How to Emulate Cds Using Alcohol 52%

Ever wanted to run a game without a disc and not use cracks or other illegal things off the internet? Try this.

Steps

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    Go to http://www.download.com/Alcohol-52-FE/3000-2139_4-10588937.html?tag=lst-0-1 and click Download Now to get Alcohol 52%.
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    Install Alcohol 52%.
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    Run Alcohol and click on "Virtual Drive" Set the amount of drives to 3, so you can fake 3 CDs at once. Click OK.
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    Insert your game CD.
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    Go to "Image Making Wizard".
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    Check the boxes labelled "Skip Reading Errors", "Read Sub-Channel Data From Current Disc" and "Data Position Measurement (Precision: High)
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    Click Next> and select where you want the file to be placed.
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    Click Start. When the box pops up for you to select the DPM speed, select 1x. Any higher, and it will not work properly.
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    Let the DPM run through, then when the actual ripping begins, let it get to somewhere near 3MB. (You can check how much has been ripped by looking underneath the top progress bar, there is a reading of how many MBs or megabytes have been ripped)
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    Once it gets to 3MB, click Cancel. When it asks if you want to delete the files, click No.
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    When the Alcohol 52% main window appears again, click on one of your virtual drives, and press Insert on your keyboard.
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    Find the file you just made and open it.
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    Eject the real CD from your computer, and try running your game!

Tips

  • For a full backup, don't cancel the process.
  • You can try a DVD using the instructions from 4 down, but you will probably need to get some help off Google.
  • Here are some of the games that definitely work using this procedure: Battlefield 2, Dawn of War, Battlefield 1942 and Battlefield Vietnam.
  • You can still play multi-player with an emulated disc! As long as your CD key is legit, you can still go online with the game. (If it has online support)
  • You can save heaps of battery on a laptop when you emulate the cd, as the cd drive doesn't spin up.

Warnings

  • Don't do anything stupid, like distributing the full cd image online, that's just illegal and plain dumb.

Article Info

Categories: File Manipulation