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apache freak

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#1 16 years ago

I know I shouldnt dicuss this on these forums, but nobody else seems to know the answer. My legal cd from battlefield 1942 is taring apart. Do i have to buy it another time in the store or is it legal to make a copy of it before my original cd isnt usable anymore?




apocalypse_kid

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#2 16 years ago

Hi apache freak,

In theory you are legally allowed to make backup copies of your software a long as it is for your own use, in practice cause of the safedisc2 copy protection it's a waste of time, the pc won't recognize the disk as an original.

Hope this helps

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un4givn72

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#3 16 years ago

Most software will allow you to make a "archive copy" of the software for your own use. But like apocolypse_kid stated, the SD2 protection will give you heartburn. I own my copy of BF 1942 and RtR and have made backups that will work under certain conditions. I use my copies to play the game and not for redistribution. But it can be done. I do not want to get into a huge discussion here about it cause a admin may think that I am telling people how to copy a game. i do not want to be banned.




apache freak

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#4 16 years ago

thanks, just wanted to know if it was legal. I'll ask at school for details of how to copy it.:rock:




NMS169

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#5 16 years ago

Man, I have made about 30 "coasters trying to make a backup of my game, but it wont work. Its gotta be the SD2 thing.




apocalypse_kid

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#6 16 years ago

Watch it guys, thread in danger of closing down!

SD2 is very difficult to get around, most popular cd making software will choke on it and make coasters, or at best you can install from them but they still won't detect the CD as an original. I don't like it myself but have to live with it, wait few months and genuine copies of BF will be selling in the bulk bins of big shops for $19.95 a pop, then buy yourself a spare or two.

have fun

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un4givn72

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#7 16 years ago

@ apocolypse_kid I know that this thread is very much encroaching the level of being shut down. That is why I have not said how I did it. I also didn't give any web sites to the subject either. But as others stated, I can make a b/u for my use. But all I was saying is that it is possible but I will not discuss that here. I do not want to get any admin's mad by infringing on the rules. I agree that possibly BF will get to the $20 of less range so that I can purchase a few backup copies. Anyway, I think that we have anwsered the original poster's question. So I guess it is back to the war. :)




pseudo messiah

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#8 16 years ago

Actually, without saying to much, I will add this. I was able to make perfect copies of my LEGAL bf1942 cd's. Safedisk2 slowed the burning greatly but the game does install and the cd checks do work off of the copies. I wont risk it any further by mentioning the program but it is freely available for trial and purchase, and it does NOT have the word "clone" in it.




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#9 16 years ago

[COLOR=burlywood]Annnyway, if you bought it like you said, contact EA about replacement discs and see if they have a solution for you. Stranger things have happened.[/COLOR]




vilramithrang

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#10 16 years ago

You could rip the iso and use a cd rom emulator. It works, but takes up a "bit" of space.