I have my suspicions, and they involve copy-protection on something else I installed getting in the way of things. I would not have thought that a game would need to install (and hide) a device driver to do copy-protection. Especially not one that then makes it read off the DVD at something under 1x, and so makes the install take an hour or so (while hogging the processor).
(burn complete) Yep, the BURN-proof stuff on the drive had to kick in 185 times (and this was a simulation). For reference, burning a CD while doing other light stuff (internet browsing, msn, yahoo) went sweet as pie on the same drive last time I tried this.
I am not amused.
Of course, the trick now is to unpick the copy-protection so I can use my CD-writer properly, *without* fscking up the game in the process. But in doing so I'll be branded a pirate because I simply want to use my CD-writer for legal purposes. I mean, what's wrong with giving someone a copy of WinXP SP2 to save them downloading it over a dialup link?