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Old 06-14-2011, 07:14 PM   #1
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PRS-950 Sony reader library software won't run.

Is there a problem with the latest library software on the Sony site? Or with running it on windows XP? I've installed the software on computers several times before with zero problems. Not recently however, and this time it installs okay, or seems to, but then won't start up. I've rebooted, I've uninstalled it and done it over several times with reboots between each one. I've gone looking for kinoma files and removed them. Still won't run. What's the problem?
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Your antivirus? Try disabling it during install, and see if that makes a difference. Getting any error messages?
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Your antivirus? Try disabling it during install, and see if that makes a difference. Getting any error messages?
Nope, don't have any antivirus, and this is just a fresh install of XP. No error messages at all.
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Nope, don't have any antivirus.
You might want to change that.

Is your XP fully up to date with all service packs and other updates?
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You might want to change that.

Is your XP fully up to date with all service packs and other updates?
No, I never do that. Don't run any antivirus either. I only run windoze in a VMware or VirtualBox virtual machine under linux, and only use it for exactly three things -- the Sony Reader library software (and yes, I also use Calibre under linux, it works great, but I still need the Sony crapware), my interface for my Procyon light/sound machine, and a piece of somewhat expensive windoze software called "Mind Workstation". I've now actually got the Procyon software working with linux Wine, but the other two won't. So I need to use XP for those. No problem getting those to work -- what's wrong with the reader library? Does it need a port opened?
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Whoa, wait. Back up.

Run how you're running XP by me again, complete with all whatever virtualization software you're running it in, or however you're emulating it. Most of us Windows lemmings assume you're running it as your main OS unless you say otherwise, because that's how 90% of the world does it.

And you shouldn't need to open any ports, unless you have a router between you and the rest of the internet. Which I do, by the way, but no port opening was needed.
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I understand you don't want to install updates. However, the Sony software requires Service Pack 3. I used to run the Reader Library software in an XP virtual machine via VMware Fusion on a Mac.
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I understand you don't want to install updates. However, the Sony software requires Service Pack 3. I used to run the Reader Library software in an XP virtual machine via VMware Fusion on a Mac.
What she said. I'd guess that might be one of the reasons it won't work in Wine either.
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Whoa, wait. Back up.

Run how you're running XP by me again, complete with all whatever virtualization software you're running it in, or however you're emulating it. Most of us Windows lemmings assume you're running it as your main OS unless you say otherwise, because that's how 90% of the world does it.

And you shouldn't need to open any ports, unless you have a router between you and the rest of the internet. Which I do, by the way, but no port opening was needed.
Well, I do have a router, and it also has the latest OpenWRT (linux) OS, and has a pretty hefty firewall, which is why I asked about the ports. And I'm running VirtualBox on linux box (the latest Debian) and XP in that.
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Old 06-15-2011, 12:19 PM   #10
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I understand you don't want to install updates. However, the Sony software requires Service Pack 3. I used to run the Reader Library software in an XP virtual machine via VMware Fusion on a Mac.
Arggh, that's probably it then. So I'll have to figure out if I want to go through the hassles of upgrading this installation of XP (which gets me complaints from Mickysoft about my XP usage) or else just going through the hassle of figuring out how to strip the DRM off my sony bookstore purchases so I can use them in Calibre. Sigh -- decisions, decisions. Or maybe I'll just try to import the VMWare virtual machine installation of XP that I"ve got on another machine into VirtualBox. I think that can be done fairly easily. And that version is upgraded and has a running copy of the reader library software.
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Well, an easy way to find out if it is the ports is to just temporarily bypass the router. If that works, you know it's the ports. If it's not the ports... well, Sony isn't known for being forthcoming and helpful with anything that isn't exactly the way they intended things to run.

Did a quick search and found this thread... maybe helpful?
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Or you could go Windows 7.
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Gag! That would require even more system resources, and for what? Like I said, I only use windoze very occasionally and for only three programs. I totally hate even booting it up, it takes forever and a day.
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Well, an easy way to find out if it is the ports is to just temporarily bypass the router. If that works, you know it's the ports. If it's not the ports... well, Sony isn't known for being forthcoming and helpful with anything that isn't exactly the way they intended things to run.

Did a quick search and found this thread... maybe helpful?
Oh, thanks -- those look like some great alternatives. TinyXP might be just the ticket.
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