A CD that can crash a computer when inserted?


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mortensen

I have a motherboard specific disk and when I inserted it into another computer as soon as it autorun it ejected and the computer locked on a black screen.

Is this possible? I can hold shift [to stop it auto-running] and can install programs and they'll work, but when it auto-runs it crashes [i'll have to try it on another computer now]. Can you build something into a program so it can crash an entire computer if it isn't run on the correct motherboard???

This just seems wrong because it SHOULDN'T be allowed for companies [Norton] to make disks that can crash your computer and if it's not deliberate then what the hell is going on?????

-mortensenj

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ElGato

There could actually be a number of differing reasons. 2 of which spring to mind

1) Missing .dll or other such file the autorun proggy is expecting?

2) The inability of the CD-ROM to complete the execution of the autorun proggy for whatever reason. (Dirty/scratched CD that the CD-ROM is unable to error correct)

I actually caused a similar senario with my on PC when creating VCD's with WinOnCD. When these rouge discs were inserted into my reader the auto execution of VCD_Play.exe caused my PC to lock solid. Very strange it was. Hope this helps.

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EmuZombie

well, for un-patched win9x systems It's very easy to make a "cd of death"

just make a file on it called... autorun.inf

and in it place

[AutoRun]

open=con/con

;)

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futile

If it is a "motherboard specific disk", then its quite possible the Autorun EXE is a program writen to check the MoBo and if it is incorrect cause the PC to freeze.

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But I've never heard of that before, but it can be dun. And the fact that is freezes on a black screen seems to signify to me that a program as been executed, and is either purposly causing that crash or genuinely is incompatible with your system (software) configuration (missing or corupted system files).

Anyways hope that gives you some ideas?

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Open up the Autorun.inf file in the Root of the CD, and check what program/command_line is being run.

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Futile

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mortensen

I think it's amazing that it can crash a computer just like that though. Well, at least the CD was useful...

On the CD was Virtual Drive, Norton AnitVirus and royalty free clipart which is where I got my sig picture from. :) At least the programs install on other computers... LMAO.

PS - This is the first time I've had an anti-virus program installed in AGES. I intend to scan files I download in future. 3mb was the size of the update.... wow, that's a lot of new viruses.

-mortensenj

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me101

Have you never heard of the CD Rom Drive Open/close music generator, uses the ability to remotely open and close your Cd drive to the tune of a variety of songs... :)

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mortensen
Originally posted by me101  

Have you never heard of the CD Rom Drive Open/close music generator, uses the ability to remotely open and close your Cd drive to the tune of a variety of songs... :)

I want it!!!! Please tell me where to find it!

-mortensenj

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SpeaR

ROFL @ Me101.

Mortenson i have a friend whos pc crashes everytime a cd is put into the drive. I think his drive is FUBAR. In your case i think its the cd. It might be old or is missing some files on autorun. Try to disable autorun and run it.

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