View Full Version : Is there a way to lower CDROM speed?

05-01-2004, 09:02:16
Mine is at 48X but I'd like it to work slower. I have CRC errours when installing some games. Changing DMA to no and chaning cache to none didn't help.
Thank thee

05-01-2004, 09:16:37
It's more likely due to copy protection being incompatible with your drive than speed.

05-01-2004, 09:18:14
I see. Well 1 time in 10 the install will go on fine. But it's a lot to try to install 10 times to get one right and if. Is there any way around it? The game is original, not pirated.

05-01-2004, 09:54:47
Hmm I think you might be wrong.

05-01-2004, 10:05:24
Asher -wrong - no way man - the earth hasn't stopped spinning yet!:cute:

05-01-2004, 10:12:10
I've never heard of a drive that needed to be slowed down, but I've heard of many drives that are incompatible with copyprotection things like SecuROM that return CRC errors rather randomly or fail CD checks.

05-01-2004, 10:15:23
Well the problem I think is with the windows installer (I think that's what it's called). The CRC is not random. It's very specific and always happens at 40% of the installation after the HD has finished "unpacking" data. I've heard that some fast CDROMS could lead to those sort of errours.

05-01-2004, 17:17:29
Admit it, you're using a Mac.

Qaj the Fuzzy Love Worm
05-01-2004, 20:17:31
Is there a way to lower CDROM speed?

Chewing gum.

05-01-2004, 20:28:07
I've found that cat hair does a good job, too.

05-01-2004, 21:04:30
Either that's the cheapest damn CD Rom, or the copy protection is screwing it up.

Here's a trick I found to work for me when that sort of thing happens... copy the entire CD to your HD. Leaving the CD in the tray, run the install out of the HD Copy. The CD check/Copy Protection can do its thing (making sure everything is really there in the plastic of the CD Rom), but it doesn't screw up the installers read stream. This trick has allowed me to install several games with really crappy protection schemes that weren't designed for current CD-Readers.

You want slow? Go buy a DVD-Burner. Most will run a CD-Rom at about x4 to x8 right now. Of course, most of the really fast CD-Readers don't end up reading at their x32 or x48 or x56 read speeds...

07-01-2004, 07:47:26
I think Ahead packages a program with Nero that slows down the CD-ROM. It's called CDSpeed. I haven't tried it.

07-01-2004, 13:40:08
And if that doesn't work. Clean the damn disk. Dirty CDs can throw copy errors...and yes they will be thrown at the exact same place every time.