Nero DiscSpeed: Another chain tying me to Windows


#21

@cordx It is in ProgramFiles (x86), under Nero -> Nero 11 -> DiscSpeed.exe

While you’re at it, would it make a difference using PlayonLinux? It is just a front end, but it may do other things to get it right.


#22

@cliffsloane Considering the amount of work you already put into this, I don’t see much against trying it out, at least.


#23

after @ElectricDandySlider mentioned playonlinux, i wondered the same thing. full disclaimer: i am no wine (and by extension playonlinux) expert. i have only tinkered with wine a few times in the past. i just thought it would be interesting to see. a fun puzzle :slight_smile: that being said, neither version (wine alone or playonlinux with wine) worked for me at all. under both circumstances add/remove programs shows that it is installed:

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but the exe does not exist in system32:

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as well as no entries in program files (x86):

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it has been a while since i spent any time in windows. those are the only places i could recall to try and launch from. if you can think of anything else, feel free to let me know.


#24
C:\Users\Username\AppData\Local
C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming
C:\Program Files
C:\Program Files (x86)
C:\ProgramData

#25

got my hopes up. programdata actually has a nero folder. it just happens to be empty.


#26

should have finished that thought. neither program files or (x86) had anything other than ms and common files, but thanks for the options.


#27

I added 2 possible locations.


#28

Where the Wild Files Are.


#29

also good options. users was one of the first folders i dug through when i realized there was no (easily) discernible icon or exe to double click. if not for the entry in add/remove and the one folder in programdata, i don’t see any evidence that nero is there at all. there is a temp folder with some nero-related msi files, but it just doesn’t appear that they get built.

it was a longshot to begin with i think since winehq has little to say about playing nice with any particular iteration of nero, but worth a look i think.


#30


#31

unfortunately none of those exist in the windows subsystem that wine builds.


#32

@cliffsloane I have some advanced try you could execute. I don’t know if it would work, but it’s definitely way better than anything we have right now to solve this issue.

Get this.

I hope this is not only included in the Pro version, that I know to be able to use it the way I propose:
Install Nero DiscSpeed on Windows within a virtual environment ( I personally usually use the Comodo Containment for testing something of this kind ) through Revo Uninstaller which will track all files that Nero is installing. Then pack all the files into a .zip, transfer said .zip into your wine environment, extract the .zip, emulating the install locations from your actual Windows and then run DiscSpeed.exe, or whichever is the correct one.

P.S.: I would use your old DiscSpeed version, not the newest one, because a lot of software has become incompatible with the newest Windows versions and most new software that works on the newest Windows version has a lot of trouble or does not work on older Windows versions, at all. As far as I know, Wine relies on simulating a relatively old Windows type of environment.

P.P.S.: If you want to make this approach even more advanced but also even more tedious, then you can do the whole procedure within a VM containing Windows XP.


If all that still does not work, I would check out how Wine actually works and what people do to make software work on it. Again, tedious, but I think it is worth it, especially because it apparently seems like there is currently no known Linux alternative to this software with its capabilities.


#33

this was my next thought.


#34

Best idea so far! I still have old XP discs with a valid key, as though that would be an issue.

@Akito, any idea is to be compared to plain ole dual booting, which is guaranteed to work (mostly) perfectly.
But the VirtualBox idea may be the one to try.


#35

No need to waste valid keys in a VM.

Do you mean just using VB to install it normally or still trying to do the Wine thing? The annoying thing with VMs is the unnecessary overhead.


#36

I’m thinking of a VM running XP and then installing DiscSpeed in that. The simplest route, perhaps.

I have wasted too much time tinkering with WINE to think of that as an option. Either a dual-boot or a VM would be far easier.


#37

Okay, well, I thought this wasn’t the goal, because that could’ve been done in the first place. :sweat_smile:


#38

“The first place” is that I just can’t get away from Windows if I want to use DiscSpeed. And lo! that is exactly what this whole discussion has verified.


#39

before you mentioned xp, i was wondering if a new copy of 7 or 8 would have to be purchased to work the vm angle. xp is a great workaround.


#40

There is probably a way to make it work, it’s just tedious to do so.