you're not actually opening the Music folder and seeing the artist
    folders which contain album folders, which contain the music files, you're
    trying to figure out the search thing in Explorer.

    Trust me I'm *still* working on understanding how it works. It comes
    slowly. I'm just used to doing it the old fashioned way.

    Turning off indexing is really hand and it can be turned off if you need to
    turn it off but I'll actually bet what you really want is the older, XP style
    search, yes? Unfortunately that doesn't exist on Vista natively however you
    can do an advanced search. Press the F3 button and you'll get a search
    dialog. Near the top at the left you'll see an "Advanced Search" option.

    Click that and you get some new stuff to play with. If you want music,
    simply click the Music button in the same bar as the Advanced Search toggle.
    Then in Location, click the dropdown and select where you want to search,
    then press enter.

    Clicking Music will give you all audio file types on your system in your
    targeted search location.

    Does this help?

    And have you actually found your music and can you play it?

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    Mike Poz [MSFT]
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    Mike Poz [MSFT], Jun 8, 2007
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  9. Ted W

    Ted W Guest

    Why can't things just stay the same? <grin> Ok... I guess I have something
    new to learn. I handle probably 5 to 10 help calls a week that I'm going to
    have to get smarter before I can answer. With XP, I could do it on the road
    without a computer, but now that Vista's around I can only do that when I'm
    in front of a machine. For an old bald guy, I'm getting pretty good at this.

    Thanks for your help, Mike... and yes, I can locate and play my files now.

    Ted

     
    Ted W, Jun 8, 2007
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  10. I know how you feel, I'm an old bald guy too, and sometimes change just for
    the sake of change isn't good.

    Good luck!

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    Mike Poz [MSFT]
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    Mike Poz [MSFT], Jun 8, 2007
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