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How to use a romhack?
« on: January 16, 2016, 07:41:17 am »
I'm trying to download the Paper Mario Hard Mode romhack. It's a PPF file, but the readme only says that I should "apply" the PPF file to an existing vanilla Paper Mario rom.

I've got the vanilla rom; but how do I apply the PPF file to it?

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Re: How to use a romhack?
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2016, 08:32:33 am »
You use a patching program that understands the ppf file format.

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Re: How to use a romhack?
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2016, 12:31:17 pm »
What's a program I can use?

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Re: How to use a romhack?
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2016, 01:08:44 pm »
RHDN hosts a boatload of utilities. A search for "PPF" turns up something that should do the trick.

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Re: How to use a romhack?
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2016, 06:21:51 am »
Which one would you recommend is best for N64 roms?

PPF-o-matic only seems to work with ISO files.
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Re: How to use a romhack?
« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2016, 05:20:24 pm »
You should be able to use PPF-o-matic with N64 roms too. When you're selecting a file to patch, just change the file filter to All Files, or type "*.*" into the filename box and hit enter to display all files. If you've already done that and it is giving you some kind of error, perhaps try the command line utility.

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Re: How to use a romhack?
« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2016, 08:57:47 pm »
Aw, thanks. I'm patching now.

At this point, I only have one gripe: This app doesn't give me a percentage or status bar, showing me how far it is and how close it is to being complete.  I have no frame of reference of how much longer it will take.

But at least it works.

January 21, 2016, 01:30:24 pm - (Auto Merged - Double Posts are not allowed before 7 days.)
Ok, something here really doesn't make any sense! I left the PPF-o-matic on overnight, and when I came back today, it's still going!

What the hell, man?!
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Re: How to use a romhack?
« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2016, 07:53:22 pm »
Sounds like it might be haunted! :o

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Re: How to use a romhack?
« Reply #8 on: January 23, 2016, 08:26:45 pm »
Probably unnecessary advice, but make sure your rom is unzipped.

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Re: How to use a romhack?
« Reply #9 on: January 24, 2016, 05:43:10 am »
The API and programs that Paradox made for PPF file bugs in certain circumstances. Sometimes, the PPF files are somewhat "corrupted" and ppf-o-matic will keep running once it has ended its job. That's not an harmful corruption ; the ppf file is just not well terminated.

From my experience, your game is patched correctly. It always take less than a few seconds to patch a game from this generation (most of them are instant).
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