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02-04-2006, 04:54 AM
I have reinstalled my SH3, a second time, cause problems with some mods. I have clean my registry base, and did a clean install. But when I try to activate my game, that i have bought on the internet ( D2D ), it say that my activation key is wrong, and also that I have, activated my game too much.

So I am stuck here can anyone help me please?

Thank you!

02-04-2006, 09:18 AM
Besides the registry base you probably find that there are hidden files in hidden folders.

Google these little apps which might help.
1- FileMon (monitors access to files)
2- DiskMon (monitors all disk accesses)
3- NetMon/TDIMon (monitors all network activity)
4- RegMon (monitors registry activity)

I use these (although oldish) whenever I suspect something fishy.

The protection system used is the contravertial Starforce proggy. It comes in 3 files (sfdrv01.sys, sfhlp02.sys and sfsync02.sys). These files might modify the registry with anonymous entries, which you can spend a month of sundays trying to find. So far I've found that Starforce does not do what everybody is complaining about. there are a few incompatibilities with some hardware, but this is normal for driver software that has not been thoroughly tested (Microsoft does this and give it a stamp of approval)

02-04-2006, 10:18 AM
What does exactly Starforce? If you could explain what you've found, it would help all other people to understand better the way it works and the degree of risk we're taking allowing this program into our computer!

Anyway, congratulations: not many people has both the will nor the knowledge to do this task! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

02-04-2006, 01:07 PM
Edt: Sorry Jose.. SF is just a CD driver that encrypts, monitors you CD game disk/software in real time to prevent the usual piracy. Why it's lasted so long is that it's using the windows kernal (ring-0) interface. This requires the piracy hacker to fully understand the XP kernel system, and this is at least 1 years tedious work (3-6 months if you've nothing better to do). But as the author of SF has indicated. It only has to last long enough for the Devs/UBI to make on their investment of SH3.

I haven't looked into it in much detail, but gave it a session of multi gamestarts and ejecting the disk during gameplay. while running those monitoring apps (one at a time).

With those monitoring apps you can set trigger points and filters to capture specifics that you might suspect. Nothing unusual came up. There was no network communication (RPC attempts - remote comms) to other internetworked pc's, etc...

Where i think the main problem comes in is the compatibility of the driver with the OS (XP). Microsoft has a "Driver signing" service where they test your driver (like this one which has priviledged access to Ring-0 operations). If all is OK they give it a digital signature, confirming it's compatibility, but this cost $$$.

So i think Starforce have not gone this route hence there are problems with various pieces of hardware. This seems to be the sore point of most peoples complaints in that it's corrupting their CD-drive operation.

The starforce files are very small and I'll be 'reverse engineering' them shortly just to see if they are ok. This intent is not malicious but just to make sure that my (our) systems are secure.

A new statement in the EULA.
With installing this software I, the manufacturer, fully understand the risks of the Reverse Engineering on my product, that can be done by the User. This I fully accept, under the conditions that the process may not be done for profit, and that the User has the right to ensure that their intellectual property and privacy, etc are not compromised by the manufacturers software.

http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif I should be a copywrite lawyer....

02-04-2006, 01:11 PM
VJ, go further than that. You should be a comedian-lawyer-software engineer. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

02-04-2006, 01:36 PM
Originally posted by Kaleun1961:
VJ, go further than that. You should be a comedian-lawyer-software engineer. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

I'm working hard on the comedian part, but my wife rarely laughs at my jokes. When she does (1x a month) it's usually over some obscure statement.. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

Can't win them all.

02-04-2006, 01:39 PM
I don't think there are many wives that enjoy their husband's jokes. I think it is a "chick thing." I can bring home a joke from work that has guys rolling on the floor with laughter, tell it to a woman, and then take two minutes to explain it.

02-04-2006, 02:02 PM
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