Re: Copy protected programs on SunPCi card.
From: Adrian Fletcher (adrianfletcher666_at_btinternet.com)
Date: Sat, 26 Jun 2004 13:57:43 +0000 (UTC)
On 26 Jun 2004 04:23:17 -0700, Dr. David Kirkby
> firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Byrne) wrote in message
>> > BTW, I have received no support from either Macrovision or Ubisoft on
>> > this, despite contacting both companies.
>> Why would you expect then to contact you. Their hardware
>> requirements are stated on the box. Typically when a user decided to
>> use something outside the requirements - , the user is on their own.
>> Espcially when they are just one user out of how many (x,xxx,xxx) that
>> are trying to run CM9K on a Sun.
> As somehas has said, the SunPCi card meets *all* the hardware
> requrements for chessmaster 9000. I normally run XP (which is not
> supported by Chessmaster 9000, but many say Chessmaster 9000 does work
> under XP). But with the SunPCi card it is easy to boot 98SE too (which
> is supported by Chessmater 9000, but won't work either).
>> One attempt to help and they will have lost money on your purchase and
>> any help provided would not be of any use to any (just about) other
>> user. There resources are better dedicated to helping users that are
>> having troubles that have hardware that meet the requirements.
> Well as I say, my hardware does meet the requirements.
> There is another issue here, which many don't appreciate (especially
> Windoze and Linux developers). Bugs that only appear on one operating
> system, but not on another, do usually show an underlying bug in the
> code which should be investigated. I've seen Linux developers say "it
> works under redhat, which is the most common linux distro, so that is
> good enough for me".
> I have written software
> which works fine on Solaris, fine under Windoze, fine under Linux on a
> PC and numerous other systems I could mention. But it sometimes fails
> to run perfectly under IBM's AIX operating system if support for
> multiple processors is enabled.
> Now I can take two attitudes.
> 1) Ignore it, since few (in fact no) users have reported running the
> software under IBM's AIX operating system. I just happen to have an
> IBM RS/6000 here, so tested it myself and discovered it sometimes
> fails if multiple CPUs are used in parallel.
> 2) Investigate why it fails under AIX.
> I chose (2), and found the bug was in my code, and it was more by luck
> than anything else that it failed to show up under all the more common
> operating systems. The bug was not a fault of IBM's AIX, buy my
> testing procedures had seen it under AIX.
> So I do feel there is often a point in investigating obscure/rare
> bugs. They usually indicate an underlying problem, which if not
> corrected, gets propogated from one version of the software to the
> I don't know how 'wine' works, which gives you a windoze enviroment
> under linux, but I suspect that might use emulated CD drives too.
>> For you to expect to help you is selfish on your part and as a doctor
>> you should know better Kirby.
> The name is Kirkby not Kirby (an easy mistake to make I would admit),
> and as someone else has pointed out, I have a Ph.D, with no medical
> qualifications at all.
>> Take a hike.
> I'd rather play chess.
> Dr. David Kirkby.
Have a look at http://www.daemon-tools.cc/
The emulated CD drives created by this free (as in beer) software can
emulate various copy protection schemes.
Also, I would like to add that as long as you own the game, there should
be no problem with using cracks or defeating any copy-protection systems.
I own all the games I play (bar one really old game from the 80s which I
cant buy anywhere) and I regularly use cracks so I can play the games
without messing around with the CDs.
As for playing chessmaster on a Sun system, I would suggest using a
combination of plex86 (http://plex86.sourceforge.net/) and wine
(http://winehq.org/) or qemu (http://fabrice.bellard.free.fr/qemu/).
If you must use your PCi card, then I would suggest a crack like daemon
Under solaris, use dd from the shell to dump a RAW image of the CD, and
use this image with daemon tools. That should be all you need to do. I
would suggest using Windows 2000 under the virtual machine, as I have
never used Windows 98 with daemon tools, but the Windows 2000 kernel makes
things a lot easier to work with.
You may also find its a lot easier to just find a real Windows computer
somewhere, install it there, and simply VNS into it over an ssh tunnel, or
use an RDP client or something, so you can use it from your solaris
If none of the above options work, feel free to email me (I am using my
real email address) with your hardware details, and maybe I could provide
some other ideas or more details.