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Windows 7: Strange FLAC behavior

03 Feb 2011   #1

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
Strange FLAC behavior

I've installed FLAC on Win 7 smoothly.

But it will decode files, and not encode files. Tried many tricks - register MSCOMCTL.OCX, reinstall, newer version, to no avail.

During encoding there is a glimpse of a command window, and that's all.
In Win XP it was OK.

The FLAC codec is a command line program, and there is a GUI that generates a .bat file for it.

Here are samples of the .bat files:

Decode (works fine):

@echo off
cd "C:\Program Files (x86)\FLAC"
win2dos go.bat
flac -d "D:\MP3\Folders\Windham Hill\Windham Hill Records Guitar Sampler\11 Cheyenne.flac"
echo -------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Encode (no go)

@echo off
win2dos "C:\Program Files (x86)\FLAC\go.bat"
cd "D:\MP3\Folders\Zeca Baleiro - As Melhores\"
flac -V --replay-gain -6 "01-Telegrama.wav"
Tag.exe --auto --comment "Encoded by FLAC v1.1.4a with FLAC Frontend v1.7.1" "D:\MP3\Folders\Zeca Baleiro - As Melhores\01-Telegrama.flac"

If one tries to run encode Go.bat from a command window, here's the error message:

C:\Program Files (x86)\FLAC>go
'flac' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file.

'Tag.exe' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file.

Thanks for your help.

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03 Feb 2011   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium X64 SP1

Not sure what you're trying to do, but for Flac conversion I use Traders Little Helper
Trader's Little Helper If that doesn't help I'm sure someone else will come along
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Feb 2011   #3

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

Thanks, kenC

Trader's Little Help did it.
Let's see if someone can explain what's going on with the FLAC front end.

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03 Oct 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit
Same problem - I added to the path!

Hi All.

I know this thread is extremely old but I was having the same problem. In the end I added my FLAC folder to the 'path' statement which is part of the Environment Variables and voila - encoding now works.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Oct 2012   #5

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)

Very simple way to invoke FLAC (for encoding from WAV, and decoding back to WAV) from a simple GUI, without requiring updating your Environment Variables or doing anything else (other than installing FLAC itself using the normal installer file):
install "FLAC Frontend"
Absolutely couldn't be simpler. Works perfectly.

Personally, I prefer a bit more sophistication and automation, particularly in the tagging department. So I use Audiograbber (and have for 15 years) to create both MP3 and FLAC from my CD's. Works perfectly to invoke LAME or FLAC as the "external encoders", as well as doing the complete tagging for both based on data retrieved automatically from FreeDB. And of course you can edit the data retrieved from FreeDB before actually doing the rip/encode/tag using that data.

Either "FLAC Frontend" or "Audiograbber".
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