I've been trying to play a few of my older PC games lately (Max Payne 2, Deus Ex, Diablo), and the games will not boot, even though the game is in the optical drive. Hell, there are times when I want to install a game, it will take almost five to ten minutes for the damn installation to come up, due to it reading the disc so slow.
Perhaps I'm being hasty, but I want to say SecuROM is to blame? I remember reading awhile ago apparently SecuROM can cause hardware issues with optical drives. I actually do have a few SecuROM games installed on my computer (Crysis, Crysis 2, Mass Effect), but I didn't realize this until after I had them installed. They were the digital versions off Origin, so I assumed that they wouldn't have SecuROM at all, but turns out they do. This whole thing started after I had those games installed, as they all ran perfectly previously.
Maybe it's something else, and I'm probably making a quick judgement, but what do you guys think?