'Early, early EA protection'
Author:Zaphod (guest: search)
Date: Fri, May 15th, 2015 @ 17:30 ( . )

There were a number of backup utilities that got the older EA stuff. The commonly used one was ARTS BACKUP by Mike J. Henry. It worked reliably, but tended to knock out the fastloader. essentially it put the main program into a file, and had a simple loader that ran inside basic that set up the breadcrumbs, loaded the main program, and started it.

That fast disk logic is one that i only ever saw on Mail Order Monsters. That was one of the LATER fat track protections. Every few games they increased the complexity of the protection, which eventually broke those arts backup programs. sometimes it was possible to use a fat track writer to write out the fat track. Fast Hack'em had one. those were never truly reliable, but you could just keep trying it till it worked.

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