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XyZspineZyX
12-10-2003, 02:10 AM
This is for people like me who have a *legitimate* copy of the game but, for no apparent reason, the game keeps complaining about how the correct disc isn't in the drive when in fact it's clearly there.

I will have to admit that it was our esteemed moderator, freakishly, that gave me the inspiration to look in the direction that I did. So "thanks" go out to him/her. Maybe next time s/he won't be so quick to use that "ban account" button ;o)

STEP 1: We need to assume that you see the following error:

"Please insert the correct CD-ROM, select OK and restart application."

If you see the above, go to STEP 2.
If you see this instead:

"Please insert the Prince of Persia play disc (CD2)."

that probably means you're using a crack of some sort. In which case you either need to a) Use the original executable instead and/or b) buy a legit copy of the game.

I feel I should say this to cover myself, since even mentioning the word "crack" seems to be considered illegal in these forums: DO NOT ASK ME TO SEND YOU THE CRACK OR HELP YOU FIND IT. After reading this post, you shouldn't need it anyway (assuming, of course, you have a legal copy of the game).

STEP 2: If you have Alcohol 120% or some other "virtual CD-ROM drive" software installed and running, you need to either a) disable the virtual drive while you're playing the game or b) uninstall the software completely. (I personally use Alcohol 120% and all I had to do was disable the virtual drive.)

It turns out that the latest versions of SecuROM and SafeDisc (I think PoP uses SafeDisc) will actually detect Alcohol 120% and similar programs (Nero ImageDrive, FarStone Virtual Drive, etc.) and, if these programs are detected, WILL PREVENT THE GAME FROM RUNNING. This, to me, is a BUG but no doubt the developers of Safedisc tout it as a "feature".

I should also point out that the developers of PoP knew about this and should have mentioned this incompatibility in the readme.txt file. Shame on them.

So hopefully this post will help the handful of you having the same problem.

-Zaphod78



Message Edited on 12/10/03 08:47AM by freakishly

Message Edited on 12/10/0307:20PM by zaphod78

XyZspineZyX
12-10-2003, 02:10 AM
This is for people like me who have a *legitimate* copy of the game but, for no apparent reason, the game keeps complaining about how the correct disc isn't in the drive when in fact it's clearly there.

I will have to admit that it was our esteemed moderator, freakishly, that gave me the inspiration to look in the direction that I did. So "thanks" go out to him/her. Maybe next time s/he won't be so quick to use that "ban account" button ;o)

STEP 1: We need to assume that you see the following error:

"Please insert the correct CD-ROM, select OK and restart application."

If you see the above, go to STEP 2.
If you see this instead:

"Please insert the Prince of Persia play disc (CD2)."

that probably means you're using a crack of some sort. In which case you either need to a) Use the original executable instead and/or b) buy a legit copy of the game.

I feel I should say this to cover myself, since even mentioning the word "crack" seems to be considered illegal in these forums: DO NOT ASK ME TO SEND YOU THE CRACK OR HELP YOU FIND IT. After reading this post, you shouldn't need it anyway (assuming, of course, you have a legal copy of the game).

STEP 2: If you have Alcohol 120% or some other "virtual CD-ROM drive" software installed and running, you need to either a) disable the virtual drive while you're playing the game or b) uninstall the software completely. (I personally use Alcohol 120% and all I had to do was disable the virtual drive.)

It turns out that the latest versions of SecuROM and SafeDisc (I think PoP uses SafeDisc) will actually detect Alcohol 120% and similar programs (Nero ImageDrive, FarStone Virtual Drive, etc.) and, if these programs are detected, WILL PREVENT THE GAME FROM RUNNING. This, to me, is a BUG but no doubt the developers of Safedisc tout it as a "feature".

I should also point out that the developers of PoP knew about this and should have mentioned this incompatibility in the readme.txt file. Shame on them.

So hopefully this post will help the handful of you having the same problem.

-Zaphod78



Message Edited on 12/10/03 08:47AM by freakishly

Message Edited on 12/10/0307:20PM by zaphod78

XyZspineZyX
12-10-2003, 02:36 AM
FYI - Freakishly is a woman /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

XyZspineZyX
12-10-2003, 02:54 AM
How do you know that?

Anyway, I had a 50/50 chance. Oh well. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_redface.gif)

XyZspineZyX
12-10-2003, 03:12 AM
She mentioned it on the Splinter Cell Forum a while ago /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

XyZspineZyX
12-10-2003, 10:56 PM
STOP TALKING ABOUT THIS!!! >:



Message Edited on 12/11/0306:27AM by freakishly

XyZspineZyX
12-11-2003, 01:20 AM
You're missing the point. The whole reason for the post is to show people that have Alcohol 120%, Nero, etc. installed how to get the game working.



Message Edited on 12/11/0306:27AM by freakishly

XyZspineZyX
12-11-2003, 08:24 AM
ya, i totally missed the point didn't i? wow, this is kinda embarrassing...

XyZspineZyX
12-11-2003, 11:43 PM
The following is blatently ripped from http://www.neowin.net/comments.php?id=15808&category=gamers

SNIP****************

Ubisoft released the promised Rainbow Six 3 : Raven Shield 1.5 patch yesterday, but they failed to mention their new copy protection scheme.

It turns out that Ubisoft implented code into the RVS 1.5 patch which checks PCs for ANY clone or virtual drive programs and then fails to launch the game if such devices or programs are found. What this has in turn done is disabled thousands of consumers who use programs like Daemon Tools, CloneCD or Alcohol 120% from playing their Ubisoft games even if they have their own physical cds in an actual drive.

After contacting a Technical Support Representative of Ubisoft, I was told that they feel that this is the wrong way to go about anti-piracy measures but they have no say in the matter. They did point out that Ubisoft management claims that they're covered under their EULA but the EULA does not state once that you are not allowed to have virtual drives on your system during play. It only says that you are not allowed to make back up copies.

Irregardless of what the virtual drives or virtual clone programs on your system are for, you will not be able to play Raven Shield with patch 1.5 unless you remove them completely off your system. Again, you can't even play when you have the retail cds in a drive unless those programs / virtual drives are removed. This is a violation of consumer rights - those programs are used for perfectly legal reasons especially at LAN cafes to avoid disc loss.

SNIP****************

The article talks about Rainbow Six 3 : Raven Shield, but there are obvious parallels to Prince of Persia: Sands of Time (they obviously use similar, if not the same, copy protection scheme).

For any of you disbelievers out there, yes this is a problem and it's only going to get worse. The next thing you know you won't be able to play your own games without calling the publisher and "activating" your copy. Well, you could always just stare at the box I suppose...