While playing AoE Conquerors online with some friends, my brothers comp hangs about every 5 minutes. He has an old Compaq Presario that runs at about 550 Mhz. He finally determined that it was his cd-rw. He had to take out his cd-rom in order to put in a decent sound card. So he uses his cd-rw for reading and writing. If that is in fact the problem, I would think that a no-cd crack would work for him? Considered illegal or not? And would a basic google search help him in that area? His game is legit, by the way.