Originally posted by DrLarryE
I am writing with a Lite-On LTR 482465. I have tried reading with this burner, and also a JLMS DVD-ROM LTD-1665. I was able to mount the image successfully with the Clone CD and use it if that means anything.
OK, you’ve got the hardware capable of successfully copying the cd but, unfortunately, clonecd is hit or miss (mostly miss) with copying safedisc 2.8 protected cds using Lite-on writers.
The fact that you were able to mount (and run?) the image successfully means that the image was good. However, I presume that that also means that you installed the game from the image mounted on the virtual drive.
That in itself can cause problems because many safedisc protected games (and practically all EA games including Harry Potter 2) are hotwired to run only from their installation drive (unless you edit your registry).
Accordingly, if you installed from the virtual drive, a burnt cd won’t run from a physical drive (without some registry editing) even if it’s a good copy.
In order to test this (without messing with your registry which I don’t recommend unless you really know what you’re doing), uninstall the game and re-install from your dvd. Then try your burnt copy from the dvd. If it runs, then your copy is good and you don’t have to worry about anything else.
If not, well you’ll need to use other software to do the job (and, as I said above, your hardware is capable).
With your hardware, you should not have any problems making a working copy with any of-
Alcohol - With your writer use safedisc 1 (not safedisc 2) datatype settings.
Discdump/Fireburner - Make the image with discdump using safedisc mode. Write the image with fireburner using either dao16 or dao96 mode.
CloneCD/Fireburner - Make the image with CloneCD (GameCD profile is fine) with cue sheet. Write the image from the cue sheet with fireburner using either dao16 or dao96 mode.
Other software and methods may work but none are as reliable with your hardware as the 3 mentioned above.
Whichever method you choose, remember to install and run the copy from your dvd so as to avoid any problems with hotwiring and so as to avoid the need for an atip hiding utility that would be required if you want to run the copy from a writer.