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I came across a weird issue tonight with the Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel for Windows XP when I went to mount a DVD iso – it wouldn’t mount (Mount Failed) even after restarting the service and re-loading the device driver. Other DVD iso’s mounted just fine before it dawned on me that this particular iso had a really long file name (73 chars). I shortened it down to about 15 chars and it then mounted just fine.

I didn't find anything about this during a very quick search, so I’m posting this tip out here for others who might run across this issue and to remind myself in case I run across it again – if you get a Mount Failed in the Virtual CD tool, just try shortening the file name if it’s long!
Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2008 10:28 PM Tips and Tricks | Back to top


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Nice post Lou.

These types of posts help us all keep our sanity, when... strikes!

Cheers,

Karl
Left by Karl Shifflett on Jan 04, 2008 4:44 AM

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Thanks for the post .. saved me a few mins before I would figure it out myself ..

Cheers,
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romil
Left by Romil on Feb 08, 2008 6:17 PM

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Glad it helped you! :)
Left by Lou on Feb 11, 2008 1:49 PM

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thx dude..was going nuts trying to figure this out
Left by yerrs on Mar 14, 2008 5:48 AM

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Thanks, I was trying to figure this out forever!
Left by RobScott on May 21, 2008 4:44 PM

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My thanks as well. I couldn't figure this out until I came across this post. Cheers!
Left by tehcdrom on Jul 19, 2008 10:45 AM

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I found that using the file's DOS 8.3 format short name worked around the problem. That way, I didn't have to rename the original file.

1. Use "dir /x" to obtain the short name.

2. When using "VcdControlTool", after you click "Mount", enter the short name in the "File name" field, instead of clicking on the file.
Left by Matt Seitz on Aug 27, 2008 7:29 PM

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Awesome! Very helpfull. Thanks very much, I just ran into this one myself. Post made my day.
Left by Knight on Dec 21, 2008 8:26 PM

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FYI... The dislike for long filename applies to the folder(s) containing the ISO file as well
Left by Mingo Jones on Apr 02, 2009 12:14 PM

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This has been driving me crazy for weeks. I should have googled you sooner! :)
Left by Rick B. on May 22, 2009 4:29 PM

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thanks, you save me a lot of time
Left by no on Jun 18, 2009 5:48 PM

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perfect...thanks for posting this!
Left by Jay on Aug 14, 2009 7:57 AM

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thanks man, it saved me restarting my pc and cursing it to the depths of hell.
Left by vanz on Aug 24, 2009 10:37 PM

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Execellent!!!

You are master
Left by Hashish on Sep 07, 2009 9:22 AM

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Thaaaanks

And as Mingo Jones said, the folder containing the ISO file should also be short
Left by ammar on Oct 03, 2009 11:21 AM

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Thank you much, this worked and saved me a ton of time. I too had a really long name and shortening the name fixed it right away.

Left by Jacquize on Dec 01, 2009 2:32 PM

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Thanks a million tonnes man!!! :)
Left by surath on Jan 31, 2011 4:44 AM

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Thank You SO much for this bit of information. I have no idea how anyone would be able to just know this info. Thank you so much
Left by Josh Kurz on Feb 09, 2011 10:21 PM

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This did it, thanks!
Left by ChrisRDBA on May 19, 2011 11:28 AM

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OMG!! You saved me big time by not having to re-download this one .iso. I thought the file was corrupted, but all I had to do was shorten the file name and it worked!! :)
Left by Sergio on Oct 30, 2011 1:17 AM

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Hey man thank you, have a nice day
Left by Lee on May 31, 2012 7:49 AM

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Thanks buddy
Left by Hordad on Oct 24, 2013 9:33 AM

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Thanks man
Left by Hordad on Oct 24, 2013 9:36 AM

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Thank you for this. Added a comment to the Virtual CD-Rom Control Panel download page so maybe others won't fall into this trap.
Left by Dave on Jan 25, 2014 6:58 PM

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