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carcols.ymt no longer opening

  • carcols.ymt is no longer working for me - opening on notepad results in random letters, and typing anything into it directly from open iv's edit feature says "Unable to save. Try again later" every time.
    I heard it got encrypted? But it now basically makes one of my favourite mods, https://www.gta5-mods.com/paintjobs/new-license-plates-add-on , completely useless as it requires editing this file.

    It used to work fine by opening with notepad...

    Anyone know how to fix this?

    I tried the .oiv version available of the above mod to overwrite the data automatically, however this worsens the situation and brings up an error: "Open IV is unable to open this file. Error Code: pIrInvalidValue"

    Can anyone help?
    If carcols is encrypted now, is it ever going to be decrypted like it used to be?

  • @ethannn_
    In OpenIV try right-clicking 'carcols.ymt & selecting 'Export to META/XML (.xml)', choose where to extract the file (you should end up with a 'carcols.ymt.xml' file) & then open it with Notepad etc to edit it. If all went well it should be in plain text (ie decrypted) & easy to edit with any text editor.
    To import it back into OpenIV just take the 'carcols.ymt.xml' (Note: without changing the file extension. Leave it as '.ymt.xml') & drag & drop it back to it's original location. OpenIV will then convert it automatically to '.ymt'.
    Do this each time you export/import the file or you will get the random symbol encrypted mess thing.
    Note: OpenIV can open 'carcols.ymt' in plain text all of the time by double-clicking on it etc. You can also edit it directly from within OpenIV by right-clicking & then selecting 'Edit' (Ctrl+Enter). This will open the file in OpenIV & allow you to edit & then save (bottom right). Just be careful with this as you can't easily revert changes (Ctrl+Z etc) as you can with a text editor so watch out for typos etc & make sure you keep a backup of it before each edit.

  • @a63nt-5m1th Thanks so much! I'll try it now.

  • @a63nt-5m1th Ok. I tried it, and it seems to keep the data ok, but when trying to check if it's saved with the data in Open IV it says the same error about opening in Open IV's edit version. I think this is the reason why my game is crashing too as it started when i added the carcols (I have added no other mods since) so i'll start up the game and try now.

  • @a63nt-5m1th Game is fine! Thanks!

  • :slight_smile: :thumbsup:

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