Sunday, November 30, 2014

Bruteforce Save Data Frequently Asked Questions


Having woes with Bruteforce Save Data? Here I will answer some of the most common questions I receive about using the software. Hopefully this will help resolve most of your issues.

Whenever I launch Bruteforce Save Data, I receive an error message saying msvbvm50.dll is missing?


You will need to install Visual Basic Runtime 5. The software will not run without it.

Loaded game saves, but they are labeled as UNREADABLE and I cannot do anything with them.


This is either a permissions issue or can occur if you haven't installed Microsoft Visual Basic C++ 2010 (x86). Make sure you install the x86 version, not the x64. If you installed it and are still receiving UNREADABLE, make sure you are logged into an account with administrator privileges and are not storing your game saves on a write protected directory.

Cheats Repository will not download and/or fail to update.


Update to the latest version of Bruteforce Save Data, run the software as an administrator (right click on the exe file and select "Run as Administrator") and try the update again. You can also download the latest cheats repository manually by visiting the Bruteforce Save Data forums. Simply replace the existing game.conf and add the cheat files with the ones included in the download.

I receive [BLANK] as profile ID when setting up or resigning game saves.


This can occur if your PS3 user account does not have an attached PSN account and you are not logged into it while creating your game saves or saving over them in-game. Please read this post for more information.

BLANK ID will work on games that do not specifically require a unique ID on their game saves. You will have to test the game save after resigning it with a blank ID first.

When I do the rebuild process, the profile name and ID on the game save does not change.


Ensure you are running the software as an administrator. Right click the Bruteforce Save Data exe file and select "Run as Administrator". Then try to rebuild again.

How do I obtain a missing key for a game?


Select the game save and hit F6 (Bruteforce), then select the game's EBOOT.ELF file. EBOOT.ELF file is only available on the game data itself, not the game save. You will need to find someway to transfer the game's data from disc or hard drive to your PC.

I receive corruption message after rebuilding/encrypting a game save and using it on my PS3.


First off, check to see that the game save is actually properly encrypted. The rebuild process should automatically decrypt and encrypt the game save in the process. Always use the "Verify PFD" button to verify that the game save has been correctly encrypted and normal (you should see no red messages). Attempting to run a game save in a decrypted state will always result in a corruption message. Again, you should try to run the software as an administrator to counter this.

Secondly, corruption can also occur due to the following reasons:
1.) Multilayer encryption - Certain games, most notably newer games, will use multilayer encryption. Without a tool to specifically decrypt beyond the first layer, the game save cannot be modified and used without corruption. A fix is to wait until a tool is available, or you can use devices such as Game Genie, which allows you to decrypt all the layers of certain multilayer encrypted game saves. A list of such known current games that uses multilayer encryption can be found on Bruteforce Save Data forums.
2.) Bad/incorrect data - This can occur if you are transferring from one region to another. The differences in offset between the two regions in the game's save data can be different enough that the game will mess up reading it, causing corruption. And yes, this means that not all games can be transferred to one region to another. This can of course occur if you mess with the game save's data too much without knowledge on how to change values.
3.) Wrong region title/ID - If you use the wrong region title/ID, you will receive corruption.
4.) Wrong key - If you use the wrong key for your game save, you will also receive corruption. This can accidentally happen if your game is in multiple regions. Use the specific key for your region only.

If you confirm you did everything correctly and are still receiving corruption message, the problem may be the above four.

After resigning my game save, it still states the save belongs to another user.


Something failed during the rebuilding process or you are using a blank ID on a game that doesn't support it. You must ensure that after rebuilding, your exact PS3 user account profile name and ID appears on the game save. Running as an administrator will solve most of these problems.

How do I apply cheats?


After decrypting the game save, the cheats button should be available. Click it and you can add your cheats. After adding cheats, you need to encrypt the game save to avoid corruption. If you are running an older version, you may need to right click the game save and select "Apply Cheats" instead.

How do I edit data directly with a hex editor?


After decrypting the game save, you can open up the BIN file directly with a hex editor and make changes. Of course, you have to make sure you know what you're doing. The search function is probably the most useful tool to find existing values and change them. Encrypt the game save after to avoid corruption.


If you have any other questions and concerns not detailed in this post, feel free to jot me an e-mail and I will try to answer you promptly. Just do not ask me to simply resign a game save for you.

13 comments:

  1. I'm trying to transfer Musou Orochi 2 Ultimate (JP) save data to Warrior Orochi 3 Ultimate (US). I followed your tutorial but PS3 says the converted save data is corrupt and i couldn't use it. Does WO3U (US) have the new 2-layer encryption ? Anyway to transfer MO2U to WO3U ?

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  2. Wo3u has no extra encryption or checksum

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    1. But I got an error when trying to add cheats to my save.

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  3. im having trouble i downloaded visual basic runtime 5 but i keep getting the same error
    help please

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  4. I've installed the the V B Run time but it still says unreadable.

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  5. I've tried a few times to get my data that i did not enter cheats in to be fine but it keeps coming up as corrupt. I did not decrypt the files I did not want cheated, and they later came out as corrupt. I have tried to decrypt all of them and encrypt them but they keep coming out as corrupt. Please help i lost a really good save file

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  6. I've tried a few times to get my data that i did not enter cheats in to be fine but it keeps coming up as corrupt. I did not decrypt the files I did not want cheated, and they later came out as corrupt. I have tried to decrypt all of them and encrypt them but they keep coming out as corrupt. Please help i lost a really good save file

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  7. I need help..I have problems with dead space 2 and 3. Everytime I connected to ps3..it says (the data is corrupted)??... How do I fix this problem!!

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  8. I need help..I have problems with dead space 2 and 3. Everytime I connected to ps3..it says (the data is corrupted)??... How do I fix this problem!!

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  10. I used to have bruteforce on my computer before having to perform a factory reset. now, i cant get brutefore running properly. I had visual studio community installed on my previous run. I'm installing it now, to see if thats the problem solver. but upon loading, it tells me i need runtime 5, upon downloading runtime 5, the installation takes ten seconds and installs nothing. Then i go into bruteforce, and all my borderlands save datas are unprotected, un-decryptable. do we think v.s.c 2015 will fix this for me? or is there something im missing.

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