Yuppers, I use a Dell 8200 Inspiron portable computer to play. True, it gets a bit hot, and I'll probably have to scrape the cremated CPU out of it in a year.... but it works great. The CD's are a big problem with the Portable user. They tend to really get trashed or even lost. There is a solution, but it'll cost ya $20.
Ha ha... I could end this here with my email address, but the $20 goes to buying a Virtual CD-Rom program, called "Game Drive". It will create a CD on your Hard Drive and a Virtual Drive to play it. Jeeezzz, what else ya gonna do with those 100+Gig hard drives anyway. I have been asked a few times about it, so I thought I'd post this for anyone else who is interested.
I have tried other programs that choke-up at the copy-protected game Cd's. This one actually works, after you download the update, Game Drive will copy and play Road To Rome no prob. Use the "Intelligent Copy" mode.
I doubt it would be worth it for a Desktop Computer, unless you hate swapping CD's all the time.
Don't feed the devil
21st June 2002
I have that VirtualDrive utility, although I never use it because I'm always leaving the BF or RTR CD in and forgetting about it. It's about the only game that needs a CD that I actually play (I play RTCW & Half-Life which don't need CDs). I did once build a VCD out of it and it's EXTREMELY slow during a build.
And as VonStriker says, it is a good alternative for those mobile users, and good for those extreme gamers that plays 100 games a day and have a huge hard disk to store those CD images on.
I don't spend enough time here
12th December 2002
so are you going to tell us how to play the game without a cd or what?
He just did and I highly recommend you guys end the whole discussion. Pretty soon moderators are going to get tired of reminding people that talk of no-cd cracks/cd images isn't allowed here, no matter the purpose of their use.
Bites if provoked
6th September 2002
Play without a CD? Why, thats easy! Cos-play! :lol: Just dress up like a Nazi, find an antique STG44, then storm a WW2 veterans + NRA convention! See, easy!
[COLOR=burlywood]Man that's wrong. :lol: [/COLOR]
No, I don't condone illegal use of keys and CD copies. This is a program that you purchase at Best Buy and you need the REAL CD that you bought for the game to install the CD onto your hard drive. The utility "Game Drive" has purchased rights from EA to allow the copy of their CD onto a hard drive. You cannot make illegal copies of the Game disk. It won't allow it.
This was a note for Portable users.
A lot of people spent a lot of time and money to produce BF1942 and certinally deserve to have people buy it and not steal it. The game will not be updated if nobody buys it.
Sorry if some of you got the wrong impression. Perhaps this thread should be deleted....... Moderators???
[COLOR=burlywood]I don't know about having legal permission from EA, but I know you weren't out to hack the game or rip off EA. Just letting you know about the policy in the forums with regard to the topic, before some moderator on a bad day has his way with you, heh. I've got nothing against cd images personally, it's a bit of a hassle always switching out my discs here but the policy is the policy and it makes sense for the most part.
No harm, no foul, man. :D [/color]
4th November 2002
[Color=gold]Hey, I'm having a rather bad day....
But as far as this thread goes, i see no problem with it, you still need a copy of the cd to make the VDrive, and it still won't work without the key that comes with the cd.
I don't Think EA would have a problem with it either, your not changing the code of the game in anyway, just playing it differently. Cracks change the code of the game, which is illegal... i use one of these: http://direct.mwave.com/mwave/doc2/a19190.html Man, I love it... WHAT!!?? Insert Windows XP Pro CD-Rom??? Instead of digging through all your cds, just open the little program that comes with it, double click on Windows XP Pro CD, and it spins around and spits out the CD!!! Man, its nice.... And it even works without your computer being on...[/color]
Thanks for the response.............. When my Uncle Nixon was sweating bullets and preaching, "I'M NOT A CROOK !!!", he was less than truthful. Me, on the other-hand, is a great person full of nothing but goodness and honesty.... well, unless I'm driving a Jeep on a CTF map... that's different.
Say.... that's quite a gadget for holding your CD's.