Here I go to Explain SecuRom NEW
Since lots of people can’t get certain titles “Backed UP”
Since The release of the Now Infamous NWN Patch, It looks like SecureRom is the new contender for CDR piracy prevention.
Here is a list of SecuROM Versions used in the past few games released:
The THING 4.77.00.0029
Emperor : Rise Of The Middle Kingdom 4.77.00.0050
Virtual Resort: Spring Break 4.82.01.0004
Empire Earth: Art of Conquest 4.82.01.0027
As you can see that THE THING is the last game to be SUCCESSFULLY copied by many people.
After that it has been a no go for burning a WORKING Back-up.
All the titles above past The THING, DO work mounted in D-Tools.
But when you try and Burn your CCD image and try and load it, it will not load the game and here is why:
When the cd is being checked to see if it is a cdr media the following things happen in windows XP:
The following files are Dumped into your c:\Documents and Settings\User\Local Settings\Temp Dir
There is also a Registry entry Placed in the registry when the cdr is being checked which is:
Then a folder, which is a value assigned to your Drive accessing the Media.
so for ex.)
You use a Liteon-ltd163 there will be a folder called ERd257J5
Its 8 digits long.
inside of that folder is another folder called 001
and inside of that Folder is a KEY called: BinData
Within that KEY is the binary Data.
All this is being done WHILE the cd is being checked.
If any of these Fail to pass, then the media will spin up and spin down.
Here is My THEORY of why the backups aren’t working at THIS point:
We will call it Securetip.
Its releated to Atip which is used in SafeDisc 2.
This new Securetip checks for the Media Type in ALL drives, yes ALL drives, not just Burners.
It creates a hash or value in the registry based on which device it is using to access the cd, and matches the Binary data reg key which is made in the Registry in that folder. If the binary doesn’t match the Media then it will NOT load.
Since it “Knows” if its on a burned CDR or Pressed Media.
This is why cloneCD CAN’T burn it correctly. Since there is Binary Data NOT being copied from the images to the CDR correctly to a 1:1 copy.
Since all the games work mounted, we know the images are fine, cause the protection is beaten.
But once the game image is Copied it detects the CDR and will not boot.
To Sum it up:
All games released AFTER The THING… CANNOT Be Backed UP with any amount of success, on a large scale.
The odd one or 2 people may be able to.
The backups WILL work mounted since the copy protection is broken on the Writing of the image to the CDR.
This is My theory, belive me or not.
I made this so Ollie may look at the way this NEW Securom Works and be able to Defeat it.