Okay I play GTAIV ranked multiplayer games every night. I have been playing this for years now. Earlier this week I got a new SSD so I naturally uninstalled GTAIV so I could move it from my old slower SSD to me newer one. Okay so ever since I got the new SSD when I join ranked games I get an dialog that says I can't join this match since i'm using mods. Well I'm not using mods, and I never have! I hate mods with a passion and would never even consider using them ever!! So my game is telling me i'm using mods, i'm not. I verified the game cache threw steam, everything verified there was no problem with the game files! I assume if I had mods installed verifying the game cache would have reverted it? In any case i've never installed mods so there's no chance they are on my system.
Okay so I put my old slow Intel 320 SSD back in my rig, reinstall GTAIV to it and I can join ranked lobbys just fine. I put back my new SSD in and load the game - it accused me of being a modder and wont let me into ranked games.
The pain dosen't end there. Not only can I not join ranked games but I can't even join regular player matches anymore, it dumps me into a weird alternate server system where I can only play with other modders/hackers.
It is possible that the horrifically draconian D.R.M. thinks i'm a modder since my load times are so good? Seriously that's all I can think of. I've played this every night for years and this is the first instance of this ever happening.
Edited by ZodaEX, 04 May 2012 - 07:27 PM.