any freeware to fix win 7/32 dskdrive reading UDF failure?

June 23, 2012 at 03:13:39
Specs: Windows 7 (standard) , X86bs 64X2 core, 1gigRAM
1st of the year I uppd XP-to-win 7/32 last week I tried to install (store DVD) FSX delux, the diskdrive unable to read (i read up on it, found out FSX disks are UDF) unfortunatley I learned this after I bought another copy , thinking that my old copy ($70 -years ago) was too scratched. another $30...neither of them are recognized. I'm a little upset because FSX is microsoft, especially the 2nd copy- they sell it in stores, it says XP/Vista minimum requirement,and althought it doesn't say "win 7" i know it's compatable from others who run it. It seems to me a brand-new MICROSOFTdvd should work on the current MICROSOFT OS! I tried switching the hardware (diskdrive) out with another (from a like -PC not being used) and it wouldn't read either of them as well. Is there any freeware "hot-fix" on the 'net to enable UDF recognition, or, is there a way to re-set the drive to read UDF? I read in a forum that some apps like DVD movie maker/NERO etc. may have disabled the UDF recognition. Sorry If i'm woefully niave on this stuff, but any hel p would be greatly appreciated! -mark, Portland, Oregon.
-oh, and my OS is win 7"premium" not "standard"

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#1
June 23, 2012 at 04:17:08
You should have no problem running the FSX install disk out of the bos on a Windows 7 Machine. I have installed on bot Windows XP and Windows 7 64 bit without a hitch. Windows has had the ability to read UDF DVD since Windows XP was released.

The problem lies elsewhere but it is not the disk unless the disk is damaged.

Stuart


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August 15, 2012 at 07:08:10
Stuart- thanks for the info, under normal circumstances, you are absolutley correct, no doubt. My CD-ROM drive must be %#&^-ed up. It's still a perplexing trouble-shoot, however. The drive used to run it fine, then it just stopped recognizing it one day. I swapped-out the drive (hardware) with an almost new one (of same make/model) and it did the same thing! I then bought a new copy of FSX , and rightout of the box it wasn't recognized!. he he ...idk...I guess I got the UDF format theory from troubleshooting feedback, where it stated specifically prior trouble with FSX because of it's UDF format, and went on to suggest that apps like NERO and DVD writer/imaging softwares can alter the paramenters of a CD-ROM drive's operation. but then offered no information as for a procedure to re-set or change settings back to original configuration. I'll just buy another compatible CD-ROM drive (hardware) , maybe a newer model, that's compatable, I don't think it will cost to much...i hope. :)
--again, thanks for your analysis, at least I know the base-line facts!

-Mark.

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#3
August 15, 2012 at 07:53:15
My CD-ROM drive must be %#&^-ed up

A CD ROM is never going to read the FSX disc under any circumstances. It needs DVD ROM at least. FSX is on DVD, not CD. Make sure it is a DVD drive you have and not just a CD drive.

Stuart


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August 18, 2012 at 02:05:10
Stuart- it is a DVD-Rom

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