Talk:Age of Mythology

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A link to the crack1122:39, 20 June 2016
Stuff012:50, 13 August 2015

A link to the crack

I suppose uploading the crack to PCGW or posting a link to it here would be illegal, wouldn't it?

Manticore (talk)11:18, 18 August 2015

If we aren't allowed to link to gmod textures i would never upload a crack even if it fixes the game.

Hawaii Beach (talk)11:38, 18 August 2015

Yeah, but if you really need it that much just find it yourself. This isn't some warez repository.

Blackbird (talk)13:12, 18 August 2015

If the only way to resolve some issues is using a crack or nocd patch, it's ok to mention it, but not upload it or link to it.

Soeb talk|contribs13:22, 18 August 2015

OK, got it. Thanks :)

Manticore (talk)13:25, 18 August 2015
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Last edit: 22:39, 20 June 2016

Did you try to copy SECDRV.SYS from windows Vista/7/8 system folder to windows 10 one?

Also, while we are at it, I found out SafeDisc is no longer Macrovision's business.

While I still couldn't figure out the whole DRM history, with some help here and there I found out this intellectual property got transferred to Trymedia (RealNetworks) in 2008.
In spring 2009 then, it went EOL and between September and October it disappeared from the website.

What has since been of this company is unknown. Somewhere in 2013 their website was taken down (even though it's not like it had received any update in the previous 4 years)

Days ago however, Macrovision gave a reply as if the product was still theirs.

Speaking of solving this mess, this is the early scheme behind the protection.
You can read more about first versions and attempts to crack it.

Then version 2 came out and it was still pretty easy to bypass.
A very good round up of tools (with a lot of dead links that can be retrieved as always by Wayback Machine) is available in.. one of the sister website of gamecopyworld (surprise)
There are also in deep explanations to unpack SafeCast 2 (Safedisc 2's brother, but for any kind of software, not only games)

Last, some info about SafeDisc 3, and again some tools (up to 4.6).
This being possibly the holy grail (every newer version).

And along the way I found some instructions for perfect (?) backups too, even though that could not apply in our case of course, with no functioning driver at all.
and TIL SafeDisc can degrade performance

EDIT: is this The Holy Grail?
EDIT2: god! So many modern tools!

Mirh (talk)17:21, 18 August 2015

Goddamn I thought you're spambot.

Blackbird (talk)17:40, 18 August 2015

I always skip a beat whenever I see a post like this.

RaTcHeT302 (talk)21:12, 18 August 2015

Oh, I blush.

Jokes aside, this was the work of a afternoon.. nothing so swearing-prone like sound_card talk page.
I usually start with some researches on google... and then like magic I end up on decades old links on the Wayback Machine..

Everything remaining is giving a chatty layout to all the interesting material I may have found.

Speaking of which (and after all this bloody wall of text).... I hope we may found a place for similar tools.
Many games would benefit.

Mirh (talk)23:46, 18 August 2015

Why was my revision removed? Is it because the crack was mentioned? It didn't seem to be an issue on other games' pages...

Manticore (talk)09:37, 25 August 2015

No idea. Ask Garrett.

RaTcHeT302 (talk)11:28, 25 August 2015

I guess Garrett is looking for workarounds these days.

For example, check this

Indeed though, the negative point is that it uses SafeDisc and that doesn't work.
Mentioning that you need a crack is technically incidental.

Mirh (talk)11:50, 25 August 2015

bpp=32 bpp=16

RaTcHeT302 (talk)12:50, 13 August 2015