CDROM => "Error Reading Sector 1054 (0)"

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MSM Hobbes

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Running Win98SE, using a DVD-ROM drive to run/play SMACPP [Sid Meier Alpha Centauri Planetary Pack] CD game. Have played this game many many many numerous times, even yesterday. Every night the PC gets shut down.

Upon trying today to click the icon on desktop to load the game, which must run w/ the CD in the drive that it was originally loaded/installed from, the monitor goes to a grey screen, and then the PC locks up; totally locked, mouse is dead, all is lost... Control-Alt-Delete does nothing but give vent to frustration... After performing hard reboot, tried numerous times to play, even directly from the CD, each w/ the same grey screen result. :(

Ran Norton Sys Diagnostics upon entire system = all came back good, except... CD-ROM that this game is in gives the "Error Reading Sector 1054 (0)" code. Ran same diagnostics upon only this CD-ROM, using other games Myst, etc.], all of these others came back good.

The SMACPP CD has NOT been removed from the tray, it is not dirty, scratched, marred, etc. Even after cleaning it [for the heck of it], still getting same error code...

So, after that long preamble: (a) why is this happening, (b) what does this code imply, and (c) is there any means to remedy this situation, so that can play this game, w/o any further lock-ups?

Have tried looking at Symantics website for help; their Master Code list does not have a 1054, as it jumps from 1049 to 1100... grrrrr...

Many thanks!
 
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"Error Reading Sector 1054 (0)" means that your CD-ROM drive is having problems reading data from a particular section of your CD-ROM.
Your CD-ROM is divided up into Manny sectors.

Could be dirt , use water & hand soap to clean CD , make sure CD is dry before inserting into player ;
- could be scratches on the CD , usually your CD is ripe for archiving into the round bin next to your desk (bey bey cd) ;
- could be dirt on the lens inside your CD-ROM player , people can clean this lens but considering how cheap CD-ROM players are you better buy a new 1 with DVD capability ;
- could be security feature from the producers of the game , errors are included to make copying harder.

Hard core gamers :kuch: make a virtual cd-rom drive on there hard disk drive & store the CD somewhere safe never to see daylight again to prevent the original CD from getting damaged.
Or they make a copy :rolleyes:

Is it possible for you to test the CD on a different PC ?
 

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Thanks for the reply - but, as mentioned, tried cleaning the CD, multiple times... will however do again,,, and again,,, until it works! :p

What is really curious is why for months it would work, never taking the CD out of the bay, and then one day it is evidently sooooo dirty that it will fail to work, totally locking up the computer? Strange to me for two reasons: (1) how can it get "that" dirty, in the tray? and (2) why would a dirty CD cause the PC to lock up? :confused:

You have me interested,,, since I can not make a duplicate CD of this game [yea, I've tried...] - is there a "best" method to make a virtual cd-rom drove on the hard disk?

Yes, its possible to test on another PC, just have not done that yet. Will do if all else fails w/ the cleaning w/ alky and cleaning the lens. [which seeing how all the other games worked, and it was only this one CD that failed, leads me to believe that its only this particular CD...].

Again, thanks!
 
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MSM Hobbes said:
You have me interested,,, since I can not make a duplicate CD of this game [yea, I've tried...] - is there a "best" method to make a virtual cd-rom drove on the hard disk?
I know how to do it with Alcohol but know that Nero has the same feature.

Alcohol instructions for making a virtual CD-ROM drive on your hard disk :
(I've got a non English version so translation could be not entirely correct :)

1) make an image of the CD with the "Make Image Wizard"
make sure to select the right CD-ROM drive ,
speed to maximum ,
in the bottom left corner select datatype "General Protected CD" ,
click on "Next" ,
enter an Image name & map where you want the image to be stored ,
select image format "Clone CD - *.CCD"
click on next to produce the image.

2) In the left main part of the window click on "Virtual Disks" ,
in the tree select "Virtual disks" ,
Select the nr of virtual disks you wanna make (1 for example)
& press OK ;

3) In the bottom part of the window you'll see the just made virtual CD-ROM ,
right click on it ,
select Image input/load (not sure right translation) ,
select your image file ,
& if dun correctly , you'll see that a media is loaded/present.

A drive letter is added so you can remove the CD & start using the virtual CD.

Ps. if the CD is protected , read errors can occur during the make image process , you'll just have to wait it out.

Good luck :D
 
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