Alacrity 2.0 MSDOS

edited June 20 in Software
Here is a Kryoflux dump (using a 48tpi drive) of the 360kb floppies of Alacrity 2.0 for MSDOS. I've also dumped the "Key Disk" with Transcopy 3.3 as it uses SuperLok copy protection and I've never worked out how to write back this protection scheme with DTC.

The key disk works fine when written to a floppy under Transcopy 3.3 but I can't seem to workout how to install everything else to the hard disk and get the software running. Any help most appreciated. Here is the temporary link. Once working I'll add to archive.org.

https://www.mediafire.com/file/wfm8yuctn1kowxo/Alacrity.zip/file

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  • Thanks.

    But all KF images do not have odd tracks.
    I hope you to dump perfect dump with all tracks (0-41)
    I wonder Key disk is not modified.
  • edited June 21
    Ouch. The Kryoflux Track Distance parameter needs to be changed to disable double-stepping so all 40 tracks are dumped, and redump all of the disks.

    It is important to sanity check kryoflux preservation dumps to ensure they contain what you expect.
  • Sorry yes. I seemed to see this after I uploaded. I’ll redump removing double-stepping and upload again.
    Regards,
  • Here is the new dump. Let me know if you work out the install process to install to hard drive? https://archive.org/details/alacrity_202206
  • Thanks.

    The problem is that ALACRITT.COM says "please insert key disk"
  • Yep. That's the problem I have. Its strange as the installh.com file does not seem to install any of the other floppy disks. I've copied all the floppies to a directory and extracted all the file into that directory and run the install program but it still get the same error. It would be good to locate a manual for this software but I've not been able to find much info online.
  • Superlok seems to be installed on HDD as screenshot.



  • Could this be the key disk is damaged?
  • edited June 27
    *Original Copy Protected Disk Area (Before Installation)


    3 0 0 3 0 1 512 MFM
    3 0 1 3 0 6 512 MFM
    3 0 2 3 0 111 1024 MFM CRC-DATA
    3 0 3 3 0 2 512 MFM
    3 0 4 3 0 7 512 MFM
    3 0 5 3 0 72 1024 MFM CRC-DATA
    3 0 6 3 0 3 512 MFM
    3 0 7 3 0 8 512 MFM
    3 0 8 3 0 4 512 MFM
    3 0 9 3 0 9 512 MFM
    3 0 10 3 0 5 512 MFM

    5 0 0 5 0 1 512 MFM
    5 0 1 5 0 6 512 MFM
    5 0 2 5 0 135 1024 MFM CRC-DATA
    5 0 3 5 0 2 512 MFM
    5 0 4 5 0 7 512 MFM
    5 0 5 5 0 72 1024 MFM CRC-DATA
    5 0 6 5 0 3 512 MFM
    5 0 7 5 0 8 512 MFM
    5 0 8 5 0 4 512 MFM
    5 0 9 5 0 9 512 MFM
    5 0 10 5 0 5 512 MFM

    19 0 0 19 0 1 1024 MFM CRC-DATA
    19 0 1 19 0 2 1024 MFM CRC-DATA
    19 0 2 19 0 3 1024 MFM CRC-DATA
    19 0 3 19 0 4 1024 MFM CRC-DATA
    19 0 4 19 0 5 1024 MFM CRC-DATA
    19 0 5 19 0 6 1024 MFM CRC-DATA
    19 0 6 19 0 7 1024 MFM CRC-DATA
    19 0 7 19 0 8 1024 MFM CRC-DATA

    20 0 0 20 0 1 1024 MFM CRC-DATA
    20 0 1 20 0 2 1024 MFM CRC-DATA
    20 0 2 20 0 3 1024 MFM CRC-DATA
    20 0 3 20 0 4 1024 MFM CRC-DATA
    20 0 4 20 0 5 1024 MFM CRC-DATA
    20 0 5 20 0 6 1024 MFM CRC-DATA
    20 0 6 20 0 7 1024 MFM CRC-DATA
    20 0 7 20 0 8 1024 MFM CRC-DATA


    *Modified Copy Protected Disk Area (After Installation)

    3 0 0 3 0 1 512 MFM
    3 0 1 3 0 255 512 MFM DUP
    3 0 2 3 0 6 512 MFM
    3 0 3 3 0 255 512 MFM DUP
    3 0 4 3 0 111 1024 MFM
    3 0 5 3 0 2 512 MFM
    3 0 6 3 0 255 512 MFM DUP
    3 0 7 3 0 7 512 MFM
    3 0 8 3 0 255 512 MFM DUP
    3 0 9 3 0 72 1024 MFM
    3 0 10 3 0 3 512 MFM
    3 0 11 3 0 255 512 MFM DUP
    3 0 12 3 0 8 512 MFM
    3 0 13 3 0 255 512 MFM DUP
    3 0 14 3 0 4 512 MFM
    3 0 15 3 0 255 512 MFM DUP
    3 0 16 3 0 9 512 MFM
    3 0 17 3 0 255 512 MFM DUP
    3 0 18 3 0 5 512 MFM
    3 0 19 3 0 255 512 MFM DUP

    5 0 0 5 0 1 512 MFM
    5 0 1 5 0 255 512 MFM DUP
    5 0 2 5 0 6 512 MFM
    5 0 3 5 0 255 512 MFM DUP
    5 0 4 5 0 234 1024 MFM
    5 0 5 5 0 2 512 MFM
    5 0 6 5 0 255 512 MFM DUP
    5 0 7 5 0 7 512 MFM
    5 0 8 5 0 255 512 MFM DUP
    5 0 9 5 0 72 1024 MFM
    5 0 10 5 0 3 512 MFM
    5 0 11 5 0 255 512 MFM DUP
    5 0 12 5 0 8 512 MFM
    5 0 13 5 0 255 512 MFM DUP
    5 0 14 5 0 4 512 MFM
    5 0 15 5 0 255 512 MFM DUP
    5 0 16 5 0 9 512 MFM
    5 0 17 5 0 255 512 MFM DUP
    5 0 18 5 0 5 512 MFM
    5 0 19 5 0 255 512 MFM DUP

    19 0 0 19 0 1 1024 MFM CRC-DATA
    19 0 1 19 0 2 1024 MFM CRC-DATA
    19 0 2 19 0 3 1024 MFM CRC-DATA
    19 0 3 19 0 4 1024 MFM CRC-DATA
    19 0 4 19 0 5 1024 MFM CRC-DATA
    19 0 5 19 0 6 1024 MFM CRC-DATA
    19 0 6 19 0 7 1024 MFM CRC-DATA
    19 0 7 19 0 8 1024 MFM CRC-DATA

    20 0 0 20 0 1 1024 MFM CRC-DATA
    20 0 1 20 0 2 1024 MFM CRC-DATA
    20 0 2 20 0 3 1024 MFM CRC-DATA
    20 0 3 20 0 4 1024 MFM CRC-DATA
    20 0 4 20 0 5 1024 MFM CRC-DATA
    20 0 5 20 0 6 1024 MFM CRC-DATA
    20 0 6 20 0 7 1024 MFM CRC-DATA
    20 0 7 20 0 8 1024 MFM CRC-DATA


    Track 3/0 and 5/0 are changed.
    Sector 255 seems to be from original content.

    Also VDF0300.VDF is changed.
  • Maybe this requires other software to work with? Framework?
  • Anyone get any further with this?
  • I don't know about anyone else, but I've been swamped lately. If the issue is the superlock copy protection, I have several other software dumps that also use that copy protection and won't run when written back with a Kryoflux. Never did narrow down why.
  • Thanks for replying. Yeah I'm not too happy with KF. I use my CP option board for duplicating software these days as it never fails. I'm thinking of getting an AppleSauce as they seem to be implementing more PC support. Regarding Alacrity, I can't find hardly any info about this program online. Seems its a Framework app but uses superlock for the install. The install is not clear how it exactly installs. Id love to find a manual or something. I think this is accounting software. Its a mystery at present. If anyone know anything about this software please post.
  • "The first managerial expert system, Alacrity was developed by Allstar Advice Inc. in 1985 and 1986 and launched in 1987. by associated company, Alacritous Inc. which later changed its name to Alacrity Inc. It contained a 3,000 rule expert system that used concepts of market life cycle, Porter 5-Forces model, Utterback and Abernathy innovation models, generic strategy, and learning curves to make predictions about market evolution"
  • edited November 27
    I am trying to get a manual. There is a book about Alacrity from 1989 but it is not publicly available. I'll post what I find.
  • Many thanks. Any information helps trying to workout this software.
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