I assume that for some reason, my disk drive is not being recognized by my computer. This has been ongoing since late September, and I had not had a chance to have anyone with real knowledge (I am also lacking when it comes to computer know-how) check it out, because I was in Europe studying abroad.
I have a Compaq Presario F500 notebook with Windows Vista and a Toshiba disk drive. Around the time I installed The Sims 2, as well as all of it's expansion packs at the time, I started receiving "No CD/DVD-ROM drive found." messages (which I still get every time I start a program which requires a disk). So I checked around the Sims2 forums and found that many others, especially with Windows Vista, Toshiba disk drives, etc were experiencing the same problems as myself. They all seem to associated these problems with SecuRom, an anti-piracy program now used by EA/Sony/Maxis on their newer disks.
Anytime I have inserted a disk into the drive, the drive itself makes noise as if it is working, yet absolutely nothing happens on my computer.
Well, recently, because I thought I was going to have to format my drive and reinstall windows, I purchased a 500 GB external hard drive to transfer all of my pictures, etc to. Magically (at least to me, since I'm computer 'tarded), when I plugged the USB cable which was connected to the external hard drive, but not plugged in to any power source, my disk drive was recognized by my computer and I was able to insert Sims' disks and even play again.
I haven't tried any other disks yet, but now that I wanted to re-install some stuff, I can't get that same magic
situation to occur again. It happened a few times, only after a restart, with the said disk in and the external hard drive plugged into the USB port. But it does not happen every time I try this same situation/set-up.
Can anyone shed any light on this situation for me? I'm very confused and would like to figure this out without having to shell out a good amount of cash to get it fixed. He LL, the main reason I even purchased this laptop was to bring abroad with me.
Thanks for even reading all of that lol...