My CDRW/DVD rom drive wont read some games

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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More about cdrw drive wont read games
  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. The ones you listed that do play are DVDs. The ones that don't, appear to be CDs. Try playing some music CDs.
  4. 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.
  5. You're welcome. A new drive should take care of the problem. Here's a good drive that'll play DVDs and CDs.
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