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Possible issue installing on some brands of DVD-RWs
« on: September 03, 2008, 03:14:23 pm »
I'm a Sims geek, and to help bide my time before I could get my paws on Spore, I picked up the latest (and possibly last) Expansion pack for The Sims 2 "Apartment Life"

The problem was, I couldn't install it. Not right away anyway.
When I inserted the DVD, the disk would not recognize it...it wouldn't spin up, no autorun. Even clicking on my DVD-RW drive would give me a "please insert disk" message.

Yet this same DVD-RW drive would play and install other games, even DVD rom games like the PC version of Mass Effect.

The ONLY other thing it couldn't handle well was actual DVD movies. I could not play DVD movies on my computer for some reason. It never really bothered me because I own a normal DVD player.


The point of this whole thing was that I ended up having to buy a new drive. I purchased this drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827101131

After hooking the drive, I was able to install my game just fine.



Why am I babbling on about this on the Spore forum? Because The Sims 2: Apartment Life and Spore are coming out within several weeks of each other, by the same company. To infer that they are being encoded the same exact way would not be too long of a leap. That being said, I know I would commit several human rights violations if I found that my computer couldn't play Spore the day I got it, so I wanted to give everyone else a heads up.

If you think your drive might be like my old one, either swap it, or go for the digital download.


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Re: Possible issue installing on some brands of DVD-RWs
« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2008, 03:43:27 pm »
Yes, but the Sims 2: Apartment Life isn't using the same copy protection as Spore. Spore is using the copy protection system used in Mass Effect. So if you installed it fine, you should be able to install Spore fine.