I bought Trackmania Sunrise and, as I always do, wanted to have an image file of it.
However, I’m not terribly keen on studying up in the latest copy control circumvention techniques. Actually, the best cd imager I have is CloneCD version 3, which should tell you I really can’t be arsed to learn about the whole thing. I know I will have to, and probably sooner rather than later, at which point I foresee this board will be very useful to me.
Aaanyway, I gave the disc to a friend who knows more about bypassing protections than I do, and told him to image the disc for me. He gave me a couple of mds/mdf files. This was two months ago.
I was in no hurry to play the game immediately as I had something else on my mind at the moment coughDoom3cough, and later kinda forgot about it…
Yesterday I saw the mds/mdf files and thought I’d give the game a try. I mounted them with CloneCD, installed, ran the game and got a twisting feeling in my gut when instead of running the executable prompted a “protection installed” message.
I rebooted, and of course the game says “error” and tells me to put the CD in another drive.
I could just put in the original cd and play with that, but there are several reasons why I don’t want to do that:
- I always play my games from images; installing and loading is faster, and I can have one big fat hard disk connected through USB2 instead of multiple CDs and DVDs cluttering my desk;
- It irritates me to no end that I am not able to run a backup copy of a game I’ve bought, and
- Finding the disc in the mess that is my home would probably require a few hours of tidying, which I so don’t want to do.
So I set out to crack it. A quick google search shows me that TmS is protected by that blasted StarForce protection I’ve managed to avoid until now. Searching for something with which to crack it turned up a rar contaning a “Starfuck” program that is supposed to run the game bypassing the protection and a tutorial (in french, no less; luckily I studied french a few years ago).
I did what the tutorial said, but the protection keeps giving me the same error message as when I wasn’t running Starfuck.
So now I ask you: how do I get the game to run without Starforce? There appears to be no crack available in the usual sites, as weird as it may sound. It seems, therefore, that one has to find some way to dupe the game into thinking starforce is running and seeing the correct cd. Maybe I’m just not running starfuck correctly, has anybody managed to get it to work with this game?
Also: I understand Starforce has installed drivers in my computer that interfere with the working of my cd/dvd drives, and may degrade by a significant margin performance in other games/apps. I shudder at the thought of having to reinstall windows YET AGAIN after one week because of this. I want to remove starforce the moment I get the game to run. How do I do it? The add/remove software wizard has no mention of Starforce whatsoever. I gather I can find an uninstaller at starforce.com, but it seems it doesn’t do as good a job as it’s meant to.