> CD Prot removal OFF, DVD Patches ON, Safe Mode = Success <
I was afraid this would happen... it appears, that the protection uses a driver which manages to bypass AnyDVD in "Safe Mode". Not a bad thing, you could safe mode to solve your problem, unless you need AnyDVD to work with InterVideo DVD Copy and Pinnacle InstantCopy.
> Then things got interesting;
CD Prot removal OFF, DVD Patches OFF, Normal Mode = Error Message [See attachment] <
It indeed is the protection check.
> Any further attempts [including repeating the other tests] with AnyDVD enabled generated the error message.
This makes me wonder 2 things, why is SecuROM upset by AnyDVD as I can't see how it can help bypass the SecuROM 5.x copy protection? <
It can't, but maybe SecuRom can't tell what the AnyDVD.sys driver does. I assume they will throw this message whenever they discover a suspicious driver between the port driver and them.
It could be a driver from Blindwrite, CloneCD, DaemonTools or Alcohol to emulate the protection.
> Is there a bug in the SecuROM guard module that gets upset by AnyDVD if it is enabled [or vice versa]. <
I am very confident, that SecuROM refuses to work if anything suspicious is found.
> It seems it can't always sucessfully identify what AnyDVD is and can't recover from this indeterminate state? <
I am very confident, this is the case.
> Anyway I hope this helps you <
Actually, you've already solved it (at least for this version of SecuROM).
I am sorry, but if SecuROM detects the existance of a driver above the port driver, I can't change anything. AnyDVD is designed to work like this.
However, "SafeMode" could be the solution for you. The difference between "SafeMode" and normal mode is, that in Safe Mode AnyDVD is just a normal filter driver. in "Normal Mode" it hooks the port driver.
"SafeMode" is as good as normal (speed-and featurewise), but some drivers manage to sneak around anydvd.sys.
In your case, the SecuROM driver manages to bypass AnyDVD, the "emulation detection" passes.
Unfortunately some SCSI layers bypass AnyDVD in safe mode (Pinnacle Instant Copy and InterVideo DVDCopy), so you can't use these applications if AnyDVD is running in Safe Mode.
I will try Deus EX:Invisible War myself, but I believe there is not much I can do.