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Problem with Protected CD's - 7/19/2005 7:52:23 AM   
Falconaire

 

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Hello,

My computer has had a problem latetly, I don't know how or why, or when it specifically started, but it can't read any protected game CD's. The games I've tried specifically are Warcraft III Frozen Throne, The Sims, Dawn of War, Counter Strike Source, and Starlancer. It always gives me an error message telling me to insert the original CD, but it is the original CD.

I'm not a computer genius, nor do I claim to be, but I know a fair amount more than the average person. I just have no idea what this is, so I asked my computer teacher. He told me there was software that came packaged with a Splinter Cell game on PC that sometimes caused the problem I have, and he gave me a program that deleted that software. When I ran it, it told me it found no traces of the software on my computer, and I don't own Splinter Cell, nor has it ever been on my PC.

Does anybody know what could be causing this problem?
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RE: Problem with Protected CD's - 7/19/2005 11:27:42 AM   
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If you have any disc copying software like CloneCD or Alcohol, you might want to turn off the "Hide CD-R media" option.  Sometimes the games can detect it and think you're trying to load from a CD-R(W) backup.



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RE: Problem with Protected CD's - 7/19/2005 2:19:55 PM   
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I had the trial versions of CloneCD and Alcohol 120% until they ran out, then I uninstalled them. I have a full version of Nero that I used for burning, does that have the same option?

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RE: Problem with Protected CD's - 7/19/2005 2:57:34 PM   
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Perhaps there are some registry keys that still exist. 

If you don't have any other Alcohol or CloneCD/CloneDVD/AnyDVD/VirtualCloneDrive installed, you can delete the trees that branch from here:
HKCU = HKEY_CURRENT_USER
    HKCU->Software->Alcohol Soft
    HKCU->Software->Elaborate Bytes
    HKCU->Software->SlySoft

HKLM = HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
    HKLM->Software->Alcohol Soft
    HKLM->Software->Elaborate Bytes
    HKLM->Software->SlySoft



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M$ Windows XP SP2
ASUS A7V8X BIOS 1015.003
AthlonXP Barton 3000+
NVIDIA GeForce 7600GT AGP
LiteOn SOHD-16P9S Fw FS0J
NEC ND-2100A@2510A Fw 2.0A
NEC ND-6750A Fw 2.42
NEC AD-7170A Fw 1.O4
Plextor Premium Fw 1.07
Plextor PX-716UF Fw 1.11

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RE: Problem with Protected CD's - 7/19/2005 3:06:35 PM   
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I deleted the Alcohol Soft and Slysoft from the registry when you said it could have been CloneCD or Alcohol 120%, but I didn't know about the Elaborate Bytes one. But I deleted them and I'm still getting the same message

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RE: Problem with Protected CD's - 7/19/2005 5:06:06 PM   
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Oh yeah, I don't know if this makes a difference or not, I probably should have mentioned it earlier. I can install from the CD's, it just won't let me play the games.

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