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Old 10-28-2017, 11:21 AM   #16
ksbman
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It appears that most of the "IT Magic" takes place from the compiled program /bin/BootAgent. It checks the motherboard model, CPU speed, and the most important thing, the USB IO board and I think the USB security dongle. Inside the executable there are references to usbdongle.c (where it appears to be validating what dongle work with GT, BBH, SSB, etc.). References to the CID coin meters, CID EPROM calls to see if it does or does not exist and references to the CID dongle being production or development (debug). If you just rename the file, the system will just reboot since it can't find it, so they have some checks to make sure it is there, but it doesn't appear that they slide a new copy back in if it doesn't exist or get corrupted, but they force file system checks every X days and make backups of other files/databases. I've seen some stuff in their code where they write to different log files sometimes, so debugging can be tricky to find if you can enable it.

I think most of the people working around the dongle are doing either using a hex editor on the program that checks the dongle version to authorize the program to run. If they are doing that, they probably start with a fresh HDD because the upgrade would fail. So basically they build a new drive from the upgrade dongle which creates a fresh load, so all previous records are lost. Or they are copying the security chip that comes with the upgrade to a new chip. I have seen ads on CL for the upgrade software and chip that are original, but under the normal price. So they pay the $500 for the upgrade kit, copy the chip (maybe insert their serial number on it as well) and software, load the upgrade on their machine and sell it for about $350, so the actual upgrade only costs them about $150.

Just theories on it, but very plausible.

The other thing that would be nice to figure out is if you can network one to another without paying the $100/year for their service. I don't play enough right now, but if I had a buddy or two that lives on the other side of town and have one, it would be nice to link them together to play. I know you can now make private groups from the online service, so it makes it easier to do in today's world, but the nickel diming get's annoying. Load GT Caddy on your phone to make your own profile and want to look different or get different clubs, that will cost you $$.
 
  


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