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Corey
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posted March 03, 1999 10:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Corey   Click Here to Email Corey     Edit Message
Anyone know how to do this or where to get a crack for the game so that I can play without the CD? Since I've already won the game I don't need the cutscenes from the CD anyway. I used to have a crack that worked before the patch, but I don't know where I got it.

Caine
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posted March 04, 1999 03:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Caine   Click Here to Email Caine     Edit Message
CRACK = Software Piracy = Illegal

and considering LGS workers post here...well...your not the brightest or luckiest guy I know...

Latro
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posted March 04, 1999 03:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Latro   Click Here to Email Latro     Edit Message
No, I have no idea where you could get the crack, but in response to Caine's post:

I don't believe applying a crack to a game you actually OWN is illegal. Granted, you are altering the code, but if you are a legitimate user and aren't distributing the altered copy, I don't see anything wrong with that. Really, if you think about it, a trainer is just a crack for a game, and lots of people use trainers (or used to, now most game companies include cheat codes).

Ghost
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posted March 04, 1999 04:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ghost   Click Here to Email Ghost     Edit Message
Latro is right, if he actually bought the cd it's not illegal but if he bough it why wouldn't he just throw it in the cd player? =P

Catfish
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posted March 04, 1999 06:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Catfish     Edit Message
I own the game, and I use a crack. My CD-ROM is so slow the game freezes during cutscenes, but everything's sweet when run off the hard drive. I don't know where I got it though, I just searched for one in Altavista.

Caine
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posted March 04, 1999 07:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Caine   Click Here to Email Caine     Edit Message
Don't quote me...

But, isn't the act of modifying the code piracy? If the software company ADDS cheat codes that's fine, they INTENDED you to use those codes, otherwise they wouldn't have put them in.

But to get a crack so that a game will play without the cd (not a hard thing to do, all you need is a copy of Soft Ice 95 and a cracking tutorial), was not intended to be done by the user. That is something that the user is doing to the code. And if I am correct (I remember reading this in a License Agreement once)...software is not PURCHASED per se (in some instances), it is, in effect, a loaned copy and they at anytime can repossess the copy. so to say he OWNS the CD is debatable, we'd have to read the license if there is one, if there isn't one, fine. But instead of asking for a CRACK, he should have asked for maybe a program like VIRTUAL CD. Which takes images of CDs and makes a virtual drive for the data. That would solve the problem.

The message was just meant as a warning for Corey, to be a little more mindful of where he/she uses the word crack on the net. He can crack the game until it looks like Compton after midnight, and it won't bother me. He can distribute it too, but that's really cheesy and I would have to personally spank him for pirating a full version of the game. In closing Corey, crack it if you need to. I was just trying to be of some help, even if it didn't sound like it.

ChaosKitten
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posted March 05, 1999 10:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ChaosKitten   Click Here to Email ChaosKitten     Edit Message
I have an old CD-ROM as well and Windows always has trouble reading lots of data off of it. In order to even install, I had to copy the entire CD onto my hard disk (thank goodness for Linux, which never has a problem reading my CD-ROMs) and installing from there.

Once installed (full install), I had to tweak install.cfg to point cd_path to my real CD-ROM drive. (It needs the real CD in the real CD-ROM drive in order to do the copy protection checks, but then runs completely off of the hard disk.)

Of course, if you've gotten the game installed from the CD like you're supposed to, you don't have to go through quite as much trouble. Just do a full install and copy the movie files into the Thief/Movies directory on your hard drive (since even full install doesn't copy all of the movies) and you should be set.

Assuming you have the disk space......

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Catalyst
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posted March 05, 1999 01:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Catalyst   Click Here to Email Catalyst     Edit Message
It might be that he just doesn't like switching cd's all the time. The cd check is really only there ( correct me if I am wildly off) to limit piracy among individuals who would give a copy to a friend. The laws, although applying to everyone, are meant for the big time piracy operations.

I don't think anyone would turn you in knowing that you bought the cd. But by posting it here you are allowing easy access to others who WOULD use it illegally. If you really want a crack put in the effort and do some searching on your own.

I don't believe I should be punished for the actions of others, and I am willing to risk punishment to uphold that belief.

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