Playing Game without the CD in the drive

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Playing Game without the CD in the drive

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I'd like to be able to play any game I own without popping the CD in and out of the drive. Is there a program I can use to do this?

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You would have to create an iso of the cd and run it in a virtual drive. But due to copy protection, you would have to get a crack for the given software.

Since the procedure is the same as stealing software, there is no legal program that will allow you to do this. I suggest you put up with the disks.

Come to think of it, since you own the software(you do own the software dont you) you can get the cracked iso off a torrent and play that (is that legal?).
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ORIGINAL: jjax
you can get the cracked iso off a torrent and play that (is that legal?).
No, that's not legal. Even though someone may have an original, using a cracked version downloaded using BT is still breaking the law because you're using an illegally copied version.

Gary, there's no legal way to do what you're asking. As far as I remember reading about this, cracks are perfectly legal until the moment you use one. I think it's classed as reverse engineering the software, which instantly breaks the rules/law.

I think that's correct, but am happy for someone to tell me otherwise.

Do you have a specific game in mind? A number of games have this "feature" removed in later official patches, but it tends to happen only when the game has been out for a long time. You could request this via the publisher.
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Game Jackal works pretty good for many games.
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ORIGINAL: jjax
You would have to create an iso of the cd and run it in a virtual drive. But due to copy protection, you would have to get a crack for the given software.

For many games you wouldn't. All HPS games for instance, which check for the cd in the drive, work perfectly with a virtual drive.
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Since the procedure is the same as stealing software, there is no legal program that will allow you to do this.

Excuse me ??? - it's not only perfectly legal, but a great way to prevent wear and tear on your original disks, and saves you the bother of dragging them along with your portable. I've never encountered a professional who *didn't* immediatly made iso's of his MS reference disks for when on the road. MS has so totally recognized this practice that the latest Windows 7 beta only comes in an ISO.

And yes, making a backup copy (which this is) is perfectly legal in my country, even when the EULA says it's not.

Have been using the Alcohol 120% virtual drive software for this for ages. Recommended.

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Just find a NO CD crack, lets face it if you own the game then a NO CD crack does not mean you are stealing anything! My Matrix games, all bought online via download do not have a disk other than the backup copy of the original download with serial.

If not ISO's are the way to go. I go with the poster above, Alcohol 120%
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ORIGINAL: Gary, there's no legal way to do what you're asking. As far as I remember reading about this, cracks are perfectly legal until the moment you use one. I think it's classed as reverse engineering the software, which instantly breaks the rules/law.

It may be a break of license agreement but not illegal as long as you own an original copy of the game. At least I can't remember of a lawsuit where anyone got sentenced for using a no cd patch.
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ORIGINAL: GJK

Game Jackal works pretty good for many games.

I use Game Jackal and it works quite well with most games I have.
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RE: Playing Game without the CD in the drive

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You're using incorrect terminology AGAIN. First off, this is disk:

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And this here is called disc:

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And back to topic. Some solutions have been mentioned. Now the instructions how to do it. Som games may get away with CD requirement just by updating it. Command & Conquer: Renegade is one game which gets away with need of disc when it's updated. So patch the game and try does it work without disc.

If it doesn't work that way, next thing is creation of *.ISO file and running it from virtual CD/DVD drive. Many CD/DVD writer programs can create an *.ISO file from disc in the drive. Next download & install program that makes it possible to use the *.ISO file. Alcohol 120% was mentioned. Another is DAEMON Tools. Run the program, mount *.ISO file, and play the game. If game is looking from actual disc drive, do this: uninstall game, install game again from virtual drive, patch the game, and play the game.

If game has copy protection * that prevents anything from above, simplest solution is to find & use crack. What comes to legality, I'm not lawyer, but in many parts of the world it is legal to create and use back ups regardless what EULA says.

Those who still play games from disk, just copy the bloody thing to HDD and run it from there [:'(]
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Not the place for discussing this, sorry. You won't need these with our games either.
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