Cheats Definitions article by Al Giovetti
By Al Giovetti
Definitions and Essentials of Cheats
Type the following cheats to achieve the desired result.
You always must backup your old file when hex editing. This is explained in our cheat definitions section on hex editing. With hex editing if you do exactly the same thing as what is suggested you are bound to fail. Hex editing is a trial and error process which requires that you try one thing, see if it works. If it works. Great. If it does not work, then restore your backup file and try again.
Hex editing is not an exact science. It is an art. It requires that you understand the process and do exactly what is needed for the situation. If the hex edit did not work, there may be several reasons that you need to adjust for.
Sometimes different versions of the game have different save game file configurations. The basic file is similar, but you need to search for the correct location in the file for the information because it may be in a different place.
Some save game files grow as you progress in the game requiring you to look in different locations to make the changes in different parts of the game. You have to know hex editing and hex code conversion to be able to search effectively. You also must take significant amounts of time to document what you are doing and familiarize yourself with the file you are hex editing.
Sometimes character names that you input into the game are written to the save game file. When this happens these names are often close to where the data is that you need to change in the game. Searching for the name (in hex code) will often help pinpoint where these areas have moved to each time you edit.
Hex editing is extremely difficult and easy for even an experienced person to mess up. We need to know the version of the game, the manufacturer, the year it came out, the distributor, exactly what file you edited and what hex you changed. What the hex was before you changed it and what it was after you changed it. In addition to the hex you changed we need to know what the statistic read in the game prior to the change and after the change.
Hex editing is very difficult and it takes a lot of time, care, and patience to do properly and with any success.
You will need these instructions to use a trainer, since most trainers do not come with instructions. To use a trainer, first start the game and get into the area of gameplay, beyond the menu selection screens, in other words, start playing the game. Use the combination of holding down the Alt key and then pressing the TAB key to access the application selection menu and return to the Windows 95/98 interface. Launch the cheat program and try the options under the buttons, and pull down menus. Use Alt-TAB to go back and forth between the trainer trying out different options to see how they work in the game. Don't be afraid to experiment.
Trainers work only with specific memory locations and usually with only specific versions of the game. Some versions differ only in language but still the cheats will not work. Very small version differences can mean a change in memory locations. Often game distributors think that cheat codes will cost them money in the distribution of the game, making the game too easy and therefore not as enjoyable. So many patches actually inactivate cheats.
Trainers will not work properly unless they are in the correct directory. Did you put the trainer in the game root directory or in the directory where the game execute file is (The file that boots the game)?
Other problems have to do with the version of the game. Sometimes trainers only work with the game before or after an update. Can you send me the game version you are using?
Sometimes the person is not using the trainer properly. Some trainers require that they be launched before the game is launched others after the game is launched. Most are of the latter type. You need to boot the game. Then you use Alt-TAB to get out of the game and boot the trainer. Did you try this?
Some trainers activate from the trainer and others activate while in the game. Some use hot keys, such as the "F11-key" to activate the cheat. Sometimes you use the hot key when in the game itself and other times within the window of the trainer.
Finally even when active some cheats require something to get them working. For example, in Baldur's Gate the trainer requires you to push the F-11 function key to activate the hit point cheat, but in order to make the cheat work you must right click on the picture of the character from the adventuring window of the game. (not in inventory, priest or mage spells, or any other utility screen).
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