Hello all, this is my first post on this forum. I keep Googling how to successfully backup my GTA:VC play disk, and it keeps giving me posts on this forum. I figured I'd register and explain that none of those posts have helped me.
I have read enough from this forum to know that Vice City is protected by Securom 4.8. I have followed various instructions on this site specific to this game, as well as general 4.8 instructions...the image records fine, with only one error at the end (I'm familiar with copying Safedisc and am therefore accustomed to seeing lots of errors), but then when I 'load' the image into my virtual DVD, the mouse icon changes to the spinning CD icon and stops. In task manager, GTA-VC.EXE terminates itself at this point.
I tried again, re-copying the image and then adding the step of using Twinpeaks (but used the almost identical program TwinCreator, included with Alcoholer, so I could use an MDS file instead of a BWA file because I can't locate a BWA file and the BWA maker program is impossible to find). This time, GTA-VC.EXE hangs with the CD mouse icon. It has to be manually terminated and the game itself does not start.
Seeing as I play this game a lot, I would like to know that I have a working backup should I damage the disk. I've copied and copied and copied and used every method except this RPMS thing I keep reading about. I do NOT use what I don't understand...it's a general rule that I have.
The software that I have is Alcohol 120% 1.9.5 build 3105. I also have CloneCD (can't be bothered to find version number at the moment) and VSO BlindWrite 6. On their own, none of these three programs have been able to help me. BlindWrite seems utterly useless to me at this point, and CloneCD is producing useless images. Alcohol seems to be the way to go, if not because of the copy-protection-design built into it, but for the support on this forum.
I have a feeling that this would work if I could find the BWA builder. Unfortunately, it's host websites seem to have disappeared off the face of the earth. If anyone is willing to email a copy, let me know.
Thanks, and sorry for the long post...figured I'd squeeze in as much as possible now.
PS Contrary to what my sig says, my burner is a Dynex...no clue on the model number, but it's a value-oriented product.