Football Manager - Key Disk Not Found

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Football Manager - Key Disk Not Found

Postby ModernMajorGeneral » 2018-12-24 @ 16:47

Hi there. I have just purchased a floppy of the first Football Manager. It's the Prism Leisure release (if that's makes a difference.) And the problem is every time I try to run the program, I get an error which reads: Key disk not found. I have tried this on the floppy, and this even still occurs on a image of the floppy. I am wondering what I should do. Your help will be appreciated.

Thank you, and have a merry Christmas!

-Ross
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Re: Football Manager - Key Disk Not Found

Postby NewRisingSun » 2018-12-24 @ 17:05

On-disk copy protection. If it does not work on real hardware, the disk may be bad, or the system incompatible with the keydisk checking routine ("WayDisk Minder" in the case of Football Manager).

And unless you image the disk with a Kryoflux or SuperCardPro device and use an emulator that supports copy-protected floppy disks using these formats (DOSBox certainly does not), the game will not run unmodified in emulators.
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Re: Football Manager - Key Disk Not Found

Postby ModernMajorGeneral » 2018-12-24 @ 17:09

Hi there New. Thanks for the quick reply. Does virtual machine count as real hardware? Thank you, and have a nice Christmas!

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Re: Football Manager - Key Disk Not Found

Postby NewRisingSun » 2018-12-24 @ 20:04

No, virtual machine does not count as real heardware. :) I suppose a virtual machine could virtualize the floppy disk controller and the diskette drive sufficiently to work with 1980s' copy protection schemes, but the virtual machine's programmer would have to go out of his way to do that.

Merry Christmas nonetheless.
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