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MEHEM Problems and Solutions FAQ

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MEHEM Problems and Solutions FAQ

Postby The Fob » 17 Sep 2013, 06:25

UODATE: As this thread is being archived in the process of the general forum overhaul, this FAQ has been moved to the article secion of the Nexus site.

Here is the link to the current FAQ!


Below is the old version of the FAQ that was last updated on April 5th 2016. Please use the link above to geth to the current and continuously updated FAQ instead. Thanks!

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MEHEM Problems and Solutions FAQ

General advise:
- Use the current version of MEHEM (currently v0.5)
- If you have a previous version of MEHEM currently installed, use wavion's uninstaller for the old version first, then use the v0.5 installer
- Before you install, go to Origin right click on Mass Effect 3 in your library and click "check for updates"
- Go to Origin"s setting and set "Automatically update my games" to false

Problem: MEHEM install doesn't work!
Answer: Only install on a vanilla game with the Extended Cut installed. (see below)

Problem: My virus scanner gives an alert when I try to run the installer!
Answer: It seems that some anti-virus software has a problem with the way the installer is scripted (the installer allows for file updates on existing files, by just changing particular bytes in these files, which I use to install the optional components of the mod). All I can say is that I personally wrote the NSIS installer script for MEHEM v0.5 and I can vouch for the fact that there is no malware in it. Maybe try to change the settings on you anti-virus software.

Problem: I wish to uninstall MEHEM v0.5!
Answer: Go to you windows control panel, select "Add/Remove Program". Find the entry "MEHEM v0.5" in the list, right click and click "Remove". This will start the uninstaller. Follow the instructions on screen to remove MEHEM v0.5 and revert the game to the original endings.
Note: If you used MEHEM with texture mods (see below) this may cause bugs and you may have to vanilla your game after uninstalling MEHEM.

Problem: When I start my game after MEHEM installation, it doesn't start!
Answer: You are probably running MEHEM together with other mods. (see below for help with texture mods)
NOTE: MEHEM may not be compatible with some other mods. It is recommended read documentation on any mods you use thouroughy, to check for compatibility issues. For using MEHEM with TPF texture mods, see below.

Problem: Mass Effect 3 freezes when I try to load a save after I installed MEHEM
Answer: You are probably running MEHEM together with other mods. Download ME3Explorer and run Auto TOC on the file "<Your ME3 Instll Directory>\BioGame\PCConsoleTOC.bin" and the "PCConsoleTOC.bin files of all the extracted DLCs in your "<Your ME3 Instll Directory>\BioGame\DLC" directory
NOTE: MEHEM may not be compatible with some other mods. It is recommended read documentation on any mods you use thouroughy, to check for compatibility issues. For using MEHEM with TPF texture mods, see below.

Problem: I am playing ME3 with texture mods. After installing MEHEM and running the TOC.bin updater, all my modded texture are just black!
Answer: To use MEHEM v0.5 with texture mods, please follow this guide

Problem: I want to use the Tab key for gameplay but after installing MEHEM it always brings up the console.
Answer: This is a concequence of using WV's DLC patcher, which is required for the mod. You can deactivate the console, using the following steps:

- Make a backup of the file "<Your ME3 install directory>\BioGame\CookedPCConsole\Coalesced.bin"
- Open the latest version of ME3Explorer and in the menu bar, choose "Developer Tools -> Coalesced Tools -> Coalesced Editor"
- In the menu bar choose "File -> Load" and load the file: "<Your ME3 install directory>\BioGame\CookedPCConsole\Coalesced.bin"
- In the list of the left side of the screen click on "bioinput.ini
- In the window in the right side of the screen look for the lines (you can use the search function above the left side part of the window):
"typekey": [
{
"Type": 2,
"Value": "Tab"
}
]
},

Now delete the Tab, so that the entry looks like this:
"typekey": [
{
"Type": 2,
"Value": ""
}
]
},

- IMPORTANT: Click the "Save Changes" button in the upper left corner of the window below the menu bar
- Now In the menu bar, click "File -> Save" and save the file back to "<Your ME3 install directory>\BioGame\CookedPCConsole\Coalesced.bin", overwriting the original (make sure you made the backup)

Now, when you start up the game, your Tab key should work as before again.


Problem: The new emails just show me lines from the star kid conversation! What's going on?
Answer: You are still using MEHEM v0.4, please update to v0.5 (see link above).

Problem: I get some weird mixture of MEHEM and the pre-Extended Cut endings (relays explode, no Thessia and Tuchanka scene, etc.)
Answer: You used a save file that was created after Cronos Station before installing the Extended Cut. Load a savegame from before Cronos Station and play from there. If you don't have another save file, play through the buggy ending once and you will be reset to just before Cronos. Now you can play from there.

Problem: After Shepard collapses in front of the console, the screen goes black and I hear the Overlord combat music but there is no MEHEM ending!
Answer 1: You maybe trying to use MEHEM with other mods that change the ending. Make sure you are not using another mod that is incompatible with MEHEM v0.5
Answer 2: You modified the MEHEM dlc. Open ME3Explorer. In the menu bar, go to "Tools -> TOC Tools -> Auto TOC", now go to "File -> Create TOC". In the opening dialogue window, navigate to ""<Your ME3 Instll Directory>\BioGame\DLC\DLC_CON_MEHEM\" and open the file "PCConsoleTOC.bin. When asked if you wish to replace the file, click "yes".

Problem: I tried everything above but it doesn't work!
Answer: As a last resort, uninstall your currently installed version of MEHEM, go to you ME3 install directory and delete the game files (note: do NOT delete the ME3 directory in your documents folder, where your profile settings and savegames are, just delete the actual game files). Then go to Origin, right click on Mass Effect 3 and choose "Repair" (if ME3 shows as uninstalled after deleting the files, just choose "Download"/"Install"). When this is done, look at the Mass Effect 3 details in Origin and scroll down to see your DLC. Right click on the Extended Cut and choose "repair". If you have Leviathan installed, also right click on Leviathan and choose "repair". Once all of this is done, right click on Mass Effect 3 in Origin and search for updates (optionally, also set Origin's auto update feature to false, see above). After that, install MEHEM v0.4.

Problem: I finished my MEHEM playthrough and want to start an NG+ game but I can't find my Shepard.
Answer: You are still using an older version of MEHEM. Please update to MEHEM v0.5
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Re: MEHEM Problems and Solutions FAQ

Postby Renmiri » 19 Sep 2013, 21:57

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Re: MEHEM Problems and Solutions FAQ

Postby Elvie2 » 26 Feb 2014, 14:26

Not sure if this is the correct place to post this...But a friend has tried twice (with the installer) to download MEHEM. She assures me she was vanilla at install. But both times her game crashes after taking down the Reaper destroyer. Do you know why this might be the case?
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Re: MEHEM Problems and Solutions FAQ

Postby JohnP » 26 Feb 2014, 16:11

MEHEM modifies the 910RaceToConduit.pcc file and it sounds like the game is crashing when it tries to load this.
If she has ME3Explorer, she should try running AutoTOC after installing MEHEM. If it works after that, then something wasn't vanilla and the MEHEM TOC.bin was breaking it.

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Re: MEHEM Problems and Solutions FAQ

Postby Elvie2 » 26 Feb 2014, 18:00

JohnP wrote:MEHEM modifies the 910RaceToConduit.pcc file and it sounds like the game is crashing when it tries to load this.
If she has ME3Explorer, she should try running AutoTOC after installing MEHEM. If it works after that, then something wasn't vanilla and the MEHEM TOC.bin was breaking it.


Thank you. I will let her know.
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Re: MEHEM Problems and Solutions FAQ

Postby Praedor » 19 May 2014, 13:25

How about updating MEHEM installer to install on a system that has been scanned by a recent version of ME3explorer/Texplorer? You need a vanilla system to get a successful Texplorer scan, the scan unpacks the Default.sfar in all the DLCs, the MEHEM installer checks the Default.sfar, apparently expecting a fully packed (and non-Texplorer scanned) DLC Default.sfar.

I can't install MEHEM because I scanned my system to allow for modding but if I install MEHEM first I cannot scan the Citadel DLC for modding.
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Re: MEHEM Problems and Solutions FAQ

Postby JohnP » 19 May 2014, 15:54

There are talks going on about this. The extracting of DLC files has made some challenges for easy content mod installation. Fob released the manual install version of MEHEM 0.4, so there's always that.
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Re: MEHEM Problems and Solutions FAQ

Postby The Fob » 19 May 2014, 22:41

The problem with this is that the manual install won't really help you, unless I somehow manages to create a completely different installer from scratch.
As far as I know, even .mod files don't play nicely with texture and other mesh mods (unless I messed an update somewhere).
So the only way to get MEHEM (or other story mods like CEM or ThaneMOD) to work properly with texture mods is to install them first, then do the tree scan.
That way, you overwrite the pcc files before the textures are updated in them.
If you do it the other way round and you basically overwrite parts of texture modded pcc files with MEHEM data, chances are that you will compromise the file and wither break the game or at least the texture mod.
I guess it is possible to create an installer that would be fully compatible but it would have to go through the file object by object and heck all the offsets in the file and insert new data properly. This is similar to what the clone function of PC Editor 2.0 does but unfortunately, i didn't have much luck with this on a couple of DLC files, I need to edit. So it's all a bit tricky and unfortunately, I am rather short on time at the moment as well.

Therefore, the best way to go right now is this:
- Do a vanilla install of the game and the DLCs
- Make a backup of your game files folder
- Install MEHEM, CEM, ThaneMod in the proper order
- Do the treescan
- Install texture mods

Then, if you want to uninstall:
- Run the MEHEM uninstaller (and uninstallers for other story mods if available
- Replace the game files folder with your backup
- Get rid of any residual treescan files (not sure if thsi is still needed)

Now you should be back with a vanilla version of the game and you can re-run treescan and re-install texture mods.

Please be aware that most of this is second hand knowladge to me since I don't have much experience with texture mods. This guide is mostly pieced together from reports of others and deduction from hat I know about how the different mods and install processes work. I cannot guarantee that this will run bug-free for everyone.
If anyone spots something wrong here, please let me know.
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Re: MEHEM Problems and Solutions FAQ

Postby masseffect3noob » 31 Aug 2014, 10:39

Hi,
I have encountered an issue while trying to run the mod.
I have a cracked version of the game because the code I got in the box to activate it on Origin wasn't valid I tried contacting customer support but they provided no help.
I am using TexMod to run 3 mods, a hair mod, and two outfit mods. Will any of these factors effect MEHEM working? I installed it with the installer which was fine, I didn't have to do the manual install. But when I tried running the game (through TexMod, with the 3 other mods), I got stuck at what I think is an infinite loading screen. I don't have much patience, so is it normal to have a longer loading screen when the mod is first installed? Or is it something to do with the previous factors aforementioned?
Thank you anyway for this glorious mod, you have helped many ME fans save their Shepards :D
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Re: MEHEM Problems and Solutions FAQ

Postby masseffect3noob » 31 Aug 2014, 11:59

Update: I got it working by simply using the POCBin Updater on ME3Explorer. Will keep this here for reference.
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