locking issues with dvd drives and gaming issues

Discussion in 'Windows 64 Bit' started by TDtsi, Jul 24, 2005.

  1. TDtsi

    TDtsi Guest

    hello all, newb here,

    i just recieved my new workstation pc that came with windows xp pro64bit
    already installed. however, unfortunately i am already experiencing issues
    with it. i have a dvd-rom drive and a dvd-rw drive. both of these drives will
    lock up after several opening and closings for no apparent reason at all. the
    device manager says the device is normal. both drives, when a dvd/cd is
    inserted can read them perfectly. however sometimes when i want to take the
    dvd/cd out the device locks and i have to restart the computer.

    on another note, i installed simcity 4 on this computer and it runs fine,
    except for the fact that sometimes during gameing the game will completely
    shut down with no warning and no error messages. it just stops. the computer
    doesnt freeze either. i kno simcity 4 wasnt made for the 64bit version of
    windows, but it can still run on the 32bit subsytem im assuming.

    any help on these problems would be much appreciated. thanx.
     
    TDtsi, Jul 24, 2005
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  2. Did you uninstall both drives from device manager restarted the computer run
    the ad/hardware wizard to see if this corrects the problem?
     
    Andre Da Costa [Extended64], Jul 24, 2005
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  3. TDtsi

    John Barnes Guest

    How are you ejecting the CD/DVD. One poster below found that he had to
    physically push the eject button on his machine for it to work. The right
    click eject or other software eject was no longer working.
     
    John Barnes, Jul 25, 2005
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  4. Also closing the drives incorrectly could have caused damaged by pushing in
    the drive door instead manually pressing the close button.
     
    Andre Da Costa [Extended64], Jul 25, 2005
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  5. Also, they could be cheap drives from [fill in your favourite bottom brand]
    and have a BIOS problem. Which is fine, IF you can upgrade the BIOS and if
    they admit they have a problem.
     
    Charlie Russel - MVP, Jul 25, 2005
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  6. On the issue of 'apps freezing', I've found that error messages - warnings
    and such don't always pop up to the foreground. It might just be the
    anti-virus doing an update, if (as with many games) the app runs 'full
    screen' you're not likely to notice. One trick is to tap <Alt | Tab> thus
    minimizing the foreground app to the taskbar, you can see what's going on.
    If this does not work, the machine probably IS frozen.

    Regards, Tony. . .
     
    Tony Sperling, Jul 25, 2005
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