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My CDRW/DVD rom drive wont read some games

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November 25, 2009 9:00:03 PM

Hi Everyone / Anyone lol...

I cannot install a few games on my computer, the cdrw/dvd reads some of my games but not all, they are all new pc games I brought from EB games,
I have had them all running on a laptop, and some on a PC at my parents, (which is the exact same as the computer I have now, only difference is that one had a cdrom drive and mine is a CDRW /DVD rom)

Okay let me explain it, when I put in some games the CDRW/DVD drive starts to run, I can hear it, it tries to load the game twice and then
stops, I go to check the D: drive, that is where the cdrw/dvd is, I open the drive and it just has a blank screen where all the data should be,

Yet I can run other games (PC / DVD rom games) and the cdrw/dvd drive picks them up without a problem.

My Info:

Compaq Evo D510 sff Desktop PC
* Windows XP Pro, Version 2002, Service pack 3
* Pentium 4, 2.4 GHz CPU
* 40GB hard drive
* 64MB onboard Intel 845G video, DirectX 9.0
* CDRW / DVD ROM drive


The Sims Deluxe
OS: Windows 95/98/ME/2000/XP
Processor: PIII 500MHz
Ram: 128MB
Video card: 32MB, DirectX 7 compatible
CD/DVD: 8x speed
HD: 1.6GB space

The Sims 2
OS: Windows XP/ME/2000 or 98 ( XP requires Admin account )
Processor: 800MHz or faster
Ram: 256MB or more
Video card: 32MB or more, DirectX 9.0
CD/DVD: 8x or faster
HD: 3.5GB space

Prison Tycoon 2
OS: Windows 98/ME/XP/2000
Processor: PIII 1GHz
Ram: 256MB
Video card: 64MB, DirectX 9.0
CD Rom: 8x CD ROM drive
HD: 500MB space


The video game: LOST
PC / DVD rom
OS: Windows Vista/ Windows XP
Processor: 2.4 GHZ, Intel Pentium 4
Ram: 1GB
Video card: 128MB, DirectX 9.0
DVD Rom: 4x DVD Rom drive
HD: 5GB space

PC / DVD rom
OS: Windows 98/ME/2000/XP
Processor: PIII 600MHz
Ram: 256MB
3d Card: 32MB, DirectX 9.0
DVD Rom: 4x DVD Rom drive
HD: 650MB space

Its a new comp, havent installed any games at all yet.
Im thinking it may have to do with the cd/dvd drive speed????4x or 8x
Thats a guess really, please iff anyone can help, I would appreciate it,
thankyou :) 

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November 26, 2009 4:08:07 AM

It's usually caused by a scratched disc. Try using a soft cloth with a few drops of water to clean the disc of smudges and dust.
November 26, 2009 4:47:46 AM

aford10 said:
It's usually caused by a scratched disc. Try using a soft cloth with a few drops of water to clean the disc of smudges and dust.

the Sims 2 has 4 disks, none of them are recognised
the sims deluxe has 2 disks, niether of those are recognised
and the prison tycoon has 1 disk, which doesnt show up either,

but I put in CSI and WAHLAA there it shows up,

I doubt all 7 of these disks are scratched, plus I tried them out just now on another comp
they all run fine, so they are readable
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November 26, 2009 5:23:05 AM

The ones you listed that do play are DVDs. The ones that don't, appear to be CDs. Try playing some music CDs.
November 27, 2009 2:14:39 AM

I gotta laugh, ur absolutely correct, tried all types of cd's..... games and music and none of them play, Thankyou very much, I can stop hittn me head against the wall now, lol.