Why does it disable Optical drives?

Discussion in 'GameJackal' started by MaadEmperor, Jun 6, 2007.

  1. MaadEmperor

    MaadEmperor New Member

    Why does this program have to disable my optical drives when a game is in use? I only get a few hours to game every so often and I am frequently using my drives for other things simultaneously...to have this app disable my drives almost defeats the purpose of not needing to put in a CD, since I cant use the drives when its in use anyway....is this a copyright issue or some kind of glitch?
  2. Webslinger

    Webslinger Retired Moderator

    I believe this situation has to do with GameJackal emulating the copy protection on the original discs. I'm pretty sure Gamejackal is designed that way on purpose; it's not a glitch.
  3. Crusher

    Crusher Well-Known Member

    Yes, GameJackal was created so that you can preserve your original discs, not to free up your drive. ;)
  4. MaadEmperor

    MaadEmperor New Member

    good to know. maybe I'll look back at this at a later date. thanks for the replys...but if that is the case I can just make ISOs and be done with it...the nifty manager and automation was what drew me.
  5. Webslinger

    Webslinger Retired Moderator

    The ISOs tend to be larger (much larger sometimes) than Game Jackal profiles as well.
  6. MaadEmperor

    MaadEmperor New Member

    yes and not easy enough to create sometimes...but they are free...this is good food for thought though. I might play around with it and see how I deal...
  7. Marzz

    Marzz Member

    If you’re swapping between Game and applications frequently and need the use of you optical drives without having to quit your game in progress, you can always deactivate the running profile and close game jackal.
    In 99% of cases the GJ profile only needs to be run to start the game anyway.

    In fact, it would be a useful addition to Game jackal if there were an option to disable a running profile after a user adjustable period of time. It seems pointless to have Game Jackal running in the background after a game has launched eating up resources anyway.

    p.s. to the devs, If you take on board my suggestion I would be willing to accept a free GJ license in return :D

    Regards Marzz.
  8. Thraxas

    Thraxas Active Member

    Some games check at random times to see if the cd is still in the drive, so I'm not sure if this is a viable option.
  9. Marzz

    Marzz Member

    That may be true of Tages and Starforce, but Game Jackal doesn't support those protections anyway. I'm talking about the protection used in 99% of games which seems to be mainly Safedisk and Securom. Yes you would be stuffed if you had to create a full image in GJ for the game to work, but in those circumstances your better of imaging your CD/DVD yourself (Alcohol 120%) and mounting that, or finding another way around it ;)

    I still think that an option to disable a running profile after a specified period of time would be a worthwhile addition to GJ. I have in the past suffered performance issues while GJ is grinding away behind your running game. Stuttering video and sound being one of them.

    Anyroad up....... MaadEmperor was after a solution to his dilemma. I offered him one, viable or not.

  10. matthew

    matthew SlySoft Team Member

    This is not true... all the BF series of games can check the protection when loading up a new map (and these are Safedisc games). However, your idea is not a bad one... might look at writing a little plug-in to do the job.
  11. Mr. Vage

    Mr. Vage New Member

    You could, but some games won't run if they detect a virtual drive. My friend had problems with running C&C 3 because he has Daemon Tools even though the original game disc was in a physical drive.

    The protections could start blocking Game Jackal too, but I have a feeling it wouldn't take long for SlySoft to get around that problem if it were to happen.
  12. Crusher

    Crusher Well-Known Member

    This was a big kick to the teeth of the production companies wasn't it? They shut down Maplom, a small company, and Slysoft, one of the best known companies for DVD Duplication, takes over. A company that has overcome every type of Copy Protection thrown at them while other rival software became obsolete. And now they will be doing the same with Game Jackal. This is a war that the production companies started, but just made worse for themselves. :agree: :p