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How to make your own CD interface?

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Hi, i want to make a CD interface. Then you insert CD to the CD-ROM aurotun.inf open file (cd_interface.exe). And there must be a form with names of programs, and then you click on one of the names (f:/Visual basic/setup.exe) it must open this file. What must i write (path to file)? open.file ("f:/Visual basic/setup.exe") or file.open ("f:/../..") or something like this? :) I think this is very simple question and answer will be very simple too.:) Thanks.
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by:appari
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better take relative path, relative to cd_interface.exe.
first get the path of cd_interface.exe by using app.path, (normally it will be root directory on CD) from there build your path to other exes.
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by:fantasy1001
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you can execute program with shell ("f:/Visual basic/setup.exe", vbnormalfocus)

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by:pg_india
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better u can use the dir,drive and file list boxes provided by VB

also if f:/ is not the default CD drive,,it can happen than there are more than 4/5 partition on the system and drive f is some hard disk and cd drive is g: or h:
with drive listbox u don't have any such problem....

just a suggestion
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by:fantasy1001
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I agreed with pg_india, you can also try to search for the first cdrom letter and then append to your program with example here: http://www.codeguru.com/vb/articles/2009.shtml

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by:Lycaon
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If you're interested in making your program a menu for the CD which automatically runs when the CD is inserted (as long as they have auto-insert notification turned on), you'd need to put the following text in autorun.inf in the ROOT of the CD.

[autorun]
open=YourProgram.exe
icon=YourProgram.exe,0

The ,0 speficies that the default icon of the program be used.

Then, you either need to make a list of all programs you want to display that're on the CD, or else search through all folders on the CD, and if the folder contains an EXE and a special marker file (say, ProgramName.lst) then the program will show up in the menu.  This sounds odd, but it enables you to create a standard menu program and drop it on any CD and immediately get a menu, without having to do anything more than add a marker file in a folder.

This is also a nice idea because you may have a folder full of exe's, but there is only one exe in that folder that you want on the menu.  In that case, simply create a file named WhatEverProgram.lst, and your CD menu program will be able to tell that you want that program displayed.

James
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