Sorry to bring this back after 1 week, but I was googling specifically for emualting GTA 4 DVD and found this.
well I have tried all the steps mentioned in that guide for making a virtual disc and running it from a virtual drive, but am not getting desired result.
* Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 (Build 2600)
Processor info: Intel(R) Core 2 Duo 4300 (1.8GHz)
Memory Available to Windows: 3 GB
* Alcohol 52% Free Edition 22.214.171.12417
* DAEMON Tools: DAEMON Tools Lite v4.30.2 (with SPTD 1.56)
* Pr0t.St0p v1.1
* Y.A.S.U v1.5.8111
* Windows Device Manager
* Sony DVD RW AW-G170A (Present in Alcohol's Supported Drives List)
* Grand Theft Auto (SecuROM 07.38.0014):
did NOT check with Protection ID, got this info from Daemon Tools' [Games Database](http://www.daemon-tools.cc/dtcc/gamedb.php?letter=G)
Well, here’s what I did (quoting from kalas’ guide linked above)
- For DVDs
- Start Alcohol open the Image Making Wizard
- Choose your optical drive with your DVD you want to backup
- For SafeDisc protected games don’t change anything in the settings
- For SecuROM protected games tick Data Position Measurement, Precision: High
- Click Next and choose the Image Location where you save your image
- Hit Next and set your Measuring Speed for the DPM function which will just appear for the SecuROM settings not for SafeDisc settings (Alcohol support recommends Measuring Speed Maximum for the best result using DVDs)
Did everything as mentioned, except for the part where I need to select the Measuring Speed. I had read somewhere, that the ideal measuring speed for DPM was 4x, so first I tried with 4x. But this was awfully slow!! it was taking 5 mins for just 1% (and this is a Dual Layer DVD with almost 7.5GB of data). So, I decided to try with 24x . Even with this, it took 40 mins to complete DPM.
- While you’re reading the DPM don’t touch your PC and close all unnecessary processes, from my own experience you’ll get a better result
- When the dumping process is done mount your image using DTools
- Now comes the ‘tricky’ part, for your SecuROM protected CDs use Y.A.S.U or ProtSt0p to hide your drives (read the readme files of each tool before using it!) before you start the game
Well, I have never used these two before and read the ReadMe a couple of times but didnt really get a very good idea of them. But here’s what I did:
For YASU, copied the files to the DTools install folder and run it from there. When I click on cloak, it gives a message saying Cloaking done successfully.
For ProtSt0p: not sure if this is supposed to be used alongwith YASU or seperately, but tried both ways. Doesnt give any error both ways. Clicked on Cloak/Hide.
So, after this I should be able to run the game without the Original disc in the drive. But when I try to do that, Securom checks the disc and gives an error message with a link. On checking that link it says that it has detected a Emulation software like DTools or Alcohol 120 and so cant run the application.
- For your SafeDisc protected CDs (this also works for SecuROM protected games without the tools I mentioned before!) these tools didn’t work so you have to disable your IDE channel connected to your optical drives (CDRW, DVDRW, CDROM, DVDROM) in your device manager and then start the game Update: Y.A.S.U works with latest SafeDisc titles up to version 4.7
Tried this one too. Securom gives the same message about detecting a emulation software.
from the message, I feel that the cloaking softwares (YASU and ProtSt0p) arent really working, since Securom is able to detect the presence of DTools and Alcohol. So are these two outdated? Since Pr0t.St0p v1.1 was posted on 15-02-2007 and Y.A.S.U v1.5.8111 was posted on 23-11-2008.
Can someone please also specify what settings should be turned ON or OFF in DTools and Alcohol other than what Kalas has mentioned (if any).
I dont mind trying the other method of burning a copy of the DVD, but this is a Dual Layer DVD and right now I dont have any and dont think I can afford to waste many dual layer DVDs trying to get this to work.
BTW, just so that some jerk doesnt mention it, let me make it clear that I have the Original GTA 4 disc which I rightfully bought. I’m only looking to do this coz I’m really worried about the disc getting screwed up. GTA is a very long game and I’d probably be playing this for the whole of next month (working, so). I’m afraid that by the time I’m done with the game, the disc will probably be completely unusable. Been playing already for little over a week and already I can see some slight scrathes developing. Been so worried about this that for past 2 days I’m spending all my time trying to do this rather than play the game.
So request anyone who can help to please let me know if I’m doing anything wrong or if any software is outdated. Or if u guys know of any other better method or software, please help me out here… and sorry for the VERY LONG post.