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  • Grr. 2142 DVD Ruined!

    Darn DVD-ROM scratched my 2142 DVD and at this point, I will most likely need to buy another copy.

    I ended up keeping my 2142 DVD in my DVD-ROM drive and it's been in there since the middle of last year since I used to play 2142 daily and did not want to push the disk in and out.

    Well, lo' and behold, I can't play most of my games anymore so I decided just now to eject the disk and put back in the box for safe keeping.

    *pushes eject button*

    Driver whirls...spins...tries to eject and a fraction of a second later goes right back in (moved about 1 mm).

    *uses paper clip in eject hole*

    Same thing happens.

    I ended up restarting my computer hoping it was a Windows lock-up. Still no luck.

    So I ended up unplugging my system, disconnected the EIDE cable from the drive, then I started up my system and ejected the disk.

    Then I turn it over and WHAM. Ugly scratch mark through the middle and dust and other crap stuck/melted onto the center of the disk (between the read area and the hole.

    This has never happened before. Now I am experience ejection issues with the DVD-RW drive below it as well. I'll either get a successful eject or it'll come half out with the disk tilted and attempt to slide back in or not come out at all.


    Are my two Lite-On drives toast? Should I be replacing both of my optical drives?

    Suggestions, comments, stories, etc. welcome.
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    Re: Grr. 2142 DVD Ruined!

    Even if your dvd rom is ruined, you can just mount an image if you have the game installed already when you play. Melting usually happens if I leave a cd in the drive too long ( in your case half a year) but I don't know much about your problem with the optical drives. Good luck and see you around!

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    • #3
      Re: Grr. 2142 DVD Ruined!

      That's what happened to us for a while when our disc drive wanted to act all stupid and destroy all DVDs we put in it. The disc would go in, and all the sudden it'd begin to whir really fast. It sounded like a circular saw. We'd have to press the eject button, and it'd come out still spinning really fast. Our disc is pretty scratched up, but it still reads. I truly suggest you did what we did and buy a new disc drive. I think EA retains all your account info regardless of what CD Key you use, so you should be fine. If not, have fun climbing back to the rank of Brig Gen.
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      • #4
        Re: Grr. 2142 DVD Ruined!

        Hmm, well if I have to reclimb the ranks, I'm doing it on my next system not this one.

        Thanks for the advice guys. I'll look into purchasing replacement drives for this old computer (4 years+ and 2 transplants) before I hand it off to my siblings or dad.
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        • #5
          Re: Grr. 2142 DVD Ruined!

          It almost sounds like something the drives mechanical ejection system started to go bad.

          A little belt is most likely slipping.
          Last edited by BeSiege82; 01-19-2008, 06:05 PM.



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          • #6
            Re: Grr. 2142 DVD Ruined!

            If you end up buying a new copy, just use your original CD key and your original account and soldiers will be just fine.

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            • #7
              Re: Grr. 2142 DVD Ruined!

              I believe you can contact EA to get a new disc. You will probably have to take a snapshot of your existing DVD and pay a small fee for the disc itself, but I don't think it will be as costly as buying a whole new game.
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              • #8
                Re: Grr. 2142 DVD Ruined!

                Originally posted by asch View Post
                I believe you can contact EA to get a new disc. You will probably have to take a snapshot of your existing DVD and pay a small fee for the disc itself, but I don't think it will be as costly as buying a whole new game.
                That's possible? I thought they weren't liable for damages to the disk (in such a case)...
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                • #9
                  Re: Grr. 2142 DVD Ruined!

                  They aren't, which is why they will likely charge you a fee for a replacement DVD, but when it comes down to it, the media doesn't cost them much to begin with. :)

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                  • #10
                    Re: Grr. 2142 DVD Ruined!

                    Oh whoops. Skipped over where Asch said "pay a small fee". My mind is preoccupied with a down website.
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                    • #11
                      Re: Grr. 2142 DVD Ruined!

                      I put in my Command & Conquer Generals CD a few months ago and in the middle of reinstalling it I heard a "BAM!" Look down to see a chunk of plastic broken off the door to the drive and the C&C disk in a million little pieces. Most were still in the drive but a few managed to make their way out the hole the flying shards made :).

                      Regarding you're disk, have you thought of using one of there? They're a bit expensive but I've used mine on countless occasions and it works really well. I've had plenty of scratched disks that I thought would never work again be revived by my Skip Dr. It's basically a rubber wheel that grinds into the disk a bit, and clears off most scratches.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Grr. 2142 DVD Ruined!

                        Yes I have. I might invest some money into one in the future. I'm just concerned it might take off too much of the clear plastic when it starts grinding down the disk.


                        I did manage to find my brother's copy and plan to use it in the future since he no longer has any interest in 2142.
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                        SSDs I Own: Kingston HyperX 3K (240 GB), Samsung 840 Pro (256 GB), Samsung 840 EVO (250 GB), Samsung 840 x 2 (120 GB), Plextor M5S (120 GB), OCZ Vertex (30 GB)

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                        • #13
                          Re: Grr. 2142 DVD Ruined!

                          Depending on how much you may want to spend, EA has the option of replacing the disc usually cheaper then buying a new game with the another CD KEY. I had lost my BF2142 game disk a week after I had bought it when it first came out and was $50 or more. SO I didn't want to spend that much again so contacted EA and they said I could buy a replacement disc with no CD KEY for $15. I did of course but since so much time has passed it may be cheaper just to buy a whole new game intead of paying $15 for just the game disc itself. Maybe EA has dropped the replacement disc fee but I doubt it.
                          Asch, they checked the CD KEY with some other info I already had for verification from when I registered the game

                          Can BF2142 be mounted in a virtual drive? I thought all mini images still did not work?

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                          • #14
                            Re: Grr. 2142 DVD Ruined!

                            According to Draeh, he's managed to run his game off of a image (burned with latest Alcohol 120%). So it's most likely possible to mount it on a virtual drive. Of course, I don't have Alcohol, so I couldn't rip a successful image of my 2142 DVD.

                            So EA just sends out the disk for $15?


                            Edit:

                            Oh sweet!

                            News here: http://www.digitalbattle.com/2008/01...eluxe-edition/

                            BF2142 Regular Edition: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16832130015 ($20)
                            BF2142 Deluxe Edition: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16832130077 ($28)

                            That's so nice. Now I can buy it with the NS booster pack. :D
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                            • #15
                              Re: Grr. 2142 DVD Ruined!

                              One of two things:

                              Ever seen the exploding disk myth on Mythbusters? Sweet

                              Two, mounting images saves a lot of time, you can use Daemon software, downloadable from the internet. Takes a while to know your way around problems and most of th time it is some stupid common sense thing you missed.
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