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User currently offlineATAIndy From United States of America, joined May 2004, 591 posts, RR: 4
Posted (7 years 9 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1757 times:

Hello,

On my computer now, and for the last couple of months, I have not been able to install any games whatsoever. Everytime I try to install one, I get a problem with disc read error, or a problem reading CAB files. I have a Samsung DVD-rw drive, and I think that is the problem. Whatever the problem is, I want it fixed by the time FSX is out. Does anybody know what I can do to fix this problem? Is it my DVD-drive? Do DVD-drives not install CD-rom games? I'd like to know if there is anything I can do before I buy another drive.

Thank you for your time.

-Feister


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User currently onlineFlyKev From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2006, 1378 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (7 years 9 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1746 times:
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Hello.
Firstly, Cd's will install no problem with a DVD drive.
Secondly, Are these new disks, or old ones with possibel scratches.
Thirdly, Is it all Cds or just a few
Fourthly, Check your connections
Fithly, Do you have any other drives that you can test in place of the DVD drive?

Hope this helps.

Kev.



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User currently offlineThomasCook752 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 9 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1736 times:

The same happend to me.

I couldnt install any games at all.

Turned out to be a faulty stick of RAM. Once i replaced it everything works fine.


User currently offlineATAIndy From United States of America, joined May 2004, 591 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1733 times:

I've tested the discs on other computers and had no problem. Its 90% of the discs I try to install. This is my only drive, so I'm thinking about getting another one.


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User currently offlineATAIndy From United States of America, joined May 2004, 591 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (7 years 9 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1733 times:

Quoting ThomasCook752 (Reply 2):
Turned out to be a faulty stick of RAM.

Hmmm, how do you know if a stick of RAM is faulty?



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User currently offlineThomasCook752 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 9 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1727 times:

Quoting ATAIndy (Reply 4):
Hmmm, how do you know if a stick of RAM is faulty?

The disks worked on all other computers but not on my desktop. I had two sticks of ram and took one out at a time and tested a game. Finally i found one of them was the problem. I then replaced it it seems to be alrite.


User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined exactly 13 years ago today! , 21386 posts, RR: 54
Reply 6, posted (7 years 9 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1725 times:

The laser could be degraded or the lens could be dusty. In the latter case, it is possible to clean it and thus repair the problem, but you'd need to be very careful.

User currently offlineSearpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4343 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (7 years 9 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1718 times:

Quoting Klaus (Reply 6):
In the latter case, it is possible to clean it and thus repair the problem, but you'd need to be very careful.

There are commercial disk cleaning products out there - give one of them a shot. If that doesn't change things, then it sounds like you have a faulty drive



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User currently offlineNWA742 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 9 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1707 times:

Quoting Klaus (Reply 6):
The laser could be degraded or the lens could be dusty. In the latter case, it is possible to clean it and thus repair the problem, but you'd need to be very careful.

Looks like you forgot to tell him to get a Mac.

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-NWA742


User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined exactly 13 years ago today! , 21386 posts, RR: 54
Reply 9, posted (7 years 9 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1703 times:

Quoting NWA742 (Reply 8):
Looks like you forgot to tell him to get a Mac.

No, it was actually a deliberate decision in this particular case...! Big grin


User currently offlineATAIndy From United States of America, joined May 2004, 591 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (7 years 9 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1668 times:

Went to Wal-mart, bought a $5 air duster, still not working.


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User currently offlineSearpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4343 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (7 years 9 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1666 times:

I honestly don't know how well they work, but there are CD sized discs you can buy that are supposed to gently clean the lens assembly when you insert them in the drive. I'd give one of those a try. If you want to skip that step, then I'd suggest finding a local PC shop and see if they'd be willing to look at your DVR unit, or simply go get a new one.


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User currently offlineAg92 From India, joined Jul 2006, 1317 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 9 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1665 times:

When you say that your cd drive cant read CAB files, I dont think it is supposed to.

A CAB file is for a PDA (Correct me if im wrong), it should be directly put on the device which reads CAB files

All others no clue

Cheers
Correct me if im wrong


User currently offlineSearpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4343 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (7 years 9 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1658 times:

Quoting Ag92 (Reply 12):
A CAB file is for a PDA (Correct me if im wrong),

.CAB files are Cabinet files that are collections of files used to install a program. During the install process, the install program extracts the files, places them in the appropriate directory and registers them with the operating system (WinXP, etc.).



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User currently offlineWSOY From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (7 years 9 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1618 times:

PC DVD/DC disc drives die all the time, and fast. Have yours replaced. You could also borrow a used CDROM-drive (read-only) or buy a couple for peanuts at any store for testing before you get a new DVD drive. You've likely got 1 one with a cable going nowhere else than your drive (and that big circuit board), so just insert the cables as in the original.

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