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izomorfix
Tux's lil' helper
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2003 12:30 pm    Post subject: Virtual drive [beginners] Reply with quote

If you are a gamer (e. g. you like GTA: Vice City) you certainly know that some need a CD to play (the Play CD in our case) so:
You have two choices:
1. insert the CD ( 8) )
2. make a virtual drive thus not needing the CD.
Here is how you make it (presuming the cd device is /dev/hdb, you want to keep it's image in /media/myvircd/vice.loop and you mount it at /mnt/cdrom):
Code:

# #Insert the cd so we can make a copy
# dd if=/dev/hdb of=/media/myvircd/vice.loop
# mount -o loop /media/myvircd/vice.loop /mnt/cdrom

And it's done.
Maybe you want to automount it on startup (not suggested)?
Add this to /etc/fstab:
Code:

/media/myvircd/vice.loop   /mnt/cdrom    iso9660   loop,auto,user,exec  0  0

I didn't test the fstab entry :oops: because I wouldn't do it (performance issues)

Please tell me how it goes :!:
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2003 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can either do this or get the no-cd patches for games. The loop method woudln't be too good if you have limited harddrive space and lots of games.. :D
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xunil
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2003 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This doesn't work for all games' CDs as some include copy protection mechanisms which read special areas of the CDs in special ways to authenticate them.
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