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Old October 21st, 2012, 03:41 PM   #1
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Default Graveyard.sav "Viral Infections" [FAQ] [Video]

The graveyard.sav glitch that has been hitting so many players has turned out to be a "viral" infection of sorts that is passed across players, originating with the modding community. It may have been accidental, it may have been intentional, who knows. I'd rather not debate that here, I would like to keep this informative.

What is graveyard.sav? What does this have to do with me?
When you get hit by the glitch that turns your save into graveyard.sav, upon entering FFYL and then subsequently dying for whatever reason, you will never respawn. You die and go into a free roam camera. If you try to load another character, dashboard, restart your xbox, etc, your save data is completely gone and there is no hope of recovering it at that point, as it is renamed graveyard.sav and is missing the majority of the data it once had.

What?! How did I get this?
As stated above, the glitch originated with the modding community and may or may not have been accidental. It spread from there, and it passes from the infected player to all other players in the game with said infected player. At this point, it's a terrible chain, and chances are it passed to you through some randoms.

But I don't play with randoms! I play with my friends only
Do your friends play with randoms? Have any of you ever had somebody come into a game and trade you anything? It's easy to spread, unfortunately.

How can I get my character back?
Once your save file has turned into graveyard.sav, you cannot get your character back. Too much data has been lost at that point, and it is far beyond salvageable.

So how can I prevent this, or save my character if it gets effected later?
If you want to prevent this, you have to make sure you're not playing with randoms, and that everybody you play with isn't playing with randoms, AND that it isn't currently effecting anybody in your group. Along with that, MAKE FREQUENT BACKUPS, and if you are on 360, do not backup to the Cloud, as it will sync with your HD saves and your backups will be overwritten, apparently. Memory card or USB drive is best.

If you get hit by this and recognize it (free roam camera, no respawning, etc), you can salvage your save.
1.] Quit (it'll tell you you cant save, thats fine, hit quit without saving)
2.] At main menu, hit Continue
3.] Load up, hit start, hit Save and Quit

If you salvage your save in this way, and then continue to play, the next time you die, it will happen again, and you must repeat the steps above. I highly recommend following the above steps and then NOT TOUCHING THE SAVE after that. It's a logical assumption that due to how this is done, Gearbox will likely be able to remove the "infection" from any effected files with the patch once they get it out.

Can you explain what to look for a little better?
Your save data will turn into this if you are beyond help, but at least you will know what happened to you.


If you don't quite grasp what I mean with the free roam camera, etc, watch the video below. It shows you what the no-respawn death looks like, what to look for in your storage device if you think you were hit with this (but at that point, you cannot be helped), etc:


A couple of other notes...
1.] The infected player does not have to be the host in order to infect other players in the game.
2.] Gearbox has already stated that they are aware of the issue in other related threads, and I've sent in a ticket with specific details because well, that couldn't hurt.
3.] I wish I was making this up, but I couldn't make this up if I tried! This has been tested with several players, with chaining the infection, having the infection hit multiple players at once in one game, etc. This is in fact a very real threat at the moment, and if you don't take the precautions I listed above, it is possible you will be hit with it yourself.

I'll be trying to update this thread (among others I crosspost) with more info as it comes up, including updates from Gearbox. If you have any questions or need any support with this, please ask away.
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Old October 21st, 2012, 03:47 PM   #2
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Oh god, backing my saves lol. So glad I don't play with randoms, I'll be sure to warn my friends :O
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Old October 21st, 2012, 03:54 PM   #3
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just made a new backup of every character i have plus my profile. since the "save file too big" glitch was solved i thought i had nothing else to worry about. seems i was wrong. i'll make it a weekly routine to redo my backups.

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Old October 21st, 2012, 03:55 PM   #4
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This is f***ing heavy, people.

I'm picking and choosing when I back up as well. Not sure if this affects PC players, but still.
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Old October 21st, 2012, 03:56 PM   #5
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This sounds like it may have been the modders answer to Hardcore (aka 1 life only) mode that somehow turned out to be viral. I would like to assume it was an accidental thing personally.

Anyway, thanks for the info. Yet another reason I'm glad I never play with random people. Even Borderlands has STDs now
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Old October 21st, 2012, 03:58 PM   #6
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Well is seems the PS3 is the safest and cleanest version of Borderlands all we have is the taboo of duping. Backing up saves is always the best thing to do.
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Does it effect just the character if it happens?

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Well is seems the PS3 is the safest and cleanest version of Borderlands all we have is the taboo of duping. Backing up saves is always the best thing to do.
I wouldnt count out PS3 just yet for this issue
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Old October 21st, 2012, 04:03 PM   #8
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This is... bad to say the least.

Thanks for this post, it may save a lot of characters.

Do you know if the player or the savegame gets infected? Either way one wouldn't be save, even with backups (if the save is affected and you back it up before you know that you're hit by graveyard.sav... well) but still...
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Does it effect just the character if it happens?

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I wouldnt count out PS3 just yet for this issue
It does not touch your profile, and should not touch any other characters you have unless you ran into somebody else who had it with those characters as well. So yes, it should ONLY effect that particular character's save, assuming you don't spread it on accident, run into it on another character etc.

PS3 is safe for the time being, but probably not for much longer.

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This is... bad to say the least.

Thanks for this post, it may save a lot of characters.

Do you know if the player or the savegame gets infected? Either way one wouldn't be save, even with backups (if the save is affected and you back it up before you know that you're hit by graveyard.sav... well) but still...
Savegame only, it doesn't touch your profile. If you back it up before knowing you've been hit by it, thats STILL GOOD, as it can be saved.
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And so, the modding community brings us another wonderful thing.

This is why I play on PS3. I got sick of seeing this stuff on Cod, BioShock 2, Left 4 Dead, etc. while I had my 360.

Ain't no one hacking the PS3 (yet, at least).
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