X2 - The Threat. Can't create virtual image

G’day all,

Well I just got my copy of “X2 - The Threat”, and I want to run from a virtual image, rather than handle the CD. However, I’ve just learned with ClonyXXL, that the CD uses the dreaded StarForce 3 protection.

I’ve tried to create an image with BlindWrite 5.0.2, however the topology extraction fails. The log entry is below:

With my Samsung CD-Rom…

******************** Report session closed *********************
24/11/2003 1:07:54 PM warning Topology extraction failed
24/11/2003 1:07:49 PM error Topology: Too many consecutive bad points. Reader is inaccurate for topology or media is dirty
24/11/2003 1:06:54 PM info Topology: x8 Read required, x40 selected
24/11/2003 1:06:54 PM info Topology extraction started
24/11/2003 1:06:54 PM info Extraction successful in 02:30
24/11/2003 1:04:23 PM info Free Space on destination path 14.5 Gb.
24/11/2003 1:04:23 PM info Reading CD-ROM Disc [X2_GAME] - Image Size 650 Mb.
24/11/2003 1:04:23 PM info Read data with subcodes PW for track 1
24/11/2003 1:04:23 PM info Reading device : 1:0:0 - SAMSUNG CD-ROM SC-152C CS05 [E] (Ide)
24/11/2003 1:04:23 PM info Extraction started
24/11/2003 1:03:28 PM info Topology extraction completed in 01:45
24/11/2003 1:01:42 PM info Topology: x8 Read required, x32 selected
24/11/2003 1:01:42 PM info Topology extraction started
24/11/2003 1:01:41 PM info Extraction successful in 03:02
24/11/2003 12:58:39 PM info Free Space on destination path 15.2 Gb.
24/11/2003 12:58:39 PM info Reading CD-ROM Disc [X2_INSTALL] - Image Size 696 Mb.
24/11/2003 12:58:39 PM info Read data with subcodes PW for track 1
24/11/2003 12:58:38 PM info Reading device : 1:0:0 - SAMSUNG CD-ROM SC-152C CS05 [E] (Ide)
24/11/2003 12:58:38 PM info Extraction started
******************** Report session started ********************

With my MATSHITA CD-R…

******************** Report session closed *********************
24/11/2003 1:16:43 PM warning Topology extraction failed
24/11/2003 1:16:42 PM error Topology: Exception Message Operation aborted
24/11/2003 1:16:40 PM info Topology: x8 Read required, x8 selected
24/11/2003 1:16:38 PM info Topology extraction started
24/11/2003 1:16:38 PM info Extraction successful in 07:47
24/11/2003 1:08:53 PM info Free Space on destination path 13.9 Gb.
24/11/2003 1:08:53 PM info Reading CD-ROM Disc [X2_GAME] - Image Size 624 Mb.
24/11/2003 1:08:53 PM info Read data without subcodes for track 1
24/11/2003 1:08:53 PM warning Can’t find a read method to read subcodes in DATA track
24/11/2003 1:08:50 PM info Reading device : 2:6:0 - MATSHITA CD-R CW-7502 4.10 [F] (Scsi)
24/11/2003 1:08:50 PM info Extraction started
******************** Report session started ********************

I have read in other forums ( Daemon-Tools & Alcohol 120% ), that it’s near impossible to get a working image that will run with Daemon Tools 3.41. So I guess I’m outta luck, since all I want to do is play from the virtual image, not create a new CD. :a

At this stage all I can do is plead with the BlindWrite, Alcohol and Daemon Tools teams to see if they can’t nut something out. :bow:

if you read around the forum you’ll see that work on starforce 3 is going on strong.

you can try, if you want to make an image (with bw 4.5.7 if topology fails in bw5) then disconnect all the optical drives from the computer. some users have reported that it helps

DAMN!! That’s what I figured. :frowning:

Good thing my main games rig only has 1 CD drive, on the secondary IDE channel, with nothing else on that channel. So a quick trip to the BIOS would fix that. ( I keep my HDD’s and CD/DVD drives on separate channels when at all possible. )

…but really guys, there HAS to be a better way.

I don’t want to think that I spent all this money on software like Alcohol and Blindwrite, only to be facing a copy protection that renders these titles all but useless, unless I start disabling parts of my computer to get the virtual images to run. It’s just not right. :a

Thanks for your advice, though. I hope a breakthrough is soon found.

thats how its always going to be.
new copy protections comes out which nobody can copy. after some time someone finds a way to copy and the copy companies implant it inn their software. now we have the possible to copy that protection, but since it has been broken, a new protection comes out.

after what i’ve heard starforce 3 is already kinda half broken. you just have to wait