by Steve Lopez

All of our playing programs as well as ChessBase 8 will infrequently ask for a CD check. There is a definite procedure for this and I thought it was fairly simple, but I've talked to a few folks who've had problems with it -- so it's time to do a quick step-by-step on the proper way to perform a CD check.

When you start one of the programs, you'll see the CD check dialogue pop up once in a while. Here are the steps to follow when you see it appear; do these in order:

  1. If the program CD isn't already in the drive, put the CD for that program in the drive, and make sure it is the CD that the program is asking for (if it asks to see the Fritz6 CD, don't put in the ChessBase 8 CD, put in the Fritz6 CD. I know that may sound obvious, but you'd be surprised at the number of people I've talked to who think that you can toss in the latest John Mellencamp CD and do a successful CD check. Go figure...)
  2. There is a box that shows the letter designation of your CD drive. Make sure that this letter is correct. In about 90-95% of the cases I've encountered in which the CD check fails (and in which all other steps have been done correctly), this is the culprit: the user has the wrong drive letter typed in the box. If you're unsure what letter is that of your CD drive, you can double-click on the "My Computer" icon on your Windows desktop, look for the icon that's a little picture of a CD, and the letter will appear in brackets beside it.
  3. Click the "Check" button. This is where you tell the program to actually perform the CD check. After a few moments, you'll see the phrase in the dialogue box change to read "Thanks!" -- this means that the CD check has been successfully completed.
  4. After the dialogue reads "Thanks!", you can click "OK" to clear the dialogue and proceed on into the program.

That's really all there is to it. However, in a few rare cases you might run into a situation in which the program asks to see the CD everytime you start it. A user discovered the remedy for this quite by accident and sent it in. However, I have a mind like a sieve and forgot who it was -- my humblest apologies to you; I thanked you via e-mail at the time and have since lost your original e-mail (not surprising, though, considering the volume of e-mail I receive daily). So I'll take this opportunity to say thanks again.

If you keep getting the CD check dialogue, the first thing to do is save your layout once you get into the program. For more information on layouts and how to save them, see the ETN for October 1, 2000.

Once you've saved the layout, go to the Tools menu and select "Factory settings". This will reset all of your program's settings to the way they appeared when the program was first installed. After you've done this, exit the program immediately.

Next, restart the program and perform the steps of the CD check as given above. Once the CD check is finished, go to the Window menu and select "Load layout" to reload the layout you'd previously saved. You may have to reset the font style and size, and the notation type, but your panes and board colors should appear as you'd left them when you saved the layout. After this you should be OK -- the program will still ask for an occasional CD check, but it won't happen every time you fire up the program.

Until next week, have fun!

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