Hello everyone! been here for a long time and I trust everyones contributions! Well I have been having this bad issue with my dvd rom where anytime i place a dvd or cd in it (no matter what it is) at some point the pc freezes (then i have to shutdown and reboot). I have no virus', I am not overclocking any hardware on my pc. windows is fully uptodate. i defrag once a week (all partitions). I am using AVg 7.5 - i have it fully up to date. I am also using adware - which is very helpful. this freeze ONLY happens when i run my dvd player- when im installing somehting - anything! ok. i would say a cuople of years ago now i bought this bulls*t game called BET ON SOLDIER. I installed this crap program called STARFORCE!! im pretty sure alot of you know about this horrible vile piece of S*t protectiveware garbage!! incase no one knows about this Boycott Starforce to sum up - starforce literally fragged my Optical drive to hell. I could not burn after that or use it - at all...it slowly died on me (i only owned it for 5 months and hardly burned with it!!) i crawled through the registry to look for ANY relating keys threads for starforce as per instructions. I used the removal tool - INCLUDING the official one that the company released. Mind you they explained that the program does NOT mess your optical drive....and that was only myth spread by the pirate groups...no they are lying it DOES ruin your optical drive by installing hidden devices (which i also removed) so....removed my drive- FULLY formatted my HD and reinstalled a different OS - i upgraded fromxp 32 to 64 pRO.....then i didnt have any cds to really use until a week ago. popped in a disk...pc froze - fully- reboot to safe mode - tried installing drivers for my new lexmark printer- 50% FREEZE i ran memory tests, prime 95, superpi - nothing its all good. i made sure that nothing was wrong my pc physically- IE- DUST CLUTTER, ruined cables , unplugges cables.. i have not spilled anything inside or around my pc. again it runs perfectly fine unless i try and use the dvd player (i got a new one. im stumped big time. i mean ill through my registry now JUST incase some madness somehow stayed behind before the format like some ghost! specs ========== AMD ATHLON 4400X2 A8rmvp 32 deluxe mobo 2gb ocz 4000 platinum xtc 2 1900 radeons CF antec case (basic w/fans) 620W seasonic psu nspire basic optical mouse creative Xfi xtreme gamer apologies for the lengthy post i just like being detailed. but im wondering.....one thing i have not tried ....updating my BIOS again....hmmm mabye when you isntall starforce it installs hidden crap in the BIOS?? which might get saved in cmos? gonna check it out...oh but wait i also didnt mention my antec case doesnt give ANY ability to SCREW the player in place...can it just get interrupted which might cause freezing>? gonna test it out now - im going to secure it with black tape (electrical) seriously im not kidding thecase has BLOCKED spaces where your supposed to place the screws. thanks for reading- game oN!!!