Copy protected Excel 1.00 - now what?
I've added Microsoft Excel 1.00 for Macintosh, but it is copy protected, and I don't have a Mac of the appropriate vintage to test with.
The only mac emulator that I even know of that supports copy protection is PCE-Mac. I've gotten as far as converting to a PRI, and setting PCE to emulate a Mac 512k (what is needed to run this program). The software gets as far as loading the program in to memory and then it complains that I need to insert the Excel Master disk.
There was hardly a clue on the web that Excel 1.00 was ever copy protected. Later versions were not.
It has two intentionally bad sectors, one on track 02 and another on track 03. The contents appear to fluxuate, perhaps using weakbits. No idea what kind of GCR/IWM futzing was possible on early macs.
There are Kryoflux images, SuperCard pro images, and TransCopy images (although I don't think anything supports TransCopy Mac images). I would be interested to know if anyone can create a working disk from these.
Unfortunately, I'm low on time, so I'll just have to leave this to others to figure out.