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July 12, 2011 2:39:25 AM

I already bought and installed by Civ 3 Complete addition and played it for years, now the CD for playing the game is cracked in the center, and I don't like having to replace it. Is there a way to play it without the game CD if I already have it bought from the very Walmart I work at and installed on my PC?
July 12, 2011 2:52:28 AM

you can, but technically its bypassing the copy prodection and is illegal. Try another forum or google search, we can't help you with that here, against the forum rules.
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July 12, 2011 7:09:51 AM

You can use the CD-Key (legal one) to request a new copy from the publisher.

Personally, and nothing against anyone and with no intention to promote piracy, I don't see a problem with using a no-CD crack with a LEGAL game you bought and paid for in full. I'd recommend contacting the publisher first, though, they may be able to help you with a new copy.
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July 12, 2011 7:51:41 AM

Thanks, and yes I did buy and pay for the game in full, and am looking for an alternative to having to replace the whole set, if legally possible, I never intended piracy for it or anything else. Can the CD-Key be used without the CD? The CD is literally crasked at the center and my PC can't read it anymore. I'm only a gamer, I'm not a technical wizard or anything like that, so I have to ask such questions.
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July 12, 2011 1:01:19 PM

check the booklet that came with the game, it should have a number to ring, to buy replacement disks.
some companies normally charge £10 per replacement. some charge that for all the disks combined.
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July 13, 2011 5:50:48 AM

wystendraco said:
Thanks, and yes I did buy and pay for the game in full, and am looking for an alternative to having to replace the whole set, if legally possible, I never intended piracy for it or anything else. Can the CD-Key be used without the CD? The CD is literally crasked at the center and my PC can't read it anymore. I'm only a gamer, I'm not a technical wizard or anything like that, so I have to ask such questions.


If you can't get a replacement disc, you can download a copy of the game and use your legal CD-Key to install it. It will work 99.9% of the time, and it's still legal (that's how Steam, EA Origin, EADM and many other apps work). Just don't distribute the thing, or sell it.
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July 20, 2011 2:57:58 AM

Thanks, and it worked, the game's working again, lots of trouble saved.
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July 20, 2011 2:58:35 AM

Best answer selected by wystendraco.
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July 20, 2011 11:15:12 PM

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