This is a private tech note about Life of Christ CD (“LoC”) for our customers who have purchased the correct number of Life of Christ CD, but due to special needs, want to do a “full install” of the CD so that the kids don’t handle the CD. LoC CD is the only one in our catalog that requires the CD to be in the drive for the program to run after installing it. The LoC program ‘looks’ for certain files on the CD, including, all the video. If it doesn’t “see” the CD in the CD drive, then the program will give you an error. The following two tech notes show you how to “work around” this technical issue. It is legal as long as you own 1 Life of Christ CD per computer that you want to run it on.
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In Workaround 2, I show you how to ‘fool’ the CD into thinking it is in the CD Drive. Read on.
Here are the two workarounds:
Burn a Backup Copy of the Original so you don’t have to worry about losing or damaging your original.
That seems obvious but here’s the problem: You cannot use a standard CD burner software to make a master. The anti-copy protection on the CD will thwart that. You must use and “Iso Burner” utility. They are freely available on the web. Google “free iso burning software” and download it. Use that software to make an “ISO” copy of the master Life of Christ CD.
Again: You cannot simply use your standard CD burner software to burn extra copies of LoC and use that copy instead of your originals. Doesn’t work.
Now that you’ve made an ISO copy, you can either use those ISO CDs as your backup CDs and use the original master to run LoC on your computer, OR use the ISO version of LoC as the CD you put in the CD drive, run the install, and leave in there to run the Life of Christ program.
You need to make your computer think that a copy of the original LoC CD is sitting in your drive, when it is actually just copied to a folder on your harddrive.
Here’s why: When you run the LoC program it “looks” on the CD drive to find the LoC CD and get some media files from it. If the LoC software doesn’t see its CD in the drive, it gives you an error. So….You are going to spoof your computer into thinking a copy of the CD in a folder on your harddrive is a CD drive. It’s called “creating a virtual drive.” Read on…
DOWNLOAD a “Virtual Drive” utility to create a fake CD drive, and fool the installed part of LoC to think the CD is in the drive.
Virtual Drive utilities are free on the web, and allow you to create a ‘fake’ CD drive letter to copy your ISO copy of LoC (you just made it in step one). The fake drive letter is actually a folder on your harddrive, but the LoC program won’t know that. Google “virtual drive” to find one.
1. Download a Virtual Drive utility and create a fake CD drive on your computer, such as, “H” drive.
2. Then you will COPY the ISO COPY of LoC CD to this Virtual Drive. You made this ISO copy using the ISO Burner utility described above. Must use the ISO copy.
3. Now you’re ready to “INSTALL” the LoC program to your computer using that ISO copy you’ve put on the virtual drive. Do not install from the CD! Install from the ISO copy you have put on the virtual drive.
Once you have put this fully functional copy of LoC on your fake CD drive, go to that drive and double-click the “set up” file to start installing Life of Christ CD to your computer. By installing LoC CD from your faked “H” drive, your installed version of LoC will always look at your faked drive as if that is the original CD in CD drive. Sneaky huh?
Note: If you’ve already previously installed LoC to your computer, uninstall it, including the desktop shortcuts, before doing the above workarounds.