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macsupremacist
03-25-2004, 09:08 PM
I'm always hearing about this dongle you get with Lightwave, but what is it and what does it do? Is it a hardware accelerator?

pdrake
03-25-2004, 09:10 PM
not touching this one.

mrunion
03-25-2004, 09:20 PM
It's a piece of hardware that plugs into your parallel port or USB port. It contains an identifier for your copy of lightwave. If you have lightwave and you don't have a dongle, you have a cracked version. That's a bad thing.

macsupremacist
03-25-2004, 09:23 PM
I don't have lightwave, I was just wondering what I was getting before I thought about getting it. So all it does is make sure I'm not pirating software? Wow. Well thanks for your replies.

pdrake
03-25-2004, 09:26 PM
sorry, didn't mean to come off mean.

lightwave and alot of other higher end apps have "dongles" or "hardware keys".

these have a rom chip inside with a hard coded software code that tells the program that your computer owns the software.

electric image
formZ
auto cad
lightwave
rhino
max 3d

are just a few that use this technology.

mrunion
03-25-2004, 09:26 PM
That's all it does -- makes sure your not stealing it.

If you get LW, have a blast! I think you'll love it!

Beamtracer
03-25-2004, 11:28 PM
All boys should know what their dongle is

archiea
03-25-2004, 11:35 PM
I play with it all the time... why look, I'm playing with it now..... Show yours to newtek, and then they will authenticate it!!!!!

robar3d
03-26-2004, 06:51 PM
[i]If you have lightwave and you don't have a dongle, you have a cracked version. That's a bad thing. [/B]

If you have Lightwave and you don't have a dongle, you have a DEMO version. That's an okay thing!

:D

mbaldwin
03-26-2004, 07:21 PM
Answer:

a.) solid drill tool
b.) metaballs
c.) phallugons

Question:
<insert joke here>

Verlon
07-31-2005, 03:23 PM
Answer:

a.) solid drill tool
b.) metaballs
c.) phallugons

Question:
<insert joke here>

OK Question, discussing which Lightwave tool is most likely to get you taken to HR by the non-3D using community at work.