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Painkiller CD Woes

Several readers have reported the in-store available availability of Painkiller, the new first-person shooter from Polish developer People Can Fly showing up a bit earlier than expected (story). Unfortunately, as described in this post to the DreamCatcher Forums (thanks Gameguru Mania), there is a problem getting the game to run on many systems due to conflicts between the game's copy-protection scheme and a number of CD-ROM drives. The DreamCatcher Forums also offers their attempts at addressing this problem, along with word that: "Painkiller Update v1.1 will soon be available for download that will address a number of issues." Update: Robert Stevenson of Dreamcatcher made a post to our forums about this issue, here's a bit:

- The copy protection scheme used on Painkiller (Macrovision SafeDisc) is commonly used in the game's industry on major titles. It and other such systems are primarily to prevent the casual copying of games which ultimately hurts everyone, developers, publishers, and end consumers alike.

- For almost everyone there should be no issue running or playing Painkiller at all.
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- There may be more drives that have issues, but the game has been tested with hundreds of drives with no problems and most of the support calls and emails to date (bearing in mind that Painkiller has been available in several places in Europe all week) have been on disabling emulators and not CD/DVD drive hardware problems. We are however continuing to look into this matter further.

- A Painkiller 1.1 update is in testing now should be ready next week. It is truly an update (and not just a patch) and will offer some more professional level multiplayer features as well as a new multiplayer map. Some known issues will of course be addressed in it as well.

- If anyone has further issues, please contact the DreamCatcher technical support team. Their information can be found in the Painkiller manual or on the painkillergame.com website and forums.

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51. Possible fix for some drives. Apr 9, 2004, 18:08 Wookiestick
 
I know a lot of people are experiencing problems with LG cd rom drives.

http://forum.rpc1.org/portal.php

Heres a link for misc. firmware upgrades for CD ROMs.
If you don't know what model # drive you have, you can almost always find out by going to Device Manager in the System window of your Windows Control Panel. Then somewhere in the hardware lineup should be a listing for DVD\CD ROM drives. If you click on Properties most systems should tell you what revision the drive is.

 
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