getting (old) iPatch patches to work in Leopard

Thursday, September 11th, 2008 | technology

There are some no dvd or hardware check disabling patches for Mac OS X games that aren’t working anymore in Leopard, crashing on start if not launched with rosetta and failing the verification of SHA1 checksums for the files to be patched even if they are the correct version. Some examples for this issue are the patches for Civilization IV and Call of Duty 2 for Mac OS X released by… (argh i have to check this at home).

As I found out, in order to fix them download iPatch 3.7.1 from http://www.ipatch.org/US/index.html and then explore the package’s content. You will find under /Contents/Resources an app called iPatcher, explore that file’s content again by right clicking and find a nice unix executable-style file named, you’ll never guess it, ipatcher under /Contents/MacOS/. You’ll need to copy this file over to the /Contents/MacOS folder inside the patch application package, overwriting the old ipatcher (size 204 or 208 kb) with the new one (size 212kb).

Now launch the game patcher thus modified and voilá, it will happily patch away.

Thanks to the author of those patches whose name i will add here in a couple of hours.

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36 Comments to getting (old) iPatch patches to work in Leopard

sdf
October 1, 2008

Well,the new ipatch’s execute file is named IPATCH and the olds is named IPATCHER.AND IT DOESNT WORK.DIDNT TRY TO RENAME IT

phikappa
October 2, 2008

hi, when exploring the contents of the iPatch package (app) from the iPatch3.7.1.dmg, you need to navigate to Contents/Resources/iPatcher which is another app package. Explore the contents of that one and you’ll find the ipatcher file you need by going to Contents/MacOS.

The problem you encountered happens because you did go to /Contents/MacOS of the iPatch app package which was on the dmg.

hope this helps.

Daniel
November 25, 2008

Just great thanks, finally can play call of duty on my G5…

Sarah
February 15, 2009

Hi — took your advice and looked into the patch for Knights of the Old Republic.. to get it to play no-cd on leopard. Under resources, the patch didn’t have the ipatch.. it only had it under contents/macos. suggestions?

phikappa
February 24, 2009

Hi Sarah, the file under /contents/MacOS in the crack app package should be named “ipatcher”.
The resources folder you mention is in the iPatcher 3.7.1 package, the one you need to explore in order to get the new ipatcher to copy over the old ipatcher in the crack app package. Hope this helps, let me know if not.

Daniel
March 10, 2009

This worked perfectly. You gave me Doom 3 back thank you.

hoodieninja
April 7, 2009

thank you soooooo much!!

i did the same thing sdf did but i got it figured out after a while

now i can play kotor

thanks again

bendizle
April 19, 2009

it wont let me move the iPatcher file…says that MacOS cannot be modified? suggestions?

zerospace
May 7, 2009

Thank you! You are awesome!

Gcarcass
May 9, 2009

It worked perfect! thanks.

Sebastien
May 16, 2009

I found the ipatcher unix file. but it won’t let me put it back into the original contents/macOS folder. am i missing something? help would be greatly appreciated.

Wilson
May 16, 2009

so for original… you select ipatch.app
for checksum you select contents/resources/ipatcher/contents/macos/ipather
what do u select for modified…?
im having trouble replacing the old ipatcher in the crack with the new one

bugusnot
May 17, 2009

crack works fine with phikappa´s instruction BUT: app crashes while running when i try to store shots….everytime….any idea? sys: leopard
thanx

phikappa
May 17, 2009

sebastien, make sure that you have write permissions on the crack app package. are you trying to modify it while the file is on a DMG image?

wilson: retrace the instructions carefully. all you need is the original crack application and the iPatcher app. You need to replace the ipatcher file you can find in the crack with the one you find inside another app package that is inside the iPatcher app

bugusnot: maybe the game you patched is not compatible with Leopard… that could always be the case.

guzZ
May 21, 2009

Tk’dude, it works, i used in the FrameForge 3d patcher app!!!

Eric
June 4, 2009

Thanks, it works great!

confused
June 26, 2009

I followed all instructions, but in the ipatch/contents/macos folder the executable is called “ipatch”
In the ipatcher/contents/macos folder the executable is “ipatcher”
When you copy from one folder to the other, nothing is replaced, it merely has two unix executables now “ipatch” and “ipatcher”. Do I have to rename one of them to make the overwrite work? If so, which one? Or do I just delete the original “ipatch” executable, and put the “ipatcher” executable in there and call it a day?

JonDoe
July 3, 2009

I do not even know how to explore the downloaded iPatch, and I cannot find the iPatcher app at all under contents/MacOS or contents/resources. any help?

JonDoe
July 3, 2009

Scratch that, I figured out how to get to the ipatch file in the download, but I cannot find it in the actual game folder, for KOTOR. Can anybody help me out with that?

JonDoe
July 3, 2009

Okay, so I found the iPatcher file in the crack, and replaced it with the one from the download. When I try running the crack with the new file, it says “select kotor app” and when I do it says it cannot be used on that file. What did I do wrong?

JonDoe
July 3, 2009

OMG I got it! I just need to read more carefully when it is so damn late. I was trying to update the wrong file. Okay, thanks!

Hunter
July 27, 2009

how do i replace the regular kotor app with the update

Josh
November 1, 2009

I’m a mac newb running snow leopard. I’m not able to patch kotor with its no cd updater. Can you help me with this by uploading the patch? thanks

Jeffrey
November 17, 2009

hey im trying to crack kotor and the ipatch thing comes up and says kotor updater and it tells me to click the drop down box and i go to click the patch and it says that “you cant apply this patch on this file!” what do i do/

Michael Ross
January 17, 2010

I DID EVERYTHING YOU SAID AND I HAVE AN ERROR THAT SAYS “FILE CANNOT BE PATCHED” CAN I GET SOME HELP..THE GAME IS CIVILIZATION 4..

Michael Ross
January 17, 2010

I DID EVERYTHING YOU SAID AND I HAVE AN ERROR THAT SAYS “CANNOT APPLY PATCH ON THIS FILE” CAN I GET SOME HELP..THE GAME IS CIVILIZATION 4..

Ben
February 21, 2010

Hey I made the adjustment based on your instructions just today and it worked great. Thank you for your time and dedication.

kotorfanatic
August 28, 2010

you sir, have made my year…I could never get kotor to work on my mac after I lost the cd. I got a crack and that didn’t work until now. awesome!!!!

Justin
September 4, 2010

Hi, I’m trying to get this working for Knights of the Old Republic on my Macbook (Snow Leopard). Can you run this through step-by-step? It doesn’t seem to work for me. I put the “iPatch” application on my desktop after extracting it from the DMG, right-clicked and said “look at package contents”, and took the iPatcher from Contents/Resources/iPatcher. Then, I went into the Knights of the Old Republic folder to the “KOTOR 1.0.3D NoDVD UBCrack”, right-clicked it, pressed “show package contents”, went to MacOS, and I put the iPatcher there. However, it’s still not launching. It will open and immediately close after. Can I get some help, please? Thanks for the patience, I am DYING to play this!

Riotnoob
September 4, 2010

Hi, I’m trying to get this working for Knights of the Old Republic on my Macbook (Snow Leopard). Can you run this through step-by-step? It doesn’t seem to work for me. I put the “iPatch” application on my desktop after extracting it from the DMG, right-clicked and said “look at package contents”, and took the iPatcher from Contents/Resources/iPatcher. Then, I went into the Knights of the Old Republic folder to the “KOTOR 1.0.3D NoDVD UBCrack”, right-clicked it, pressed “show package contents”, went to MacOS, and I put the iPatcher there. However, it’s still not launching. It will open and immediately close after. Can I get some help, please? Thanks for the patience, I am DYING to play this!

Riotnoob
September 4, 2010

NEVERMIND! Got it. I didn’t explore twice. Thank you thank you. You are a GENIUS!

v
December 4, 2010

Thanks a lot for this, got kotor working on my mac finally after much headache!

Anonymous
May 9, 2012

Four years later and this still works. Thanks a bunch!

phikappa
May 9, 2012

happy to see that this stuff is still working :P

Henry
May 10, 2012

Hey. So I was getting an error message that Civilization cannot be opened because of a problem when I ran the crack package. After replacing the ipatcher as you mentioned, when I double click on the crack package nothing happens. Any suggestions?
Thanks!

SamTre
October 23, 2013

You saved my day!

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