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Old 04-03-2003, 09:06
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Patching a Repack

Hi everybody.
Since it has become rather hard to get on orininal Rar's, there's often no way around a repack (or it's just easier to get). A problem very well known is that patches (mostly RGB) won't apply to the new image. I just got Pen Pen Tri-Icelona in CDI-Format and I kinda hope that anyone could help me finding a solution for that one.
It seems as if the game has been ripped back from CD with DJ 4, since I couldn't open the image in CDmage. So far so good. But it also crashes Pal-Patcher, and the IP.Bin I extracted with Megalexxx's other tool just brings up weird symbols in IPBIN4WIN.

Nevertheless I burned the CD and it looks alright when checking on it at the PC. But when I try to boot it in my DC, it goes to the Audio-CD screen.
Though it wouldn't make any sense, I checked with the Boot-CD but that doesn't work neither. The burnt disc has 35 Tracks in two sessions.

I don't know if the CDI is already patched, but I doubt it. There is an RGB patch for that game that I would have to apply since I only have an RGB-Cable. Of course the filesize doesn't match anymore in this repack. So I think the only possible way to fix it, would be changing the hex-values for RGB by hand.

I d/l the PPF-extractor from Megagames, but there is no documentation for it. It spits out a txt-file with values:

Offset Byte
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
643628048 <--- 07
643628049 <--- 89
643628050 <--- 32
643628051 <--- 88
643628052 <--- 07
643628053 <--- 89
643628054 <--- 33
643628055 <--- 88
643628056 <--- 07
643628057 <--- 89
643628144 <--- 02
643628168 <--- 22
643628169 <--- 4F
643628170 <--- 06
643628171 <--- B0
643628172 <--- 09
643628173 <--- 00
643628174 <--- 26
643628175 <--- 4F
643628176 <--- 03
643628177 <--- E4
643628178 <--- 19
643628179 <--- 40
643628180 <--- 09
643628181 <--- 24
643628184 <--- 43
643628185 <--- 60
643921122 <--- 4C
643921123 <--- 84


My question would be: Is it right that I have to find the values on the left side in the image and replace the last two digits with the ones on the right side of this list?
I still have no great experience with this and not even installed hex-workshop so far. I'd just like to know if what I'm trying to do here makes any sense for the more experienced users, and if someone could give me some hint if it could work.

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Old 04-03-2003, 10:48
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Hmmm...
I recognize some of these codes.
(I'm a happy hex-editing lover )

In fact, it's a bit more complicated than what you think.
Values on the left are the position in ORIGINAL release where to apply the value on the right. Unless you have the original release, or you know what are the corresponding positions in your image, you won't do anything with that...

I might help you I think.
Could you please send me your 1st_read.bin ?
Use CDIRip, ISOFix and CDMage on the resulting iso image.

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Old 04-03-2003, 11:11
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The file is on your way

Thanx a lot.
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Old 04-03-2003, 11:37
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Open your image with an hex-editor, and replace :

09 00 09 00 09 00 09 00 09 00 30 88 07 89 06 A0 09 00 05 A0
by :
07 89 32 88 07 89 33 88 07 89 30 88 07 89 06 A0 09 00 05 A0


00 E0 00 E0 04 7F 26 4F 0B 00 09 00 CC 2B 0E 8C 50 31 06
by :
02 E0 00 E0 04 7F 26 4F 0B 00 09 00 CC 2B 0E 8C 50 31 06


07 D3 31 60 19 40 03 C9 02 88 00 8B 03 E0 0B 00 09 00 03 D3
by :
22 4F 06 B0 09 00 26 4F 03 E4 19 40 09 24 0B 00 43 60 03 D3


30 E0 02 2E 00 E0 26 4F 0B 00 F6 6E
by :
4C 84 02 2E 00 E0 26 4F 0B 00 F6 6E


As you can see, the new bytes are the ones that are in your patch...
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Old 04-03-2003, 11:52
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WOW, that's what I call fast and qualified help

Thanx a lot dude. I will try as soon as I installed Hex-Workshop and read through the manual. I read something that sometimes changes are not saved correctly.
I'll post asap if it worked...
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Old 04-03-2003, 13:37
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I use HEdit.
It works perfectly !
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Old 04-03-2003, 15:17
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Okay, it took quite a while, but I figured out, how to use the search in Hex-Workshop.
The problem is, that I can't find the last (the short one) of the 4 Hex strings within the image. I scanned it over and over, with no success. Could it be a typo?
Well I'll try HEdit, just for the hopes...
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Old 04-03-2003, 23:56
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I've just check.
No typo...
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Old 05-03-2003, 00:53
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So why can I not find the last string then in the image?? After I figured out how to search right, the first 3 were easy to find...

Altough I found two strings that were rather close to it:

4A 84 02 2E 00 E0 26 4F 0B 00 F6 6E

and

4B 84 02 2E 00 E0 26 4F 0B 00 F6 6E


I'm rather confused. I don't think it would work, if I only make changes in the first 3 strings. Or could it be the case that the changes in the last string are for country detection, and that someone already patches it for this but not for RGB?

Btw, I opened the CDI. Could it help if I used CDIrip and search through Iso?
Damnit, it looked so easy to do in the first place, and now that...

I'm really grateful for your help, but for someone not used to it, that sh*t can cause heavy headaches. As much as I liked Echelon in the past for what they did, I begin to think they never really gave ya damn about RGB support in their releases. The next one is right on the way. Soldier of Fortune goes to black screen after trying to boot. But in this case no fix at all is available. That's just frustrating.

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Old 05-03-2003, 02:25
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Hmm, I just had another idea. Maybe I can find the correct last value to change via the offset (if that's the right term for it).

Well, I found the first three between offset 265CFC10 - 265CFC80 in my image (to be exact in Hex-Workshop theay are at: 265CFC10, 265CFC64 and 265CFC80).

The two very similar strings that I postet above were at 26617420 and 266174AC.

If you could give me the position were you said the last one should be, I might be able to find it
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Old 05-03-2003, 09:32
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DON'T CHANGE THE OTHER VALUES !!!

Try to look for this one :
26 4F FF E0 0B 00 F6 6E 30 E0
and change it by :
26 4F FF E0 0B 00 F6 6E 4C 84
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Old 05-03-2003, 12:10
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Okay, I give up on it. Though it was a b*tch finding it, I guess there's no chance to get this one working. Probably somethings wrong with the image. I finally found the last value through the one you posted above. (Though the ones that follow are totally different.) I used HEdit, since Hex Workshop is crap in saving the changes, but it had no effect. I'm facing the Audio menue when trying to boot.

Well, thanx Megalexxx for all the help And if you have by any chance an RGB-fixed Soldier of Fortune I'd like to know

Bye.
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