July 6th, 2005



BTW, watch this space. Mondovino is released on DVD next week; watch out for a Friday after work BYOB wine slosh + viewing party Real Soon Now.

Dear Music Industry: Fuck off

Ticket Answered: : Foo Fighters-In Your Honor (Electric) [020485]

From: techsupport@sunncomm.com

Your ticket 020485 has been Answered

Hi Christopher, thank you for contacting us. We appreciate your purchase of the Foo Fighters CD and apologize for any inconvenience.

Please note that in order to fit a second session with bonus features onto the CD we had to make a compromise on the encoding size for the music files. However, the allowed bitrate (128kbps) has been deemed to be acceptable by the music industry. We are currently working on a version of the software that will allow a higher bitrate in the future.

Please let us know if we can assist you further.

Thank you,
SunnComm Tech Support

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Note to self: try this

Follow these additional steps to disable MediaMax:

Select the SbcpHid driver from the Device Manager list and click "Properties" from the Action Menu.

Click the Driver tab and click the Stop button to disable the driver.

Set the Startup Type to "Disabled" using the dropdown list.

With the driver stopped, you can verify that the same applications copy every track successfully. Setting the Startup Type to disabled prevents MediaMax from restarting when the computer is rebooted. It will remain deactivated until LaunchCD.exe is allowed to run again.
Equivalently, executing the following commands from the Command Prompt will deactivate MediaMax:

net stop sbcphid
del %systemroot%\system32\drivers\sbcphid.sys


SunnComm is the company responsible for copy protection on the Foo Fighters CD, and it looks like sbcphid is the service they auto-install upon insertion of the CD. This is yet another reason to not run as root, er, with admin privs, on an XP box.

I haven't tried this out yet, but certainly will do so at home tonight.

How to rip the new Foo Fighters CD

1. Hold down the Shift key while you insert the CD.
2. If you get the EULA dialog box, close it. If you didn't get the EULA dialog, skip to step 6.
3. If you got the EULA dialog box, open a command prompt [Start | Run | type 'cmd' | Enter]
4. At the command prompt, type net stop sbcphid and press Enter
5. At the command prompt, type del %systemroot%\system32\drivers\sbcphid.sys and press Enter
6. Rip it.

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