Quantcast
Jump to content
Search In
  • More options...
Find results that contain...
Find results in...
    1. Welcome to GTAForums!

    2. News

    1. Red Dead Redemption 2

    1. GTA Online

      1. After Hours
      2. Find Lobbies & Players
      3. Guides & Strategies
      4. Vehicles
      5. Content Creator
      6. Help & Support
    2. Crews

      1. Events
      2. Recruitment
    1. Grand Theft Auto Series

    2. GTA Next

    3. GTA V

      1. PC
      2. Guides & Strategies
      3. Help & Support
    4. GTA IV

      1. Episodes from Liberty City
      2. Multiplayer
      3. Guides & Strategies
      4. Help & Support
      5. GTA Mods
    5. GTA Chinatown Wars

    6. GTA Vice City Stories

    7. GTA Liberty City Stories

    8. GTA San Andreas

      1. Guides & Strategies
      2. Help & Support
      3. GTA Mods
    9. GTA Vice City

      1. Guides & Strategies
      2. Help & Support
      3. GTA Mods
    10. GTA III

      1. Guides & Strategies
      2. Help & Support
      3. GTA Mods
    11. Top Down Games

      1. GTA Advance
      2. GTA 2
      3. GTA
    12. Wiki

      1. Merchandising
    1. GTA Modding

      1. GTA V
      2. GTA IV
      3. GTA III, VC & SA
      4. Tutorials
    2. Mod Showroom

      1. Scripts & Plugins
      2. Maps
      3. Total Conversions
      4. Vehicles
      5. Textures
      6. Characters
      7. Tools
      8. Other
      9. Workshop
    3. Featured Mods

      1. DYOM
      2. OpenIV
      3. GTA: Underground
      4. GTA: Liberty City
      5. GTA: State of Liberty
    1. Red Dead Redemption

    2. Rockstar Games

    1. Off-Topic

      1. General Chat
      2. Gaming
      3. Technology
      4. Programming
      5. Movies & TV
      6. Music
      7. Sports
      8. Vehicles
    2. Expression

      1. Graphics / Visual Arts
      2. GFX Requests & Tutorials
      3. Writers' Discussion
      4. Debates & Discussion
    1. Forum Support

    2. Site Suggestions

aru

GTA4 - File Modding Ability Patch

Recommended Posts

aru

GTAIV Version 1.0.2

 

GTAIV Version 1.0.2 no longer needs a magic patch to function. All that is required is a patched version of filelist.pak which is available here archive.

 

Step to upgrade to 1.0.2:

1. Undo any existing magic patches (Use the Recover tool if you used the Easy Way)

2. Install GTAIV Patch 1.0.2.

3. Backup the existing pc\data\filelist.pak

4. Replace pc\data\filelist.pak with the file in the archive.

5. Run the game and have fun!

 

Read no further! The rest of this post is for older versions of GTAIV.

 

--------------------------------------------------------------

 

The Easy Way (Version 1.0/1.0.1):

 

Here's a little tool to do most of the magic... The tool will allow you to verify that you have the original files, apply the patch and even verify the patch using the game's verification method. There's also a Recover feature to undo any magic patch changes when you decide you don't want this anymore.

 

-download removed- (Updated to version 1.0.1 on Dec 14, 2008 to support GTAIV version 1.0.1)

 

If this is good enough for you, and don't want to confuse yourself... don't read the rest of this post.

 

--------------------------------------------------------------

 

The Fun Way:

 

The checking for modification of the files works by opening up files.txt, and SHA1 hashing the contents of each file listed in there cumulatively. If the hash doesn't match the hash stored in the exe, it exits. But theres one problem with this technique... they rely on files.txt to check files.txt too?!!!! Oh dear R*... what happened to your chain of trust?!

 

To bypass it, all you have to really do is:

  1. Make a copy of files.txt.... for example: copy files.txt to files.txt.original
  2. Edit files.txt... replace "files.txt" with "files.txt.original"
  3. Make a copy of the file you want to mod... say you want to mod weaponinfo.xml, so you would make a copy of it as weaponinfo.xml.original
  4. Edit files.txt... replace "weaponinfo.xml" with "weaponinfo.xml.original"
And viola.... no more exiting on startup... but to make your patches really apply you have to use a patched filelist.pak without any files in it. (And using a modified filelist.pak means you will have to create a .original file for filelist.pak as well!)

 

--

 

So here is a batch file that will do the above things to all the "protected" files and make backups of them as .magic. Included is a patched filelist.pak as well. After installing this, you can just edit your files normally as before (just don't edit the .magic files!).

 

NOTE: The batch file does the steps above for ALL the protected files. Do NOT follow the instructions above (i.e. making copies, replacing files, etc) if you use this batch file. Files.txt is automatically patched with this batch script.

 

download removed

 

To install:

  1. Restore backups of ALL your modified files (or if you don't have them, you have to reinstall). It is VERY IMPORTANT that you have the original "protected" files or this won't work!
  2. Copy magic.bat to your GTAIV game folder
  3. Run magic.bat (Run as Administrator if you're on Vista)
  4. Make a backup of pc\data\filelist.pak
  5. Overwrite pc\data\filelist.pak with the included filelist.pak.
More detailed STEP-BY-STEP instructions are provided here: http://www.gtaforums.com/index.php?showtop...st&p=1058731018 (These instructions are for the 'fun way'... not the 'easy way') Edited by aru

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
rappzula

Good going man, it works perfectly smile.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
opium_addict

edit: i was able to turn this into patcher code for my release,

as i didnt like your .bat setup.

 

but it does work perfectly, good job.

 

here is the code (pastebin, its also coded in C++ .NET....)

http://pastebin.com/m2bbf0372

Edited by opium_addict

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
JostVice

Will try this as soon as the game finish installing turn.gif

 

EDIT: working correctly, aru. Nice work icon14.gif

Edited by Jost_Vice

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
DexX

Awesome, works like a charm and doesn't require any exe mods (so it should still work after a patch is released). Excellent work. Only downside so far, is that the folders get cluttered with 2 versions of every file.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
aru
Awesome, works like a charm and doesn't require any exe mods (so it should still work after a patch is released). Excellent work. Only downside so far, is that the folders get cluttered with 2 versions of every file.

Well, you could put the files into one "backup" folder... its just a pain modifying the batch script to do that smile.gif. I just used a regex search and replace on the original files.txt to generate that batch script.

 

Oh, and don't be too sure about it still working after a patch... if R* fixes their checking, it won't work.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Abel.

 

Will try this as soon as the game finish installing  turn.gif

 

EDIT: working correctly, aru. Nice work  icon14.gif

Same here mate. icon14.gif

 

I'll try this now *crosses fingers*...

Edited by elanman

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Voodooman

Aru)) U saved my day again, like few years ago with your command line version of Spark)) thx! lol.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Dup

This also circumvents idiots not backing up files and needing to re-install. Good show.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Abel.

GTA IV won't f*cking start now...

 

YES! IT'S WORKING! RELIABLE AND EASY TO INSTALL! Caps were necessary, great mot, thanks.

 

user posted image

Edited by elanman

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Zach
GTA IV won't f*cking start now...

 

YES! IT'S WORKING! RELIABLE AND EASY TO INSTALL! Caps were necessary, great mot, thanks.

I'm confused. Don't those two statements contradict each other? mercie_blink.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
DexX

 

Oh, and don't be too sure about it still working after a patch... if R* fixes their checking, it won't work.

Yea, but thats a risk no matter what method is used. After 3 years of telling people to mod SA with a 1.0 exe, i'm not keen on starting the same conversations with iv. Provided R* doesn't fix it, a method that is exe-independent is ideal.

 

 

I'm confused. Don't those two statements contradict each other?

He edited his post.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Glumok

that is great ! Thank you for this stuff.

 

I edited the "ped.dat" and "relationships.dat" to try to make a "riot mode" (everybody hates everybody), but it didn't not works very well. When you start a fight with someone, some other random people starts to fight with you against your oponant, like 4 or 5 people fighting each others smile.gif But not big big riot like in San Andreas.

 

For the weapons, wich file do I need to edit ? A lot of files in "common / data" folder seems to come from San Andreas !

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Tweeqit2

nvm. Got it to work by only adding the file I modded to the list instead of all. Good work.

Edited by Tweeqit2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
mr.Dageron

aru, really great work!

 

And any news about your SparkIV?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
bobster uk

this is very nice aru,

 

alltho wont work for me tho sadly.

 

Good job tho.

 

edit: nvm got it to work

Edited by bobster uk

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
voodoo48

Soundz great, I'll try it out as soon as I get my PC version of GTA IV. smile.gif

 

 

 

Oh, and don't be too sure about it still working after a patch... if R* fixes their checking, it won't work.
They are full of work right now, I don't think they have time to f*ck with the modders, who'll find the way to do the modding after a week.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Abel.
GTA IV won't f*cking start now...

 

YES! IT'S WORKING! RELIABLE AND EASY TO INSTALL! Caps were necessary, great mot, thanks.

I'm confused. Don't those two statements contradict each other? mercie_blink.gif

I edited my post, first it wasn't working, now it is.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Dup

I keep getting asked for my DVD. I've got the UK DVD release running on Vista 64.

 

EDIT: DON'T FORGET to copy the generated "files.txt" from arus' "gtaiv-magic" folder in to the GTA IV folder once you have run his .bat file

Edited by Dup

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
n1k

OMFG Thank you so much, I now have motion blur at any speed in a car. No longer need I be speeding through the city to have it on, I can be checking out the details cruising through slowly with motion blur on. Awesome.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
axtc

Time to find a way to get rid of those fugly shadows...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
n1k

Incase anyone happens to use motion blur, you might want to try out these settings (visualsettings.dat)

 

# cam.followvehicle.blur.speed 0.5 200 0.00 0.2

cam.followvehicle.blur.speed.x 0.5

cam.followvehicle.blur.speed.y 200

cam.followvehicle.blur.speed.z 0.00

cam.followvehicle.blur.speed.w 0.2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
evilrex

I really do not understand this.

So you copy the file you want to mod, and call it .original For example "explosionFx.original.dat"

You then copy file.txt and call that file.txt.orginal and then open that up and rename explosionFx.dat to explosionFx.original.dat, then you go ahead and mod?

This is confusing.

 

EDIT: Okay I've restored the backups and now the game won't launch at all? WTF?

Edited by evilrex

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
kmanmx

Okay - i cant get this to work.

 

I tried the .bat file way, and then the game wouldn't boot. So i redownloaded it through steam, tried again with the manual mehtod. Copied the txt file and renamed it files.txt.original, then edited the files.txt so at the bottom it says files.txt.orginal, then i did the same process with WeaponInfo.xml - and the game still wont boot ? I placed in the filelist.pak after aswell when doing it manually, do i have to make a .original backup of that - too ?

 

Someone help me confused.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
rebel_36

does mp still work with this?

 

i may just have to do a second install for sp modding

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Smiler-Online

I installed the .Bat version, and I can't actually mod the files still...

 

 

I can modify them and the game will launch... but no changes will happen in the game...

 

 

I have even tried deleting all content from files, including the CJ_GTA.dat file and the game runs as though I hadn't even messed with that file... (the level still loads like it supposed to do...)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Bobesz
I installed the .Bat version, and I can't actually mod the files still...

 

 

I can modify them and the game will launch... but no changes will happen in the game...

 

 

I have even tried deleting all content from files, including the CJ_GTA.dat file and the game runs as though I hadn't even messed with that file... (the level still loads like it supposed to do...)

Maybe the more important files are loaded from the IMGS?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Smiler-Online
I installed the .Bat version, and I can't actually mod the files still...

 

 

I can modify them and the game will launch... but no changes will happen in the game...

 

 

I have even tried deleting all content from files, including the CJ_GTA.dat file and the game runs as though I hadn't even messed with that file... (the level still loads like it supposed to do...)

Maybe the more important files are loaded from the IMGS?

I've also just modified the handling.dat, and deleted the Banshees handling, but when I went into game, the banshee was still outside of my property, I got into it and it still drove the same...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
JostVice

You sure you replaced filelist.pak? Try modding carcols, that one works for me....

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Smiler-Online

*UPDATE*

 

I just tried the "Rocket Pistol" mod and that worked, So I guess that you just cant mod the files which I tried previously sad.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×

Important Information

By using GTAForums.com, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.