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KProbe2 v2.5.2 Available - Now Supports Blu-ray Testing!

Postby Ian on Thu Apr 29, 2004 11:40 am

At the request of the author, we've set up a KProbe mirror here at CDRLabs. You'll be able to get the latest versions of KProbe2 here.

http://www.cdrlabs.com/kprobe/index.php

4/29,2004 KProbe2 v2.1.0
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1. initial start error for external drives
2. Support chart combination
3. Added "Thanks" form
4. fix bug : average and total count won't change when delete highest value
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Thu Apr 29, 2004 12:19 pm

Any word on the DVD+RW scanning bug?
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Postby MediumRare on Thu Apr 29, 2004 1:35 pm

That's great news, Ian. :D No more need to go to CDFreaks for this. :wink:

Do you know if the author will be looking at discussions here or should we try to reach him via e-mail ?

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Postby Ian on Thu Apr 29, 2004 1:46 pm

I'm fairly certain he'll be reading your comments.
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Postby dhc014 on Thu Apr 29, 2004 2:34 pm

Ian wrote:I'm fairly certain he'll be reading your comments.

Yes, he's always looking to improve his software. Any comments/suggestions anywhere are always appreciated ;)
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Postby rdgrimes on Thu Apr 29, 2004 2:53 pm

dolphinius_rex wrote:Any word on the DVD+RW scanning bug?

That was fixed in 2.0.1
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Postby dodecahedron on Thu Apr 29, 2004 4:09 pm

cool.

thanks K :D
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Postby Bhairav on Thu Apr 29, 2004 11:56 pm

dolphinius_rex wrote:Any word on the DVD+RW scanning bug?


It was fixed in the second release. bichi2 and I had reported the error @ CDFreaks, and he changed it straight away. That's what I call service :D
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Fri Apr 30, 2004 3:37 am

It's too bad that K-Probe only works with LiteON DVD Burners. If he could get ahold of the info that Nero CD Speed and DVD Info Pro did, maybe the Author could make it compatible with Nutech's 082 drive as well :D
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Postby Wesociety on Sun May 02, 2004 10:36 am

dolphinius_rex wrote:...maybe the Author could make it compatible with Nutech's 082 drive as well :D

I don't think so since he works for LiteOn. :o
LiteOn wouldn't want to develop any enhancements for the competitor.
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Sun May 02, 2004 11:38 am

wesociety wrote:
dolphinius_rex wrote:...maybe the Author could make it compatible with Nutech's 082 drive as well :D

I don't think so since he works for LiteOn. :o
LiteOn wouldn't want to develop any enhancements for the competitor.


I wasn't sure if that was the case still.
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Postby aviationwiz on Sun May 02, 2004 12:33 pm

wesociety wrote:LiteOn wouldn't want to develop any enhancements for the competitor.


They don't even want to develop enhancements for thier own drives! :lol:
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Postby MediumRare on Sun May 02, 2004 1:32 pm

aviationwiz wrote:
wesociety wrote:LiteOn wouldn't want to develop any enhancements for the competitor.


They don't even want to develop enhancements for thier own drives! :lol:

I'm sure they have no objections to the diagnostics (C1/C2, PI/PO) that are of paramount importance to me (and others). There were other aspects (which I won't repeat here) that caused the problems.

Incidentally, KProbe works (at least to a certain extent) with some BTC drives. I'd try it on any burner using a MediaTek chipset, although it's probably a long shot.

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KProbe2 combined charts bug

Postby MediumRare on Sun May 02, 2004 5:10 pm

I'm posting this in the main KProbe2 thread. Ian- if you think it's inappropriate, feel free to move it.

I've been playing with KProbe2 a bit and want to pass on some positive surprises (in addition to "well known" new features) and a bug:
  • the speed for scanning is saved per disk type, e.g. CD: max, DVD: 1x is remembered, independent of the drive
  • the drive used for scanning is also remembered- this was an old wish on my part
  • KProbe2, unlike KProbe(1), refuses to scan CDR's in my DVD drive (LTD 163). This is a Good Thing, because it avoids misunderstandings.
  • KProbe2 and KProbe(1) coexist so well, that you can scan 2 discs simultaneously in 2 drives, one with each tool
  • and I just tried 2 instances of KProbe2 simultaneously, one per drive, and that works too
  • the new option to combine the 2 charts is really nice. To resize the combined chart to the size of one partial chart, just tweak any edge of the window- the size of the chart snaps into place

Many thanks Karr!!!

The bug is related to the combined charts (only for DVD's as far as I can tell, CD's combine fine). I scanned a dual layer pressed DVD (which KProbe couldn't handle) with my DVD-ROM drive because I don't have a DVD burner (yet). The bug also shows on a normal DVD+R.
Here is the scan with separate charts:
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and here is the combined chart:

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The PO values seem to be OK, but the PI Sum 8 values are compressed into the first 15% (roughly) of the combined chart. This can also be seen on the scale. The second labeled value 1ED017h is too large: it falls between the 6th and 7th values (19CE06h and 1FE1B0h). The labels should be increasing monotonically.

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Postby Scour on Mon May 03, 2004 4:31 pm

Hello!

Works this tool with other DVD-burners like BTC?

Ian tested thze Aopen Combo (BTC) and here it worked
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Postby Halc on Tue May 04, 2004 12:46 pm

I haven't been following kProbe/BTC testing.

Can anybody report if kProbe results look anywhere reliable on BTC drives?

Not having developed the software I don't know if just the chipset is enough to guarantee accuracy (relative, I know) of scans, so that's why I'm asking.

I'm eager to ditch my LiteOn (yes, even for BTC) :)
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Wed May 12, 2004 2:28 am

here's an interesting comparison run between LiteON drives and a SA300 system:
http://www.cdrinfo.com/forum/tm.asp?m=6 ... ey=&#66785

it looks like perhaps testing is best done at max speed with a LiteON 811s?
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Postby Halc on Fri May 14, 2004 6:08 am

Thanks dolphinius!
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Postby code65536 on Fri Jun 25, 2004 5:24 pm

How did this slip under the Labs and Freaks radar?
http://www.cdrinfo.com/forum/tm.asp?m=70454
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Postby dhc014 on Fri Jun 25, 2004 5:42 pm

Wow. Unexpected to say the least.
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Fri Jun 25, 2004 6:15 pm

code65536 wrote:How did this slip under the Labs and Freaks radar?
http://www.cdrinfo.com/forum/tm.asp?m=70454


:wink:

Funny how CDRinfo has both K-Probe *AND* DVDInfoPro working very closely with them now... this even surprised me!
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Postby code65536 on Fri Jun 25, 2004 6:22 pm

dolphinius_rex wrote:Funny how CDRinfo has both K-Probe *AND* DVDInfoPro working very closely with them now... this even surprised me!


Starting to sound a bit fishy. There are some questions as to whether or not Sobal even got it legitimately... well, we'll see in due time. ;)
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Postby dhc014 on Fri Jun 25, 2004 6:54 pm

KProbe is not working with CDRinfo. As you can see in the Info, KProbe is not associated with any organization. I don't really think that any site can claim to be an "official KProbe site". Karr is in touch with Sobal who started cdrlab.pl (nice name choice :-?) Whether or not this was supposed to be released is questionable since Sobal has also posted some other things that he probably should not have. Anything to get visitors, I guess. I don't see any way that it could've been obtained illegitimately though.
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Postby Ian on Fri Jun 25, 2004 9:38 pm

This sounds a little fishy to me as well. I know for a fact that Sobal has claimed to work for Lite-On's support in Poland and to be one of the programmers behind KProbe. Judging by this release, he obviously has access to the source code.

Gotta love how we now have "official" websites for software thats not affiliated with anyone. It's sad how some people will do anything to make a buck. :roll:
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Postby Ian on Fri Jun 25, 2004 10:04 pm

Just an FYI.. I talked to Karr tonite and it is an official release. Sobal asked for a new version a couple of days ago and Karr sent it to him. He hasn't had time to send it to us or CD Freaks.

We now have it available here:

http://www.cdrlabs.com/files/KP2Setup.exe
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