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Anonymous
March 3, 2005 5:37:35 PM

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Has anyone else had problems installing Jack the Ripper, from The
Adventure Company, on Win 98SE?

Wwhen I tried it went ok until it asked for disk 2, at which point I
got a message asking me to put a disk in the drive, while the drive
just spun the disk endlessly.

Since then it also fails to recognise disk 1 and, disconcertingly,
many other CD's that previously worked fine. Uninstalling he game has
not solved the CD recognition problem. Some disks it reads and some
disks it just spins endlessly and wont read.

I've been following some of the discussion about copy protection
software and do wonder if that is the problem here. Starforce maybe?
Does anyone know about this game?

The loss of my CD drive is very aggravating and I hope the only
solution isnt to wipe and reinstall Win98.

Geoff
Anonymous
March 3, 2005 8:07:11 PM

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Pennyroyal wrote:
> Has anyone else had problems installing Jack the Ripper, from The
> Adventure Company, on Win 98SE?
>
> When I tried it went ok until it asked for disk 2, at which point I
> got a message asking me to put a disk in the drive, while the drive
> just spun the disk endlessly.
>
> Since then it also fails to recognise disk 1 and, disconcertingly,
> many other CD's that previously worked fine. Uninstalling he game has
> not solved the CD recognition problem. Some disks it reads and some
> disks it just spins endlessly and wont read.
>
> I've been following some of the discussion about copy protection
> software and do wonder if that is the problem here. Starforce maybe?
> Does anyone know about this game?
>
> The loss of my CD drive is very aggravating and I hope the only
> solution isnt to wipe and reinstall Win98.
>
> Geoff
>

It sounds to me like your drive is in the process
of going kaput.
Reinstalling Windows is not going to help that.
You might try a drive cleaner, in case it's just a
matter of the lens being dirty and having difficulty
reading.
You can try removing the drive through Device Manager
and rebooting to let Windows redetect it.
If it's a hardware problem, you'll have to replace
the drive.
I doubt your problem has anything to do with the game
at all - most likely just coincidence.

Jack the Ripper does not use StarForce.
It's a buggy game and you can get dead ends from doing
things in the "wrong" order, but I haven't heard of anyone
having problems with the installer.

The only TAC games I know that use StarForce are
Black Mirror
Broken Sword 3 (US version, not UK version)
Curse: The Eye of Isis
Traitors Gate 2
Anonymous
March 3, 2005 8:10:12 PM

Archived from groups: comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.adventure (More info?)

On Thu, 03 Mar 2005 17:07:11 -0500, Jenny100 <nospam@nospam.com>
wrote:

>
>It sounds to me like your drive is in the process
>of going kaput.
>Reinstalling Windows is not going to help that.
>You might try a drive cleaner, in case it's just a
>matter of the lens being dirty and having difficulty
>reading.
>You can try removing the drive through Device Manager
>and rebooting to let Windows redetect it.
>If it's a hardware problem, you'll have to replace
>the drive.
>I doubt your problem has anything to do with the game
>at all - most likely just coincidence.
>
>Jack the Ripper does not use StarForce.
>It's a buggy game and you can get dead ends from doing
>things in the "wrong" order, but I haven't heard of anyone
>having problems with the installer.
>
>The only TAC games I know that use StarForce are
>Black Mirror
>Broken Sword 3 (US version, not UK version)
>Curse: The Eye of Isis
>Traitors Gate 2

You may be correct. The drive is a bit old and since JtR doesnt have
protection after all then I'll try a different drive or cleaning this
one first. I knew about Black Mirror and since thats also from TAC I
assumed their other games may have it too.
Thank you
Geoff
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Anonymous
March 4, 2005 1:59:01 AM

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"Pennyroyal" <nospam@nospam.invalid> schreef in bericht
news:r8te21hadf50vfse56ugrsuu28rhf1v75o@4ax.com...
> Has anyone else had problems installing Jack the Ripper, from The
> Adventure Company, on Win 98SE?
>
> Wwhen I tried it went ok until it asked for disk 2, at which point I
> got a message asking me to put a disk in the drive, while the drive
> just spun the disk endlessly.
>
> Since then it also fails to recognise disk 1 and, disconcertingly,
> many other CD's that previously worked fine. Uninstalling he game has
> not solved the CD recognition problem. Some disks it reads and some
> disks it just spins endlessly and wont read.
>
> I've been following some of the discussion about copy protection
> software and do wonder if that is the problem here. Starforce maybe?
> Does anyone know about this game?
>
> The loss of my CD drive is very aggravating and I hope the only
> solution isnt to wipe and reinstall Win98.
>
> Geoff
>
Sorry, replied too fast (topic "Article, what makes..."). Did not see this
posting before, so here goes again.
I had about the same problem with the install of The Black Mirror [Starforce
copy protection]. It would not install using a DVD-Rom drive or DVD writer,
because somebody at Easy Computing told me that DVD-drives can't read a CD
"deep" enough. I bought a plain CD-Rom player and then everything went well
[got no refund from Easy Computing though ;-) ]. I read that you use a CD
drive already so i'm not sure if this reply does any good to your problem.
Thought to mention it anyway.
Greetings, E-Cie.
Anonymous
March 4, 2005 1:59:02 AM

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On Thu, 3 Mar 2005 22:59:01 +0100, "E-Cie" <WUFX@shutup.au> wrote:

>
>"Pennyroyal" <nospam@nospam.invalid> schreef in bericht
>news:r8te21hadf50vfse56ugrsuu28rhf1v75o@4ax.com...
>> Has anyone else had problems installing Jack the Ripper, from The
>> Adventure Company, on Win 98SE?
>>
>> Wwhen I tried it went ok until it asked for disk 2, at which point I
>> got a message asking me to put a disk in the drive, while the drive
>> just spun the disk endlessly.
>>
>> Since then it also fails to recognise disk 1 and, disconcertingly,
>> many other CD's that previously worked fine. Uninstalling he game has
>> not solved the CD recognition problem. Some disks it reads and some
>> disks it just spins endlessly and wont read.
>>
>> I've been following some of the discussion about copy protection
>> software and do wonder if that is the problem here. Starforce maybe?
>> Does anyone know about this game?
>>
>> The loss of my CD drive is very aggravating and I hope the only
>> solution isnt to wipe and reinstall Win98.
>>
>> Geoff
>>
>Sorry, replied too fast (topic "Article, what makes..."). Did not see this
>posting before, so here goes again.
>I had about the same problem with the install of The Black Mirror [Starforce
>copy protection]. It would not install using a DVD-Rom drive or DVD writer,
>because somebody at Easy Computing told me that DVD-drives can't read a CD
>"deep" enough. I bought a plain CD-Rom player and then everything went well
>[got no refund from Easy Computing though ;-) ]. I read that you use a CD
>drive already so i'm not sure if this reply does any good to your problem.
>Thought to mention it anyway.
>Greetings, E-Cie.

Its a CD burner giving the problem while the disk reads ok in a DVD
burner. Jenny100, in another reply, says this game doesnt have copy
protection so it looks like it might be hardware after all. Oh well.

Thanks for what might be useful info though.

Geoff
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