Whether this line of questioning is legite or not i dunno, but here goes. I have friends from whom i can get cd-roms containing downloaded games and software (some of which is potentially useful to my university course). These games obviously are burned and copied. Now when i put them into my DVD-Rom drive i listen and i hear the DVD spinning and trying to be read... but to little avail. And if it does get read it often can take 10 minutes to open a folder. I have one disc which i have no problem with. The plastic disc in the center of it is blue. The same CD-Roms when played on a friends PC run with no problem at all! They have the same DVD-Rom drive as me and the same software. However they have a different OS. I was wondering if anybody knows why this happens and if so is there a way around it? I am reluctant to accuse XP of being a stoopid OS since it is the one that i have to use on my computer cos i can't afford a new one!! Puleezeeee help!! Many thanks!