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CD Drive help

By s888
May 14, 2008
  1. For awhile now my Cd drive(I don't know the make or model of it) does not always recognize a certain disc(Battlefield 2). If I keep opening and closing my cd tray the computer sometimes recognizes it. When I put this disc in another computer it works perfectly every single time. And every other disc I put in my computer works perfectly. If anybody could help me, that would be great
     
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    You might replace the drive. They are not expensive, and they get old just like we all do
     
  3. s888

    s888 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    But I don't understand why it is just this cd that has a problem.
     
  4. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

    Have you cleaned it according to proper cleaning practices?

    Is it a genuine version or a burned copy?
     
  5. s888

    s888 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yes I have cleaned and I don't see any smudges or scratches on it. And yes it is a genuine version of it.
     
  6. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

  7. s888

    s888 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I don't think that is the problem in the link you gave me, because the cd does work like 1 in 30 tries.

    In the administrative tools, what type of errors should I be looking for? Should there be an error every time I try to use the disc? If so, there are no errors.

    I also have the same problem with the Battlefield 2 Special Forces disc, so I don't think the disc is damaged in any way.
     
  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    You can also purchase actual CD Drive (itself) cleaning discs (just adding to CCT )
    It sounds as though the laser is not picking it up (and possibly dirty)
     
  9. s888

    s888 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I thought that wouldn't be the problem, since all the the other discs I put in my computer work without any problems at all.
     
  10. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    No it's very common, actually I have the same fault. 1 disc out of hundreds sometimes works.
    I know I need a new drive (ie the cleaning disc costs money :) ) may as well invest in a new drive.

    You'll see the same problem with written discs
     
  11. s888

    s888 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    But is it the same disc every time? I mean that if I have disc A, B and C. Disc B always has the problem.
     
  12. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

    Un-hide your hidden files and protected system files and do a Search for Starforce.

    If you have it and have installed burning software it may block the use of the BF2 CD.

    http://digg.com/tech_news/Games_that_use_Starforce


    edit: I checked mine as above and found nada BUT on a registry check found a number of entries. The drivers are there from earlier game installs but have never bothered me because I don't run any add-on burner software.
     
  13. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    s888,
    you can either live with the problem or replace the drive
     
  14. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Yes. Also when I put the same disc into another DVD Drive (on another computer) it starts.

    So I know the disc does work
    I agree the disc is slightly marked (and is also a written disc)
    I have cleaned it fully (not the drive though)
    I know I need another Drive

    And so do you.
     
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