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This is not a "reply" since this discussion has skirted my problem.. whichis that I need to know how to inform Chessmaster (the game) that the "CD" is ON the hardrive (laptop has no CD drive). I've looked everywhere, after installing the (one?!!) available "patch". Having installed from the three CD's copyed onto the HD, all I get, after the patch (which implies a new ability to tell the game about another location for the CD, all I get, upon startup is a message that the drive is not present.
Well, I don't know how you'd install Chessmaster in a PC that doesn't have a CD/DVD drive. Clearly you could buy an external CD/DVD drive, but maybe you could install it with a virtual drive program.
Anyway, assuming you have the US version Chessmaster 10th Editiion, there are actually three patches, which must be installed in numerical order:
Wow, he's a real neebie Escher. If the drive is NOT present, you did not copy anything. Its not Chessmaster, its your computer. It should specifically say RECORDER.
Yeah, if he doesn't have a CD/DVD drive, he's likely using a cracked version off of the net. If he really has the disks, maybe he could take it to another computer and make ISO images of the disks, but he'd have to get around the copy protection scheme. I don't really know what his situation is. At any rate, he would have to install all three patches.
Setting up a virtual CD drive is the common way to install an iso when you don't have a physical cd drive. Google something like "extract .iso to hard drive" with the operating system you are using (windows, mac, linux) and you'll find a number of choices.
I'd think that if he can get ISO images into the virtual CD drive, he has it made. I just don't know how he'd get the ISO images off of the copy-protected disks, especially without a physical CD drive; ...Unless he's using a cracked ISO from the net.
He "might" be able to get away with something like this;
Yeah, an external CD/DVD drive would be the simplest solution. Just install the program from the external drive, install the three patches, and he'd never need the external drive again.
He said the CD was "on" the hard drive already. *If* the files are already on his hard drive, then he doesn't need an external CD. But Nerdly36 needs to comment.
If he goes to the Chessmaster site, there should be a "contact us" or an E-mail.....
Yeah, by him saying that the CD was on his hard drive, I don't know if he means that he just copied a CD ISO to the hard drive, or if he meant something else. You actually have to install the files to the hard drive using the setup program.
Another possibility is that Nerdy bought the computer from a schister who said; "Oh yeah, Chessmaster's allready on there"
It's all so Escheresque.
The time may be close at hand...
A shrinking supply of CM disks for sale...
Too many unsupported OS versions...
CD/DVD drives disappearing from PCs...
Numerous broken links for CM add-on files...
Sometimes I think all of us CM owners should just have a meetup somewhere, start a big bonfire, burn the CM disks in a ritual ceremony, and be done with it.