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Featured upload! [UPD 2JAN16] Sim Shadow Fix

by Nopke Posted 30th Dec 2015 at 11:14 AM - Updated 6th Dec 2016 at 11:28 AM by Nopke : overriden resource
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This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
This mod fixes sims' shadows shown as black rectangles. Unlike original shadows, these are black, not blue. There are three versions which differ in opaque (see the screenshot below) – choose only one. Even if your game renders sims' shadows correctly, you can still use this mod.


Restoring shadows
You probably turned (sims') shadows off, when a problem with black rectangles occured. To make this mod useful you have to turn them back on. Here's how to do it:
In game: set Shadows setting in Graphics/Performance Options to high.
If you still cannot see sims' shadows, in Graphics Rules.sgr (in [Latest EP/SP folder or basegame folder if you don't have any EPs or SPs]\TSData\Res\Config) find option Shadows. This is what you'd see:
Code:
option Shadows
   setting $Low
      boolProp simShadows       false
      boolProp objectShadows    false
      boolProp guob             false
      boolProp heightMapShadows false

   setting $Medium
      boolProp simShadows       false
      boolProp objectShadows    false
      boolProp guob             true
      boolProp heightMapShadows true

   setting $High
      boolProp simShadows       false   ← if there is false, change to true
      boolProp objectShadows    true
      boolProp guob             true
      boolProp heightMapShadows true
end
You have to delete boolProp simShadows false and boolProp simShadows off from userStartup.cheat (in Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2 (or The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection)\Config) too, if this file exist and these lines are in it.

Known bugs
Sim shadows overlap and cut simetimes, but it isn't caused by the mod.
[UPD 2JAN16] If you have downloaded simNopke-simShadowFix0.X and in your game sims' shadows are misty, try out simNopke-simShadowFix0.XreallyNotMisty instead. This bug may occur if you're using Intel HD Graphics 4000.

Thanks to lorinsv60 for reporting this bug.

Conflicts
None that I know of.

Overriden resource
Type nameTypeGroupInstanceInstance (high)
Maxis Material Shader0xCD7FE87A0x1C0532FA0xFF03CFFC0xD2989BDE

Additional Credits
Liv
Creators of SimPE

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 2
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
simNopke-simShadowFix0.2.zip 1.5 KB 3,094 30th Dec 2015
simNopke-simShadowFix0.3.zip 1.5 KB 3,842 30th Dec 2015
simNopke-simShadowFix0.4.zip 1.5 KB 7,792 30th Dec 2015
simNopke-simShadowFix0.2reallyNotMisty.zip 1.6 KB 1,638 2nd Jan 2016
simNopke-simShadowFix0.3reallyNotMisty.zip 1.6 KB 1,891 2nd Jan 2016
simNopke-simShadowFix0.4reallyNotMisty.zip 1.6 KB 5,182 2nd Jan 2016
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract: Use WinRAR (Windows) or Stuffit (Mac) to extract the .package file(s) from the .rar or .zip file(s).

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Windows Vista/7/8: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\

-or-

4. Place in Program Files: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your appropriate Install folder:
  • Windows XP: C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Windows Vista/7/8: C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Windows Vista/7/8: C:\Program Files(x86)\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Origin: C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Fun with Pets\SP9\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Mac: APPLICATIONS FOLDER -> THE SIMS 2 -> TSDATA -> RES -> CATALOG


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