I recently purchased some very expensive and overpriced software called EyeQ 3.3x which helps increase reading speed and comprehension (works well too!). I am paranoid that something is going to happen to the disc, which I’ve paid more for than any other. I have been trying desperately for days successfully create a backup copy of the program, and have not gotten any closer.
First, Iâ€™ll describe the error, and then the different ways Iâ€™ve attempted to solve it.
In each of my attempts to run from different backup copies or images, everything installs fine and even the autorun works:
But when I run the program from either the exe or the autorun dialogue, it pauses awhile and with the burned copies I can hear it scanning the cd for a few seconds, and then I get this:
With the original disk in, when I run the program, it scans it for the same few seconds, the program launches, and then the cd is not read at further after that at any point during the use of the program (typical installation, everythingâ€™s installed).
Anywho, Protection ID v5.1f tells me this:
Scanning -> C:\Program Files\Infinite Mind LC\eyeQ\eyeQ.exe
File Type : Exe, Size : 63270912 (03C57000h) Bytes
[!] Tages v5.0 - v5.4 protected !
[!] [PROTECTiON LEVEL] -> Tages BASIC
I have read through every Tages related thread here at cdfreaks. It seems a couple people have had luck, and I have tried exactly what they say, and still nothing.
Snowdreamer2000 explains the same problem and his solution in this thread :
I used ISOBUSTER by Smart Projects
to extract the CD to an ISO file
I Right-Click’ed on the Top Level of the CD in the
Directory Tree on the left pane.
Clicked “Extract CD <image>”
Then clicked “RAW (*.bin, *.iso)”
Once it was done, I renamed the “EyeQ.bin” file
to “EyeQ.iso” because DAEMON Tools (see below)
would not recognize the *.bin file.
Then I used DAEMON Tools
to “Mount” the extracted ISO file as a Virtual CD
to bypass the copy protection.
It works beautifully… Now I keep the original Eye-Q CD in a safe place…â€
I tried exactly that, and it didnâ€™t work for meâ€¦ white_owl had some luck with the same program using a differant method in this thread :
OK, COOL! problem solved you guys! thanks to THE MAN! R!Co!! he solved the problem. Final verdict was: the CD protection was a home made one that was checking for a file, and added some unreadable sectors. Solution: Alcohol 120% and SafeDisc 2/3 profile. It totally solve the back-up issueâ€¦I just removed the program totally (regular way) then restarted the computer 2 times (just in case), then I installed it again, this time using the b/u CD
Tried that too with no luckâ€¦ burned or mounted, using alcohol, daemon or nero imagedrive. Iâ€™ve uninstalled, restarted, and reinstalled each time: with the isobuster RAW image, again with alcohol safedisk 2/3 method burned, and again with the alcohol safedisk 2/3 method mounted.
i have EyeQ and burned it to cd. i’m pretty sure a disk to disk copy would be no problem.
I donâ€™t have two drive to attempt a disk to disk copyâ€¦ is that really a solution?
I used my friendly google and eyeq has safedisk protection.
Very easy to get around just do the following.
- Click on image making wizard
- On the bottom it will say datatype and there will be a drop down list. Click on Safedisk 2/3 and hit next.
- Choose the name of your image, where you want to put it etc. just remember that stuff so you can find it later and start backing up.
- Once the image is done being made, go to alcohol and click on image burning wizard.
- Select your image and under datatype put in safedisk 2/3 again.
- Burn and enjoy. You might not want to burn on the highest speed because that can cause errors sometimes. If you do, just don’t multitask.
Did just that earlier in the aboved mentioned method using alcohol. It seems though that there is a way to get around tages in this thread which is further discussed in this article which Iâ€™m sure youâ€™ve all read.
TF: But one can make a correct image by hand, using the trick you explained ?
BG: Sure. First, you read the disc and make an image as usual. Then you read the
disc backwards, and make another image. Comparing the two images will show some
different sectors : just extract these sectors from the second image and insert
them in the first one, just after the range of sectors with the same numbers.
For extra safety you should add some dummy sectors before the range you insert,
to cope with your drive’s lack of precision during seeks. That’s it
Alrightâ€¦ now I guess Iâ€™m what youâ€™d call an advanced amateur in these matters, and this is where the line is drawn on my ability to figure out on my own. I donâ€™t know anything about any form of code, other than the concept. How do I compare a forwards-read image and a backwards-read image, what exactly am I looking for I find whatever Iâ€™m looking for, then how do I extract certain sectors and insert them into a different image?
And moreover, I donâ€™t understand this: as far as I understand the .exe file in the installed directory is what has the tages protection on it, so is it the exe or the disc image that needs to be changed?
I donâ€™t know what to do though. Any help would be greatly appreciated, and if it required lengthy in depth help, Iâ€™d even be happy to pay a little bit for the help. I donâ€™t know procedures on this stuffâ€¦ would it require a disc image and copy of the exe to be sent to someone to be worked on, or is it more simple than it seems?
Thank you all for your time and concern.