20th Oct 2012 at 6:07 AM
Last edited by angiesan : 20th Oct 2012 at 6:38 AM.
Hi! I have a problem with my sims 2.
I have seasons and pets expansion packs, I was normally playing the other day with no problems, i stopped playing for like 2 days and now i start the game and my seasons neighborhood disappeared (or should I say all my families).. my sims arent there anymore, just the town with the default families, etc. (don't know if this belongs to "disappearing neighborhoods" or "disappearing families"), i remember accidentally clicking something on the keyboard and then it said something about a snapshot added to storytelling or something like that last time i played, don't know if that could be a problem..also when i start the game it's like im playing for the first time cause the tutorial comes up welcoming me. in the storytelling folders i saw snapshots of all my lost families and when i start a new family i still can see the dog breeds i registered...it's very weird, anyone could help? thanks!
This helps if your back up is really old and you want to salvage more of your neighborhood then you could with a back up.
Pleasentview suddenly stopped appearing in the neighborhood screen. I had made no alterations since last loading the game and as far as I knew the game closed out correcty. when I used SimsPE it showed it was called Unknown instead of Pleasentview. However, the sub-hoods remained intact (Downtown was still called Downtown, etc.). I ended up getting rid of 1 of the neighborhood files, since it was the most recently modified and seemed to deal with just the main neighborhood in particular, which was N001_Neighborhood.package and replacing it with the older versions of that file from my back ups. It seemed to fix the problem the problem of it not showing up and I can now play Pleasentview.
You do lose some information, particularly in Pleasentview. Some weird things happen in University. Characters will needed to be added to lots using the Tombstone of Life & Death or something similiar and you will prob need SimsPE to fix some relationships. But its a lot more fixable then losing months or more of the whole neighborhood.
I couldnít help but notice that when I opened my game up today, my Neighborhoods files had all completely disappeared. I have DDE, The Best of Business Collection, and recently, Pets. When I open the game, I donít even have a new Pleasantview/Strangetown/etc, just the New Neighborhood button. Now, when I open up SimPE though, it locates all the files as if nothing has happened and opens them near perfectly; when I save a copy of the SimPE neighborhood back into the Neighborhood file, however, the subhoods associated with the neighborhood arenít following, which Iím not sure is intended or a system problem. The main hood then appears in-game, though the terrain file thumbnail does not. The main hood loads and seems to play properly, but the subhood and all the families/businesses I had in Bluewater Village are nowhere to be found. The game also re-created the Pets invisible neighborhood, leaving duplicated copies of the Crittur and Roseland families.
I hadnít touched my game in a few days, since I was messing around with my TS3 families on a different computer. I had not made any changes to the system with TS2 installed, but had downloaded about ten hairs and a default replacement skintone, all local. And as far as I can tell, the last time I played the game saved flawlessly; the SimPE version opens and plays right from where I left it.
The only honest back-up I have is about a month or so old. To be honest, I'm not really sure where the new package came from! I think it has something to do with me opening the EA Games/ The Sims 2/ Storytelling folder and copying a Neighborhood file from there, moving it up a level. Then, when I opened SimPE, the neighborhoods with all the data was present. I'm not sure if that data appeared because I moved the files in Storytelling or not since I hadn't tried SimPE before that. After opening SimPE, I just Saved As...'d and that became the file I tried to run. (Interestingly, when I remove the file that I created using SimPE, the neighborhood still showed up when the game opened, but as the Pets subhood with the Family Bin of the former file. Edit: Actually, just by exiting and re-entering, now when I load the game it's back to not seeing anything)
I'm glad too see that i'm not the only one this happen too only
I still don't understand what to do to fix the problem--
I had just finished playing a household, I saved the lot and exited to the neighborhood screen. The program stopped responding and the neighborhood screen never loaded. I had to use the task manager to shut down the game (I waited 15 minutes before doing this). That was 3 hours ago. I just started the game and the Neighborhood was missing.
I've tried re-installing my games but I can't install anything after the original sims2 it keeps saying "Can't Copy to disk" or something like that pops up and un-install whatever expansion/stuff I tried to download >< Will I have to buy a new disk or something?
Any help is appreciated! T_T
I still don't understand what to do to fix the problem--
That's because we don't know how to fix the problem. We don't even understand why it happens, in general. We started the thread to try to gather enough information to find a pattern to this problem, but there doesn't seem to be a pattern.
Instead, individual people have individual problems and some of those problems cannot be solved.
In general, the best solution is to restore from a recent backup, if you have one.
2) Your neighborhood may have become corrupted when you were forced to shut down the game. If you don't have a current backup, there's not much that can be done. We can confirm whether or not your neighborhood is corrupt. We can help you to recreate your neighborhood from scratch.
I wanted to restore an old backup of Veronaville (N003) I played with a German installation of Sims 2 with all main EPs installed.
Now I have an English installation with all main EPs, restoring it doesn't seem to work!
I moved* the default N003 directory out of the Neighborhood folder, moved my backed up N003 into there - and Veronaville was completely gone in the main menu.
I'm not sure if the language is the problem, but that's the only thing which has changed since the last installment of the game. The German debug menues are messed up which is why I didn't install it in German again.
*I found out that renaming the default neighborhood folder to something like N003_old will mess up, the game probably just checks the first letters of the folder and if they match it will take that folder or even none. I always had to move the N003 folder out of the Neighborhood directory to get my backup work (previously!).
When you say that you have all main EPs installed, do you have the Store Edition? Did you have the Store Edition on your old computer? If either of those is true, you may not have the correct version of the Store Edition and that would explain why your game is unable to open the neighborhood.
I believe that a German neighborhood will still open with an English game. I've certainly downloaded neighborhoods which were created in a different language and was able to play them, although I couldn't tell you which languages they were made in.
The neighborhood folder name "N003_old" is valid but odd. If you rename the folder, the game will not be able to recognize the neighborhood unless you rename every file within that folder and all subfolders. There are various programs which will help you to rename a large number of files. Here's a post that may help: http://www.modthesims.info/showpost...897&postcount=5
Thanks for the response, I "fixed" it by replacing the whole EA Games folder which I had stored... yeah, the language isn't a problem, even though many NPC names are now renamed, but that's ok since the German ones are dull and boring anyways.
(However a business lot was missing, similar to last time when I was restoring my backups, when a residential lot was missing, you helped me there one year ago on SimPE I could restore it already but it's not connected to the business' owner anymore, couldn't link it correctly together in SimPE, but well at least the building is back)
Just in case this is still an unsolved problem, here's my case:
Operating system Windows 7 Computer specs 2.13 Ghz Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB Memory Games Sims 2 Super Deluxe (Basegame + Nightlife + Party Pack), Holiday Pack, Open for Business, Pets, Seasons, Freetime and Apartment Life Details of Neighbourhood loss I lost Belladona Cove (E001), all other Neighbourhoods are fine (Desiderata, Riverblossom Hills, Strangetown, Pleasantview, Veronaville, Custom Neighbourhood "Shaking Pears"). The last ones I played were Riverblossom Hills and the Custom one, I didn't touch Belladonna recently. The one I play most ist the custom one. As far as I can tell all subhoods are there as well. My Downloads haven't been removed (except some hair and some clothes which weren't working for me anylonger). I have one hack that allows alien pregnancy for females. Neighbourhood File Folder for Belladonna is not there, all the other ones are. Sim PE Investigation Belladonna isn't SimPE either. What changed on your system immediately before the corruption I did install some Widows Updates, but my guess is that this isn't what made Belladonna dissapear. The major change was that I installed Freetime. Eversince I did Belladonna isn't there. There wasn't any problem installing and since I didn't notice that Belladonna was gone straight away and everything else seemed fine I deleted my backup of the game that I usually makes before installing something new ( ).
I'll simply have the game recreate a new Belladonna, I can live without the two families. But perhaps some genius can figure out what's going on or someone else has the exact same problem and want's to feel reassured that he/she didn't screw up.
I don't think necessity is the mother of invention. Invention, in my opinion, arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness - to save oneself trouble. Agatha Christie
A few months ago, I installed Sims 2 Double Deluxe edition on my laptop along with the following expansion packs: Family Fun (however, the files did not show up in the system and would not uninstall so I had to delete it but then it came back when I re-installed Sims 2 DD WITHOUT the fun pack), Seasons, Freetime, Open for Business, and Apartment Life. Then, a few days ago, my neighborhoods had mysteriously vanished. ALL of them. And I couldn't create a new neighborhood either, because I didn't have any neighborhood templates. I tried uninstalling and reinstalling a few times. Right now, I only have Sims 2 Double Deluxe installed (plus Sims 2 Download edition, Nightlife, and Celebrations Stuff), no patches. I still can't load any neighborhoods. I get a blank error message right before starting the game. Clicking yes results in the game starting up, but still no neighborhoods. Clicking no cancels the loading.
The neighborhood files are still there but the neighborhoods themselves don't show up when I load the game.
Operating system: Windows 8
Computer specs: 6.00 GB RAM, 64-bit operating system
Windows updates: I remember Norton asking about some kind of web program, and I had it cleaned out before I started the game up. I don't know if that's relevant or not, but I'm including it just in case it is.
Games: Base; Nightlife; Pets; Apartment Life; Ikea stuff; M&G stuff; Celebration stuff (not sure about patches at this point)
Details of Neighborhood loss: I recently lost everything on my hard drive, but luckily enough was able to restore some of the things. I re-installed my game before adding my folders (the My Documents/EA games folder.) I ran the game once, to make sure it ran alright before adding the folders. Most of the neighborhoods work alright, although there are some people missing from some the neighborhoods.
Belladonna Cove doesn't have any of the changes I made to it; Strangetown, Veronaville and Pleasantview have some of the changes I made, but missing some people. My custom neighborhood, Tide Springs, won't get past the loading screen. It runs the blue flashing bars at the top, but after that nothing happens.
Neighbourhood File details: My neighborhood files are still there, downtowns included.
If there's anything else that might help in the aid of investigation this problem, please let me know.
Hi, it had been a while since I played and I loaded up my game again to see that one of my custom hoods was gone. I looked at files in SimPE too and couldn't find Fairy Island. Because it's been so long, I couldn't really say what may have caused it. I am unable to find hide nor hair of it...
I am happy to hear any ideas for my Storybook expansion project, as well as open to others helping.
Computer specs: Don't know but I know it fits the Sims 2 installation criteria.
Games: Sims 2 Double Deluxe(Original, Nightlife and Celebration), no patch Details of Neighbourhood loss: I lost Veronaville, Pleasantview and Strangetown. I uninstalled the game a long time ago and took a break and just recently re-installed it, only to find several problems. It used to work perfectly earlier. I have not removed my Downloads folder. The only hack I used is "motherlode."
Neighbourhood File details: I have all my neighbourhood files in my docs and the c drive. I even replaced by my docs neighbourhood files with the ones from the drive to reset but it did not work .
Sim PE Investigation: ?
What changed on your system immediately before the corruption: There is no corruption or change. I simply uninstalled, and then re-installed several months later.
Any other relevant information: When I first re-installed the game, I got the error of "running the wrong version" but I fixed it. However, when the screen loaded, there was no neighbourhoods and I couldn't even make a custom neighbourhood. I already tried resetting neighbourhoods by copying and pasting. I sincerely do not know what is wrong with my game. There are no scratches on my CD, no installation errors. Just this. Also I did not create back-up since I didn't really make anything in the game.
Could you also try this: Already done and did not work.
What happens if you just move the entire Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2 folder to your desktop? Can you see and play the shipped neighborhoods?
Is it possible that you used to have the Store Edition installed? Neighborhoods will require that exact same version of the Store Edition (or later). Unfortunately, the Store Edition is no longer available free from EA.
You can check whether your neighborhoods require the Store Edition by opening one of the neighborhood packages in SimPE and looking for the VERS record. The plugin view will show you the game engine in plain text.
If you don't have SimPE, the Clean Installer will show you the game engine for your lots. Just Browse to your neighborhoods Lots folder and select any lot (or check a couple, since the engine will reflect the last time that a lot was modified). The game engine version is displayed on the bottom left of the window.