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tried installing fs-x without success. My PC tells me the disk is either corrupt or in a format windows cannot read. My PC meets all the specs. Already uninstalled all bruner programs, dvd player rograms, virus/adware/spyware programs, and disabled teh DLA on my DVD drive. But still no success.Should I send my disks to Microsoft for replacement? I don't plan to buy a new old dvd reader just to install this game (dvd reader/writer is not specified in the requirements list), like some people did.Any suggestions?

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Well, what kind of DVD drive do you have?Didn't you ask this in the hardware forum already?RhettAMD 3700+ (@2310 mhz), eVGA 7800GT 256 (Guru3D 93.71), ASUS A8N-E, PC Power 510 SLI, 2 GB Corsair XMS 2.5-3-3-8 (1T), WD 250 gig 7200 rpm SATA2, CoolerMaster Praetorian case

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Well, yes, I did post a similar post earlier, but didn't get much suggestions about what could be the problem, other than try it on another PC (no offence to those who tried to help me).My optical drive is a NEC DVD-RW ND4550A. Driver is Microsoft, version 5.1.2535.I just noticed that the drive was set to region 1 (don't know if this will matter). The program I bought over the internet via www.cd-wow.com, who are UK based, but ship from Hong Kong. Are these disks region coded?PS, I did not post on Flightsim.com as I am not a member of the forum (actually I though I was, but because I hardly ever post there I forgot my user name and password...)

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Hi guys,I have some more information:First of all for information, I have a 2.8GHz Celeron processor, 512 MB RAM and plenty of Harddrive (80 Gigs) available. I run Windows XP SP2, and I have a NEC DVD RW 4550 (nout double layered). My Graphics card is an MSI BeForce FX card. Can't remember which type, but about 2 or 3 years old, with 256 MB RAM I believe. I think it's a 5800 or something like that.Now, a friend of mine has an HP PC and is currently installing my copy of FS-X on his PC. It seems to start the installation without problems. It hasn't finished yet and I warned him he might get the known problems after about 99% of the second DVD.Do I need to buy a different DVD drive? It would be a bit silly to have to buy a new DVD player just because MS didn't make the game compatible for all DVD players...Is it possible region settings on the DVD player affects installation of FS-X? Also, when I look at my optical drive when it is empty, it says "DVD-RAM". Would that matter?Any help (including telling me what DVD player you have) would be appreciated.Perhaps people can tell me what DVD drives they have successfully installed FS-X with. That way I can keep an eye out to see if I can get hold of one.PS I have never had any problems reading and/or writing any type of DVDs or CDs.

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Well, my friend installed it in one go without a single problem.As for my pc, it's a barebone system, Aopen XCube. But as I said I use an MSI GeForce card.If someone can tell me what DVD-writer is usable to install the game, that would be great!

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You may want to check and see if your autoplay function is still working - this may help: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/330135 .Also, have you tried to browse the DVD's with Windows Explorer? If you can see the contents of DVD #1 you should be able to start the install by double-clicking on setup.exe . (If you can browse the DVD's with Windows Explorer you will then know that there is nothing wrong with the DVD drive).Doug

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Do you run any DVD software, like Nero7?Some of those DVD programs can interfere with Windows reading of the DVD drive. There is a MS KB article about this issue.I'd take a look at http://support.microsoft.com/ph/11941 and see if there isn't something there that rings any bells.RhettAMD 3700+ (@2310 mhz), eVGA 7800GT 256 (Guru3D 93.71), ASUS A8N-E, PC Power 510 SLI, 2 GB Corsair XMS 2.5-3-3-8 (1T), WD 250 gig 7200 rpm SATA2, CoolerMaster Praetorian case

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thanks for the input guys. I already tried those techniques. In fact, I tried all documented techniques: As I stated before, I uninstalled Nero (which was the only burning software I had on my PC), and any DVD player software I had. I disabled DLA (drag-drop copy function of the DVD writer). I tried browsing to the disk, I tried selecting start>nru? E;autorun. I tried control panel> add program. None had success. always the "unable to read disk. Either disk is corrupted or in a format not recognised by windows". My friend installed successfully on his HP machine, which is older rthan mine. He did not uninstall any virus scanners, burning software or dvd player software at all.So I suspect a DVD problem. What DVD players do you guys use when successfully installing FSX?

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I have two that work OK. But, they're old ones and probably aren't available anymore: A-Open 1648 AAP and Plextor 708A .Doug

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Hi,I had this problem years ago when my cd drive would not read some commerical cd's. The problem was the copy protection that was on the cd could not be read by some cd drives. Since your friend was able to install the game, I would rule out a bad dvd and also region specific.Can you borrow his dvd player, install in your computer and install game?Right now I use a HP dvd player/burner with no problems.Ed

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well, I'm not sure if he wants to take out his drive and lend it to me. He is not much of a tinkerer. But I'll ask... I might upgrade my whole system and sell my current one. My current system is really not that bad actually, so I might still get some acceptable money for it. I'll do some browsing around for acceptable components for a cheap price. My friend can play FSX quite well he said, despite his PC being an older (3 year old HP AMD processor type) PC. When I do upgrade I'll make sure to get a HP DVD writer...In the mean time, if anyone else can let me know what DVD drives they have, that would be great. Maybe people with the exact same drive as I have, have the exact same problem. That would confirm my problem with the NEC DVD writer.Well, When I got the drive, it was one of the first to incorporate both DVD+/-R/RW DVDs as well as DVD-RAM disks. Having looked up the specs it seems like it is in fact also a double layer writer, which I thought was not the case (and NEC doesn't specify which double layer DVDs go well with teh writer, which they do for the other formats), so maybe not exactly a clear cut writer...

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I think your Nero is not fully and completely uninstalled.RhettAMD 3700+ (@2310 mhz), eVGA 7800GT 256 (Guru3D 93.71), ASUS A8N-E, PC Power 510 SLI, 2 GB Corsair XMS 2.5-3-3-8 (1T), WD 250 gig 7200 rpm SATA2, CoolerMaster Praetorian case

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Can you tell me how I can find out, and then how to completely remove it? I performed an uninstall. I realise windows has a tendensy to leave half the files behind somewhere on the system, but not a clue how to trace them, and remove them. Any suggestions?

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>Can you tell me how I can find out, and then how to>completely remove it? I performed an uninstall. I realise>windows has a tendensy to leave half the files behind>somewhere on the system, but not a clue how to trace them, and>remove them. Any suggestions?I'd start by checking the registry (Start-->All Programs-->Run...--->regedit) and do a CTRL+F (Find) and put Nero in, and see what you come up with.Nero (and a few other DVD apps) can cause problems with the way Windows reads disks.Of course, it could be any number of things, such as your DVD drive being defective, a loose connection, a power supply issue, motherboard, etc.If you registry is free of any Nero things, and you've uninstalled it, I would hope that this would mean it is fully and completely uninstalled. But then again Nero may have hooks into the OS that I don't know about.RhettAMD 3700+ (@2310 mhz), eVGA 7800GT 256 (Guru3D 93.71), ASUS A8N-E, PC Power 510 SLI, 2 GB Corsair XMS 2.5-3-3-8 (1T), WD 250 gig 7200 rpm SATA2, CoolerMaster Praetorian case

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Thanks for the input guys, I solved my problems (Intervideo was the problem ...)

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thanks for the info. Unfortunately it did not work (actually, I had to do ctrl-F many times to find nero elements and Ahead elements). Well, tomorrow I am borrowing a DVD drive from a friend. Maybe that drive will be able to recognise the disk...

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my friend didn't want to borrow his DVD drive. He got all nervous about taking it out of his PC. What a shame. I don't want to buy a new drive and find it doesn't work either...These DVD's, are they double layer? I'm wondering if that could cause the problem with my DVD. Although it is supposed to be able to write dual layer, I was not aware of it when I bougt it.

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Probably the easiest way is to leave a message at the NEC support page and see if they have any answers.The dvd's are single layer.Ed

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I agree with Ed, I'd start by going to NEC's site and also googling your DVD's name. Perhaps others have had similar problems.Barring that, a DVD drive is relatively cheap as computer parts go...One thing about it, if you put a new DVD drive in there, and it STILL did not work, you would know the fault was not with your DVD drive.RhettAMD 3700+ (@2310 mhz), eVGA 7800GT 256 (Guru3D 93.71), ASUS A8N-E, PC Power 510 SLI, 2 GB Corsair XMS 2.5-3-3-8 (1T), WD 250 gig 7200 rpm SATA2, CoolerMaster Praetorian case

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Reth, Does FSX run well on your AMD based PC? I'm considering buying a new basic system, but don't want to splash out too much money AMD being the cheapest, would you recon I best get an AMD based system, or rather intel dual core system (dual core 2 goes above my budget for a whole new system)

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>Reth, Does FSX run well on your AMD based PC? I'm considering>buying a new basic system, but don't want to splash out too>much money AMD being the cheapest, would you recon I best get>an AMD based system, or rather intel dual core system (dual>core 2 goes above my budget for a whole new system)My PC (specs below) runs FSX amazingly well...it surprises me. Considering I built it as an "interim" PC to see me through the last days of FS2004, I think it's a real performer for having spent just under $1050 for it in January 06, and a lot of that cost was the power supply...From the way you sound, you have an Intel system, probably a late gen P4. If I were you, I would consider the fact that Core2 systems right now are the best value all around. The E6400 is inexpensive and can be overclocked nicely. I wouldn't buy a single-core cpu now, like I have, because the benefits of dual-core are growing by the day. I don't know if you can even buy a fast single-core like I have anymore.If you just can't stand your FSX performance anymore, then by all means upgrade...but you might see what SP1 gives us. It might make FSX workable on your present computer...at least give it a little more life for FSX yet.RhettAMD 3700+ (@2310 mhz), eVGA 7800GT 256 (Guru3D 93.71), ASUS A8N-E, PC Power 510 SLI, 2 GB Corsair XMS 2.5-3-3-8 (1T), WD 250 gig 7200 rpm SATA2, CoolerMaster Praetorian case

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Success!!! I borrowed an external DVD player from work, and... It works! I managed to install FSX nicely, without any problems. Well, it made a small hickup when it asked for disk 2. I put the disk in, and let it get up to speed and clicked "ok". But windows kept asking for the disk. So I took it out and put it in. This time I did not wait for teh disk to spin up and I just clicked "ok" immediately. And that did the trick. Installed liek a charm!Now I do have to say, on my system it does run a bit too slow (if you want some level of detail). So when my profit share comes in, I may buy a new basic PC system.Since I have an Apple iMac G5 as my main system (for photography), I don't want to spend too much money on a basic PC system. The cheaper the better.I realise I can'yt have an AGP card anymore as that bus seem sto become outdated. AMD is still there, though starting to lag behind, depsite that AMD has dual core processors (I might set up a RAID installation to get FSX to run faster. Don't know if that will work though). In any case, I won't spend more than 300 GBP on a basic system (actually, that is almost everything, except preipherals as I might get 2 the same harddrives for teh RAID setup...)Thanks for your help guys. Hope to see you out there when Flying FSX!

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If money is a factor, before I went with RAID on an FS system, I would instead put that money into a faster cpu. Fast cpu is king in any computer built for FS. If you don't want to spend a large amount of $ then I would ditch the RAID (which will help in load times, but not appreciably with frame rate) and instead put that money toward a faster cpu.RhettAMD 3700+ (@2310 mhz), eVGA 7800GT 256 (Guru3D 93.71), ASUS A8N-E, PC Power 510 SLI, 2 GB Corsair XMS 2.5-3-3-8 (1T), WD 250 gig 7200 rpm SATA2, CoolerMaster Praetorian case

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