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  •  05-28-2012, 10:10 PM 957805
    OldMasterW OldMasterW is not online. Last active: 07-22-2012, 8:06 PM
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    Subject: Disk not reading

    If someone has made this post, please redirect me to it (I can't find anything like this)

    Anyways, recently, I tried to play AOE 3 TAD on my laptop, but for some reason, the disk wouldn't read (The driver is running and stops and runs again but nothing pops up). I clicked on the icon but it says "please insert disk" and when I clicked on the driver (which simply says "driver E") it wasn't loading, until I eject the disk and it says "please insert disk". It's all the AOE 3 disks and I don't know what is going on. I tried all my other games, and they all work, so for sure it is not a driver problem, but it's just the AOE 3 games that will not read at all. I even tried to uninstall and install but the disks will not read. What is happening?

  •  05-29-2012, 12:45 AM 957813 in reply to 957805
    OldMasterW OldMasterW is not online. Last active: 07-22-2012, 8:06 PM
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    Subject: Re: Disk not reading
    Also, I forgot to mention, the discs are MINT condition, so that means there are no scratches at all.
  •  05-29-2012, 4:03 AM 957817 in reply to 957813
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    Subject: Re: Disk not reading

    if u have to post in continuation , than better u edit ur first post , 

    have u checked ur dvd reader ?

     


    knight_br:
    Optimal explanation .. very succinctly


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    Unkown_Genius:
    Leave it to Age.Comm to get a thread twenty miles off topic.


    :)

    Or turn into a flame war.

  •  05-29-2012, 11:12 AM 957834 in reply to 957817
    musketeer925 musketeer925 is not online. Last active: 03-13-2014, 9:15 PM
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    Subject: Re: Disk not reading
    Are you having problems installing or simply launching the game?

    You said you tried reinstallling -- does that mean you succeeded in reinstalling, or it gives the error again when you try to install?

    If it's an issue with the game simply not launching, the latest patches make it so the game no longer requires the disc:

    AoEIII: http://www.agecommunity.com/gameUpdates.aspx

    The WarChiefs: http://www.agecommunity.com/gameUpdates_xp.aspx

    The Asian Dynasties: http://www.agecommunity.com/gameUpdates_yp.aspx

    If it's problems with both launching and installing, perhaps try cleaning your disc? Use a glass cleaner, such as Windex, and then wipe it with microfiber clothe, or if you don't have one, a tissue (the kind without any kind of lotion in it, of course). Make sure it's good and dry before putting it back in your computer.

  •  05-29-2012, 9:37 PM 957873 in reply to 957834
    OldMasterW OldMasterW is not online. Last active: 07-22-2012, 8:06 PM
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    Subject: Re: Disk not reading

    Ok, well here's what's happening:

     I insert any of the AOE 3 disks (all expansions and the original game) and the driver begins to read it. However, it keeps looping (like the driver reads the disk and all of the sudden it stops reading it. It tries to read it again, but stops again), and the driver is not reading any of the discs at all. I thought it was the driver, but I played 20 different discs (even AOE 1 and 2) and they work fine except for the AOE 3 games. I clicked on the logo for AOE 3 and it said "Insert AOE 3 Disk" and when opened up my computer, it didn't say AOE 3 but "Driver E" (I clicked on Driver E but it wouldn't open up any window, that is until I eject the disk and it says please insert disc in driver E).

     So bottom line, the disc will NOT read at all and I'm sure it is not a driver issue. The discs have no scratches at all and are practically the same quality as the day I bought them from the store.

  •  05-30-2012, 4:27 PM 957949 in reply to 957873
    Ryz0n Ryz0n is not online. Last active: 12-08-2014, 11:48 PM
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    Subject: Re: Disk not reading

    It's not commonly known, but physical disc media actually degrades over time.  Generally a CD is probably going to be good for at least a decade, but in some rare occasions the disc may just degrade enough to not function properly. 

    In addition, laser tech has changed over the years, so your new drive may operate slightly differently than old ones.  Usually backwards compatibility is not an issue, but if the disc is a number of years old it is possible that may be a problem.  

     

    It does seem a very rare occurring, but it is possible.  Can you check the disc on another PC to see if it works by any chance? 

  •  06-15-2012, 1:29 AM 959208 in reply to 957949
    OldMasterW OldMasterW is not online. Last active: 07-22-2012, 8:06 PM
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    Subject: Re: Disk not reading

    Sorry about the long delay;

     Yes I've tried it, it works on several other computers. Is there any other possible methods I can try to get (at least one of the disks) to read?

  •  06-15-2012, 12:45 PM 959253 in reply to 959208
    Ryz0n Ryz0n is not online. Last active: 12-08-2014, 11:48 PM
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    Subject: Re: Disk not reading
    Hmmm... you could make an iso and use a virtual drive program (like dameon tools).
  •  06-17-2012, 1:45 AM 959385 in reply to 959253
    OldMasterW OldMasterW is not online. Last active: 07-22-2012, 8:06 PM
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    Subject: Re: Disk not reading
    Same problem came up, I tried ran magiciso and tried to have the disk read, but the driver kept running and stop and then repeats; it also keeps showing the green bar moving slowly to the end and it doesn't load at all. It got to the point of saying magic iso "not responding". I'm guessing this is the point where ideas run out?
  •  06-19-2012, 10:50 PM 959605 in reply to 959385
    OldMasterW OldMasterW is not online. Last active: 07-22-2012, 8:06 PM
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    Subject: Re: Disk not reading
    Ok, so I tried the new patch that allows you to play your game without the CD. However, this only worked for original and warchiefs only (TAD didn't work because I had uninstalled in an attempt to fix the problem). Is there any way to over come the problem if TAD wasn't installed and the disk won't read?
  •  09-01-2012, 6:52 PM 966361 in reply to 959605
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    Subject: Re: Disk not reading
    Milky__ is experiencing the same problem :(
  •  09-01-2012, 9:03 PM 966370 in reply to 966361
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    Subject: Re: Disk not reading
    Have you tried:

    Cleaning Discs

    Using them in another computer?

    Do other game discs work?

    Is it all AoE3 discs, or just one?

    If just one, and you tried cleaning it, I'd call Microsoft and try to get replacement media.

  •  09-01-2012, 9:10 PM 966371 in reply to 966370
    Milky__ Milky__ is not online. Last active: Tue, Dec 17 2013, 7:26 PM
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    Subject: Re: Disk not reading

    It's just the TAD disk. Is there a specific way how to clean it?

    edit

    ignore that 

  •  09-01-2012, 10:22 PM 966372 in reply to 966371
    J McMillin J McMillin is not online. Last active: 03-11-2014, 1:01 AM
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    Subject: Re: Disk not reading
    you got your computer working milky?

    kittychix:

    If you know your behaviour or language is going to result in a ban, and continue with the actions anyway...you are heading in a direction of less then temporary action.

  •  09-02-2012, 8:57 PM 966450 in reply to 966372
    Milky__ Milky__ is not online. Last active: Tue, Dec 17 2013, 7:26 PM
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    Subject: Re: Disk not reading
    Na it broke on me again, but I'm installing aoe on my shitty laptop anyway. It wouldn't be a problem at all if my TAD disk wasn't so goddamn scratched. Might just buy the complete edition and get another account in the process.
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