Hi. I won't try to suggest things that might make 2.0.1 work; it seems to be past hope ... as you say, problems with ADE 2.01 are endemic.
Lets see if you can get 1.7.2 working properly though.
ADE wouldn't launch automatically to accept the file "fullfillment".
Could you clarify that a bit, please?
Did you happily download the .acsm file from the library, but opening the .acsm did not open ADE?
Or did the download fail even before you got the .acsm files?
Or did ADE open the .acsm file, but then fail to download the real .epub (or .pdf) file?
How did you get the book in manually? (apart from anything else, I'm sure lots of people would like to have a book that still opens after the loan period).
I agree that Adobe support for ADE is pretty poor.
Also, given that ebooks are likely to be used by people with very little knowledge of computers,
they have built an unbelievably awkward infrastructure that is a nightmare even for computer experts.
I feel really sorry for the people in libraries who have to help users out with this mess.
First of all, I am not using version 1.7. I did get to download a copy and install it, but couldn't get it to authorize my computer without "can't find the server" errors. As I said elsewhere, I was able to download and authorize a new copy of 2.01 using IE. For some reason, using Firefox to do the download resulted in an install of ADE that wouldn't authorize. However, a few days later the new install began giving me the "can't find server" errors again.
The "ADE won't launch automatically" problem stems from a change in behaviour at the online library when you try to download an e-book. Normally, when downloading from the library, I'd get a window asking which application you wanted and so forth. ADE was the default and the window said so. When you started the download, ADE would launch and the download would start with a progress bar and so forth. About half the time, now, the download window doesn't show ADE as the default--you have to select it yourself and after you do, instead of an ADE launch, the download goes to my computer instead.Sometimes as an ascm file sometimes as an epub. The epubs go to a folder on the computer from which you can then drag and drop into ADE.
There's more about this process that deserves exploring, but that's it in brief and I'm tired of the whole thing. ADE is a crippled creature and finding a way to circumvent its use is my life's ambition, at present. Thanks for taking the time answer.
The only alternative to ADE I know for working with Adobe DRM books on PC/Mac is Sony Reader.
Free download from Sony intended to run with Sony eReaders but works quite happily without.
You may have more luck with that.
Unfortunately, it is still subject to some of the quirks of the Adobe registration/authorization mechanism.
The ADE launching problem looks as if it is an issue either with your browser, or with Windows itself.
Or maybe your download manager if you have one installed.
Most browsers/managers will put the download on you computer anyway, and then launch the file if it can.
All that assuming you are using a standard browser to access the online library: is that correct?
Firefox. Never thought of trying the download mechanism using IE at the online library. I'll try that and get abck to you.
Further to the above, the download worked properly using IE. It installed itself in ADE okay and the "return early" option worked properly. Curiouser and curiouser.
Does sound as if it is some oddity if Firefox; usually very reliable though.
It could be a Firefox plugin/extension causing problems.
It is quite common for people to have issues with things on their main browser because of extensions,
and the same thing then works on an alternative browser.
The difference is that the user hasn't bothered to install any extensions on the alternative browser,
not that the browser is itself better at the given task.
Only using two extentions on Firefox: Download helper and McAfee site advisor. Maybe the download helper. I'll investigate.
Well, it seems ADE is an equal opportunity screw-up: if I get a "can't connect with fullfillment server" message using Firefox to return a title, early, from the open library, I can sometimes circumvent the problem by using IE to re-download the title, then return it early. Doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to the ADE errors that pop up. Sometimes using IE to download or return a title doesn't work either. Sometimes ADE works as advertised, other times it doesn't. It's a game of chance and frustrating beyond belief for a piece of software that has so many users (?).