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Solved: CD/DVD drive won't recognize ONE specific CD

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by mjpinpgh, Nov 11, 2011.

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  1. mjpinpgh

    mjpinpgh Thread Starter

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    Hi. I'm new here and I need help!

    Here's the story. Tonight I was installing a new game on my PC. I had meant to choose the "Custom" option to install it to my External HD but instead just hit continue and it began installing to my internal HD. The install wouldn't let me quit or cancel. So being the impulsive, impatient person I am I just hit the eject button on my CD drive to force the cancellation of the install. :eek: (Yes I know there are 100 different and much better ways I should have done this, but again... impulsive!)

    So now to the problem I'm having: my drive won't recognize the CD. When I put the CD in the drive starts, it blinks, it stops. and nothing. If I open "My Computer" I can open the drive but nothing is there. Fearing I'd messed up the drive itself I tried a music cd, a movie DVD, and another game, all of which ran fine. So maybe I messed up the CD? Nope, I also tried the offending CD in a different computer. Ran fine. So it seems it's just this ONE CD in MY computer that is having trouble. Also another possible symptom: when there is no disk in the drive and I open up "My Computer", I'm able to open the drive without getting a "no cd in drive" error. Which I think is weird, but I'm not sure if I was able to do this before or not.

    I did try a shut down/restart. No luck.

    So any thoughts? or am I just doomed to not play this game now? I'm really kicking myself. I know it was the stupidest move to force eject like that. Someone please save my from my idiocy! :(

    Thanks in advance,
    MJ
     
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    It would seem to be a normal thing to do to eject the drive if you couldn't think of any other fast way to stop it. I suppose Task Manager would have worked, but by then the game could have been almost installed. It was a natural response.

    And I highly doubt that that simple action caused any serious harm. The very first thing I would look at is whether, in your haste, you may have left fingerprint smudges on the CD. They don't have to be very big to cause a problem if they are in the right place. Take a soft cloth or something that won't scratch and clean it with a little Windex or another mild cleaner. Try it again.

    What was the game? Do you know if it has any special protections on the CD?

    If you have one, you might also use a lens cleaner on the drive.
     
  4. mjpinpgh

    mjpinpgh Thread Starter

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    So I tried cleaning the disc and the restore. Neither seemed to work last night and I went to bed frustrated.

    This morning I tried the disc again. At first it didn't work, but I tried a few more times, putting the disc in and then taking it out. About the third time, it booted! I'm STILL very confused as to what the problem was/is. But it worked and I got the game installed. So I guess all is good.

    Thanks for all your help. :D

    MJ
     
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