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There must be a way to MANUALLY run the Sandisk U3 flash drive autoplay!

 
 
Sherry Morris
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      09-12-2008
On Fri, 12 Sep 2008 13:27:04 -0700, Sherry Morris wrote:

> That next step is the same as Q3 above (it's a loop).

Actually, Q6 was slightly different than Q3 so I continue ...

Q6: Start the Launchpad manually
Right-click on the drive letter in My Computer which is associated with the
U3 smart drive and which has the decscription, "U3 System" or "CD Drive".
Select the Explore option from the menu. The contents of the drive letter
will be displayed in Windows Explorer. Double-click "LaunchU3.exe". Does
the U3 icon now appear in the system tray?

If YES:

1. Click the U3 icon to open the Launchpad, then select "Status and
Settings"
2. Select "U3 Launchpad Settings"
3. Press the "Install the Launcher" button.

Eject the U3 smart drive, then reinsert it. The U3 Launchpad should start
automatically. If it does not, there is another problem with Autorun or
security settings which we cannot address here. Please contact your system
administrator or computer retailer.

If NO:
Do you see an error message which refers to a corrupt file system? YES | NO

Answer = No.

Q7: Is there a CD or DVD in a drive on the host computer?
Answer = yes

Remove the CD or DVD, and then start the Launchpad manually.

Q8: Start the Launchpad manually
Right-click on the drive letter in My Computer which is associated with the
U3 smart drive and which has the decscription, "U3 System" or "CD Drive".
Select the Explore option from the menu. The contents of the drive letter
will be displayed in Windows Explorer. Double-click "LaunchU3.exe". Does
the U3 icon now appear in the system tray?

Answer = no
Do you see an error message which refers to a corrupt file system? YES | NO
Answer = no

Now it loops back to the question ...
Is there a CD or DVD in a drive on the host computer?
 
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Why Tea
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      09-12-2008
On Sep 12, 2:07*pm, Sherry Morris <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
> On Fri, 12 Sep 2008 10:15:49 -0700 (PDT), Why Tea wrote:
> >> How can I get a sandisk u3 usb flash drive to autorun manually?

>
> > I don't use U3. But looking at your autorun.inf, what gets auto-run
> > is "LaunchU3.exe -a". Have you tried to run "LaunchU3.exe -a"?

>
> I was hopeful when you mentioned this but alas, all it did when I executed
> "F:\launchu3.exe -a" was bring up the same thing on the pc which was
> "C:\documents and settings\sherry\application data\<some long number>"
> which isn't the same thing as bringing up the encryption dialog.
>
> I even unzipped the "F:\LaunchPad.zip" which contains the following:
> 10/23/2007 *09:27 AM * * * * * 110,592 cleanup.exe
> 10/23/2007 *09:22 AM * * * * 3,350,528 Launchpad Removal.exe
> 10/23/2007 *10:14 AM * * * * 4,632,576 LaunchPad.exe
> 10/23/2007 *09:22 AM * * * * * *58,842 Loading.gif
> 10/23/2007 *09:22 AM * * * * * * * 328 Loading.htm
> 10/23/2007 *09:23 AM * * * * * *78,576 LPHelp-ch.chm
> 10/23/2007 *09:23 AM * * * * * *98,339 LPHelp-de.chm
> 10/23/2007 *09:23 AM * * * * * 109,621 LPHelp-en.chm
> 10/23/2007 *09:23 AM * * * * * *94,194 LPHelp-es.chm
> 10/23/2007 *09:23 AM * * * * * *95,968 LPHelp-fr.chm
> 10/23/2007 *09:23 AM * * * * * *94,331 LPHelp-it.chm
> 10/23/2007 *09:23 AM * * * * * *90,017 LPHelp-jp.chm
> 10/23/2007 *09:23 AM * * * * * *88,034 LPHelp-tw.chm
> 10/23/2007 *10:33 AM * * * * 2,129,920 LPSecurityExtension.dll
> 10/23/2007 *10:33 AM * * * * * * 1,901 LPSecurityExtension.dll.sig
> 10/23/2007 *10:32 AM * * * * * 544,768 SanDiskFormatExtension..dll
> 10/23/2007 *10:32 AM * * * * * * 1,901 SanDiskFormatExtension.dll.sig
> 10/23/2007 *09:44 AM * * * * * *54,584 U3AccessGrant.exe
> 10/23/2007 *09:23 AM * * * * 2,600,960 u3dapi10.dll
> 10/23/2007 *10:35 AM * * * * * 718,336 U3LauncherSetup.msi
> 10/23/2007 *10:36 AM * * * * * * * * 9 version.dat
> * * * * * * * 21 File(s) * * 14,954,325 bytes
>
> What do you think is the purpose of this zip file?
>
> Do you think there is something I can execute in the zip file that will
> bring up the password file?
>
> I clicked on everything but maybe they need to be executed differently.


I'd just take a step back to understand what the various sections
mean in the autorun.inf. I know what [autorun] does, but I have no
idea of what [CopyFiles] and [Definitions] do. Googling didn't find
anything for me. The autorun is simply to execute what is specified
in the autorun.inf. If we can understand what each section means,
we must be able to do it manually. That's my theory anyway...
 
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      09-13-2008
On Fri, 12 Sep 2008 14:29:53 -0700 (PDT), Why Tea wrote:
> I'd just take a step back to understand what the various sections
> mean in the autorun.inf. If we can understand what each section means,
> we must be able to do it manually. That's my theory anyway...


I agree. The autorun.inf seems to perform the following ...
There MUST be other people out there with a SanDisk U3 flash drive?
Aren't there?

1. It looks like the autorun.inf first calls "LaunchU3.exe -a".
2. Then, it looks like it unzips LaunchPad.zip and runs LaunchPad.exe
(I think) which is inside that zip file.

But, the question is how to run that manually?

S

[AutoRun]
open=LaunchU3.exe -a
icon=LaunchU3.exe,0

[Definitions]
Launchpad=LaunchPad.exe
Vtype=2

[CopyFiles]
FileNumber=1
File1=LaunchPad.zip

[Update]
URL=http://u3.sandisk.com/download/lp_installer.asp?custom=1.6.1.1&brand=CruzerBFG


[Comment]
brand=CruzerBFG
 
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      09-13-2008
On Sep 13, 11:12*am, Sherry Morris <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
> On Fri, 12 Sep 2008 14:29:53 -0700 (PDT), Why Tea wrote:
> > I'd just take a step back to understand what the various sections
> > mean in the autorun.inf. If we can understand what each section means,
> > we must be able to do it manually. That's my theory anyway...

>
> I agree. The autorun.inf seems to perform the following ...
> There MUST be other people out there with a SanDisk U3 flash drive?
> Aren't there?
>
> 1. It looks like the autorun.inf first calls "LaunchU3.exe -a".
> 2. Then, it looks like it unzips LaunchPad.zip and runs LaunchPad.exe
> (I think) which is inside that zip file.
>
> But, the question is how to run that manually?
>
> S
>
> [AutoRun]
> open=LaunchU3.exe -a
> icon=LaunchU3.exe,0
>
> [Definitions]
> Launchpad=LaunchPad.exe
> Vtype=2
>
> [CopyFiles]
> FileNumber=1
> File1=LaunchPad.zip
>
> [Update]
> URL=http://u3.sandisk.com/download/lp_installer.asp?custom=1.6.1.1&brand=...
>
> [Comment]
> brand=CruzerBFG


My guess is this, during auto-run:
1) LaunchPad.zip is copied by Windows to
"C:\documents and settings\sherry\application data\<some long
number>"
2) "LaunchU3.exe -a" is launched and it looks into the directory
for LaunchPad.zip, unzip it and continue execution

You can prove this on a "working" notebook by doing a search
of the zip file in C:\documents and settings\ for all hidden and
system files. You might find LaunchPad.zip there. I also think
the <some long number> is generated by Windows during
runtime and it could be different each time. If that's true, you
might never be able to run it manually.
 
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Sherry Morris
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      09-13-2008
On 12 Sep 2008 23:31:03 -0500, Toby wrote:

> Isn't this U3 stuff just about the worst kind of crap you have ever seen? I
> made the mistake of buying a Cruzer micro, but never again.


I guess I should start exploring the alternative. I can easily put the
flash drive in another laptop which has autoplay turned on (despite the
advice of most) and then type in the password and then copy the unencrypted
files over to another flash drive.

But, if I want the files to remain encrypted while on the flash drive, what
is the alternative? Should I use Truecrypt freeware on the flash drive (do
they even have a portable truecrypt?) Or gpg?

What is the freeware that is recommended to install on a flash drive as a
portable application for encryption of partitions?
 
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Ari
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      09-15-2008
On Fri, 12 Sep 2008 22:20:10 -0700, Sherry Morris wrote:

> Should I use Truecrypt freeware on the flash drive (do
> they even have a portable truecrypt?)
>
> What is the freeware that is recommended to install on a flash drive as a
> portable application for encryption of partitions?


Yes, yes and Truecrypt.
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