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skyFix 2.1 (redownload / 15 APR '17)

by Nopke Posted 21st Dec 2015 at 11:25 PM - Updated 3rd Mar 2021 at 7:55 PM by Nopke
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The sun, the moon, stars or meteors can't be seen properly on the sky while playing on a lot if Seasons, any newer expansion pack, or Mansion and Garden Stuff is installed. This mod fixes it. Additionally, it provides better support for displaying neighborhood skyboxes and horizons on lots.

This mod does not restore base game clouds but there is another mod which achieves that: the clouds controller made by Lowedeus. There's also a global version of it made by Lazy Duchess – it makes clouds show automatically, without having to put a controller on a lot.

15 Apr 2017: Added a fixed version for Mac. The snow texture outside the lot borders doesn't flash purple anymore.
7 Apr 2017: The previous version made terrain paints and floors on other lots invisible. It's fixed in the SkyFix 2.1.
12 Mar 2017: Released the SkyFix 2 that makes it possible to create skyboxes that blend properly with edges of the visible terrain.

Choosing the right version
  1. If you have an old version of this mod (simNopke-skyFix-### or simNopke-skyFix2-###), delete it first. Go to 2.
  2. If you're playing on Mac and have Super Collection or Bon Voyage installed, choose simNopke-skyFix2_1-EP6-Mac. If not, go to 3.
  3. If you're playing on PC and have Ultimate Collection, or at least one of the following packs installed: Bon Voyage, Free Time, Apartment Life, Mansion and Garden Stuff – choose simNopke-skyFix2_1-EP6. If not, go to 4.
  4. If you have Seasons installed, choose simNopke-skyFix2_1-EP5. If not, go to 5.
  5. If you have at least one of the following packs installed: Nightlife, Open for Business, Pets, any stuff pack (except of M&G Stuff) – choose simNopke-skyFix2_1-EP2. If not, choose simNopke-skyFix2_1-base.
EP5, EP2 and base versions work fine on both PC and Mac.

Known bugs
None caused by this mod, but there is a bug you can't see without the SkyFix in Seasons, a newer expansion pack, or M&G Stuff: double sun and double moon.

ConflictsIf you want to use one of those mods, use it instead of this mod – they have the SkyFix incorporated.

For creators of skyboxes
To create a properly layered neighborhood skybox compatible with the SkyFix, you have to use the following values for the stdMatLayer parameter in the material file of your skybox:
  • -6 – skies (solid)
  • -5 – something between the sky and the horizon, for example clouds
  • -4 – horizons
Unfortunately, Maxis sun, moon, stars and meteors won't be covered by clouds or horizons.

Overriden resource
Type nameTypeGroupInstanceInstance (high)
Maxis Material Shader0xCD7FE87A0x1C0532FA0xFF439C100x0C50FBBF
Lowedeus (The Great Sky of Totalitarianism)
Creators of SimPe
Tags: #fix, #sky, #moon, #sun, #stars, #star, #meteor, #meteors, #comet, #comets

Type: Fixed

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

This is a multi-part download:

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Basic Download and Install Instructions:

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

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows Vista/7/8/10: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
  • Mac x64: /Library/Containers/com.aspyr.sims2.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/Aspyr/The Sims 2/Downloads
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#26 Old 23rd Dec 2015 at 9:24 PM
Originally Posted by Nopke
In base game you need to use the Tab to see what is on the sky too… So, if you want to always see it, you have to have a camera mod anyway.
How many camera mods have you tested? I think that not all of them. In my game, Gunmod's camera mod and Enhanced gameplay cameras caused crashes. Now, I have my own camera mod and everything is okay. Maybe I will upload it later.

@ Nopke thanks again for your reply, yes the two camera mod you name in your reply in the past cause my game to crashed. I would love to try your camera mod if you should upload it.
A reminder I do not just have the base game I have "all" EPs way up to Seasons, but nothing after that Ep.

"Nothing in life is a Surprise it just happen to come your way at the time".
#27 Old 23rd Dec 2015 at 10:52 PM
Test Subject
#28 Old 23rd Dec 2015 at 11:28 PM
#29 Old 24th Dec 2015 at 12:09 AM
Just came back to say how wonderful the sky looks from lot view (especially at night) with this fix. Thanks again!

“Seize the time... Live now! Make now always the most precious time. Now will never come again.” ― Jean-Luc Picard
Test Subject
#30 Old 24th Dec 2015 at 2:16 AM
THANK YOU! I thought that the problem was on my computer at first. But you've saved me.
Lab Assistant
#31 Old 24th Dec 2015 at 10:32 PM
Wow this made me realize how I completely forgot there used to be a sun in my pre-seasons game. Thanks!
Forum Resident
#32 Old 24th Dec 2015 at 11:27 PM
Finally! I remember pointing out this problem back in the day, and trying to fix it myself to no avail... I am so glad someone did.
#33 Old 25th Dec 2015 at 2:42 AM
Oh yeah, putting this one in right now...
Field Researcher
#34 Old 25th Dec 2015 at 5:54 AM
Amazing! The difference is fantastic!
Field Researcher
#35 Old 25th Dec 2015 at 9:12 PM
Awesome - thank you so much! I'm so happy to see the moon and stars again! I've missed them for a long time.
Mad Poster
26th Dec 2015 at 7:59 PM
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Mad Poster
#36 Old 26th Dec 2015 at 7:59 PM
The moon, sun and stars. Nice to see them in the Sims sky. Thank you!

By the way, these look fine without the Gunmod mod. :)
Forum Resident
#37 Old 28th Dec 2015 at 6:35 PM
That's a great addition we really need more realisms skies thank you so much.
Lab Assistant
#38 Old 29th Dec 2015 at 7:55 PM
That's so cool! I didn't even know there were actual stars in TS2, since I've been playing a complete set for years. Thank you!

I have a question, though: while the sun/stars do appear in lot view now, I can't get the neighborhood skybox to show up. I have neighbors and neighborhood deco turned on, view/fade distances are set to "extra large"; the only graphic setting that isn't maxed is shadows, which I have set to medium. I downloaded the EP6+ version and have all EPs/SPs. What could be the reason behind this?
Field Researcher
#39 Old 30th Dec 2015 at 4:13 PM
Thanks for this. I'm so glad to have the sky back in my game.
Field Researcher
#40 Old 30th Dec 2015 at 5:09 PM
This has been bothering me for so long. I've made a few attempts to fix it with no success. Thank you so much for bringing the sky back!!!
Test Subject
#41 Old 31st Dec 2015 at 3:09 AM
Thank you so much for your hard work!
Field Researcher
#42 Old 31st Dec 2015 at 8:38 PM
Finally the sky is fixed. You are a genius Nopoke!
Test Subject
#43 Old 1st Jan 2016 at 5:37 PM
You are awesome!!!!! Modders like you reinforce why sims 2 is still the best!
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#44 Old 1st Jan 2016 at 6:31 PM
Originally Posted by Queen of France
[...] I can't get the neighborhood skybox to show up.

What skybox do you use?
Test Subject
#45 Old 1st Jan 2016 at 8:53 PM Last edited by jerryking : 6th Jan 2016 at 5:07 PM.
Thanks so much for this. Another great mod by a great Simmer!
Edit: Had a game crash, am using Gunmod Camera Mod.
Second Edit: Tried again copying the Enhanced Camera Mod over the Gunmod one and everything seems fine for now.
Lab Assistant
#46 Old 1st Jan 2016 at 9:30 PM Last edited by Queen of France : 1st Jan 2016 at 10:13 PM.
Originally Posted by Nopke
What skybox do you use?

The same one you used in your previews - The Great Sky of Totalitarianism by Lowedus.

EDIT: I just figured out what it was! I was always looking at the lot when zoomed all the way out using a camera hack, so I was outside of lot boundaries. I just loaded a 5x6 lot, and realised I can see the skydome, as long as my camera is within lot bounds. I tend to play with tiny lots, so I never realized.
Test Subject
#47 Old 2nd Jan 2016 at 10:27 PM
I have some bad news that occured with me. After using this mod, my... how can I call.... it.... Those three bars about the Sims lifetime wishes and their desires, one of the bars disappeared! I tested removing this SkyFix, and the bar is back.
Field Researcher
Original Poster
2nd Jan 2016 at 10:55 PM
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Field Researcher
#48 Old 5th Jan 2016 at 12:51 AM
I saw a shooting star in Strangetown thanks to this mod! I saw it as Pascal Curious was being abducted by aliens. This mod and your sim shadow fix mod have added so much to my Sims' world. So glad that people like you are still working to make TS2 the most enjoyable experience for all of us.
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