Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders
Used off disk copy protection in the form of Exit Visa Codes. The game has seven pages of these that was very hard to photocopy.
I have them here in two different forms:
- The gameFAQ here: Zak-FAQ also Airport Guide
- Scans placed into a PDF here: PDF Document of the codes
John Madden Football from Electronic Arts in 1989.
The game used a codewheel for it copy protection. Electronics Art used many different copy protection forms in the 1980s for it’s Commodore 64 games from Error checking to FAT Tracks on 34/35, to Pirateslayer and then to Codewheels and manual look ups.
After the boot screen and you select
Start Game you get this screen that
ask for your Madden Season Ticket
There was already a print out of the codewheel, BUT it’s pretty confusing look at this: John Madden Football
SO I found a code wheel on Ebay and bought it to scan for my blog, here it is in PDF and PNG. Hope this helps someone. MaddenScan.PDF and MaddenScanPNG.zip
How to format a Commodore 64 disk.
This video shows you a few different ways from the slow original DOS to a 12 second format.
Commodore 1541-II unboxing and Testing
I also show you how to adjust the Head Stop position on this 1541-II drive.
Disc Disector v3.0
This ad was from a UK magazine in 1985
I have seen versions: V3, V4 and V5
Copies all DOS errors automatically, plus non standard errors like Half tracks, extra tracks, non standard sync, renumbered tracks, etc. Copies a disk in only 8 minutes,
The disk also had many utilities like a fast format, menu maker, scratch and unscratch, fast copy, rename, fastload, disk to tape, diskmon and much more. Here check out V5 menu screen here:
Released in 1984
Was a 4-minute Copy Program.
Claims it will not lock-up or crash on errors
Locate and ID errors
Error Maker, Sector Test, Sector Copy
Disk Name and ID changer
I do not have a copy of this program and can not find one right now to post a screen shot.
If anyone has one, can you send it my way.