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Old 11-11-2018, 06:27 AM   #1
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Hello everyone. I am relatively new here and I've recently bought both SH3 and SH5 and been trying to mod and patch them "back to shape" and make them playable. While I do own hard copies of both games, I bought them on Steam as they were cheap and having moved several times during the last decade I have no idea where most of my physical game copies are at the moment or what shape the discs are in. So, that's where I'm at right now.

I've hit a brick wall with SH5 because of the Steam version of the exe file and the "Genericpatcher". The guides that explains how to grab a non-steam version of the SH5.exe (1.2) requires a tool called InstallShield Cabinet Viewer or something very similar. I've been searching high and low, and been "forced" into less reputable sites on the internet in my search for this tool and I've had no luck since the links are dead or otherwise unavailable.

Is there a solution that I'm not aware of, or do anyone have the tool mentioned?

From a discussion on Steam regarding the issue;
"Its a bit of a hazzle modding the .exe but can be well worth it. The devs stopped supporting this game years ago but the modding community keeps trucking on with quite a few patches and upgrades beyond the standard mods.
Ex. you will be able to get a 10.5mm deck gun for your sub or even remove it entirely which was an option that was already present in the coding of the game but the devs never bothered to activate not to mention the greater variety of torpedoes.

Beware though that three programs are needed.
InstallShield cabinet file viewer (for opening and finding files inside a .cab compression)
Jonesoft Generic Mod Enabler aka JSGME (for controlling which mods you want to use in any one session)
TDWs generic patcher (for patching the game)

The second and third are easy enough to find through the subsim forum however the first one is tricky as hell.
I did end up finding the one I needed but not before inadvertently downloading a piece of malware."

https://steamcommunity.com/app/48110...1308585119112/

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Old 11-11-2018, 07:36 AM   #2
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Hi Dirk,
Only TWoS contains automatic Steam Conversion Tool which will make even the Steam version of the game easily modable. Otherwise, it' pretty complicated for non advanced users.

You may wish however to wait until this evening because I'm preparing to upload a new version 2.2.9 which will require fresh campaign start.

Until then you can check my signature for more info...
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Old 11-11-2018, 09:46 AM   #3
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Are you saying TWoS "converts" a Steam version to a non-Steam version exe file or does the mod contain a complete non-steam exe file and replaces it entirely?

I did use the steam compatible version of TWoS earlier but I didn't like some of the changes and running without makes the inherent exe errors too glaring and buggy for a comfortable experience.
Thanks a million for the answer by the way, it's very appreciated. If I can get both SH3 and SH5 to a satisfactory operational state, I have computer games that will last me another decade.

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Old 11-11-2018, 05:00 PM   #4
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Are you saying TWoS "converts" a Steam version to a non-Steam version exe file...
Yes...Not sure how it works exactly. Search for Sputterfish's posts, he is the author of the converter...
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Old 11-12-2018, 05:52 AM   #5
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Well, as long as the game becomes playable I don't really care how it happens. I had trouble getting the auto torpedo solutions to hit anything with TWoS installed previously, but I've since brushed dust off my manual skills so I guess that's taken care of now. After I removed the patch and tried vanilla, I realized it was an unplayable mess.

At the moment I'm enjoying the crap out of SH3 with WAC though. It would be nice to have SH5 in working order to spice things up too
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Old 11-12-2018, 06:24 AM   #6
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Well, as long as the game becomes playable I don't really care how it happens. I had trouble getting the auto torpedo solutions to hit anything with TWoS installed previously,
Well, auto aiming doesn't necessarily mean a "hit" in TWoS...

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Old 11-12-2018, 10:02 AM   #7
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Yeah, I noticed it more precisely generally miss.
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Old 11-12-2018, 03:56 PM   #8
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Hi DG
I recommend that you go with TWoS, but as a matter of interest did you not find the install shield cabinet viewer in my SH5 tutorials?
Post #161 TDW’s Generic File Patcher Steam Installation Instructions By sirrawsrsalot > Updated Version
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Old 11-14-2018, 01:34 PM   #9
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I found several links but none that worked.
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