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  • Developer: G5 Entertainment
  • Publisher: G5 Entertainment
  • Genre: Adventure General
  • Release Date: Nov 21, 2012
  • ESRB: Not Set

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How to fix your gift crashing problem

1. Install iFunBox onto your computer
2. Exit the SS game
3. Connect your iPad/iPhone to your computer
4. Run iFunBox and it will detect and connect to your iPad/iPhone (depending on your setup, iTunes might need to run and authorize your iPad to the computer, and/or if a message on your iPad/iPhone asks to trust the computer do so)
5. Depending on whether your iFunBox is for Mac or PC the way you get to the Secret Society game is different, so without getting into details, generically start opening the following folders, preferably with a mouse by double clicking on each "folder/icon":
6. Open the User Applications
7. Open the Secret Society application
8. Open the Library folder
9. Open the Caches folder
10. Open the Mytona folder
11. Open the Social_Hog folder
12. Change the view from thumbnail view to details view (thumbnail view displays the files as pictures, details view displays the files as names)
13. Right-click on a file (usually named with all random letters and numbers, sometimes starting with suid) that does NOT have a .jpg extension (ignore other normally named files named with different extensions, just work on files with no extensions) and click Rename (note the filename will be highlighted in blue, very important to click once on blue to disable the blue, if this is not done, then whole name will erase when typing in that area, if that happens, press Esc key to undo change and try again)
14. Click once on blue highlighted filename to disable blue highlighting, then go to end of filename by clicking at end or using right arrow on keyboard until at the end
15. Type in .jpg (don't forget to put the period in front of the letters jpg) and click OK (for Mac) or press Enter key (for PC)
16. Repeat for all files that do NOT have a .jpg extension and once all files have it
17. Run SS game and accept all your gifts now
18. If crashing occurs in the future, repeat the above steps again.

Now follow steps in the posting titled "How to copy your game player data files" to backup your good game.

JJJ, 4 months ago
Answers

Answer from: Mare
JJJ... So the whole gift crashing is b/c files are coming in ( probably from Facebook?) w/o the extension? Wow... What a find! You are AWESOME!

Posted: 4 months ago

Answer from: Smuffin
Awesome is right! JJJ, my fix from you has been good for days and I remain very grateful. Thanks so much for these great instructions. I know I can follow this if my game has a relapse. Many, many thanks :-)

Posted: 4 months ago

Answer from: Stefanie
JJJ, thank you so much for these instructions! Absolutely worked. You are indeed AWESOME!

Posted: 4 months ago

Answer from: BCgirl231
JJJ you are an absolute wizard. Thanks soooo much. I am now clear of nasty files....there were only about 4 or 5 but they locked up 91 gifts. Such a simple thing to cause so much havoc.

Posted: 4 months ago

Answer from: Grey
Now G5 just needs to fix the issue that causes it to happen :)

Posted: 4 months ago

Answer from: Zme
JJJ you are a genius! Many thanks !

Posted: 4 months ago

Answer from: Anita
Thanks JJJ! Followed your instructions and now I have an empty gift box! Never thought I would be so glad to see that! Also, have finally backed up, yay! You really are a legend!

Posted: 4 months ago

Answer from: Sami
JJJ, will try this tomorrow, but thanks in advance for your brilliance and your commitment to this community of players! And BCgirl thanks for the pm that gave me a heads up on this post. Awesome indeed.

Posted: 4 months ago

Answer from: Kimmy
What if u don't have another computer?

Posted: 4 months ago

Answer from: ElvisSugarplum
Fantastic! Thank you SO very much!

Posted: 4 months ago

Answer from: JohnSmith
JJJ Thanks for your info on the process of renaming affected files. I had about 10 corrupted files I had to add the .jpg extension to clear up about 150 locked up gifts. Did have to load ITunes to my Laptop before IFunbox would let me have Acess to iPad folders. I hate ITunes but it seemed to be a nessary evil. Do you have a suggestion on other interface software to modify iPad files? Thanks again

Posted: 4 months ago

Answer from: Marmelle
JJJ is our grand master. Thanks again.

Posted: 4 months ago

Answer from: Asnyder959
Many many thanks JJJ! It worked and I was able to find the bad friend. I don't believe they are following this site but had to delete them. Thx for all your hard work!

Posted: 4 months ago

Answer from: Auster
Add me to the list of fixed and very grateful players. I thought I was going to have to download the free 15 day file editor and start decoding this Sat morn and hope I did it correctly. Such a simple fix. Thank you JJJ for my Saturday and my game reclaimed. I guess I will just go clean the guest room that is waiting for your free two week visit.

Posted: 4 months ago

Answer from: Jennny123
Can't thank you enough! It was so easy. I had 306 gifts in my gift box and I couldn't open it without crashing. Now it's empty. Like Dee I'm totally in love with you! :)))) you deleted me as you were concentrating on lower level players, but you will always be my friend. Thank you soooo much!

Posted: 4 months ago

Answer from: Ja5ia
Awsome, it worked. Thank you soo much. Much appreciated :)

Posted: 4 months ago

Answer from: Kathy
So weird. All of the sudden today my game on the iPad started crashing every time I try to look at gifts (never get to the point where I can accept them.) I'm assuming this is the same issue as everyone else is having. I really don't want to do the fix listed above although I think it is great that the OP took the time to provide this great workaround. Anyone know when there might be a new release that fixes the problem? So odd that it just started happening all of the sudden.

Posted: 4 months ago

Answer from: Sunefire
OMG...it worked. Thank you SOOOO much JJJ! You are brilliant.

Posted: 4 months ago

Answer from: Busa10
OMG....... You are amazing! Many thanks!

Posted: 4 months ago

Answer from: Monique
I'm about to try this as I'm having the gift crashing problem too. Someone above said they were able to find the bad friend. How will I know who it is? I have about 40 friends, most who gift daily, like me, and all of a sudden, I started crashing out of the blue. Will I be able to tell who I need to delete?

Posted: 4 months ago

Answer from: Anita
Hi Monique! You are one of my friends and thanks for being a great one! You can tell by looking at the file name after you install iFunbox on your computer. If it doesn't have .jpg then it could be a corrupt gift. Change the file name and then you will be able to accept the gift and you won't have to delete your friend. If your gift box crashes again, all you have to do is rename the corrupt file again! It's not a permanent fix cos you have to change the file name if you crash but it means you will be able to access your gift box and play normally until the next update.

You should consider registering on this site! That way people can PM (personal message) you and help you much easier! Just look at the top right hand corner of this page and it will say login | register. Then you can PM JJJ and he will help you if you need it. Hope your gift box is fixed soon!

Posted: 4 months ago

Answer from: SunnyinFL
I too am very grateful for your knowledge and willingness to share!

Posted: 4 months ago

Answer from: nitey4ever
@Kathy, it just started happening to you because of one of your friend's personal avatar pictures. It is very random because it is based on your friends. They are ok if connected to Facebook, but if they use Facebook to pull in a personal avatar image it may become corrupt, which cause YOU issues (not them). We have spent weeks troubleshooting and testing through this site as G5 is no help at all. Between that, and this fix coming from JJJ (very long-time player and user of this site, very technologically knowledgeable, and very generous in his support of other players), makes this fix a reputable one. Think of this fix like a Service Pack for Windows. It's almost an essential thing to do unless you'd like to make do with your gift crashing issues for the forseeable future. Players here have been living with this since what, April? Imagine months of crashing with absolutely no support from G5?

Posted: 4 months ago

Answer from: Cheriport
Fantastic! I am usually careful about downloading apps. That being said this worked beautifully Thanks for the info JJJ.

Posted: 4 months ago

Answer from: GrandmaZen
JJJ you are the King of the land! Just look at the comments being made, so many of us that you helped? Hope your taking in all the good vibes going out to you! One tingle after another. Thank you so much.

Posted: 4 months ago

Answer from: NU Wildcat
JJJ, you're AAA in my book! Thanks a heap!

Monique, if your case is similar to mine, the problem individual hasn't been playing until just now when she or he just resumed playing. In my case, I could send gifts to the individual, but the person was not playing from the 18th to just today since the number of experience points has only changed today. Consequently, I received a number of thank you gifts which caused me to get the gift crash.

Interestingly enough, this individual has the Lamont Cranston ("Shadow, The" to those unfamiliar with either the movie or far superior radio show with Orson Welles as the voice) in the Friends grouping, the Christmas avatar when providing gifts, and a photo when visiting.

Posted: 4 months ago

Answer from: Ash
RoyalOne - thank you so much for the tip! I hadn't checked the board in a few days and didn't realize there was a "cure" for the crash. Off to play now :).

Posted: 4 months ago

Answer from: Sam123
Dear sweet generous JJJ. I did not have the same problem as those above. My problem is a small issue. But I need to let you know that you have greatly helped those of us who have friends who had the problem. Some of my friends are now back playing. I am assuming it is because their gift box is fixed because I am receiving an overwhelming amount of thank yous. You have done us all a great favor.THANK YOU JJJ.

Posted: 4 months ago

Answer from: Sue
Amazing - worked for me too! I only had to add 2 x .jpg's to change 8 bad gifts into good ones. Yahoo my gift box is finally empty :-) I will change my name and start gifting again today. Thanks JJJ - cheers :-)

Posted: 4 months ago

Answer from: Lara
Thanks JJJ. My game is back up and running.

Posted: 4 months ago

Answer from: Silvia335
@HOORAY, I'm fixed, too! @JJJ, you are AWESOME! Thank you, thank you, thank you....

Posted: 4 months ago

Answer from: Joan
Thank you very much!

Posted: 4 months ago

Answer from: SK
I feel like an idiot. I am following the directions, downloaded ifunbox (Mac), hooked up my iPad, clicked ifunbox to start running it, it detected my iPad, but I don't see any files that you mention starting with direction #6. It seems pretty easy but I cannot figure it out. How do you get to user applications? Through ifunbox? Through finder on my mac? Through iTunes?? Please help. I have a ton of gifts I can't access due to crashing.

Posted: 4 months ago

Answer from: JJJ
Hi SK, in the iFunBox program, after it detects your iPad, it will show on the left side of the iFunBox window, under your iPad's name, the words "User Applications", (if that is not what happens, maybe you are not running the latest version, not sure what else it could be), then if you click those words, then on the right hand side of iFunBox all your apps will show up, most likely you will have to scroll down to see the Secret Society app, once you do see it, double click it to complete step 7.

Posted: 4 months ago

Answer from: Rabbit
JJJ My daughter came over and followed your instructions I am back in the game I am M in one of the games. Thank you

Posted: 4 months ago

Answer from: Terry
Thanks a million

Posted: 4 months ago

Answer from: Anna
Brilliant. I got bit by the bug this morning (I wonder if it is a ladybug?), didn't panic! I followed the steps - super easy - and I am back in the game! Thank you JJJ!

Posted: 4 months ago

Answer from: Kittenrella
Yesterday the game started crashing at the gift screen for me, so i restarted game, no change- checked for update, none to find- restarted iPad, no change- checked internet and found this wonderful forum/community.... Find this post- downloaded the ifunbox app on my PC but it crashes immediately after opening (regardless if iPad attached or not). Checked for updates, none- checked for fixes, none to be found... Anyone have any other suggestions? Im currently looking at previous versions of the app to install...*crosses fingers*

Posted: 4 months ago

Answer from: Kittenrella
Well if my other post makes it on here i figured the issue out - the latest version is a beta and it is buggy! Go figure ;) i uninstalled the beta and Installed the classic version (called classic) so if anyone else runs into an issue with the beta version, check out the classic version to see if that fixes your issue too!

Posted: 4 months ago

Answer from: Janie
JJJ you are amazing thank you

Posted: 4 months ago

Answer from: Anahide
I am also playing on ipad and it worked perfectly even with the Beta version. I was stuck since nearly 2 months at 320 gifs! Got them all and the game is running smoothly again. Many thanks JJJ, that was great !

Posted: 4 months ago

Answer from: Cathy
JJJ, I am so happy with this fix! I was afraid to try this but finally took the plunge, crossed my fingers and followed your directions, which were excellent! Can't thank you enough!

Posted: 4 months ago

Answer from: Buddyrip2012
I am so discouraged. I love this game but it keeps crashing when I try to retrieve gifts. When I download Ifunbox my computer says its not safe to download. Whats that all about cause I haven't played since the crashing started.

Posted: 4 months ago

Answer from: Rosetta58
Worked for me. Thanks JJJ. Only two files were corrupt, but the fix allowed me to collect more than 100 gifts and saved me some crystals!

Posted: 4 months ago

Answer from: TomP
Great fix! Worked like a charm. Allowed me to collect almost a hundred gifts! We'll done JJJ

Posted: 4 months ago

Answer from: AnnCharlotte
Worked perfectly, with iFunBox on my Mac - yay! :) Shouldn't be too difficult for the G5 developers to put in some sort of safeguard against allowing avatar files without file extensions, one would think, but oh well. Many thanks for the instructions!

Posted: 4 months ago

Answer from: Jadl
I have downloaded ifunbox on my PC and linked to my ipad. I cannot see user applications. It only shows internal storage and that just holds my pictures that I've taken with the ipad. Should I download iTunes on my PC?

Posted: 4 months ago

Answer from: MissEmily789
I have been frozen at different levels starting at 8, then on up to various levels until I am frozen at 25 now. But the way it has acted, if I was able to accesses my gifts it was hit and miss as to whether I still had the gifts when I got back from being bounced. It has happened so many times I would guess that I have lost nearly a hundred. I am getting booted by all sorts of things now though not just trying to get my gifts. -gathering a collection, banishing an anomaly, etc.

Posted: 4 months ago

Answer from: DonnaK
I really can't add to what has already been said. This is like playing a whole new game, with no tension! Thanks so much. You are indeed brilliant, and awesome. Thanks again.

Posted: 4 months ago

Answer from: Rabbit
Well second time and all is fixed. Thanks to you JJJ. I believe without being able to give gifts or get them and have the friends I have I might not even be playing this game. All my friends are great and finding the people on here has really been a life savor. I had surgery and a month out am doing better. This game keeps your mind busy. Thank you M

Posted: 4 months ago

Answer from: Lolli
Awesome!!! Thanks

Posted: 3 months ago

Answer from: PhoebeBB
Thank you! Now the game will be fun again. Your instructions are very thorough and easy to follow.

Posted: 3 months ago

Answer from: Elle
:( Am I the only person for whom this did not work? Followed all the steps exactly (thank you, JJJ!), all files now have extensions, re-started game 2x and iPad once, deleted a couple of the suspect friends, and still crashing if I try to tap the gifts icon. :( All ideas welcomed. (All good game friends welcomed, too! I gift & visit daily!)

Posted: 3 months ago

Answer from: Windie
Thanks!!! Very good instructions. Super Easy.

Posted: 3 months ago

Answer from: Daves2good
Very nice worked like a charm I collected all 220 gifts that I couldn't before maybe G5 should post this temp fix until they come up with a new patch

Posted: 3 months ago

Answer from: Annagg678
Trying...can't figure out how to rename a file on my Mac. Can't just right click.

Posted: 3 months ago

Answer from: Sita2014
This is the best!! Almost gave up on SS after having reached level 115 because of the stupid gift crashing! This fix works!! Hurrah and thanks

Posted: 3 months ago

Answer from: Julie
Elle - I have to do this with the ipad connected to the computer. Then start the game with it still connected. Not sure why - but it works for me.

Annagg678 - I am assuming you are using a touch pad instead of a mouse? tap with two fingers instead of one. :)

Posted: 3 months ago

Answer from: Mowal6
To right click on a mac hold down the control key when you click.

Posted: 3 months ago

Answer from: Nynaeve
Thanks so much! Worked beautifully????

Posted: 3 months ago

Answer from: BMunden
THANK YOU!!! It was so frustrating...and this just happened to me today....can't imagine how others were feeling who have had this problem longer. Now I will b/u this game.

Posted: 3 months ago

Answer from: Squatchness
Thank you! I was going crazy trying to figure out what was wrong.

Posted: 3 months ago

Answer from: 3Dee
Well, well, well JJJ! I've just had success with my second gift box crash. Your help during my first one will never be forgotten thank you and as before: 'I think I love you!'. Ha ha ha! From the haggis basher.

Posted: 3 months ago

Answer from: Joan
This worked like a charm before. Thank you JJJ. Now I am trying it again and I can't get the files to highlight to add the .jpg extension. I can get files highlighted outside the iFunbox application, but not the ones in the iFunbox application. Not can I get file information for those files. I'm wondering if Mytona is now locking those files. . . . .

Posted: 3 months ago

Answer from: Mmm
I'm having the crash problem when going into collections. Any idea how to fix this?

Posted: 3 months ago

Answer from: Rhizzo
Thanks for the detailed description. I was able to collect all my 230 gifts now!
G5 should be embarrassed that they still have not published a fix for this issue, even though this post is over a months old and they should be well aware how to fix this.

Posted: 3 months ago

Answer from: XMMx
Thank you!!! Problem solved. I've been crashed for months. JJJ you're amazing!

Posted: 3 months ago

Answer from: Av
In a single word: "wow". you are a wizard, and I thank you for this ingenius idea.

Posted: 3 months ago

Answer from: Macgt
Frick'n awesome!!! I emailed g5e and they told me they were working on it, to watch of updates in the apple store.....that was about a month or so ago! THANK YOU :D

Posted: 3 months ago

Answer from: Sonja
I did this, after finding out how to do a 'right' click on a Mac {control click) - nothing right about it. I had 220 gifts. I redeemed five and crashed. Checked again and nothing without a .jpg extension. rebooted. Retried multiple times, crashing. Checked again and found two or three more. Appended .jpg. Crashed again and again. Checked again and noted that three of the file names started with a number, not with suid_, so renamed them in that convention. Crashed. Changed names back. I am stymied. I also had one file name that was much longer than the rest. I renamed by deleting a character or two -- so now I may be permanently messed up.

Posted: 3 months ago

Answer from: Kim
Thank you!! This is GREAT and worked perfect for my SS on my iPad. ????

Posted: 3 months ago

Answer from: Marian
Worked like a champ! Thanks so much for the fix!!

Posted: 3 months ago

Answer from: SandyK4
Elle. If you register for this forum, you can PM JJJ and maybe get some help.

Posted: 3 months ago

Answer from: Oloman
Great !!! It's work ;) Thank you

Posted: 3 months ago

Answer from: RoseRs
Wow! Worked like magic! Thank you so much JJJ. The instructions looked intimidating at first but following them step by step turned out to be incredibly easy.

Posted: 3 months ago

Answer from: Victoria
Thank you thank you thank you!!! Worked and the instructions were super easy to follow.

Posted: 3 months ago

Answer from: Bridget
Another huge thank you from a VERY grateful player. The gift crash problem has been making me crazy for weeks. Just followed your instructions and claimed 234 waiting gifts. Thank you!

Posted: 3 months ago

Answer from: MAD49
Holy smokes! It worked. My recommendation by the way is to down load the classic version for your PC. The other version doesn't seem to do well or to be applicable. Also, when you get to the files, the easiest way to tell if a file has the .jpg at the end is to look at the column labeled file type. Everything else is a jpg file type except your problem files. Then you can sort by file type and the bad ones float to the top.

Posted: 3 months ago

Answer from: Martin
Another satisfied customer - was able to unlock 85 gifts, just hope they were the ones I was looking for. I wonder why this fix isn't posted on the reviews page in the APP store.

Posted: 3 months ago

Answer from: Cassiepeanut
Thank you! I cannot believe how easy that was and how much frustration is gone. What a nice thing to do for us!

Posted: 3 months ago

Answer from: Coral
Many thanks I followed your instructions and all is as it should be again, I was about ready to quit playing as it had become more frustrating than fun to play

Posted: 3 months ago

Answer from: Bee
DON'T CHANGE YOUR NAME! I just got my gifting crash fixed today. Then I changed my name to reflect my status and crashed it again! Thanks JJJ for your advice and thanks to all friends who have patient enough to stick with me while I haven't been gifting. I will try the fix again tomorrow.

Posted: 3 months ago

Answer from: Arcangel
Thank you JJJ. Maybe the most useful post here.

Posted: 3 months ago

Answer from: Corky
The fix used to work for me - now IFUNBOX won't recognize my iPad. Is there a work-around? Thanks!

Posted: 3 months ago

Answer from: Gcamcv
This worked beautifully. And all was well! Until yesterday when I crash each time I go into gifts do I have to keep fixing or have anew problem ? Please say no!

Posted: 3 months ago

Answer from: Rhillsboro
Had to reinstall my app. Had tons of gifts from people I don't know. Trying to refuse all their gifts, keeps crashing the game. Have tried jjj's suggestion, can now refuse most of the gifts but left with 36. Each time I click on the gift, crash! How can I get rid of these remaining gifts from unknown people?

Posted: 3 months ago

Answer from: Mommy D.
I need another fix also. Can't use the IFUNBOX. Should I just delete my friends and start over getting friends? Love the game, hate the crashing.

Posted: 3 months ago

Answer from: Julie
The new update seems to fix the issue. So hang in there if you are not ipad, should be soon! (famous last words - but keeping a positive face on for your kindler types out there.)

Posted: 3 months ago

Answer from: Rabbit
JJJ thank you. What happens when most have had jpg? I have 4 left that have ... After and do they get jpg also. This game helps me keep my mine of of back surgery. I would be lost without it. Looks after two months I will need to go back because I fractured the one above the hardware. So thank you for all your help

Posted: 2 months ago

Answer from: Mommy D.
Thank you for the update! Got all my gifts and not crashing. Back to lovin' the game.

Posted: 2 months ago

Answer from: Aehanus
My computer is down do I cannot hook iPad up for download. Is there any other options?

Posted: 2 months ago

Answer from: MissEmily789
I have been using JJJs fix for the gift crash since my last sign on. Unfortunately I think I have had a few since the update. I am so grateful they fixed the friends glitch about having to go back to the beginning of ur friends list when you visit some one but I am having trouble now with it cutting me off visiting people after only 3 or 4.

It may be moot now but I've been doing this nearly daily a couple times twelve hrs apart and I was watching close and found a few that looked OK but they had a , not a .

Posted: 2 months ago
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