I know what you meant, no need to apologise.no, I didnt mean that in a bad way.. I meant strange as in im sorry it's giving you a problem
anyways I am using DAEMON Tools Lite v4.30.1
I already said, that everything worked okay when I did mount the game before launching @ES, so my settings in epsxe are okay.I apologise if this is really obvious and you've already checked it but when you installed daemon tools lite did it assign the same drive letter as before? If not you might need to change the drive letter that the cdrom plugin is checking in epsxe?
I've made sure the path is the correct one, and I just know tried with every option off, so also the Secure mode and the SafeDisc and Securom."Safe-modus"(or something like that in english) must be deactivated in Daemon-tools otherwise it won´t work correctly..
another thing that can cause the problem is the Deamon-tools path it self.. sometimes @ES doesn´t check the path correctly to see if it exists so it tries to load the app even if the path is wrong.
check those two things to see if it works for you... if not i´ll check out the problem when i get home.