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Does anyone know how I can make a backup of my original Alpha Systems Cassette Operating System disk? I have tried my Happy 7.1 with all the Alpha Systems PDB's and none work, I also tried my copy II PC option board and that didn't work either.

 

Thanks!

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Sadly it does not look like its been cracked or extremely rare and never been given to the preservation people like @Farb to get preserved and cracked so you could have a working backup that you could then backup at any time.

 

I've added Farb to this post so maybe he can help if you don't mind sending said disk to one of the team.

 

Wish I could help but Farbs and the guys are an amazing set of folks.

 

Paul..

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Always wanted to get one but by the time I really wanted it I realised I had about 10 real protected disks left so 100 bucks (then) was too much for me....Dead handy though for the mass user who likes 100% real disk use..

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IIRC the "Backup Master" utility from Duplicating Technologies (Duplitech) has parameters to remove the CP on both versions of Alpha's C.O.S.

I know that something like that works, because I sent my original disk to Carmel Andrews a long time ago.  Never did get the box of Smarties :(

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14 hours ago, videofx said:

Does anyone know how I can make a backup of my original Alpha Systems Cassette Operating System disk?

Why not post here an ATR of it? Perhaps we can crack it without the original disk.

 

I am astonished that it cannot be copied with a Happy drive. All other titles by Alpha Systems have a not that sophisticated protection (duplicate sectors IIRC).

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29 minutes ago, Nukey Shay said:

Nevermind….

Found it in the Holmes archive here

 

Thanks but that KOZ's COS. I already saw that one :)

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50 minutes ago, DjayBee said:

 

Why not post here an ATR of it? Perhaps we can crack it without the original disk.

 

I am astonished that it cannot be copied with a Happy drive. All other titles by Alpha Systems have a not that sophisticated protection (duplicate sectors IIRC).

 

Thats what I thought, I was able to copy Scanalyzer with Happy 7.1 but not COS. The copy protection is different, COS disk Tracks 21-30 something are unreadable by happy.

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1 minute ago, videofx said:

 

Thanks but that KOZ's COS. I already saw that one :)

Yea, I asked about this years ago and someone did the same thing. That's a different program as you pointed out. I scanned the manual for Alpha Systems program a number of years ago.

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2 hours ago, Nukey Shay said:

IIRC the "Backup Master" utility from Duplicating Technologies (Duplitech) has parameters to remove the CP on both versions of Alpha's C.O.S.

I know that something like that works, because I sent my original disk to Carmel Andrews a long time ago.  Never did get the box of Smarties :(

 

Do you have the Backup Master or know where I can find it?

 

Thanks!

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1 hour ago, DjayBee said:

 

Why not post here an ATR of it? Perhaps we can crack it without the original disk.

 

I am astonished that it cannot be copied with a Happy drive. All other titles by Alpha Systems have a not that sophisticated protection (duplicate sectors IIRC).

 

I will upload an ATR  and hopefully not to hard to crack.

 

Thanks 

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50 minutes ago, Nukey Shay said:

Nevermind….

Found it in the Holmes archive here

 

That's a type-in listing from german magazine "Computer Kontakt" (named CKCOS in my collection). There is also COS by german "Happy Computer" magazine (named HappyCOS in my collection). And afaik, there also exist some COS programs in polish, czech or other languages...

 

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Sorry...I didn't check the .atr

Searching for Duplitech's Backup Master.

I can't be the only one who has these things!

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10 minutes ago, Nukey Shay said:

Sorry...I didn't check the .atr

Searching for Duplitech's Backup Master.

I can't be the only one who has these things!

 

Thanks hope you find it :)

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6 minutes ago, Nukey Shay said:

Well, I've got it in my hands anyway.  Made '86 by Bob Gardner who did Pirate's Treasure Chest.

 Great! What do you have in your hands? Can you share?

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The actual disk.  I think I have a supplement disk someplace as well (which contains many more unprotects).  Might have to mail this off if nobody has it...no hardware on my side.

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7 minutes ago, Nukey Shay said:

The actual disk.  I think I have a supplement disk someplace as well (which contains many more unprotects).  Might have to mail this off if nobody has it...no hardware on my side.

 

I have Happy drive and Copy II PC Option board hopefully that can copy it

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You are interested in a crack, or you want the original copy protected?

 

I should have a crack somewhere although I can't find it for some reason. It's not that rare, somebody should have it somewhere :)

 

OTOH, I would like a digital copy of that original disk :) Yes, later releases by Alpha Systems have advanced protections that the Happy can't copy (Scanalizer 3, Adv Prot Techniques, etc). Don't remember if Happy 7.1 has any specific PDB that makes a "seudo" copy that can only run from a Happy drive.

 

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56 minutes ago, ijor said:

You are interested in a crack, or you want the original copy protected?

 

I should have a crack somewhere although I can't find it for some reason. It's not that rare, somebody should have it somewhere :)

 

OTOH, I would like a digital copy of that original disk :) Yes, later releases by Alpha Systems have advanced protections that the Happy can't copy (Scanalizer 3, Adv Prot Techniques, etc). Don't remember if Happy 7.1 has any specific PDB that makes a "seudo" copy that can only run from a Happy drive.

 

 

A crack would be good and if no crack a way to backup the original

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Any progress on this?   Still looking to play around with it.

 

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2 minutes ago, scotty said:

Any progress on this?   Still looking to play around with it.

 

Unless somebody posts something nothing will happen. ;)

 

@videofx what about your ATR? 

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