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Windows 7: Securom woes. Can't play... Debugger or Emulator detected.

22 Oct 2011   #1
Gromit1710

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit Service Pack 1
 
 
Securom woes. Can't play... Debugger or Emulator detected.

I seems like the gods themselves do not want me to play city building games...

After an unsuccessful purchase of SimCity 4 deluxe that left me with an RMA number from EA games, I hopped on Steam and picked up Cities XL 2011.

Right after the download, I settled in with a beer and fired off the game.

10 seconds later, I was told that Securom cannot activate a security module (code 8017) and was promptly kicked out of the launcher.

Looking up the code on the securom website, it seems the DRM software thinks I have an emulator or Debugger running. Odd... All the other games that have securom embedded in them ( Crysis, Bioshock.. ect..) have never given me one lick of problem.

So.. I did a clean boot, leaving all the computer's bells and whistles disabled.

Still no go. Same error. I used Securom's website analysis tool ( turned up nothing ) and fired off the emails in the order it recommended.

Anyone got any ideas on how to get around this f&*king DRM so I can play the game I purchased on Steam?


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23 Oct 2011   #2
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Are you using daemon tools, or something like that?
If it detects the sptd.sys file on your system it automatically assumes you're using a pirated copy.

Start off by removing Dameon Tools/Alcohol 120%. Its driver, Once the program is removed run the SPTD removal tool. DuplexSecure - Downloads
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23 Oct 2011   #3
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gromit1710 View Post

Anyone got any ideas on how to get around this f&*king DRM so I can play the game I purchased on Steam?
If Maguscreed's and all else doesn't do the trick - d/l a crackfix. Reloaded was the scene group who released it.
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23 Oct 2011   #4
Gromit1710

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maguscreed View Post
Are you using daemon tools, or something like that?
If it detects the sptd.sys file on your system it automatically assumes you're using a pirated copy.

Start off by removing Dameon Tools/Alcohol 120%. Its driver, Once the program is removed run the SPTD removal tool. DuplexSecure - Downloads
No, I've never installed those programs or anything similar to them on this machine.
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23 Oct 2011   #5
Gromit1710

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gromit1710 View Post

Anyone got any ideas on how to get around this f&*king DRM so I can play the game I purchased on Steam?
If Maguscreed's and all else doesn't do the trick - d/l a crackfix. Reloaded was the scene group who released it.
That shouldn't even be an option. I paid for the software legally and downloaded it through Steam. I shouldn't have to resort to a torrent to play a game that I bought and have a valid license key for!
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23 Oct 2011   #6
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

I had to do it with AC2, the only reason I finally resorted to it is ubisoft started telling me my game wasn't working because I pirated it.
So I figured what the hell I might as well, since I've already been accused of stealing anyhow after spending over 50 bucks.
Of course that was a different bit, because it was their stupid online server that was messing me up. Nothing something locally on my own machine.

I'm just trying to figure out what securerom is seeing as a emulator on your system, daemon tools was my only guess.
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23 Oct 2011   #7
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gromit1710 View Post
That shouldn't even be an option. I paid for the software legally and downloaded it through Steam. I shouldn't have to resort to a torrent to play a game that I bought and have a valid license key for!
I completely agree. It shouldn't have to be an option.

But it is.
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23 Oct 2011   #8
MrNeeds

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gromit1710 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gromit1710 View Post

Anyone got any ideas on how to get around this f&*king DRM so I can play the game I purchased on Steam?
If Maguscreed's and all else doesn't do the trick - d/l a crackfix. Reloaded was the scene group who released it.
That shouldn't even be an option. I paid for the software legally and downloaded it through Steam. I shouldn't have to resort to a torrent to play a game that I bought and have a valid license key for!
Even ubisoft use piracy for their own fixes nowadays ;-)

http://torrentfreak.com/ubisofts-no-...to-drm-080718/
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23 Oct 2011   #9
SledgeDG

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Have Securom analyze the situation and send you a patch.
Excerpt from here: SecuROM


Quote:
"Emulator detected!"
SecuROM™ has determined you are trying to start the protected application from a virtual drive. Please refer to the following procedure to remedy:

Please deactivate your virtual drives and emulation software. It is not necessary to completely remove or uninstall them. Other programs, similar to emulation tools (e.g. CloneCD/DVD, AnyDVD and DVD Region Killer, �) can cause this message. Deactivating these tools should solve the problem, if present.
If the problem persists, please send a SecuROM™ analysis file to support@securom.com (see "Support Info" section on how to do that).
-DG
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23 Oct 2011   #10
Gromit1710

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SledgeDG View Post
Have Securom analyze the situation and send you a patch.
Excerpt from here: SecuROM


Quote:
"Emulator detected!"
SecuROMô has determined you are trying to start the protected application from a virtual drive. Please refer to the following procedure to remedy:

Please deactivate your virtual drives and emulation software. It is not necessary to completely remove or uninstall them. Other programs, similar to emulation tools (e.g. CloneCD/DVD, AnyDVD and DVD Region Killer, �) can cause this message. Deactivating these tools should solve the problem, if present.
If the problem persists, please send a SecuROMô analysis file to support@securom.com (see "Support Info" section on how to do that).
-DG

Yeah.. waiting for a response from Securom. Sent them the analysis file 2 days ago.
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