I just bought a couple of new games. One on a PC DVD-ROM and one on a PC CD-ROM.
I had just finished watching a few rented DVD movies on my PC DVD drives, a pair of IDE Liteon drives, so I had no reason to suspect what was about to happen. I put the newly bought PC DVD=ROM game into a drive and nothing happened. Then an error box appeared saying “The disk in drive x is not formatted. Do you wish to format it?” Huh!!!???!!! I tried the newly bought PC CD-ROM and the same thing happened!!! Both Liteon drives did the same thing. Thinking it was maybe a bad IDE cable, I next plugged in my external USB Plextor drive. The same things happened with the external USB drive again.
So next I tried a couple of “old well known” PC DVD-ROM disks. I put my Oblivion PC DVD-ROM disk into the Liteon drives and IT WORKED PERFECTLY! I next put in my Dark Messiah Might and Magic PC DVD-ROM disk and it DID NOT WORK! But I had installed the game from that very disk a year or so ago and played many a time with that required disk in the drive!!!
Next I put the new PC CD-ROM into the CD drive on my win98se computer. The new CD was read perfectly from the CD drive on the win98se computer. I actually copied the files over the LAN from that CD drive to the other computer running win2k and installed the game that way. (Could not do the same with the DVD disk on the CD drive.)
I’m puzzled. What happened? Why won’t any of my drives read the new disks? Why did my drives stop reading a disk it used to read? What can I do to fix it?