Midtown Madness 2 Beta 1 Patch (mm3323rel.exe)

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  1. HEX1GON

    HEX1GON FREEZE! Scumbag

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    The public release to Midtown Madness Beta 1 was a data dump from a disc. Which means the DRM required the CD. An data ISO was not enough for the check to pass. There must have been some extra data, or a track on the disc to pass.

    Anyway, I have patched the executable through brute force. You can launch the game without the DRM.
    Game launches and runs with great stability, can see below captures.

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    Beta 2 was patched a long long time ago to pass the DRM but it's a very buggy patch which I'll work on a better one for that too soon.

    Tested on Windows 2000 Professional Workstation (Virtual Machine).
    Game render (Software). Have to get my old machine out and try it through Hardware (T&L). If someone beats me to it, post your result.

    Alternatively, you can try Bad_Ad84's patch which removes the date restriction here

    Hope this can help many who had the DRM road block.
     
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    Bad_Ad84 The Tick

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    I have removed this date check. Attached is v2 patch.
     

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  3. Fireboyd78

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    I know this thread is for Beta 1, but I would like to share my own DRM-free version of Beta 2 (no time limit either). It was definitely a fun little adventure :p

    Enjoy!

    (PS: We have a Midtown Madness community on Discord, which you can find here.)
     

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    Borman Digital Games Curator

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    Fun, I have a beta version of the first game that I got in the other day. Posted a video of the Sales video Microsoft used to promote the game too

     
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    Very interesting, how old is it? I think the oldest "beta" we've ever been able to play was the VW trial version.
     
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    Borman Digital Games Curator

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    Likely a nearly finished copy to be honest. Havent looked into it that much, havent had time since I got them last week.
     
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    Best way to figure it out is by looking for the engine version string in the exe with a hex editor. It starts with "Angel: ".

    Here's what the retail version reports:
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    Angel: 1588 / Apr 14 1999 15:07:10
    If you ever have a chance, maybe you could let us know how old it is? Nice find, anyways!
     
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    Borman Digital Games Curator

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    Only from 12 days beforehand sadly.

    Midtown Madness!....Angel: 1560 / Apr 2 1999 19:09:02
     
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    Damn, that sucks. Maybe one day a really old beta will surface...but what you have is still unique! The trial versions are from July '99 but apparently run on engine 1532. Anyways, apologies for derailing the topic.
     
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    HEX1GON FREEZE! Scumbag

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    Thanks :)

    Does your patch launch a bit better than the crack made back in 2000? Usually the game launches 1 in 3 chances I found.
     
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    I use dgVoodoo on Windows 10 so I'm not sure if this applies to everyone else, but it does launch every time for me. Never had any strange issues with it. It's definitely much better than the older crack that exists.
     
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    Using @Bad_Ad84 's patch, game runs through Hardware on Windows 7.
     

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