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Protection Emulators
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Introduction

A Protection Emulator runs in the background and is able to intercept calls from the CD Protection to the CD-Reader, to check if the original CD is in the reader, and always tell that everything is ok.

More information on the SafeDisc & SecuROM CD Protections can be found here.

DAEMON Tools
DAEMON Tools v4.x
DAEMON Tools is a Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000 application which emulates CD Protections and it can mount CD-Images (CUE, ISO, CCD & BWT) from harddrive which then are accessible as a regular CD-ROM (great for playing games from harddrive)!

Currently DAEMON Tools supports the following CD Protections:

  • SafeDisc
  • SecuROM
  • StarForce
  • LaserLock

Read the included README.TXT file how to install it!

PlayBackup
PlayBackup v2.1
Playbackup is another CD Protection Emulator which runs in the background and uses a modified backup CD.

Currently PlayBackup supports the following CD Protections:

  • SafeDisc
  • SafeDisc v2
  • SecuROM
  • SecuROM v2

Here are the instructions to make a working backup of a SafeDisc v2 protected CD using the PlayBackup utility.

  • Create the following directory (if it exists already empty it):
    • <TempDir>:  C:\TEMP\CD
  • Extract PATCHIMAGE.EXE from the Playbackup archive to TempDir.
  • Create a CD-Image using CloneCD 4 with these Game CD settings:
    • Data Read Settings Tab:
      • Set Read Speed Data to 1x (176 kByte/s)
      • Select Read SubChannel Data from Data Tracks (default)
      • Select Regenerate Data Sectors (default)
    • Audio Read Settings Tab:
      • Set Read Speed Audio to 1x (176 kByte/s)
      • Set Audio Extraction Quality to Medium (Fast) (default)
      • Select Read SubChannel Data from Audio Tracks (default)
      • UnSelect Only read the first Session (default)
    • Error Handling Tab:
      • Set Fast Error Skip to Automatic (default)
      • Set Sector Skip to 100 (default)
      • UnSelect Abort on Read Error (default)
      • Select Don't report read errors (default)
      • Select Intelligent Bad Sector Scanner (default)
  • Start PATCHIMAGE.EXE, select the CD-Image and press the lightning image to patch it.
  • When ready burn the modified CD-Image a CD-R using CloneCD 4 with these Game CD settings:
    • Set Write Speed to any desired speed
    • Select Don't Repair SubChannel Data (default)
    • Select Always close last Session
  • Install PlayBackup on the PC on which the backup will be installed.
  • Click on the PlayBackup Smiley in the TaskBar to enable/disable PlayBackup.
  • Play the game!
NOTE: PlayBackup v2.1 has been blacklisted by the latest SafeDisc v2 protected games! As there has not been a update for a while just use DAEMON Tools instead!
InseKtors
InseKtors v1.1
InseKtors replaces all protected sectors (hard to read or to write) in an CD-Image by a signature. A Hook driver will seek the signed sectors as they are read and replace with the expected sector at runtime. This way the SafeDisc protection will think that an original CD is being used when playing the game.

Currently InseKtors supports the following CD Protections:

  • SafeDisc
  • SafeDisc v2

Currently InseKtors supports the following CD-Images:

  • BlindWrite [*.BWI]
  • CloneCD [*.IMG]
  • CDRWin [*.BIN]
  • Nero [*.NRG]
  • ISO Images @ 2353 bytes/sector [*.ISO]

Here are the instructions to make a backup of a SafeDisc & SafeDisc v2 protected CDs which works with InseKtors:

  • Execute/Double-Click the DEVICE.INF to install the InseKtors Hook Driver.
    Check the Driver status tab to enable/disable the control of the hook for the CD units.
  • Create a CD-Image using BlindRead using a good CD-Reader.
  • Start InseKtors.exe and select the CD-Image.
  • Click the Prepare button and wait for the full CD-Image to be processed (up to 1-2 minutes)
  • When ready burn the modified CD-Image a CD-R using BlindWrite
    Any kind of CD-Writer can be used!
  • Play the game!
NOTE: Only works on Win2K!
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