>> Wednesday, June 6, 2007
A few members have asked me to help them creating an image of the CD-i game "The Apprentice" so they can play it again with the CD-i Emulator. The Apprentice, as a few other CD-i games, are coded in the notorious CD-i Ready format. Regular ripping software like Isobuster (Using "Extract RAW Data" (2352 bytes/block) works best for most CD-i software) can't handle the disc type, and there's just one good alternative to use: CloneCD. After inserting the disc, rip the disc using the default settings. Ignore the errors it give and it should work. What if it doesn't?
First: try Selecting the read subchannel for audio and data tabs. However, readers either have luck or trouble with this. Have a good experiment and remember it takes time to create the ISO. Whenever CloneCD made a nonsense ISO for me it simply finished almost immediately after I clicked the 'start' button! The only other thing I can think of is to try another computer and CD-ROM drive if you have access to other PC tech. Then you might find a drive that works. What operating sustem are you using? If it's Windows 98 it might be worth inserting, ejecting and inserting the CD again! On the first run the CD is recognised as an AudioCD then after you eject/insert it doesn't. Crazy I know but it worked for me running either the American or European versions of CD-Ready games... can't remember which now!
Another option is to let it read out the whole pregap, then stop the process and manually extract the data track (which is inside the pregap). Again, ignore the error. The final pregap image (without audio tracks) should be about 140 MB...