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MTS Movie Night #2 - posted on 10th Aug 2017 at 2:58 PM
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Alchemist
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#1 Old 13th Aug 2017 at 2:14 PM

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Sims 2, University, Nightlife, Open for Business, Pets, Seasons, Bon Voyage, Free Time, Apartment Life
Default never ending vacation
Some time ago my sims scheduled a vacation, booking it well in advance. By the time the vacation came around my female sim was pregnant. I honestly didn't remember they had a vacay scheduled or I would have cancelled it. Anyway, I guess it was the pregnancy that screwed everything up. My sims checked into the hotel but couldn't access the room or do anything. They just stood in the lobby for six days holding their stomachs. They didn't sleep or die. it was not fun. The van to take them home never came, so they were stuck. I ended up summoning them to another sim's apartment. But now I can't go back to that hotel for another vacation because there's a saved game there. So what do I do?

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#2 Old 13th Aug 2017 at 3:42 PM
Sounds like the lot is borked.

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Alchemist
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#3 Old 13th Aug 2017 at 6:02 PM
So, I can just ignore it when I take sims there and it won't hurt anything?

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Scholar
#4 Old 13th Aug 2017 at 6:06 PM
So the sims are all right, they're home, it's the hotel you have a problem with?

What exactly does it mean, that you can't go back to the hotel, does it not appear on the list of available lodgings or what?

Can you load that specific vacation destination, can you load that hotel in build mode?

I you use SimPE, you could make a back up of your The Sims 2 folder (in Documents) and experiment. Here's a trick to free sims stuck on vacations. Or you could try changing the hotel's zoning from Hotel to Residential, maybe it'll let you enter the lot, from where you can change the zoning again using the cheat code.

Edit: we crossposted. So you can take sims there? What's the problem exactly, then?
Mad Poster
#5 Old 13th Aug 2017 at 6:08 PM
Can't you edit vacation Hoods?
Bulldoze that lot, and grab another one from the bin..or if that lot is not in the bin, create a new The Sims2 folder, edit that vacation hood..move needed lot to bin etc..
Possible?
EDIT..oops..bulldozing a lot that has sims reference on it..I do not think my idea be safe. lol Wait for more experienced members...

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Alchemist
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#6 Old 14th Aug 2017 at 4:52 AM
Thanks guys for trying to help. I'll try to make it clear where I am right now. The sims are back home, safe and sound. I couldn't move them into their own house because that lot was grayed out as long as they were on vacation. I think I finally had to move the other family (they were sharing a home) out. I don't remember exactly how I fixed it. But that lot is fine and the families are both okay.

However, when I tried to send another family on vacation to the same location and I got the menu offering places to stay, the hotel I had used was grayed out. I tried to click on it anyway and got a message that I couldn't use it because there was a saved game already there.

Sim PE scares me to death. I have no technical knowledge at all and am afraid to monkey around with the code of my game. I thought about doing what Rosebine said, bulldozing the existing hotel and putting another just like it from the lot bin. But, like her, I'm afraid that might be a VBT.

Is there anything I can do to salvage the hotel or location? Should I just not send them on vacation anymore?

"Death cannot stop true love; all it can do is delay it for awhile."
Mad Poster
#7 Old 14th Aug 2017 at 7:13 AM
Have you tried going to the vacation hood from the main menu and enter the hotel from there yet?

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Alchemist
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#8 Old 14th Aug 2017 at 11:13 AM
No, I haven't tried that. I will, though. And then what?

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#9 Old 14th Aug 2017 at 11:52 AM
One time I had this I had to use a teleporter and then had to move my sim into another sims lot. Telporting alone wasn't enough.

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Mad Poster
#10 Old 14th Aug 2017 at 1:30 PM
I just think of what I would do - I will try to enter the lot that way; see if the Sims are still there first?
If they are, perhaps force errors on them all.

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Alchemist
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#11 Old 14th Aug 2017 at 2:44 PM
The sims are not at the hotel. The game thinks they are, though. The sims, themselves, are happily ensconced in a new home with their new housemates. They actually live in the Sims 1 Goth household which is about to undergo major renovation because there isn't room for all of them. I'm currently playing their family and they are okay.

The game, though, keeps giving me a message that there's a saved game at that hotel. I never saved while they were staying there, so...I don't know. I think Maxon's probably right and the lot is borked. So, the question is how to I clear the lot? Rosebine suggested bulldozing it and replacing it with its twin from the lot bin. Is that a VBT?

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Mad Poster
#12 Old 14th Aug 2017 at 3:15 PM
Make a save of your hood then send them back on vacation and see what happens when they try to go home. Try and do the same thing as before it may unbork your game.

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Mad Poster
#13 Old 14th Aug 2017 at 3:52 PM
Okay, I have to think about this.
I have never had this, and I am not sure if any of the following will help, but I would
1. Run the HoodChecker and allow it to fix everything. The check in the game if the family is still on vacation and the hotel is still grayed out.
2. Since the hotel is a community lot, I think I will then use the Lot Cleaner by Chris Hatch to clear it (because that things cleans a lot of stuff). Then maybe that Prof Ball by Cyjon to see if the lot is safe to be deleted. And then I will delete it.
3. I do not know if you can enter their old home yet - let me know.

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Mad Poster
#14 Old 14th Aug 2017 at 5:03 PM
I would do exactly as Justpetro said.

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Alchemist
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#15 Old 14th Aug 2017 at 5:18 PM
Yes, I moved the old family out and a new one is now in the home. I've actually played a rotation or two of the entire hood and was unaware of the problem until I decided to send the same family on vacation. You know, that may be the problem. I'll try to send a different one. It might just be that it's the same bunch that has the game confused. But, as soon as I find Chris Hatch's mod (I hate navigating that site), I'll try the things justpetro suggested.

Thank you all so much for taking the time to help me. I do appreciate it more than I can say. (smooches)

"Death cannot stop true love; all it can do is delay it for awhile."
Mad Poster
#16 Old 14th Aug 2017 at 5:28 PM
The Lot cleaner is here Smorbie. Scroll down, you'll find the link.
http://modthesims.info/t/529253
The lot Inspector, (prof ball) Only needs you to select it in your catalogue to let you know if a lot is safe to delete Must be on that lot to do it, of course.
http://www.cyjon.net/node/430

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Mad Poster
#17 Old 14th Aug 2017 at 6:25 PM
You actually just have to click on the lot inspector - it will tell you if the lot is safe or not without even having to put it on the lot.

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Alchemist
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#18 Old 16th Aug 2017 at 2:04 PM
I went to the vacation hood from the menu at the top of the hood when you first open it up. It's the picture-looking thing that gives you the option of going to shopping districts, uni, getting apartment tips, that sort of thing. I didn't send a sim there, just went there. It did let me access the hotel. But, buy mode didn't have all my stuff in it because the game thought I was going to edit the hotel. Therefore I couldn't use the lot inspector.

I still haven't tried sending another sim to on vacation yet, so maybe it will let me do that.

But I was able to answer a question I had earlier. You may remember I asked where to find the hotel and uni bin because I wanted the option to put those in my residential lot bin for conversion. You said if I went to uni and the vacation hoods and opened the lot bin, I could find them. Well, of course, they weren't there. I don't know why; they just weren't. It was the same content as on the residential bin, even when I clicked on specialty bins. So, I guess I'll try to find copies of them somewhere.

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Mad Poster
#19 Old 16th Aug 2017 at 5:33 PM Last edited by Rosebine : 16th Aug 2017 at 5:55 PM.
Maybe you just need to changeLotZoning residential to get the buy mode to show up your stuff.
Open cheat console while on that hotel lot, change the zoning by typing the code..save, exit to hood. It will be residential when you go back in.
Open buy mode and use the Prof von ball thing.
Copies of all lots (besides hidden ones?) are already in your game..
If you rename your EA Games folder in your Documents and launch the game..it will create a new vanilla one. You can then pretend playing a Hood, attach a vacation hood to it. That new vacation hood will have all the lots(intact) for you to add to the bin, be it UNI hood or Twikismurf island.

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Mad Poster
#20 Old 16th Aug 2017 at 6:41 PM
(Agree with Rosebine) - let us know how it goes.

As for the lot bin - I can't remember when I last downloaded one; but those that I build myself do tend to end up in the correct bin.
Hotels are under speciality lots (with the apartments) in my game; dorms are under speciality lots in Uni.

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