Category : Unprotects for Games and Such
Archive   : UNPROT2.ZIP
Filename : ANCWAR.TXT

 
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Unprotecting Broderbund's Ancient Art of War


To unprotect the Ancient Art of War:

1. Make a copy of the original distribution diskette using
the DISKCOPY command. Put your original away, and work
on the copy. Steps 2 to 6 assume that a disk containing
DEBUG.COM is in drive A:, and your working WAR disk is
in drive B:

2. From the A> prompt, type:

RENAME B:WAR.EXE WAR.SAV

Followed by, of course, hitting the Return key.

3. Now, start up DEBUG with:

DEBUG B:WAR.SAV

4. From the '-' DEBUG prompt, enter:

E8BD8

5. DEBUG will display:

xxxx:8BD8 CD-

The 'xxxx' will vary for your system, but if everything
from the colon (:) onward doesn't look the same, DON'T
continue - either you have another version, or something
is wrong.

Enter 'F8', and hit the space bar. DEBUG will display:

13-

Enter '90', and hit the space bar. DEBUG will display:

73-

Enter 'EB', and hit the space bar, and then Return.

6. Now, from the '-' DEBUG prompt, enter 'W', and hit the
Return key. This will write the file back to disk.

7. Enter 'Q' to leave DEBUG, and from the A> prompt, enter:

RENAME B:WAR.SAV WAR.EXE

and hit the Return key.


Your working copy of WAR will now run, and can, itself, be
backed up using the DOS DISKCOPY or COPY commands.

Note: if you use WAR on a fixed disk, you will not be able
to save a game in progress, due to a small bug - WAR tests the
default disk for the presence of a file named "M", instead of the
selected data disk, the intent being to prevent saving a game on
the same disk as that file. To disable this test, after
completing step 5, patch the following location:

xxxx:3B1D 0B-

replace the '0B' with '31'. This will allow you to save a game
on a floppy disk in the A: drive; Note, however, that this
removes a small margin of safety (if you save a new campain and
a game to the same disk, the game reloader will get confused).


  3 Responses to “Category : Unprotects for Games and Such
Archive   : UNPROT2.ZIP
Filename : ANCWAR.TXT

  1. Very nice! Thank you for this wonderful archive. I wonder why I found it only now. Long live the BBS file archives!

  2. This is so awesome! 😀 I’d be cool if you could download an entire archive of this at once, though.

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