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#124287 - 11/26/02 07:07 AM Sanitarium exploded!
girlgeek Offline
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Registered: 06/16/02
Posts: 1957
Loc: Kansas City, Missouri, USA
I have NEVER had this happen before! I was sitting showing a friend Sanitarium and considering just playing it again myself, when disc 1 (after installation) during play, EXPLODED in my CDROM drive! It shattered into tons of tiny pieces! It sounded like a gunshot and the game froze, so I opened the CD drive and all that was there was tons of tiny pieces of disc! Some of them fell into my drive, so now my drive doesn't work!

Sometimes I think that I'm cursed. I have a friend who is good with computers, coming over to have a look at it tonight. Hopefully, it's fixable and the little shards of disc didn't break anything else in the drive.

Go figure! Have you ever even HEARD of such a thing??!!
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#124288 - 11/26/02 07:21 AM Re: Sanitarium exploded!
ThunderChild Offline
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Registered: 08/13/02
Posts: 303
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I've worked in IT for the last 9 years and this is without doubt the bizzarest thing I've ever heard of: an exploding CD......WOW <img border="0" alt="woozy" title="" src="graemlins/woozy.gif" />

Makes for a great story to tell people though laugh
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#124289 - 11/26/02 07:48 AM Re: Sanitarium exploded!
Kickaha Offline
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Registered: 03/27/01
Posts: 2451
Loc: Cambridge, England
Life is much much stranger than fiction - I've heard of microwaving CDs but not this!

Quick patent the idea! Your very own Fortean moment.
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#124290 - 11/26/02 08:09 AM Re: Sanitarium exploded!
Skinter Offline
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Registered: 08/15/06
Posts: 4161
Loc: Herndon, VA
GG -

Makes me wonder if your computer fans were working at the time you were showing off Sanitarium to your friend. Ask your friend if you think the cause of the problem happened to be the fans. If so, you're gonna need to replace them. The fans are necessary to keep the insides of a computer very cool. As you have witnessed, problems can occur if your fans don't work properly. But, I have never heard of anybody's cd exploding in their drive before. Good luck! wave wave wave Maybe the game was just too hot to show off to your friend. laugh laugh
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#124291 - 11/26/02 08:54 AM Re: Sanitarium exploded!
syd Offline
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Registered: 11/12/99
Posts: 12307
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Hi Girlgeek

Believe it or not you're the second Boomer that has happened to. Can't remember who had the exploding disk before but yep it happens. The disk could have overheated, it could have not been sitting properly in the drive or the disk could have developed small fractures - who knows. Thank goodness no one was hurt lol.
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#124292 - 11/26/02 09:15 AM Re: Sanitarium exploded!
KD Offline
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Registered: 11/24/02
Posts: 7
Fractures in the outer end of the cd is the most common reason for this, and I assure you, it's not only you it has happened to. Especially in high speed, even the smallest of fractures can be lethal to your disk. To bad you lost the cd though

#124293 - 11/26/02 09:21 AM Re: Sanitarium exploded!
gatorlaw Offline
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Registered: 11/01/99
Posts: 10323
I was just going to post what Syd said, I can't recall who it was either - but they had theirs break up and I believe it shot pieces of the disc out from the PC. I do recall that they had to replace their CD Rom. Yikes.

I wonder if there is anyway to tell that the CD is flawed or has breaks that could cause it to do this?


#124294 - 11/26/02 09:42 AM Re: Sanitarium exploded!
nickie Offline
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Registered: 01/08/02
Posts: 13453
Loc: Texas
So sorry things are going so badly for you right now. I hope next year will be a much better one for you.
"How could drops of water know themselves to be a river? Yet the river flows on."
- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

#124295 - 11/26/02 10:08 AM Re: Sanitarium exploded!
burpee Offline
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Registered: 12/14/00
Posts: 4516
Loc: North aurora IL
Yep, maybe this run of bad luck will be replaced with a run of good luck next year (what Nickie said). Just be glad that you or your friend weren't hurt.

#124296 - 11/26/02 10:30 AM Re: Sanitarium exploded!
ladyyve Offline
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Registered: 12/09/00
Posts: 1719
Loc: La Puente, CA, USA
Omigosh, Lori! Eeeeeeeeks! What a scary experience 'that' must have been!

I'm glad that at least *you're* ok. The CD 'and' the drive are both replaceable! It could probably have been worse! You never know. <sighhhhhhh>

In any event, the year is almost over and the next one has GOT to be better! You still have all of us to lean on. My heart goes out to you, Be sure to keep us all posted.

Thank heaven you have a job now! Things will work themselves out, I'm sure.

Big hugs,


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#124297 - 11/26/02 11:07 AM Re: Sanitarium exploded!
MacDee Offline
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Registered: 06/06/99
Posts: 14887
Loc: Battle Creek, Michigan
It's been said bad things come in three's, maybe now the good things will come. wink

I'm glad you're all right! happydance


#124298 - 11/26/02 12:41 PM Re: Sanitarium exploded!
DanF Offline
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Registered: 02/10/00
Posts: 318
Loc: Tennessee, USA
Now that's what I call a bug!! I wonder if there's a patch for that. Maybe Elmer's has one.

Sorry to hear it, though. I hope your drive didn't sustain any real damage.

#124299 - 11/26/02 01:51 PM Re: Sanitarium exploded!
tigger Offline
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Registered: 04/02/01
Posts: 15679
Loc: England
Ohh Lori,

well at least neither of you got hurt.

I did read the comments before, the post was in mixed bag.... some of the faster cd roms are not recommended, especially if you are playing an old, scratched cd.. the 52 speed ones are the usual ones this happens to.

Mac, I had a problem with the fan in my pc.. mind you it was 5 years old.... meant I got a new pc thumbsup OK so hubby had been meaning to upgrade mine as it was his old one, but he just made a snap decision when we went to get the new fan and cd (nope it didn't go bang, but it smelled AWFUL!!) and I got a great pressie!!


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#124300 - 11/26/02 02:51 PM Re: Sanitarium exploded!
Lorryrose Offline
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Registered: 06/21/00
Posts: 1002
Loc: Jordan, Mn. USA
Lori, WOW! I've never heard of such a thing. Now I'll be paranoid every time I put in a disc. I didn't even know such a thing like that was possible. eek

Please CYE

#124301 - 11/26/02 03:10 PM Re: Sanitarium exploded!

ANYONE with a CD drive 40x or faster should seriously think about a slowdown utility. I always run my CD drive at the slowest tolerable speed when playing (usually 4x 0r 8x is plenty) and only allow it to spin fast when installing.

Here's a great program. It's from Germany, but the menus are in English.


Edited by looney4labs (06/26/07 03:34 PM)
Edit Reason: updated link

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