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Old 04-20-2006, 11:15 PM   #11
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Alright I bought Age Of Empires 3 for my PC about 2 months ago and found it very annoying to keep popping in the disc to play the game. Well I found out there are CD Cracks that allow you just to click on your Desktop Icon and there ya go your in the game so were do I place the CD Crack File to play the game?
Megagames for No CD cracks, left side of the web page under the heading Game Fixes, d/load and just extract to the game directory, it will replace the original .exe, thats how the AoE III one I got there works anyway (I always back up the original .exe first, in case you want to game online you will need to replace the cracked .exe or the server won't allow you to join) Also ensure you get the correct version number no cd

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No these aren't illegal as long as you own the game. I use them for all of my games so I dont have to worry about switching cd's and stuff.
Incorrect ....... they are illegal, technically, because you are breaching the EULA by altering the .exe code
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Or right click on the short cut, and then, "Find Target", and just drag/drop/replace.
You have to unzip/extract them first, best to just unzip to the target directory
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Old 04-20-2006, 11:17 PM   #12
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Yeah, to use something like that is pretty much straightforward..
But, I'm going to have to look into that, as far as the legal matters concerning this as I'd like to know myself if it is illigeal.
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Old 04-20-2006, 11:18 PM   #13
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tomorrow...but there are backups of the files though.
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Old 04-20-2006, 11:58 PM   #14
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Bahawolf let us know what you find out.
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Old 04-21-2006, 12:00 AM   #15
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there are no backups of the original exe. what are you talking about?
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Old 04-21-2006, 12:52 AM   #16
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You could try a virtual cd rom program (I use Daemon Tools). Basically, you copy the disc as an image (I use Nero) and use virtual cd to mount the image. It's just like having another CD ROM. I use it all the time. Should work in cases like this. I also know their are mods out their that allow you to run games without the CD. Where you would get them, I'm not sure. Try the virtual CD, see if it works.
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Old 04-21-2006, 01:02 AM   #17
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.....But, I'm going to have to look into that, as far as the legal matters concerning this as I'd like to know myself if it is illigeal.
Just read the EULA, it states you are not allowed to alter the game code

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there are no backups of the original exe. what are you talking about?
you go to the installed game directory on your pc and copy the original .exe file to a different location for future use. That way when you drop the no cd cracked .exe in there and it replaces the original you will have a copy. then if you decide you want to play online you just copy paste the original .exe file back into the game directory, replacing the cracked one, and you're good to go online

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You could try a virtual cd rom program (I use Daemon Tools). Basically, you copy the disc as an image (I use Nero) and use virtual cd to mount the image. It's just like having another CD ROM. I use it all the time. Should work in cases like this. I also know their are mods out their that allow you to run games without the CD. Where you would get them, I'm not sure. Try the virtual CD, see if it works.
That works too, but I could never be bothered with Daemon Tools, each to his own I guess

EDIT: What we're talking about here is using a modified .exe file or tool such as Daemon Tools to negate the inbuilt code that requires the game to verify the existance of a genuine CD before running, once thought to be solely the realm of game d/load pirates it is now a wide spread practice for several reasons, original disks getting scratched, the hassle of inserting a disk each time you change games etc, some game makers have released no cd patches with their games, for instance, I have a no cd patch for CoD2 single player, yet I do not need a CD for multi player because activision made multiplayer cd free, it works on the keycode not the cd.
NOTE PLEASE: I do not advocate the pirating of games, I buy all my games, if everyone pirated games the makers would go broke and the world would be a sadder place, please support game makers, small things like a no cd patch used by legal game owners is a point that has been contentious for ages.
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Old 04-21-2006, 01:41 AM   #18
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i agree that pirating games is wrong and we should support game makers by buying them but u can also argue that $60 for a disk and some cardboard packaging just isnt worth it when you might not even be sure what you're getting, as for the no cd crack thing u just download it and put it in the game folder, it will then ask u if u want to overwrite something, click yes and thats it but keep in mind u wont be able to play online with a no cd crack
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Old 04-21-2006, 01:54 AM   #19
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As far as a No-CD crack, I don't see anything morally against it as long as you purchased the game because it just adds convenince, but it is against the law obviously.

All the same, I don't believe in people cracking games, or pirating them in general.

If you enjoy software, you should purchase it because it supports the author(s) and allows for them to create future versions and / or upgrades.
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Old 04-21-2006, 02:22 AM   #20
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i agree that pirating games is wrong and we should support game makers by buying them but u can also argue that $60 for a disk and some cardboard packaging just isnt worth it when you might not even be sure what you're getting.......
True, also buggy game releases and endless patches are a pain in the butt as well
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..... but keep in mind u wont be able to play online with a no cd crack.......
As explained in my above post
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As far as a No-CD crack, I don't see anything morally against it as long as you purchased the game because it just adds convenince, but it is against the law obviously.

All the same, I don't believe in people cracking games, or pirating them in general.

If you enjoy software, you should purchase it because it supports the author(s) and allows for them to create future versions and / or upgrades.
you hit the nail on the head here ....... it is moral v lawful, morally as a purchaser I have no qualms, legally ...... I'm breaking the law
I have to say, as a game purchaser I use no cd cracks with a clear conscience, sure technically it is illegal, but when, and only when, the "NO CD Crack Police" turn up at my door I'll start to worry
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