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Hey,

I have a program that checks my game account every 5 seconds.
It just copies a few parts of an HTML file and outputs it on a little window.

The problem is that I have too change something in the program sothat he goes to port 8000 of the webpage (where he copies data from) instead of 8080.

I have totally NO programming experience and i dont know who made that program.
So can someone explain me how I can change this program???

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by:gj62
ID: 8204740
Do you have the source code to the program?  Is so, please post.

If not, it's going to be tough to help you, since you'd have to hack the program in a debugger...
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by:renox
ID: 8204771
i dont have the source code.... just the program only :P
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how can i "hack the program" then ?? :-\
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by:gj62
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Basically, you can't - not without knowing assembly language and having a debugger - and even then it could be fairly difficult...
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by:renox
ID: 8204814
can some1 do it for me then???
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by:renox
ID: 8204839
can some1 do it for me then???
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by:gj62
ID: 8204854
Do you own the rights to the program?  Hacking a program that is written and copyrighted by someone else is illegal and against the policies of this board.

You are probably better off going to the original author and paying them to make the change for you.
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by:renox
ID: 8204895
well.... i dont own the rights... but hmm... how can i explain it...

There is a web-based game that everybody on the world playes. The program that I have is a "notifier" so that it notifies you when you are under attack. But the game server changed from port 8080 to port 8000. So now the notifier wont work.

I dont know who made this little program, cos its an old program and it has no "about"-button or emailaddress or something. I downloaded from a fansite and the webmaster also doesnt know where that program came from....so... im a bit stuck :P
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ddekreon earned 225 total points
ID: 8204932
look for a .ini file in the program's directory - it may have  the port number in it. (you can open it with notepad). Also check win.ini in the windows/winnt directory - some old programs store their settings there.
finally, look in regedit under local machine/software/<programname> and see if the port number is stored there..
If all else fails, you can use something like hexedit or ultraedit to search for old port number and patch it to the new number. NOT recommended, because the data "8080" could very well be a program instruction that just looks like data.. You can easily crash your machine trying this.
I'd hope for a .ini file.
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by:gj62
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Yep, sorry.  Unless/until you can find who actually owns it, we can't legally help you...
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by:renox
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thanks for your help again.... next problem: :P
its an .exe file only.

I tried to right click on the file and then pressed properties => version.
It says: "Copyright:         " <= nothing
"Company:         " <= nothing
"Language: German" <= its English but ok :P
"Product Version: 0.001"

So I really cant find an owner :'( ......
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by:gj62
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How about the game site that uses it?  Don't they know, or have options for you?
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by:renox
ID: 8205056
nope :( I tried the ultraedit thingy and i found in the ASCII part u.n.i.t.y.w.a.r.s..c.o.m.:.8.0.8.0.\. :P

So I think I found it already :P :)
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by:renox
ID: 8205058
and it works :P
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by:renox
ID: 8205068
Thx... I solved the problem by using ultraedit :P

It couldnt find it at first.... but then i found it :P

and it works now... :) thx :)
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