Hello again. As you all could have guessed I am trying to save the data from all those CDs I got around here. And tbh today I have run into a first non readable CD. Both ImgBurn as well as Isobuster were giving me a hard time complaining about errors. (I have also tried to read(to iso file) some of the CDs with CDburnerXP but I gave up since it doesn’t seem to read some of them good. )
Well since none of the above tools would read the CD I came up with the idea to try to “dd” it under Virtual Box in Arch Linux. I did a search on dd online looking for a man page and voila the ddrescue came up on google search. (Now please don’t tell me that man pages are already installed on Arch? It was just a quick Arch install and on 27" screen man pages appear with little too small letters for long time readings. Besides I just wanted to have an option to print man pages out in case I needed that). After quick install of ddrescue in Arch I gave Arch access to the Dvd drive TSSTCorp SH-224DB and fired up ddrescue with the following command
ddrescue /dev/sr0 /mnt/Cd1.iso
It complained about some errors on /dev/sr0 but it did read the CD successfully. Now I wanted to check that the game would install from that image and yes it does. Mounted the CD iso in deamon tools and let VirtualBox once again have acess to it. And then I installed the game under WindowsXP also in VirtualBox and the game runs perfectly fine.(it is and older game called Blade and Sword). Avira antivirus was giving me problems when trying to run the game in Win7.(something called Dxtest, not sure yet what was all that about).
So if anyone has any explanations why on earth wouldn’t ImgBurn or Isobuster read that CD properly and ddrescue did please let me know? :). I hope this might help someone who has the same problems with CD/DVD readings.
I might also add that some of the Memorex CDs have wierd miscolouring “patterns” on them. The CDs were not exposed to the direct sun light. They have been stored in CD spins in the dark closet.