Software was submitted to Apple Computer or one of its licensees, such as Bandai or Katz Media for official approval. The contents of the CD-ROM were "digested" through a proprietary hashing algorithm to generate a key that would be included on the disc to be published. If a standard consumer Pippin did not find a valid "PippinAuthenticationFile" in the root directory of a CD-ROM, it would eject the disc before completing the boot process. Otherwise, a Pippin console with a developer ROM or authentication dongle was required to run non-authenticated CD-ROMs or boot from an external drive.
- ↑ Technical Notes: Pippin Authentication, version 003, Apple Computer.
- ↑ Demystifying the Bandai Pippin Developer Dongle, Peter Wong. 2010-04-29.
- ↑ Dongle Rumor, Maison PiPPiN. Archived 2009-08-05.
- ↑ Hacking the Pippin, Vintage Mac World. 2007-10-22. Archived 2017-08-17
- ↑ Useful Notes / Pippin, TV Tropes.