Yesterday I pre-ordered my copy of GTA V for the PC. Along with that order I received Max Payne 3 as a bonus. Pretty sweet!
When I started downloading Max Payne I got the following error:
“Reliable source serving corrupt data”
A quick browse on the internet revealed that I am not the only one. So I opened a ticket at rockstar support. But today they still hadn’t responded, and I got annoyed. First I started attacking the DLM.exe file, to discover what it actually does, but I am not able to open it at this time. But I am able to check the traffic out of my box, so I started Wireshark and got my traffic:
The installer is just a fancy HTTP client, so I checked that request:
So now I have an URL where I can download the data2.cab. And after a check of the folder the DLM made I think I can guess the other file names:
So I started to download those files using my browser:
It took me 45 minutes to download the files, at 80-90% of my internet connection (100 mbit/s) and I can say that this method works (for now)!
When you have downloaded all of the above files, you should put them together in one folder and start the installation of Max Payne 3 by running MaxPayne3Installer.exe. From that point on the installation of Max Payne should be the same as when using the Max Payne 3 DLM.
Some users have reported errors while trying to install Max Payne with the instructions previously mentioned. A solution might be to copy all the files you downloaded to the folder where the Max Payne 3 DLM downloaded its stuff. After that you should run the Max Payne 3 DLM to let it verify the files you downloaded. When there are any missing or corrupted files it will most likely fix them for you, after which it will start the installation.
UPDATE 1 (18-01-2015):
I think it is worth mentioning that the location of these files are the ones used by the Rockstar supplied download manager. So they are legitimate. I hope Rockstar will recognize this and will see this effort as support rather then an attack on their software. In no way this post is intended as a way to bypass Rockstar and to stimulate illegal downloads!
UPDATE 2 (18-01-2015):
Added info on how to install the game.
UPDATE 3 (20-01-2015):
Added some troubleshooting to problems commenters encounter.