I came across an interesting observation when copying one of the latest Seirra incarnations called Contract Jack.
Needless to say that I found the disk 1 of 2 to be protected with the latest version of the Securom (NEW) unfortuneatley I did not analyse what was the version number.
Now here is where it gets interesting, After going through the regular procedures to back up the securom with twin peaks and Clone as I have done many times before succesfully I was not able to get a positive result this time, thinking that maybe some settings could have been wrong and maybe a bad burn or a bad sector or something like that.
Now the strange thing is that even when I attempted to eject that disk it did not eject. I Tried running any programs noting would run no matter how many times I was clicking on them not even the IE.
The only solution was the complete cold reboot from the reset or the power switch cause the windows was completetly locked despite the fact that mouse was freely moving in the desktop.
Next So I tried to uninstall the game and reinstall the original copy and the same thing happened now this was getting interesting.
Thinking that the problem was with my LTD-166S I got two brand new ones and try the game (the original on them and still the same problem) !
I realised that upon starting the game the HDD light came on very brifely and then turned off, and at the disk was very briefly accessed not as long as it usually takes for the protection verification or authentications in the case of the securom protections, hmmm . . . and then the full system lock.
So I figured to try another title/s with the same protections and use the originals like Max Payne 2 and Hidden and dangerous 2 and surprise surprise . . . exactly the same senario !!!
So just to try to see if the games were corrupted or if it is any part of the Securom Protection maybe one of the files is crouppted I decided to use the altered .exe file from the game copy world and bang it worked !
So I attempted to do a full format thinking that maybe my machine needed a clean start. After the full format the Original game with the Securom worked like a charm with out any problem, how ever as soon as I attempted to run the contract jack from my copied version I was right back in square one !
Keep in mind this was happneing even with NO virtual drives installed and no emulation programs of any kind, only Clone 184.108.40.206 and Blind write 4.3.1 and Twean Peak. besides it was some how not allowing the other games with the securom protection to run even if they I used the original disks. I know for the fact some of the these games like H&D 2 and Max Payne was working prior to this.
I could be wrong but some how some thing in this version of the securom is balck listing something which I am not quite sure what it is that makes any use of any disk with the same protections almost impossible with out the use of an altered .exe
What ever this is it must be affecting the windows system files cause it would not even try to ask for the cd rom to ask for authentication of the copy inserted.
Now if there was any doubt as to the validity of this theory this should have not happend with the fresly formatted machine.
BTW I used the latest version of Clone which was the 220.127.116.11 and the BWA maker was used from a blind write version 4.3.1.
Maybe some incompalibilities? I thought that as well but I rulled that out as I was able to make a perfectly good working copy from the Max Payne using the Clone 18.104.22.168 maybe some thing is different on the version 22.214.171.124.
But if I had to put money on it I would bet that that some thing what ever it happenes to be is to do with some aspects of the Securom and it has noting to do with black listing clone as I have been able to load any other title pripor to this experience even with the Securom copy protection and it used to run fine.
Solution at this point for me was the full format to get ny system back t the way it was which I know is pretty drastic but never the less they only alternative atleast for me.