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OMFG I got StarForce!!! ???!!! ??!??!??

Sun Apr 30, 2006 12:30 am

I don't fn believe it! One of the four things I did today, installed FileZilla, and FileZilla Server, updated DivX 6.2.2, and played a Sherlock Holmes DVD (from Netflix), and now movies do not play!

WTF?

I am thinking it must have been the DivX 6.2.2 update that I did, since playing the Sherlock Holmes DVD on anything else results in no picture and choppy sound.

I even read the EULA for DivX, and there was no mention of third party software...

How the **** do I remove this crap?
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Sun Apr 30, 2006 2:18 am

I actually have starforce installed on my computer, and frankly I don't see what the problem is really. I have never had a single problem with it. My DVDs play and so do all my other games.
 
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Sun Apr 30, 2006 2:57 am

etherelithic wrote:
I actually have starforce installed on my computer, and frankly I don't see what the problem is really. I have never had a single problem with it. My DVDs play and so do all my other games.


Frankly, the first problem is that they are installed without a EULA, and certainly not with my permission. They have pretty much ruined DVD's on this machine.

Now then, weather or not it ruins your experience is no consolation... I will have to reinstall windows to fix this thing.
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Sun Apr 30, 2006 9:04 am

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Sun Apr 30, 2006 10:10 am

System Restore???? Have ya tried that???
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Sun Apr 30, 2006 5:47 pm

Macgyver wrote:
System Restore???? Have ya tried that???


Are you a comedian? Thanks, though, good suggestion. No, that didn't help. I think it is something far deeper in windows that SR can't help.

I did three SR's, one back to January (when I reinstalled this WinXP), and there is still no video and garbled sound.

The irony is that I'm just trying to watch a Sherlock Holmes movie.
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Sun Apr 30, 2006 6:31 pm

|FN|Steel wrote:
http://onlinesecurity-on.com/downloads/sfdrvrem.zip


Ouch... "No protection drivers to remove" then it promptly blue screened... :lol:

I did a manual deinstall... great link.
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Mon May 08, 2006 12:01 am

Remember kids: Demos of games that have StarForce also have StarForce. Hell. Free games from companies that use StarForce have StarForce.
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Mon May 08, 2006 12:41 am

:lol: @ free games having anti-piracy measures.
 
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Mon May 08, 2006 7:10 am

You can try manually removing the star force drivers, basically go to the device manager and choose "show hidden drivers" and look under "non-plug & play drivers"
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Mon May 08, 2006 7:22 am

The reason that free demos have Starforce is because, sometimes priates use the demo verison of the game to uncrack a registered/retail copy. ;)
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Mon May 08, 2006 12:05 pm

Is there a list somewhere of all games that use Starforce?
 
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Mon May 08, 2006 1:01 pm

FroBozz_Inc wrote:
Is there a list somewhere of all games that use Starforce?


There is indeed:

http://www.similarities.org/starforce.html

There's also the boycott starforce site:

http://www.glop.org/starforce/list.php

I do have to retract my accusation of DivX: my apologies. VTNC's comment on demos also have SF on it, which after some sluething, points more fingers to Toca Race Car Driver 3, which I did indeed d/l and install way back. Since it kinda sucked I uninstalled it, and out of memory.

To solve the DVD playback issue, I installed PowerDVD and lo and behold, DVD's play again in WinDVD and WMP10. Very odd.
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Mon May 08, 2006 1:03 pm

Divx does not install starforce ;)
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Mon May 08, 2006 4:42 pm

maxxcool wrote:
Divx does not install starforce ;)


Yeah, I'll clear that up... if anything, DivX highlighted the problem. I believe I got it from a... a... demo. :oops:
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