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2nd Apr 2012, 6:08 AM
I have the sims 3 and i just re-installed it due to an earlier problem with CC. when i opened it this time, the town map is just all white or blank with the icons still there, i found out that you can adjust this in the options menu, i tried, but the options won't save at all. i even tried to edit the file in My Documents and see if it works there. I dont want to re-install it again because i have a lot of stuff packs and expansion packs, so it'll take a long time. Thanks!
Below is a pic of the town map
2nd Apr 2012, 6:28 AM
Sims 3 - Game Problems
Please go through this FAQ and follow the instructions, doing each step in order and not skipping anything:
Game Help:Sims 3 Game Problem
Most issues with the game can be resolved by following those steps.
I can't see your image, but please try the Game Problem guide anyway.
3rd Apr 2012, 12:50 AM
I tried it all but it still doesn't work, ill try to reinstall it and see if it works.
4th Apr 2012, 2:13 AM
well. i reinstalled it but the options still wont save
4th Apr 2012, 3:19 AM
Could you post your specs (http://www.modthesims.info/wiki.php?title=Game_Help:System_Specs)?
6th Apr 2012, 12:36 AM
Time of this report: 4/5/2012, 16:31:09
Machine name: IVAN-PC
Operating System: Windows 8 Consumer Preview 64-bit (6.2, Build 8250) (8250.winmain_win8beta.120217-1520)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
System Model: Inspiron 1545
BIOS: Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A13
Processor: Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU T4300 @ 2.10GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.1GHz
Memory: 3072MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 3032MB RAM
Page File: 1945MB used, 4158MB available
Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
Card name: Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family (Microsoft Corporation - WDDM 1.1)
Device Type: Full Device
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2A42&SUBSYS_02AA1028&REV_07
Dedicated Memory: n/a
Shared Memory: n/a
Current Mode: 1366 x 768 (32 bit) (59Hz)
Monitor Name: Generic PnP Monitor
Driver File Version: ()
Driver Model: WDDM 1.1
Graphics Preemption: DMA
Compute Preemption: DMA
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Date/Size: , 0 bytes
Description: Speakers (High Definition Audio Device)
Default Sound Playback: Yes
Default Voice Playback: Yes
Hardware ID: HDAUDIO\FUNC_01&VEN_111D&DEV_76B2&SUBSYS_102802AA&REV_1003
Manufacturer ID: 1
Product ID: 65535
Driver Name: HdAudio.sys
Driver Version: 6.02.8250.0000 (English)
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
WHQL Logo'd: Yes
Date and Size: 2/17/2012 21:33:32, 337920 bytes
Disk & DVD/CD-ROM Drives
Free Space: 97.9 GB
Total Space: 223.4 GB
File System: NTFS
Model: SAMSUNG HM250HI
6th Apr 2012, 1:40 AM
The game isn't going to run on Windows 8 -- check out this (http://www.modthesims.info/showthread.php?t=470758#post3800491) thread for more info, but this is a beta OS.
Additionally, your specs aren't up to running the sims. You have an integrated graphics card (http://www.modthesims.info/wiki.php?title=Game_Help:Onboard_Graphics). Three gigs of RAM is also not enough for pets and up.
6th Apr 2012, 3:27 AM
Thanks, but by saying it wont run on Windows 8 are you saying that it wont run properly or wont run at all because i ran it really well before, but the game wont load after i put in awesome mod, but i didn't know that at the time so i reinstalled. afterwards it worked, but the map just got messed up.
6th Apr 2012, 3:42 AM
I'm not saying it can't work, but windows 8 is a beta operating system. It's not fully developed, and you should expect bugs using any beta software. If you check out the win8 forums, you'll notice that graphic problems plague it (or at least did a few weeks ago, I haven't booted into win8 in a while).
You shouldn't expect the game to run well in windows 8. If it does, that's great but if not there isn't anything we can do.
Additionally, your specs are not up to handling running the game. Check out Your Computer is Like a Car (http://www.modthesims.info/wiki.php?title=Game_Help:Your_Computer_is_Like_a_Car).
From that article:
Another way to explain this, Running a game on a computer that can't handle it is like hanging a heavy load from a thin rope - it'll probably be ok at first, but after a while the rope will start to fray, and eventually snap. The same is true for computers - your game probably ran ok for a while, though it probably looked terrible; now your computer is getting too damaged to keep up, so things are going wrong.
6th Apr 2012, 3:55 AM
ok thanks so much... ill just use less of the expansions, if it doesnt work still, ill just deal with it.
20th May 2012, 7:50 AM
Just right click TS3( You don't have to do it for every single EP ), Select Properties, Go to Compatibility settings (They are automatically turned off): Check the box and select Windows 7. Restart TS3 ...TADA!
20th May 2012, 10:55 AM
Actually it's TS3W now, also compability mode is flawed, sometimes it works, sometimes not.
21st May 2012, 3:50 AM
Well then it's your specs, because I'm running The Sims 3(All EPs & SPs), Medieval, and Windows 8 CP successfully daily without black spots or option saving issues thanks to compatibility mode.
21st May 2012, 10:07 AM
You might speak from the experience of that it works for you in Windows 8 and the games you have, i speak from the experience of having run almost all versions of Windows and having to get ride of several things, because they stopped working.
Compability mode works for some things but not for others, hence my comment that it's flawed and thus not a general solution for running something that's not compateble with that OS.
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