Are you positive it is a coaster? I found that I had to use Daemon Tools to get it to recognize the CD at all. I did NOT have to use AWS or hide CD-R, but I did use all the rest of Mizuhiro’s settings. However, the new patch with some games (EE possibly included) seems to detect D-tools and will lock up shortly in the game Single- or Multi-player. Diablo II exhibited similar behavior, and it does this on my friend’s rig too. We had to uninstall/reinstall to get 1.00 again.
Of course, I’m now rather sick of both Diablo II and Empire Earth. even TCP/IP with friends isn’t that entertaining anymore, I suppose I just dont like getting caught in a war of attrition. Such stalemates happen rather often in EE.