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Friday, October 24th, 2008
1:25 pm
Flashing blue?

How come when I put certain things into my game they flash blue and is there any way to fix it? 

Current Mood: annoyed
Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008
10:06 pm
Missing button...
So, I used the aspiration modifier cheat, and now the button for my aspiration rewards is gone, any way to get it back?
Tuesday, October 14th, 2008
1:53 am
overcrowding causing crashing? i believe so.
I wish there was sims smallpox.  Okay, so I read somewhere that overcrowded neighborhoods can cause glitches in the game.  This is usually experienced by legacy players going further and further into the generation.  I started to suspect that when I played a particular household the most that the game would start crashing randomly.  Now I've had something of a confirmation on that.  I know my neighborhood is probably overcrowded.  Instead of going through the trouble of cleaning out original townies, I just made more and added them to the flock.  32 more to be precise, along with a few extra households I no longer played but still wanted to have as part of my game.  Not to mention, playables and subhoods.  So what's a simple and safe method to bring down some numbers?  Please don't mention SimPE either.  I don't have it and don't want it.

And don't ask about my specs or EPs.  Yes, I have something of a low-spec computer and a lot of expansions and stuff packs, but I know for a fact that it's not the specs causing the crashing.  I can go into detail but I don't want to make this post too long.  So just trust me on that.
Thursday, October 9th, 2008
6:36 pm
I was trying to find the color option enabler package for my friends computer, but the modthesims2 website is down and i can't find it anywhere else! can someone upload it to mediashare or yousendit for me, please? thank you so much!
Wednesday, October 8th, 2008
3:27 pm
I've been playing Sims 2 for about 3 years on my computer. I recently bought a new HP desktop with Vista and I was wondering if there is an easy way to transfer the game intact with all it's files to my new computer.
Friday, September 26th, 2008
7:01 pm
Weird Cheat Problem

I cannot find the NPC Townie Tree . I put in the boolprop cheat, shift-click on a Sim, and most of the Spawn menu comes up, but I know at least one item is missing..the Townie Tree! I have what seems like an excess of Memory Manager options, but the Townie Tree option is not there!


I have spawned the Townie Tree before, but have had to reinstall since then and now it's gone. I'm trying to create a custom neighborhood and this is very frustrating--especially when I know it's probably a very simple solution!

Current Mood: confused
Friday, August 22nd, 2008
11:16 am
Cheat box is broken
I have a problem with my cheat  code window. It happened after I installed the sims 2 freetime patch. Everytime i click cntl+shift+c nothing happens. Not even an error message shows up. All the other key commands work accept getting the cheat box up. I tried reinstalling Sims 2 Freetime but that didn't work either. I'm really fustrated and I need help. 

I have the Sims 2, seasons, nightlife, bon voyage, freetime, and all the sims 2 stuff (H&M, IKEA, etc)
Monday, May 5th, 2008
2:00 am
The Sims 2 Pets installation help
ok well heres the deal. i got the sims 2 pets but i didnt know i needed to get the original sims 2. so i went out n got the sims 2 double deluxe pack (as i saw it comes wit sims 2) so i take it home n instal it n play the game for bout 30 mins den i remember about the sims 2 pets  so i grab it put it in den auto run thing comes up i do everything den its loading into computer den a msg pops up when it reaches half way thro installation telling me to put in disc 2. so i take out disc 1 n put in  2 but den after i put it in it jus stays there. it doesnt continue to instal n i dont know how to make it instal . so can any one help me plz?
Monday, December 3rd, 2007
9:20 pm
I everyone I'm new here I have an issue with my game when I start the sims2 bodyshop a program that comes with the sims2 my whole computer is being crazy text dissapear and graphics being so weird. I have  GB memory and Windows XP home and 256 mb Graphic card ATI RAdeon X600. I just got a new motherboard and it still doesnt work. The sims 2 is just crashing as bodyshop does..

thankful for some help with this.

Current Mood: cranky
Friday, November 30th, 2007
4:56 am
i cant place doors or windows in my game
for some reason i keep getting the message "must place in center tile". i have no idea what it wants when i am trying to place a window or door into a completely blank wall.  anyone have an idea why this is happening?

Current Mood: annoyed
Saturday, October 13th, 2007
9:23 pm
So you know how you click on an object, and the little blue button menu pops up with things to do with that object, and you can then click on a blue button to give your sim an action command?
well my stupid buttons appear for like 1/2 a second before they disappear for no reason, without me moving or clicking anything.
IT IS SO FRUSTRATING because now i cannot give my sims any commands and am thus unable to play............. unless i want to sit and watch them move about with their own free will (but honestly who does that???)
I tried to be sneaky with my mouse and click an option as fast as i can possibly get my little mouse over there, but it always disappears before i can click a command.

this problem only started recently, and it is relentless. anyone know a fix or even why it is doing this???

Saturday, May 26th, 2007
10:42 pm

My computer crashes. It's caused by some malfunction with my NVIDIA graphics card (GeForce 7800 GTX). Specifically, the file "nv4_disp." It only crashes when I play games. Normally it just crashes and freezes, although one time it did take me to the BSOD, with a short summary of what the malfunction was (that's how I know that nv4_disp is the file causing it).
I've been looking around the internets, and apparently it's a more common problem than I imagined, but I can't seem to find a single concrete solution to it. Anyone have any recommendations?

Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
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Friday, March 30th, 2007
10:22 am
Me again xD

I installed The Sims 2 on my other computer and Local Disk (C:) didn't have space enough so I installed the game on Local Disk (D:) but I can't find where are folders like downloads and stuff. So I don't know where to put meshes for hair, clothes and makeup.
Monday, March 26th, 2007
10:22 pm
i've just downloaded some custom content, and i all of a sudden had a bug with the walls. they turned red and started blinking, regardless of whether i had wallpaper or paint.

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Thursday, March 15th, 2007
6:24 pm
expanisions, stuff packs.
I have 3 1 questions.

1. I have two computers. And both have The Sims 2. But in one computer I can see like a little movie clips when sims are having woohoo or first kiss, or having birth. But I can't see those movie clips in my other computer. Why?

2. If I want to buy 2 expansion packs and first I install University and then I install Nightlife. Which CD I have to put in when I want to play sims?

3. If I install Stuff Packs (Family Fun Stuff, Glamour Life Stuff, Happy Holiday Stuff) do I have to put any other CDs (than the sims 2 CD1) in before playing sims?
Thursday, March 8th, 2007
2:13 pm
Does anyone know what file this crap is? I know it replaced my default skins and has screwed up default hair and clothing. TIA to anyone who might be able to help. It is VERY MUCH appreciated!!!!

Current Mood: aggravated
Monday, February 26th, 2007
2:47 pm
Communal Living
Hi, I was wondering, Is there any way to have a community house/lot that I can move multiple families into? I have a family of 8 but it's so hard to take care of all 8 at one time, so I've paired them off into couples but I want them in the same house still... Is that possible?
Thank you in advance, and I apologize if this isn't the right place to ask, but I didn't know where else to go.

Current Mood: hopeful
Sunday, February 25th, 2007
4:22 pm
Hi, I've just joined the community...

Anyway. I bought the Sims2 expansion three-pack with "hot date", "makin magic", and "vacation" on it. I can't install them because I don't have the original sims installed on my computer. I used to have it but my computer crashed and I had it restored and I no longer have the disc. I've been searching through the net trying to download the original version of the sims but I can't find that anywhere either. Does anyone know a website that I can download it from or if you have the program could you kindly send it to me?

Current Mood: frustrated
Tuesday, February 20th, 2007
10:51 pm
Computer automatically restarts, too much custom content?
I have an AMD Athlon 3800+ dual core processor (1.00Ghz x 2), 960 MB of RAM, a Nvidia GeForce 6150 LE graphics card w/ 256 MB of video RAM, and 3.9 Gigs of custom content (and all the expansions + glamour stuff)

Without the custom content my game runs just fine. With the custom content my game works fine for a minute, then there's a minute of increased lag time and then my computer automatically restarts itself.

When the computer turns back on a message says "The system has recovered from a serious error. A log of this error has been created." The windows report says it's a stop error (something caused the "Windows operating system to stop unexpectedly") and it has something to do with my video card. I've tried the latest drivers as well as rolling-back + I've decreased the hardware acceleration and the in-game graphics options, but to no avail.

Is this possibly because of a bad download or because my system can't support 3.9 Gigs of custom content? (do I need a faster CPU or more RAM to fix this problem)?

Also, how much custom content is too much? How many gigs can your game support?

Any help would be greatly appreciate!!

(x-posted, sorry)

Current Mood: sleepy
Sunday, February 18th, 2007
12:05 pm
I'm starting to get really sick with all the problems I'm getting with this game. I've had to reinstall the game 4 times, and lately it's been having problems AGAIN! I don't want to reinstall it again because I Have nightlife and university installed and I don't feel like sitting there for a hour to reinstall it all. Anyway, someone told me on thesims2 community that i could be having problems because i have a "hacked" game? they keep saying i downloaded the game, but I didn't. I bought all three. I just had to use crack serial numbers for the base and university expansion pack because I lost both the things that have the serial number on them. Could that be the cause of it glitching so much? At first when I tried to build houses I couldn't put in doors and windows so I started downloading houses and then my sister found a code to work for that so I said okay, cool, and that code was "boolprop snapobjectsgrid true." i hate these longass codes that this game has! haha. Anyway, NOW for starters my sims can't "woohoo" in beds, only in the photobooth, or love tub.. this is a pain in the ass because a lot of the times their wants are to woohoo in a bed because they have love/family aspirations. Now my second problem is for some reason my sims won't get jobs. Every time they either use a computer to find a job, or use the newspaper, they have a thought bubble over their heads that have a chair in it, now the thing is they ARE sitting in chairs! and the chairs are positioned right and everything and they'll start to look on the computer then the thing pops up that says "there are no more job offers today" or whatever it says.. this is really starting to drive me crazy, especially because AGAIN their wants are to get a job. >.<; should i just give up and reinstall the whole damn game? i'm going to have use crack serial numbers again though. damn you maxisss. haha. thanks in advance, i hope someone replies with some help because this community kind of looks dead. *crosses fingers*

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