Please insert a disk into drive ONLY for Far Cry 2

August 11, 2012 at 10:32:39
Specs: Windows XP Service Pack 2, Core2Duo E4400 2GHz / 2 GB
Hi! :)
Here's one of the weirdest problems I've encountered in Windows XP so far:
I have a problem which I really don't understand, and I've tried searching the net for an answer but with no results.
"Please insert a disc into drive" when there's already a disc in the drive and nothing happens, but the thing is: it does that ONLY for the game Far Cry 2, which, by the way, it worked fine until now. I've tried another copy of Far Cry 2 from a friend and it does the same thing, and also I've tried the disc on another PC and it works (so the disc isn't the problem). I haven't changed anything in Windows and like I said, it worked fine before.
PS: I've tried reinstalling the drive, updating drivers, changing the drive's letter, but no deal.
Now this is beyond my power of understanding.. It's like the computer doesn't like Far Cry 2 anymore.

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#1
August 11, 2012 at 15:20:18
The 'drive' is a cd or dvd rom? Sounds like the drive is beginning to fail.

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#2
August 11, 2012 at 16:17:06
DVD-ROM/CD-ROM combo (RW).
The thing is that it works perfectly fine for anything else except Far Cry 2 (which worked two months ago)..

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#3
August 11, 2012 at 23:47:38
Sometimes it's a combination of a failing optical drive and a disk in poor condition. The disk may work in a good drive and the failing drive may read a good disk but put them together and you have a problem.

Or, since it's a DVD drive that reads both DVDs and CDs it may have lost the ability to read one of those formats. Of the disks that work, are they a combination of CDs and DVDs, or does one format always fail?


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#4
August 12, 2012 at 05:18:19
The disk is in perfect condition.
And the drive reads both DVDs and CDs fine (even damaged ones).
I've seen a whole lot of PC problems, but never seen anything like this, and the fact that I can't find any logical reason, makes it really weird (and annoying). :(

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#5
August 12, 2012 at 10:10:29
Yeah, sometimes it seems computers have some kind of devious chip in them that makes them want to mess with you.

If the drive does nothing when you put the disk in--doesn't even spin up or start loading--then it sounds like a hardware problem and you may want to swap in another drive just to see if that fixes it. Otherwise it's got to be some odd software problem. I guess you've done stuff like deleting it from device manager and then rebooting to let the computer set it up again.

You might want to run a malware scan too.


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#6
August 12, 2012 at 11:51:14
I think it does spin a little. I say a little because I don't hear anything, but when the tray opens, the disk is in a different position.
And believe me, I've tried anything that I could come up with (I've scanned the system with 2 antiviruses (NOD32 and Norton), even flashing to new firmware and changing the Transfer Mode (DMA to PIO) on the Primary IDE Channel.

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#7
August 12, 2012 at 22:39:45
You might want to check the cable to make sure it's tightly connected and in good condition. But other than what I've already suggested I can't think of anything else. It's an odd problem.

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#8
August 15, 2012 at 15:05:01
Yep, I've checked everything, nada. I'll test another drive some time next week and I'll post a final time here with the results. Until then, thank you for answering! :)

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#9
August 15, 2012 at 23:30:35
You're welcome. Good luck!

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