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Well I guess this goes for every game. I'm new at PC gaming, and I was just wondering if every game requires the DVD to be inserted before playing. I installed Oblivion and then I put the disk away thinking I wouldn't needed again since the game was saved on my HD. When I started to play, it asked me to "insert disk", and everytime I want to play it, it always asks me to insert the disk.
I understand this may be a way to avoid piracy, but why would it ask to me to install the game on my HD if I have to use the disk every time I need to play it?

Is every PC game like this? Do they all need the disk to play? Or did I screw up the installation somehow?

Thanks guys,
By the way...the game Rocks!
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post #2 of 17
Most games older games and some modern games requires the CD in the drive so you don't go around sharing the disc to your friends so everybody has the game because they don't need the CD in the drive.

You always get around it with a box of saltine crackers from PathMark.
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Nope not screwed up, and yes it is like this for most all games. It is in fact to avoid piracy for the fact that someone can't just install the game and sell the cd to someone else to install.

It doesn't actually use the cd (unless it's a minimal install, then it might get the movies from the disc) but it just uses it to 'verify' that you in deed own the game.

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post #4 of 17
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right, because I forgot to say that after I put the disk in, I can almost immediately take it back out and the game resumes like nothing happend.
I guess I just dont like doing that for fear of scratching, or even losing the disk by using it so often.
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However, there are ways around everything .
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plus...loading it into your ram directly from the disc just for play, that would take forever...it is much faster to load off the hdd. Thats why PC games are better than console games loading time is reduced...that is if you have a good PC.

you can always create and image of the disc on your hard drive and mount it with daemon tools...but that would use alot of drive space.
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However, there are ways around everything .
I know what you mean.

I got another Newbie PC gamer question...I've only played Oblivion so far, but is there a way to minimize PC games once you've started? For example, say I'm playing Oblivion, but I want to check something on the internet, How do I check it out without quiting the game?
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Oblivion has 0 copy protection, so I doubt it's done to prevent piracy. Then again, I don't know why else they'd make it that way.
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Just hit the little windows key on your keyboard. It should minimize w/e is on screen.
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