I've posted this under the NWN post since this is the first game this has occured in, BUT I think it merits a separate thread aswell since it seems to be an even NEWER version of new SecuROM as of July 15th, all NWN backups worked until patch 1.21 which was done on July 16th, BioWare are the folks that wrap the executable with the SecuROM protection. All correct backup CDs worked up to patch 1.20. So Sony has gotten more aggressive in how SecuROM does its checks or they've done something that can distinguish the backups from originals even in DVD drives or CD drives......however this seems to also affect some systems with the original Play Disc aswell. So based on this it would be nice to see if some enterprising individuals would be able to tell us what's going on. Would this be like the upgrade of Safedisc going to Safedisc 2 with it's EFM?
Also they have 1 or 2 programs that they are sending out to users with this issue to test on their system to discover what is "wrong" with this new SecuROM....I'll try to get them and is there anyone that would mirror these on a site?
As another aside this may affect the next patch of Warcraft III so beware.
Below I'll post the direct quote from one of the BioWare employees from the NWN forums:
We received a follow-up email late yesterday from Securom with some new information. It appears that there was a miscommunication in regards to the day that Securom code was changed. The information we reported yesterday was inaccurate.
This is the current situation.
There was new code put in place on July 15th by Securom. We encrypted our executable on July 16th. We weren't made aware of the code change until late
We are working with Securom to determine all the ramifications of this added code. If you are having any issues starting the game with the 1.21 patch installed, please contact Infogrames support http://www.ina-support.com/ . We need them to collect information from you so we can work with Securom on this.
Dave and Derek have been on the phone this morning with Securom checking on this update as we speak.
There seems to be some people stating that by disconnecting their CDRW off the IDE Channel it will allow it to work.