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TDU Mods : Offline & Online Profile Conversions [Tutorials]

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In this series of threads, I'm listing and giving tutorials on how to improve your game-play. These are not instructions, or officially related to Atari in any way. They are tutorials created by me, for the sole purpose of giving you the chance to improve your gameplay.

 

I take no responsibility in your game going corupt or damaged. I cannot be help responsible for damages to game files or profiles. However this is highly unlikely to happen ;)

 

Anyway, on with the tutorial of Profile Conversions ...

 

Make sure you back up everything, unless you want to have to restart your profile if something does go wrong.

 

 

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Offline to Online Profile Conversions:

 

What this is: This method will convert your offline profile into an online profile.

The purpose: Allows you to repair a profile that has somehow lost its online capability (in other words, the game believes you're no longer on Gamespy)

What you need: A backup of your saved files (I hope you backed up regularly!) OR Your "broken" profile, untouched.

 

STEP 1

Make a new folder on your computer and copy your backup in there. If you haven't yet deleted your broken profile in frustration, then copy that profile. Do not just move the profile, as we'll be working on it and you want to preserve an original somewhere.

 

STEP 2

Start the game. Delete your broken profile and create a new one. Register it online with Gamespy (the name you use doesn't matter - it can be the same name or another one entirely.) You will need to fully complete the tutorial sequence, which means:

a) Rent a car

b) Buy your house

c) Beat the rookie race

d) Return to your home, enter and exit it.

 

You should, at this point, be back in freeride mode, with the ability to use the map and travel wherever you want to. You can now exit the game.

 

STEP 3

Next, you will need a "Hex Editor". This will read the unreadable characters in your profiles and allow some form of "interpretation" (loose term here. You'll still be looking at gibberish, but at least it'll be recognizable characters!)

 

As per kadettgte's suggestion, do a Google search for Hex Workshop and install that with the default settings (in other words, you don't need to configure anything)

 

STEP 4

Now, you are ready to repair your profile. Open up Hex Workshop, maximize its window so you can better see what's going on, then go to Tools > Compare > Compare Files. In the window that appears, you get to select two files to open. Your source file will be the offline profile. Your target file will be the online profile. "Source" and "Target" are a convention - the order doesn't actually matter. We'll begin with the files playersave file. They can be found in [profilename]\playersave\.

 

For the options just below in the window, make sure Resynchronizing Compare is selected. You can now press OK.

 

Two windows will appear. At the top will be the offline playersave. At the bottom will be the online one. There will be highlighting here and there. Disregard it.

 

STEP 5

Now that your files are open for comparison, go to the online file, on the bottom. In the menu bar, go to Edit > Goto. Input 50 as the offset, and select Dec as the measurement (it's below the text box). Also make sure you choose From beginning of file.

 

Press OK. Your cursor will be placed before the 50th byte of the file. Select all the data from the beginning of the file 'till the 50th byte. Go to Edit > Copy.

 

Next, use Goto again to go to the 50th byte of the offline file, select from the beginning 'till the 50th byte again, then go to Edit > Paste.

 

You have finished patching this file. Save (say "yes" to making a backup, as screw-ups happen) and then close both files.

 

STEP 6

We're almost there. Using Windows Explorer, go to the online profile: My Documents\Test Drive Unlimited\savegame\[profilename]

 

Delete its contents.

 

STEP 7

Using Windows Explorer, go to the offline profile you just patched, copy its contents and paste them into My Documents\Test Drive Unlimited\savegame\[profilename]

 

STEP 8

Lastly, in this newly pasted profile, go to the playersave folder and copy its contents. Paste them into playersave2 This way, both the "current" save and the backup are marked as online, with all your goodies in it.

 

STEP 9

You are now ready to play. Fire up Test Drive Unlimited, connect and drive around a little bit to make sure you have everything you used to have and all the bits and pieces are in their correct place.

 

STEP 10

BACKUP! We don't want to lose this profile we just fixed. icon_smile.gif

 

 

PARENTHESIS

What we just did, is tell the offline profile that it's really an online profile. We preserved all the data and goodies that were in your offline profile, cars, houses, money and all, and simply replaced the little "offline" flag with an "online" one, which we salvaged from the temporary online profile you had just created.

 

Thanks to Shurikane ; Katrina_Lansbury andkadettgte for this method.

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Online to Offline Profile Conversions:

 

What this is: This method will convert your online profile into an offline profile.

The purpose: Allows you to repair a profile that has somehow lost its online capability (in other words, the game believes you're no longer on Gamespy)

What you need: A backup of your saved files (I hope you backed up regularly!) OR Your "broken" profile, untouched.

 

STEP 1

Make a new folder on your computer and copy your backup in there. If you haven't yet deleted your broken profile in frustration, then copy that profile. Do not just move the profile, as we'll be working on it and you want to preserve an original somewhere.

 

STEP 2

Start the game. Delete your broken profile and create a new one. Register it online with Gamespy (the name you use doesn't matter - it can be the same name or another one entirely.) You will need to fully complete the tutorial sequence, which means:

a) Rent a car

b) Buy your house

c) Beat the rookie race

d) Return to your home, enter and exit it.

 

You should, at this point, be back in freeride mode, with the ability to use the map and travel wherever you want to. You can now exit the game.

 

STEP 3

Next, you will need a "Hex Editor". This will read the unreadable characters in your profiles and allow some form of "interpretation" (loose term here. You'll still be looking at gibberish, but at least it'll be recognizable characters!)

 

As per kadettgte's suggestion, do a Google search for Hex Workshop and install that with the default settings (in other words, you don't need to configure anything)

 

STEP 4

Now, you are ready to repair your profile. Open up Hex Workshop, maximize its window so you can better see what's going on, then go to Tools > Compare > Compare Files. In the window that appears, you get to select two files to open. Your source file will be the online profile. Your target file will be the offline profile. "Source" and "Target" are a convention - the order doesn't actually matter. We'll begin with the files playersave file. They can be found in [profilename]\playersave\.

 

For the options just below in the window, make sure Resynchronizing Compare is selected. You can now press OK.

 

Two windows will appear. At the top will be the online playersave. At the bottom will be the offline one. There will be highlighting here and there. Disregard it.

 

STEP 5

Now that your files are open for comparison, go to the online file, on the bottom. In the menu bar, go to Edit > Goto. Input 50 as the offset, and select Dec as the measurement (it's below the text box). Also make sure you choose From beginning of file.

 

Press OK. Your cursor will be placed before the 50th byte of the file. Select all the data from the beginning of the file 'till the 50th byte. Go to Edit > Copy.

 

Next, use Goto again to go to the 50th byte of the offline file, select from the beginning 'till the 50th byte again, then go to Edit > Paste.

 

You have finished patching this file. Save (say "yes" to making a backup, as screw-ups happen) and then close both files.

 

STEP 6

We're almost there. Using Windows Explorer, go to the online profile: My Documents\Test Drive Unlimited\savegame\[profilename]

 

Delete its contents.

 

STEP 7

Using Windows Explorer, go to the offline profile you just patched, copy its contents and paste them into My Documents\Test Drive Unlimited\savegame\[profilename]

 

STEP 8

Lastly, in this newly pasted profile, go to the playersave folder and copy its contents. Paste them into playersave2 This way, both the "current" save and the backup are marked as online, with all your goodies in it.

 

STEP 9

You are now ready to play. Fire up Test Drive Unlimited, connect and drive around a little bit to make sure you have everything you used to have and all the bits and pieces are in their correct place.

 

STEP 10

BACKUP! We don't want to lose this profile we just fixed. icon_smile.gif

 

 

PARENTHESIS

What we just did, is tell the online profile that it's really an offline profile. We preserved all the data and goodies that were in your offline profile, cars, houses, money and all, and simply replaced the little "offline" flag with an "online" one, which we salvaged from the temporary online profile you had just created.

 

Thanks to [/color]Shurikane ; Katrina_Lansbury and kadettgte for this method.

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Alternative solution

 

Thanks for your tutorial on reactivating failing online accounts...

 

For those people who may ask you with problems with their online accounts getting failures i have tried another way...

 

I tried your way of replacing the first 50 numbers in the hex editor...plenty of times...but my account didn't get ok...so...:)...I changed the way you solved the problem and i get my account online again :)

 

The solution...at least for me...was to take all the hex numbers after the 50 ( and not before) of the bad profile save and paste it in a working online profile like the way you do in the ok account...

 

Hope it helps, and many thx to you.

 

P.D.: this was successful with the megacarpack...:p:p

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Sorry mate, I really don't know what to do ... :( If these methods don't work. I had just posted the tutorial, I've only tried it once (since the patch) and it didn't work for me. The tutorial was written before the patch. That didn't occur to me though when I posted it. I just took it as it would work.

 

So, unfortunately, you'll have to start again.It's not all that bad though ... :p ... MadMax has had to start his profile 5 times over (due to file corruption)

 

You woulda thought he'd backup though :p

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For people getting fail on connections with their online profiles try first this:

 

- TDU registry fixer 1.2 (my last connection problem was solved thanks to that)

 

- Delete the radial.cdb file. But it is not very good to do that because it seems this file is the one who has the information of your connection with TDu server...sometimes it seems to be corrupted. It will regenerate when you then play again TDU...not recommended for slow connection such as telephone...

 

- Try Iced method...and then mine...the same but reverted...it is a tricky one, I know, but it worked for me....just read the post and try to understand what you are doing...that way I could fix my problem time ago.

 

Goo luck

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Look! I'll try to explain a bit...

 

What you want is to have a working online profile so do this:

 

1. Create a new one (online)

 

2. Do the missions until you can buy your house and your first car ( this means to do the step iced says to have a working new online profile)

 

3. When you have your new profile back it up and save it for further use.

 

* TRY FISRT 4. Try first TDU registry fixer and deleting radial.cdb like I said ( this in last chance to try to solve your not working profile if you didn't try before)

 

5. OK...Now you'll have a new working online profile and your online not working profile: what I suggest, and what I did, is taking the two profiles into the HEX editor and do this:

 

a) Open the good profile.

 

b) Open the not working profile.

 

c) Replace all the info after digit 50 from the profiles doing this: copy that info from the not working profile ( this is all the info about your profile:cars, money, miles driven...all) and pasting (replacing) in the good profile ( this working online profile has the right info in its first 50 digits that should fix your profile)

 

ALWAYS BACKUP YOUR PROFILES.

 

Hope I explain this succesfully and you understand what I did.

 

BYE

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Hi guys

 

It has past a very long time since my last post in the forum and I'm very happy to see both Iced method and my own conversion of it get working for the game.

 

I'm seeing many changes for tdu and the possibility of changing cars here...

 

Hope to have the time to get tdu modded again myself.

 

HI ALL!!!:p

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