This might not be exactly on topic, but nobody has been able to figure this out so I thought I would try the true experts on safedisc.
I recently upgraded my computer (krza-133 abit motherboard, 1900 athlon, g4 video gard) and at the same time purchased four games with a gift certificate (Morrowind, freedom force, jedi knight, Mohaa). Every game except jedi knight would just flash briefly and then go back to the desktop when I tried to run it. I had heard somewhere that this was possibly a safedisc issue, that some CD-rom drives couldn't read it properly, so I tried out a NOCD executable for Morrowind and the game worked fine.
Figuring it was my CD player I installed my Plextor 12/10a drive from my other computer (was using a generic mitsumi), but had the same problem. Then I tried a creative blaster and I still couldn't get the games to start. Giving up I just used NOCD executables for both MW and MOHAA, but now I've been trying to get Freedom force to work and the NOCD patch is not working correctly (or I've installed it wrong most likely). Then out of desperation I installed Freedom Force on my old celeron based system and lo and behold it ran fine off the Plextor CD-rom drive.
This has completely confused me. I assume it is still a safedisc issue because the games work with the safedisc protection removed and Jedi Knight runs fine (which I believe does not use safedisc). I've futzed around with every setting I can think of, but I'm completely at my wits end (not that long of a journey, I admit).
Anyway, if anyone actually read this whole thing and understood it, I'd appreciate any ideas.