I’ve had this problem for a while now. I am using Windows XP Professional. My system would freeze upon insertion of a CD in the CD-Drive. This freezing doesn’t always occur… it is random, but occurs upon insertion of the CD in the drive. The mouse pointer cannot be moved, pressing they keyboard, CTRL+ALT+DEL, nothing would work. The whole system would just freeze, and the only way to turn it off and restart is to pull the power cord out.
I formatted my comp a while back and that didn’t solve the problem. It does the same thing with the Windows Service Pack 2 (SP2) installed or uninstalled so I doubt that SP2 is the culprit.
I don’t think it is caused by my CD Drive (Hardware) either. I am currently using a DVD Writer/CD Writer drive. My previous one was an NEC ND-1100A which is also a DVD Writer/CD Writer… it broke and was replaced under warranty with another drive that is equivalent, but a different brand. This new drive is a different brand and it does the same thing so I also doubt that’s the problem.
What I noticed recently is that when I use Alcohol 120%'s virtual drive… upon mounting an image, it would also sometimes freeze up.
So anyone got any ideas? Or is anyone experiencing this too? I’m really stumped. This problem is really annoying… whenever I insert a CD or Mount An Image on a virtual drive, it would either freeze up the system, or work. I keep having to rescan my hard drive to make sure I didn’t damage it whenever I pull the power cord out… but since it happens randomly whenever I use the CD drive or mount an image… it’s just a matter of time before my Hard Drive gets damaged.