Most people do not realize that the important part of a cdrom and dvd is not the protective clear bottom side but the top part where the writing is. This side has direct access to the media, if you have a scratch here forget about the game or dvd, it is dead. The best way to check CD's and DVD's is to hold them up to a light bulb. You should see no light coming threw pin size holds or scratches, if you do then it will not work. Some old Dos games look perfect when you just look at them but if you were to hold it up to a light then you will see whether it is good or not. Before you waste your time trying to install a game, check the cdrom or dvd with a bright light that way you know the cd or dvd is good and the problem is the computer compatibility. Getting Dos games to run on Xp or Vista is easy when you have a good cd that is not damaged.
Guide created: 16/12/09 (updated 19/08/13)