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Old 23 February 2018, 14:55   #1
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Player Manager Italian Release HELP!!!

Hi all,
I'm an Anco's Player Manager fan who want to continue playing with this amazing game for the rest of his life .
At beginning I played the Player Manager ITALIAN (cracked) release and I met a known issue with the final match for the cup (if won). What I (as a lot of people I know...) did to solve this was:
- save the game before the cup final match;
- reload it in the Player Manager English (cracked) release
- play the cup match (winning) and save again
- reload the saved game in the Italian release to continue playing with the new season .

This procedure worked good for me until I reached the season in the year 2097 (few days ago...) .
Whatever release I use the result is the same: when I click the "New Season" button the usual blue screen of loading new season is shown but the Player Manager program hangs (in a very similiar way happened when I won the cup final match in the Italian (cracked) release), the black colour surrounding the game screen begins to change in various colours and the system became not usable anymore .
I repeat, I tryed it in both cracked Italian and English release, I tried it on my real A1200 with no expansion board and with original display and cache disabled, I tried it with several configurations on WINUAE, but no way

My first question is:

1) Is 2097 a software limit? or the application hangs for the same reasons the cracked Italian release (and not the English release) hanged when the final cup match was won?

I saw that in these past years a group of enthusiasts begins to collect original release of the games (the so called CAPS). I Used the original Player Manager Italian release and I noticed that the problem with the final cup match was resolved. I don't know about the 2097 season...
I also tried to load my past saved games with this "original" release but it is not possible (the "data error" label is shown during the loading), so my chance to play is to begin the Player Manager game again from 1990 but with players with different names!! NAAAHHH My belofed players are a MUST! I want to play with my teammates.
And so I tried to use a tool called PMSaveDiskTool v 1.4 in order to renames all the player names of a saved game from the original Player Manager Italian release, but with no results (the saved game obtained doesn't mantain the new player names as the tool is based on the Player Manager English release I fear... )

Now my second question is:

2) How can I change the player names of the original Player Manager Italian release? OR... Is there a tool to do it? Is there a way? I saw the existence of Dino Dini file system tool, but it seems to be linked more to the graphic aspects of the game than the player names...

Can anyone help me on this?

Thank you very much for all advices,

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Old 23 February 2018, 15:01   #2
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Might be a bad crack. Try the WHDLoad version, it has all checksum checks removed.
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Old 23 February 2018, 15:09   #3
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Yes I did, but with the WHDLoad version I cannot use my past saved games (the "data error" label is shown during the saved game loading) and I don't know how to rename player names to begin my little soccer adventure from beginning (1990!!!) with my teammates again!

Do you know how can I do?

Thank you for any suggestion,

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Old 23 February 2018, 15:12   #4
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This procedure worked good for me until I reached the season in the year 2097 (few days ago...) .
Y3K bug?
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Old 23 February 2018, 15:13   #5
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Yes I did, but with the WHDLoad version I cannot use my past saved games (the "data error" label is shown during the saved game loading)
Upload your version of PM to the Zone please and I'll have a look.
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Old 23 February 2018, 15:19   #6
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What is the Zone? where is? AHHHH, I saw it, but I have not any permissions to access that area.

What release are you asking for? Player Manager Italian (cracked) Release ADF? Or the Player Manager Italian release IPF (from CAPSDI)? Or the Italian WHDLoad release?

Thank you StingRay!!!!
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Old 23 February 2018, 15:26   #7
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Zone is a small upload/download area.

join the Zone group - once joined, the link to it,
is next to the logout "button".
at the end of the zone page, you have the option to upload something.
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Old 23 February 2018, 15:31   #8
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What release are you asking for?
The image of the Player Manager version you are using to play.
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Old 23 February 2018, 15:34   #9
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Thank you emufan, now I joined The Zone,

Ok StingRay, I'll upload my Player Manager Italian (cracked) release as soon as possible.

Thank you all for your help,

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Old 23 February 2018, 18:30   #10
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Hi StingRay, I uploaded my Player Manager Italian release in The Zone.
I can upload also the data disk with then new season in the year 2097 if needed.

I remain hoping in some solution,

thank you very much!!

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Old 24 February 2018, 00:42   #11
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Hi StingRay, I uploaded my Player Manager Italian release in The Zone.
I can upload also the data disk with then new season in the year 2097 if needed.

I remain hoping in some solution,

thank you very much!!

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As Stingray has already offered to help, i'll leave it to him, but i'm frankly amazed you were ever able to play the game at all.

None of the ingame protection checksums have been removed, all they did was decrypt the main file, remove 1 protection track check routine but left another one untouched......its a mess
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Old 24 February 2018, 09:20   #12
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Very bad "crack" indeed, looks like they saved the main file using some kind of cartridge as they were unable to decrypt it and none of the checksums were removed. But it's at least a different Player Manager version than the available Italian SPS version hence the save games are not compatible.
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I've patched the lame FICA version and removed the checksum checks. Try this and see if it fixes your problems.
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I've patched the lame FICA version and removed the checksum checks. Try this and see if it fixes your problems.
I vaguely remember some F.I.C.A. "releases" back in the days.
And there is a reason: F.I.C.A. was an acronym used because..
it is one of the possible ways to say "pussy"

And another funny point: "lame" in italian can be traduced "blades"

So with your "lame FICA" you amused and scared me




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Old 24 February 2018, 13:56   #15
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WOW. I successfully loaded my old saved games; I played the cup final match, I won it and the game didn't hang; I moved to 2097 season and the game didn't hang.

It seems that all is ok and I don't know how can I say THANK YOU properly.
I'll pass this weekend to test the FICA release (Slurp... ), I'm quite sure it will be all ok.

Thank you all, and specially to StingRay for his care .

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Old 25 February 2018, 14:33   #16
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I vaguely remember some F.I.C.A. "releases" back in the days.
There were a few and they also had some pretty nice crack intros.

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And there is a reason: F.I.C.A. was an acronym used because..
it is one of the possible ways to say "pussy"
Haha, one learns something new every day.

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Thank you all, and specially to StingRay for his care .
My pleasure, good to hear you can play the game properly now.
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Haha, one learns something new every day.
Great moments when I first heard Dr. Fikalover's remix:
http://www.remix64.com/track/dr-fika...h-holy-ground/
(the pronunciation of fica is exactly like fika in swedish, that roughly means "take a coffee break")

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So: take some coffee break!
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