Bought Crystal Maze from ebay but Disc 1 faulty

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Bought Crystal Maze from ebay but Disc 1 faulty

Post by Nutter » Tue Nov 20, 2018 9:57 pm

As in the title, I bought Crystal Maze on ebay but I find disc 1 (i.e. the second disc as they're numbered from zero!) cannot be read by my A3000 (Disc error 10 at :0/00000000) and my A3010 says it is not formatted. I noticed that all 3 discs had the Write Protect tab in the "enable" position :( so my guess is someone has done something stupid to it. Before I send it back, I was wondering if there was anything I could do to try to rescue it?

In the Commodore 64 land from where I come, it is possible to rewrite floppies from images (if you have the right hardware. Is this kind of thing possible in Acorn land? Or could I download an image of this individual floppy (where from?) and write it to a blank disc?
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Re: Bought Crystal Maze from ebay but Disc 1 faulty

Post by davidb » Fri Nov 23, 2018 11:52 am

Looking at the disk images I have for this, I seem to only have two ADF files. I don't know why I don't have the Disc 2 image - perhaps it was protected somehow and I couldn't make an image of it.

You can write images back to floppies with tools like ADFimager, so in theory you might be able to write my Disc 1 image to floppy and try that.

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Re: Bought Crystal Maze from ebay but Disc 1 faulty

Post by sirbod » Sat Nov 24, 2018 9:37 am

Nutter wrote:
Tue Nov 20, 2018 9:57 pm
In the Commodore 64 land from where I come, it is possible to rewrite floppies from images (if you have the right hardware. Is this kind of thing possible in Acorn land?
The majority of disc protection used on Arc games is copyable in software with a 1772 FDC, very few games used methods created using specialist hardware.

Nobody's written software to do it yet and I've refrained, as its a fine line between preservation and piracy!

I don't think The Crystal Maze has disc protection as its using a code wheel. I'll need to double check my notes, or look at the recording files if I've not documented this title, but I'm fairly certain there's no disc based protection.

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Re: Bought Crystal Maze from ebay but Disc 1 faulty

Post by lcww1 » Sat Nov 24, 2018 2:47 pm

I recently managed to get an eBay purchased floppy disc working after cleaning the disc surface - see here: viewtopic.php?f=16&t=15218

Of course, if your disc has been overwritten, then cleaning won’t be much help, but it might be worth a try....I must admit that I was surprised to be able to get my E-type 2 disc working so easily.

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