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Run Game From Hard Drive Not Cd-rom


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#1 Darren De Wilde

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Posted 23 December 2006 - 09:55 PM

Hi there,
I wanted to copy all my daughters games and run them off the hard drive but despite copying the contents of one cd rom game it still asks to insert the cd at run time. Is there any way to find out how to tell the program to point at the directory on the hard drive rather than the directory on the CD when the game launches?? My daughter is 5 and the less she handles the cds themselves the better life the cds will have. I wanted to avoid having her shuffle through all her cd's (now on a spindle) to get the game she wanted.

thanks for all your help
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Posted 24 December 2006 - 10:10 PM

Hi Darren De Wilde. If the game was originally installed check in the installation folder for a file with a .ini extension. Many games will use these files for configuration information and many times there is a line which points to the location of the required files on the CD. You should be able to change that line to point to the location of the files that were copied to the hard drive.

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Posted 25 December 2006 - 09:43 AM

There are some games that will only run with a CD inserted in the drive. But, there are CD emulator programs available that will get around this. I'm not familiar with them tho' - so I can't make any recommendations.
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Posted 25 December 2006 - 12:26 PM

You can use DAEMON Tools to load your cd.
http://www.daemon-tools.cc/dtcc/download.p...ory&catid=5
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1st, you'll need to make an image of the cd, then keep that image on your computer. You will need other software to create your image file. If you use Nero, it'll do it for you.

Whenever you want to play that game or use that cd, just load that image file, and it'll be as though you actually put the cd in the drive.

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Posted 25 December 2006 - 02:10 PM

Thanks Walkman! Great suggestion - and it works in Vista also!
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Posted 25 December 2006 - 03:34 PM

Thanks Walkman! Great suggestion - and it works in Vista also!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! usasma,

Believe it or not, but I've always looked at you as my mentor here. And I'm so glad it was a suggestion that you could use.

I guess it's true that great minds think alike.

Anyway, I'm still trying to find the post/thread where you talked about a dvd software (not DeepBurner), but another one... and for the life of me, I can't find that post. I'll find it somehow. But you gave a link to a great software, and I forget which computer I saved the bookmark on, or where I downloaded it. I have 6 computers right now. I'll find it.

But, I'm glad it works for you, and anyone else that tries it.

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Posted 25 December 2006 - 03:50 PM

Silent Night (ironic, huh?) Microburner. It's my primary tool for troubleshooting CD/DVD creation issues (and it's free!).

Here's the link: http://www.silentnight2004.com/microburner.html
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#8 Darren De Wilde

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Posted 25 December 2006 - 07:11 PM

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!! and thank you for your wisdom and input..I'll try using Nero and see where it gets me..:-)

Have a wonderful holiday to all readers and browsers..:-)

and Walkman...I totally agree with you that USASMA is worthy of being a top mentor...wonderful person (can't take for granted that your male or female at this point..:-)) and always full of friendly, helpful advice. Thanks usasma for all your time and experience.

Darren

Edited by Darren De Wilde, 25 December 2006 - 07:13 PM.


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Posted 25 December 2006 - 11:36 PM

Silent Night (ironic, huh?) Microburner. It's my primary tool for troubleshooting CD/DVD creation issues (and it's free!).

Here's the link: http://www.silentnight2004.com/microburner.html

That's it!,,,, That's it,,,, That's it,,,,. Yeaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh. That's it!.

By all means........ you're the man, usasma.

I bet I won't lose the link this time. It's on one of my computers though. I remember this, because I just went to their site.

This is the one.

I'm smiling from ear-to-ear right now.

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Posted 26 December 2006 - 06:37 AM

HERE is a website that has a lot of No CD patches. Maybe you can find what you're looking for there.
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Posted 26 December 2006 - 08:26 AM

(can't take for granted that your male or female at this point..:-))


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#12 Darren De Wilde

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Posted 30 December 2006 - 10:16 AM

USASMA- I didn't think you were female but assumption is the mother of all f@#$ ups..:-)..I found that Daemon works pretty well as an emulator....thank you for all your input and knowledge everyone..have a great new year and stay safe..:thumbsup:

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Posted 30 December 2006 - 10:54 AM

Wow..Suprised nobody suggetsed this yet.

http://www.gameburnworld.com

Search the game u need, download a NOCD Fixed EXE, replace the one with the EXE in the Program Files folder.

BAM, No CD needed to play :thumbsup:
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