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Oliver,

How old is your copy of KOTOR? Are they scratched? That might be causing the problem.

If you have enough space on your hard drive you can try to copy the CD to the hard drive and install from there.

Hope this helps. Those are two of my favorite games and I'd love to read your reviews.

Oliver Mannion

I don't think that's it as both games have the same problem and are mostly free of scratches. We think it might be a compatibility problem. Thanks for the suggestion anyway.

Lance Logic

Oliver,

Your CDs can be perfectly fine while your CD reader is hosed. Do you ever have to "jump start" your CD player? You know, open and close the door at just the right time to get the CD to spin up into a read? Do you have multiple CD readers on that CPU? Have you tried loading from all of them?

I'm really suspicious your CD drive might be in decline.

Also, if you have Norton Antivirus, turn it off for the duration of the install. That miiiiight be your issue.

If you have AVG, you'd have to uninstall it and reinstall it afterwards, which is a major pain. Many of the free anti-virus programs don't have an off switch.

I know how frustrating your issue can be. I hope it works out for you.

Ken Muldrew

I don't know the game (or games, but with just one title I felt more comfortable going with the singular), but it could be a DVD drive issue. If you know anyone with an external USB drive, try to borrow that. Otherwise, look in your system box at the ATA/ATAPI drives and try switching the transfer mode of your DVD drive to PIO only (I dimly recall having problems with DMA/PIO that appeared to be unreadable disks).

If that doesn't work, then you need to find a forum with all-knowing elves who happily troubleshoot any and all computer problems as a form of entertainment. I doubt any of them read your dad's blog, so you may have to consider asking for help in another place. Good luck.

Phil J

I'd also guess it's the CD/DVD not the disks. I've had similar problems in the past and the dma/pio issue was at least part of the problem (try http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/device/storage/ide-dma.mspx except switch to "pio only" mode). I also vaguely remember the cable being an issue, using a 40pin instead of a 80pin.

If all else fails, Steam has KOTOR for $10. Good Luck.

Oliver Mannion

Thank you to everyone for the suggestions. Lance Logic I tried turning off Norton but it didn't work. The cd drawers work fine on both laptops. Thanks anyway. I'm going to try a VM fix next.

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