Trainers, like any other piece of software, will sometimes cause compatibility issues. The important thing to remember is that you're cheating. You're trying to manipulate the game to work in a way that the programmers never intended. Sometimes the programmers go out of their way to make this more difficult. Here's a few things you can try if you're having problems getting trainers to work:
IF YOU RUN THE TRAINER AND IT SIMPLY CLOSES AFTER YOU "CLICK HERE TO START" THEN YOUR ANTI-VIRUS OR OTHER SECURITY SOFTWARE AND/OR SETTINGS IS PREVENTING THE TRAINER FROM BEING ABLE TO EXTRACT ITSELF AND RUN. DISABLE OR TEMPORARILY UNINSTALL YOUR ANTIVIRUS, FIREWALL AND OTHER SECURITY SOFTWARE BEFORE DOWNLOADING AND RUNNING THE TRAINER. MAKE SURE YOU RIGHT CLICK AND RUN AS ADMIN ON THE TRAINER ITSELF. YOU CAN ALSO TRY ADDING THE TRAINER TO WINDOWS DEP (DATA EXECUTION PREVENTION) EXCEPTIONS.
If the trainer is written for v1.1 and your game has been patched to v1.2 then this is why the trainer will fail to work or recognize the game. Trainers are looking for very specific places in memory or the game executable and updates tend to shift these locations around. Many times you can reinstall the game back to the level needed to get the trainer to work. Otherwise you will need to wait for a new version of the trainer to be released. You can also try using a no-cd fix which can also solve many version compatibility issues.
Programs such as FRAPS and other third party software sometimes cause issues with the video system or with the memory space the trainer is trying to occupy. Disabling them while playing can many times cause the trainer to start working.
It's very typical for antivirus and security applications to flag trainers as a virus or malware simply because of the way they are designed. CHEATSCAPES scans all files with multiple scanners before uploading. You can read here for more information. You can usually add the trainer to your security software's exception list which will make it ignore the trainer and cause it to start working. Sometimes you may have to disable your security software while the game and trainer are in use.
Usually this is in a readme or .nfo file and included with the trainer. Open these files with Notepad to read them. Some trainers need to be run AFTER the game has started (by pressing ALT+TAB to go back to the desktop) and some need to be loaded BEFORE the game is started. Some need to be placed in the same directory as the game and others can be placed anywhere. Using the wrong method can cause the trainer to fail. Some trainers require additional files before they can work and may be noted in the readme/nfo files.
Sometimes the game's copy protection can interfere with the trainer's ability to attach to the game. If you have LEGALLY purchased the game, you can visit sites such as megagames . com or gameburnworld . com and download a game 'fix' that will disable the game's copy protection and allow the trainer to function properly. Always make a backup of your original files so you can return the game back to it's original state after the necessary cheats have been applied. Just like with trainers, make sure the fix you download matches the version of the game you have.
Are you trying to use the trainer in multiplayer mode? Most trainers are made to work with SINGLE PLAYER MODE only. Here at CHEATSCAPES, we never post cheats that work in a multiplayer environment. Cheats should only be used for single player modes and trying to use them in multiplayer will cause the cheats not to work and may possibly get you banned from that game's multiplayer servers.
Are the keys the trainer has assigned to cheats also mapped to controls in the game? If so, this will cause the trainer to fail as the game's control keys will almost always override the trainer's hotkeys. If this happens, re-map your game's controls to different keys and then the trainer keys should work fine.
Are you using any type of multimedia keyboard that has software running which makes the special keys work? Some people have trouble with these types of programs as they overwrite the trainer's built-in hotkeys. Try disabling any software like this before running the trainer/game.
Are your F-LOCK and NUMLOCK keys on? Trainers that use F1 (or any F-KEYS) require that F-LOCK be turned on. Some keyboards have this and some do not. If you're pressing the F-keys and get no response, this is typically the reason. Trainers that use the NUMPAD keys require that NUMLOCK be turned on. Make sure you're using the actual NUMPAD keys and not the number keys at the top of the keyboard.
Are you using Windows Vista or Windows 7? Try running the game and trainer in compatibility mode. You should also run the game and trainer as Administrator (right-click, Run as Administrator). Also, make sure you're using 32-bit mode and not 64-bit. Some newer trainers may work fine on Vista 32-bit and 64-bit without the need to run in compatibility mode.
If you have been using trainers by a person named h4x0r then you may need to delete these trainers and any .dll files associated with them. These trainers have been known to drop suspicious .dll files in the root of your C:\ drive and also in the WIN/SYS32 folder. You may need to show hidden and system files to see them. Some of the names include h4x0r.dll, SCS.dll and SCX.dll. These malware .dll files interfere with some other trainers and should be avoided at all costs.
Did you download the game from Direct2Drive, STEAM, Gamer's Gate or another digital download service? Many times these digital download services sell a slightly modified version of the game in order to make them compatible with downloading and playing without a CD/DVD. Trainers rely on very specific memory locations or game files in order to work. The slightest change in the game's code could cause the trainer to fail. If you're using one of these downloaded versions, this could be the case. Always mention if you have one of these versions if you're reporting a problem with a trainer. Sometimes applying a no-cd "fix" to these downloaded versions will make them compatible with the trainer and is always worth trying. Some trainers may feature a specific version for the digital download services.
Is your sound card functioning? Some trainers require windows sounds to be functioning correctly or the trainer may crash or fail to run. Make sure your sound card is working properly, not muted, etc.
At the end of the day, sometimes trainers just simply won't work with your version of the game. Sometimes game publishers put out multiple versions of the same game (international, etc) with slight changes to the code, but they use the same version number. This is common for GERMAN versions.
If you still have problems with a trainer purchased, please contact the author of the trainer for additional help.
1. Read the readme or .nfo file included with the trainer. The .nfo files can be opened using Notepad or Wordpad. These files usually contain important instructions or information regarding the trainer.
2. Extract the trainer to the game folder on your hard drive. This location is not always important, but some trainers will not work without being in the same folder as the game.
3. Depending on the trainer, you should either run the trainer BEFORE you start the game or after the game is already running. Most trainers are run AFTER the game is loaded (by pressing ALT+TAB while in the game to go back to the desktop -- run the trainer then press ALT+TAB again to go back to the game). Try it both ways or check the .nfo file if you're not sure.
4. Use the keys assigned by the trainer to activate the trainer's cheats while playing. Sometimes the keys used by the trainer are already mapped to functions in the game. You may need to re-map game controls to other keys in order for the trainer to work properly.
5. Do not close the trainer until you have closed the game. Sometimes the cheats stop working or the game will crash.