[Coco] SoftLaw's VIP series

Robert Gault robert.gault at worldnet.att.net
Mon Apr 23 05:07:04 EDT 2007

Bob Devries wrote:
> In an effort to preserve my disk collection, I found that the SoftLaw 
> VIP series of programmes are copy protected. It seems that one (or more) 
> tracks are unformatted, and the programme looks for that when it loads.
> I'd like to be able to store working copies, and of course, also make 
> them workable under MESS. Since MESS cannot emulate faulty/unformatted 
> tracks, all I can do is patch the software to by-pass the check for 
> those tracks.
> Does anyone have the information about how that was done, before I start 
> digging into the code?
> See the next CocoNutz Newsletter for "The Colour Computer Software 
> Preservation Project" (shameless plug).
> -- 
> Regards, Bob Devries, Dalby, Queensland, Australia
> Isaiah 50:4 The sovereign Lord has given me
> the capacity to be his spokesman,
> so that I know how to help the weary.

That's not true regards MESS. MESS has no mechanism for creating weird 
track formats but will read them as .dmk style images. So if you can 
create a disk for the Kiel emulator, MESS will work with it.

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