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Decompiling Special .DAT Files

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Just curious, is there a tool capable of decompiling some of the files that Locotool doesn't accept? In the past I've gotten the "is not a dat file" message from the gantries, and now I'm getting it from the New Jersey Transit company file. Just wondering.

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This affects some of Plasticman's files. I don't know why and how to open it anyway. But are only a few.
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I wanted to copy and paste some of the sprites from the New Jersey Transport company so that the graphical inconsistency in-game would go away, but I think I'll just mess with my own code instead. I'm not much with sprites though.

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@Zakos...No guarantees, but try this... https://www.google.com/search?q=decompi ... TWZDPkkL-M:
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You can use the CheckHex tool to fix change the header to allow the file to be opened, IIRC. Not sure if where to download it now, but I do have a copy if you can't find it.

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Greyfox wrote:
22 Apr 2020 10:19
No guarantees, but try this...
Doesn't seem like a standard decompiler would work, given the sprite data mixed in with raw code.

Is CheckHex something I can find anywhere, or is it a forums tool?

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Zakos wrote:
23 Apr 2020 17:18
Is CheckHex something I can find anywhere, or is it a forums tool?
I honestly don't remember where I got it originally. Wi-Sim, I think, though it may be somewhere on the forums. Owens Locomotion Depot does not appear to have it though.
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How do I use it? It doesn't respond like Locotool, nor can I open it normally. Are there extra files which go with it?

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OK........so try this... https://co8.org/community/index.php?thr ... iles.3077/

There's a tool that is downloadable on the first page.
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Re: Decompiling Special .DAT Files

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Zakos wrote:
23 Apr 2020 20:24
How do I use it? It doesn't respond like Locotool, nor can I open it normally. Are there extra files which go with it?
It's been a while since I used it, but from what I can remember, it works like Locotool. However, I could only get it to work in a Windows XP VM.

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Greyfox wrote:
23 Apr 2020 23:56
OK........so try this... https://co8.org/community/index.php?thr ... iles.3077/

There's a tool that is downloadable on the first page.
Seems limited to files from Temple of Elemental Evil; I can't get it to work without a file from that game.

I haven't had any luck yet, but thanks for the input. I'm gonna start a separate topic or browse because there's another way to do what I'm trying to do.

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checkhex is from here:
https://www.wisim-welt.de/filebase/inde ... -checkhex/
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I couldn't get it to work either so it's probably a compatibility issue. Either way, I found a workaround by printscreening to get the image and reconverting it to the lomoveh palette with Wally.

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