Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question

AOK disk error when installing

Last response: in Video Games
Share
October 10, 2004 2:29:08 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.games.ageofkings (More info?)

I have a DELL dimension 2400 desktop with windows XP. I
am trying to install a game (Age of Empires II: Age of
Kings), after i go through the main setup it starts to
install and gets to about 20-30 percent complete and an
error screen comes up and says "age of empires II
encountered a disk error while writing to the file
c:\programfiles\microsoftgames\ageofempiresII\data\graphics
..drs. make sure hard disk is not full, and that the file
is not in use." A friend told me to try to install the
game in safe mode, I tried but the same problem occured.
If there is any advice you can give me please let me know.
Thanks
Anonymous
October 10, 2004 5:18:28 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.games.ageofkings (More info?)

Hi Dustin,

"Dustin" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message news:13c901c4ae8a$10ebdf70$a501280a@phx.gbl...
>I have a DELL dimension 2400 desktop with windows XP. I
> am trying to install a game (Age of Empires II: Age of
> Kings), after i go through the main setup it starts to
> install and gets to about 20-30 percent complete and an
> error screen comes up and says "age of empires II
> encountered a disk error while writing to the file
> c:\programfiles\microsoftgames\ageofempiresII\data\graphics
> .drs. make sure hard disk is not full, and that the file
> is not in use." A friend told me to try to install the
> game in safe mode, I tried but the same problem occured.
> If there is any advice you can give me please let me know.
> Thanks

That type of error could mean the CD is corrupt... Check the CD
and the CD Player. Clean both using a Cleaning Kit, and check for
scratches on the CD. Try installing the game on another computer,
if the game installs, the culprit is probably your CD ROM drive if it
doesn't install then it's the CD, in which case you need to replace it.

Before replacing the CD, try copying it to your hard drive and then
run the setup / installation program from there. To copy the CD go
to My Computer, Right-Click the CD, Choose "Copy", then Right-
Click on your Hard Drive, Choose "Paste".

Uninstall the game using Add-Remove programs before attempting
to reinstall it. (Start / Control Panel / Add-Remove Programs).

Here are three basic troubleshooting steps which I recommend:

1. To see if it's a software conflict: Temporarily disable Startup
programs one at a time, starting with Firewall, Antivirus, and ad
blockers using: http://new.jtsoft2001.com/windows/startup.php

You can lookup what a program does before you disable it here:
http://www.sysinfo.org/startuplist.php

2. Run a virus scan at: http://housecall.antivirus.com Afterwards
Download & Run Spybot from: http://security.kolla.de to find any
Trojans, Adware, or Spyware which could clog up your system.

3. Click My Computer / Rightclick the Drive & Choose Properties
/ Run the "Disk Cleanup..." / Next Click the "Tools" Tab and run
the "Error-Checking" and "Defragmentation" utilities.

If nothing including those 3 steps have resolved the problem so far,
here's more basic troubleshooting steps and information including:
The Safedisc patch
How to check CD for imperfections, and
How to Disable Virtual CD ROM drives which is described at:
http://tinyurl.com/2387c (EA General Support Page) and also:

How to Troubleshoot Disc-Reading Issues
Error Messages That May Be Caused by Disc-Reading Issues
Troubleshoot Error Messages
Examine the Disc
Clean the Disc
Test the Disc in a Different Drive
Clean the Drive
Test Disc Read with Copy or Xcopy
Quit Unnecessary Software
Switch the Drive Controller to DMA Mode, and
How to Troubleshoot DVD Error Messages is available in this
MS Article: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=321641

--
Cheers, Windows XP MVP Shell / User
Jimmy S. http://mvp.support.microsoft.com

Game FAQs: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=FH;[LN];gms
Visit my Zone.com / Gaming Helpsite: http://nibblesnbits.tk or Call / Contact
MS Support at: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=sz;en-us;top
My advice is donated "AS IS" without warranty; nor do I confer any rights.
_________________________________________________________
!