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I know this sounds dodgy but it's definitely NOT.
I have a few games on CD (FIFA 2002, Need for Speed Hot Pursuit, Champ Manager, Command & Conquer, etc.) and they are all genuine orignal licensed CD's. I do a lot of travelling through work and spend some nights away from home. I have a slimline laptop with an external CD-drive running Win 98.
I want to take the games with me but I also have to lug the CD-drive with me. The games all install on the hard-drive but need the CD to run. Is there anyway to fool the computer into thinking that the CD is present (e.g., run the game from the hard-drive) so I don't have to carry the external CD-drive with me everywhere. I have seen a few "No-CD" patches for the games but these seem very dodgy as they are normally on sites with porn pop-up ads.
I know that you can't copy the CD to the hard-drive because I have tried that and it still looks for the CD.
I must re-emphasise, the games I have are not pirate copies and are genuine. I just want to be able to play them without the external CD-drive.
Any advice is welcome.
Paragon CD emulator is another popular one - no first hand experience,I'm afraid.
Thanks for the replys, I am going to have to speak to our I.T department before I install any software. I'll let you know the results (will be next week.)
Virtual CD will not work with games that are copy protected as it fails to read the disc correctly, you also need a lot of hard drive space, the no-cd cracks that sre around need you to replace a couple of game files to fool the game into thinking it is running from cd (hence no-cd)!as to the matter of are they illegal,? i hope not as I use one for red alert!!!, they can found on almost any gaming site so I would think that so long as you own the game why not!!
Me now ducks below parapet to avoid "virtual slapping"
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If anyone is wondering then it is not leagal to do this. And I hope fitshase IT Department know what they are doing when they answer his question.
No need to debate the rights and wrongs as a consumers point of view, the law is the law and you should abide by it.
I'm not sure of the laws in the UK, but in the US and Canada:
-You are LEGALLY ALLOWED to make a personal backup of an Original Game CD as long as you are the owner of the Original Game CD.
-You are NOT ALLOWED to sell, rent or give away any backups of copyrighted Games CD's, as this is not allowed by Copyright Laws.
-You MUST DESTROY any backups when you don't legally own the Original Game CD anymore (e.g. selling or giving it away)
It looks like I'll not be needing the software after all.
Just got an e-mail through from I.T dept saying that I'm getting a new laptop which has a CD Drive built in. It seems that a lot of the external CD drives are either being lost, stolen or are breaking so they are replacing the laptops.
I'll have to put up with a slightly heavier laptop but at least I can play my games (and watch DVD's!)
Cheers for all the help.
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