This is an excerpt from a thread between a forum member and infogrames tech support manager
Here's what I said: (foldedpath, forum member)
It's possible that Sony/SecureROM might actually be checking the user's system, looking for installations of "bad" programs… typically decompilers and bit editors, but it could be CD burner software also. I know of at least one copy protection scheme that does this kind of user profiling (PACE). Maybe SecureROM is now doing it also? It would be a perfect fit for the statement above that "using a CDRW drive or having burner software in the background can affect the copy protection and prevent the game from launching." Of course that could also be happening due to memory conflicts or other typical tech support issues. But when you get into the realm of copy protection, there is this possibility that they're doing intentional system profiling to block out certain "bad" things (and by extension, "bad people").
And here is Michael Vetsch's reply: t(tech support manager from infogrames)
Quote: You're reading too much into it, way to much drama. I only said that because that's what's happend to SOME people. It's the same as a game not starting if you have a virus protection program running. There's nothing nefarious here. We just know that there are a few pieces of burning software that can prevent the game from running, big deal, so you disable them while you play. We also know that on some systimes with a DVD and a CDRW on the same IDE chain, that the game won't launch. On SOME of these, disconnecting the CDRW solves the problem. SecuROM is very concerned about incompatibilities and is working on why this is happening.
It seems as tho the new protection on patch version 1.21 targets certain copy software, so if you want to use your back-up to play stick with version 1.20, My copy works without using the hide cdr media upto version 1.20, but as soon as I patch to 1.21 my back-up becomes useless..
here is the link to the thread: http://nwn.bioware.com/forums/myviewtopic.html?topic=116095&forum=49