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Thread: Can't play from hard drive- need to get floppy versions?

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    Default Can't play from hard drive- need to get floppy versions?

    I have a Win98 laptop. Thought it would be nice to consolidate shelf space and replace floppys with some old games on CDs.
    But it seems that you have to have the CD mounted to play.


    I have tried installing in DOS, tried copying files to the hard drive and installing, and tried loading through Win98. But the game always requests the CD. During setup I turned off all sound, thinking the program was just looking for sound from the CD but no go.

    Is there any way around this so I can play 1990's games from the hard drive?
    e.g. Kyrandia/Kings Quest

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    I have Kings Quest 6 and Hand of Fate 2 - Kyrandia on floppies and they can be played from the HD. So, after the install you can bury the floppies in the basement.
    PM me if you're looking for 3" or 5" floppy disks. EMail For everything else, Take Another Step

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    You may be bumping into a form of copy protection. The game checks the CD to verify that you are a legit owner of that game.
    The way around it is of course to get a "cracked" version of the game, a subject that we won't dive too deep into here.
    Knowing exactly which KQ you're trying to get running will help us in figuring out if this is due to copy protection or not.

    Please don't bury your floppies in the basement- send them to me and I'll archive them and place them into the total DOS collection and they will be safe for generations to come.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hargle View Post
    Please don't bury your floppies in the basement- send them to me and I'll archive them and place them into the total DOS collection and they will be safe for generations to come.
    Puleeese... bury is a figurative term.
    PM me if you're looking for 3" or 5" floppy disks. EMail For everything else, Take Another Step

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    Classic Doom 3 comes on 3 CD's, for example, and you must have Disk 1 in your CD caddy to load the game. There are 'work around's' if you know where to look.

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    Yes there most certainly is! CD crack patches also called 'no CD patches' were a common feature of warez sites back in the late 90's. Since it wasn't actual piracy, there was nothing anyone could do to take them down, although that didn't stop them from trying. I found a few warez sites that is still around and appear to be doing okay. Beware, these have been classic methods of efficiently delivering viruses, since they are usually COMmand files that you would run in the same folder as the game. I used to use these all the time because digging out CDs and trying to get my scratched up CDs to load anything was a chore.

    The free information society has a bunch, and it is a cool site in general, and I can vouch for not being a cluster of viruses because I have been going to that site for over a decade:
    http://www.freeinfosociety.com/site.php?postnum=16

    This one has a lot of cracks mainly for applications though(but might be useful to you anyway for utilites for win98 that only have shareware available(suspect):
    http://keygenguru.com/catalog/k/3.html


    Then there is gamecopyworld...the main site is http://gamecopyworld.eu/
    but I did a direct link to the actual king's quest because their search result scheme is a little less than intuitive

    http://gamecopyworld.eu/games/pc_kings_quest.shtml

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