|Trainers, like any other piece of software,
will sometimes have compatibility problems. 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 (ours or any other) to work:
Personalized trainers suddenly crashing during the authentication process? Odds are you have upgraded your operating system to Windows 8 or installed Internet Explorer 10/11 on Windows 7 or earlier. With this software release, Microsoft changed a core piece of functionality that has been in place since IE1 was released. Our authentication process relied on this component and this is why the trainers are crashing. We have gone through and updated the most recent version of most trainers to be compatible with this update. All trainers released after around July of 2012 are already compatible. You can find the compatibility status on each trainer download page (marked as Windows 8 compatible). There is more information on how to get older trainers to work and the process for requesting a trainer to be updated on our FEEDBACK message board.
Recently upgraded to yearly or lifetime account and trainers say "INVALID TRAINER USER"? You most likely had a monthly TRIAL account and allowed it to expire. When that happens, the site disables your trainers and since authentication is based on a simple HTTP request, your system can actualy cache the block. Even though your account was cleared on our side, you may need to manually clear all browsers (IE, Firefox, Chrome, etc even if not used), system (Windows), and network device (routers, firewalls) caches in order to clear the block. Be sure and reboot after clearing all caches. It's also possible that your ISP has cached the block and it may take a few days for it to clear on its own.
Using a BETA or Pre-Relase Operating System? While some trainers may work on these operating systems, they are not supported and are not guaranteed to work 100%. Operating systems go through many changes before release and it too time consuming to try and troubleshoot issues on an OS that is in BETA and/or in an unstable format. If you are experiencing problems using trainers on a BETA or pre-release OS, it is recommened that you go back to an officially released OS. Once operating systems have been officially released to the public (in a FINAL RETAIL state), support for those operating systems will begin.
Make sure you have the right version.
If the trainer is written for v1.1 and your game has
been patched to v1.2 then this is a good reason for
the trainer to fail. Trainers are looking for very specific
places in memory or the 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.
Disable any third-party programs you may be using
such as FRAPS. These third
party programs 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.
Have you disabled your Anti-Virus, Firewall and other security software?? 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. This can cause problems such being unable to download trainers, extract trainers or successfully use trainer. Many antivirus products will simply block a trainer from injecting into the game and never even tell you. CHEAT HAPPENS scans all files with multiple scanners before uploading them to the website so that you can be sure our trainers contain no real viruses. 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/trainer is in use. This can also include software such as Punkbuster which is designed to disable software such as trainers.
Always read the instructions that are included
with the trainer. Usually this is in a readme
or .nfo file. Open these files with Notepad to read
them. You can also download and install the DAMN
NFO FILE VIEWER. 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 itself can
interfere with the trainer's functions. 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 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 Cheat Happens, we
never intentionally create or post cheats that work
in a multiplayer environment. Cheats (in our
opinion) 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 the 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. If you're using a CHEATHAPPENS trainer and do not have a NUMPAD (like on a laptop) you can use our TRAINER CUSTOMIZER to change the keys.
Are you using Windows Vista or Windows 7? Try running
the game and trainer in compatibility mode. You can
also try running the trainer 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. You will
almost always have to run the trainer as Administrator
Did you download the game from Direct2Drive,
STEAM 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 something to try. Many of our trainers list the digital download services they are compatible with in the description.
Where did you put the trainer file? Sometimes
trainers need to be run from the same folder that the
game is installed in. Sometimes it doesn't matter. For
the sake of troubleshooting, it's always best to put
the trainer in the same folder as the game and run it
Is your sound card functioning? Some trainers, especially those produced by our site, 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. You may also need to download and install the Combined Community Codec Pack (search Google), espeically if you are getting an on/off sound when activating the trainer or its options.
Been using h4x0r trainers? 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 Windows/System32 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.
Have you tried running the trainer different ways?
Some trainers need to be run BEFORE the game is started
and others AFTER the game is started (using ALT+TAB
once in the game to go back to Windows). If you're having
trouble always try both ways to see if it makes a difference.
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.
We always try to associate the correct version with
the trainers that we post, but sometimes it isn't available
and we don't know how many versions are out there.
Good luck everyone and we hope you appreciate all of
the hard work that goes into creating some of these
trainers (some take days and days of programming). We
certainly do and we appreciate everyone that works hard
to find and/or create these cheats.
How To Use a PC Trainer
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.
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
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.
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.
not close the trainer until you have closed the game.
Sometimes the cheats stop working or the game will crash.