Hi, I've had an issue with my game as of today and I need some help.
What's happening is that I basically go into CAS when I load the game and start creating a sim and what not-- about 5 or 10 minutes later I get to the clothing and it starts having a weird graphical glitch, such as the whole sim turning black and static-like/several clothing pieces semi-disappearing on the sim. I attempted to quit the game and it froze when the graphics glitch occurred, and I had to force quit.. I unfortunately cannot get screens of the said issue because my computer renders almost immobile when the game freezes, unless I press CTRL+ALT+DEL and exit the game through task manager.
OK, now the long process of trying to FIX the game:
-took out recent custom content which thought to be corrupting game
-took out custom content in general, even though it was fine before
-uninstalled ALL custom content in launcher
-played without custom content
-FML. reinstalled whole game (only installed base game) after above didn't work..TWICE.
-tested with MINIMAL custom content, error still occurred.
So yeah, I've tried about everything-- searched forums to find related issues (which I didn't find) and I read FAQ's for my related issue (didn't find anything..)
I've yet to test the rest of the general gameplay to see any other issues-- I've been only focusing on the CAS issue..(tbh, i'm scared to know what else might be going wrong.)
Also, I happened to do an Intel HD 3000 Graphics Manager update yesterday, which I think has no related issue to my game or anything-- but I'm just throwing out random might-be-problems.
Time of this report: 4/22/2012, 17:10:26
Machine name: BROOKE-PC
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.120305-1505)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Apple Inc.
System Model: MacBookPro8,1
BIOS: Default System BIOS
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2415M CPU @ 2.30GHz (4 CPUs), ~2.3GHz
Memory: 6144MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 6054MB RAM
Page File: 1428MB used, 16624MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
DxDiag Version: 6.01.7601.17514 32bit Unicode
Card name: Intel(R) HD Graphics 3000
Manufacturer: Intel Corporation
Chip type: Intel(R) HD Graphics Family
DAC type: Internal
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0126&SUBSYS_00DB106B&REV_09
Display Memory: 1696 MB
Dedicated Memory: 64 MB
Shared Memory: 1632 MB
Current Mode: 1280 x 800 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor Name: Generic PnP Monitor
Monitor Model: unknown
Monitor Id: MS_9003
Native Mode: 1280 x 800(p) (60.223Hz)
Output Type: Internal
Driver Name: igdumd64.dll,igd10umd64.dll,igd10umd64.dll,igdumd32,igd10umd32,igd10umd32
Driver File Version: 8.15.0010.2696 (English)
Driver Version: 126.96.36.19996
DDI Version: 10.1
Driver Model: WDDM 1.1
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Date/Size: 3/19/2012 23:31:56, 8087040 bytes
Description: Speakers (Cirrus Logic CS4206A (AB 28))
Default Sound Playback: Yes
Default Voice Playback: Yes
Hardware ID: HDAUDIO\FUNC_01&VEN_1013&DEV_4206&SUBSYS_106B1C00&REV_1003
Manufacturer ID: 1
Product ID: 65535
Driver Name: HdAudio.sys
Driver Version: 6.01.7601.17514 (English)
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
WHQL Logo'd: Yes
Date and Size: 11/20/2010 20:23:47, 350208 bytes
Disk & DVD/CD-ROM Drives
Free Space: 101.7 GB
Total Space: 152.3 GB
File System: NTFS
Model: Hitachi HTS545032B9A302 ATA Device
--- I'm running my MacBook in Boot-Camp Windows 7 Home Premium.
Thank you and I appreciate ANY help..I'm really frustrated over this mess.
General - Integrated Graphics
The reason for your issue is that your computer doesn't meet the minimum requirements to play TS2/TS3.
In particular, you don't actually have a graphics card - you have integrated graphics, which is just a chip on your motherboard. Most laptops come with integrated graphics, as do some desktops; and while salesmen often claim that integrated graphics chips are just as good as real graphics cards, they're not.
Integrated graphics chips are designed for people who just use their computers to read email, type up documents, and play minesweeper - they are not suitable for high stress games like TS2/TS3. At the very least, playing TS2/TS3 with integrated graphics will mean the game looks terrible; at the worst, you could permanently damage your computer.
If you have integrated graphics, the other requirements - particularly minimum processor speed - go up to compensate. You can see the increases here, under "If you have a non-T&L capable video card...".
This FAQ contains tips on things you can do to improve your gameplay, and prolong the life of the integrated chip: Game Help:Onboard Graphicswiki
This is MTS's recommended minimum system specs