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neighborhood view fix: see whole neighborhood v1.0

by snappledude21 Posted 10th Oct 2004 at 11:29 PM - Updated 12th Oct 2008 at 3:04 AM by porkypine
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Lets you see the whole neighborhood freely. Borders of world look odd but not much you can do about it since they didn't intend you to see them. And yes you can put lots anywhere.

UPDATED: Yes i finally got around to updating it.....people, all you do is right click the txt file and save as. Then put it in

C:\Documents and Settings\mike\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Cameras

Save the original somewhere else just in case you want it back. The others that did a different version, great. I'm sure they work just as well, but this hack works just fine for university also.

I'd like to take an opportunity to NUDGE all of you over to my new hack, which lets you put doors and windows on foundation walls. So you can put water around your house and still have a basement. You can find that here

That works great for finally getting that door directly into the basement from the outside. Hope you guys enjoy that as much as this one.

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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.

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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\
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Test Subject
Original Poster
#51 Old 29th Jan 2005 at 10:41 AM
Originally Posted by Ciablue
You know how you always have some hack happy burnout who doesn't back up anything like they should and just runs out on a wing and a prayer?

Well this time I'm it.

I didn't save my original file and I need it.

I love the see whole neighborhood thing[it's so big...who knew?].

But now when I go into create a family screen I can't see what's going on in the room with the mirror. I'm like a bazillion feet above the room and can't zoom back into it.

Anyone else got this issu or is it just me?

Haha that is very interesting. All i have to say is that you replaced the wrong file somehow, cause that should NOT happen for any reason. However, no biggie. Go to the following folder and COPY !!!! DO NOT CUT!!! the camera files out and paste them into your mydocuments cameras folder. Its C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2\TSData\Res\UserData and the cameras folder is in there. copy all the text files from there and replace the originals in the my documunts/ea games/cameras folder or whatever.

PS check out my thread in general modding about trying to figure out how to fool the game into thinking its in neighborhood mode and showing the other houses while in in game...have to say its not going very well unfortunately
Lab Assistant
#52 Old 31st Jan 2005 at 5:19 PM

Okay, now I really don't know what the blazes I've done. The camera files are exactly the same, which means I copy and pasted you adjustment somewhere else....and I've a clue where.

SO it look like I'm stuck creating all mah sims in Bshop and importing them into the game that way.

If I unsistall and reinstall the game will that restore my original settings?
Test Subject
31st Jan 2005 at 10:50 PM
This message has been deleted by hoosier4974. Reason: Decided to fine tune
#53 Old 2nd Feb 2005 at 11:42 AM
i NEED help i can't dowlaoded it there just come a tekst file and that cane i dont dowloade please HELP
Test Subject
#54 Old 4th Feb 2005 at 2:56 PM
Originally Posted by frezzi
i NEED help i can't dowlaoded it there just come a tekst file and that cane i dont dowloade please HELP

Frezzi, I had the same thing. What you need to do is drag the mouse over all of that text that opens up and press Ctrl-C to copy it. Then open up notepad and paste it in there. Save it to the same name mentioned in this thread, but save it to your desktop temporarily. Then, go to the original file in your game directory, back up this file. After backing it up, copy the file that you just saved in notepad to the directory where the "original" game file is located and say yes to overwriting the file. That should do it for ya

Test Subject
#55 Old 5th Feb 2005 at 8:15 AM
So has anyone figured out how to see the houses next door when in another house, or the decorations, trees etc that you put in the neighborhood. I get the whole neighborhood screen but only the one house in the game. Can't see any other houses, or decorations. thanks
Test Subject
#56 Old 6th Feb 2005 at 4:41 AM
well, i like it alot. but its not working for me, can you send a default one?
#57 Old 7th Feb 2005 at 1:41 AM
I have copied the text and it works but it appears at the beaggining
#58 Old 7th Feb 2005 at 1:42 AM
I have copied the text and it works but when I get to the neighborhood I can´t see the houses It appears something like a big cloud and I can´t move the camera 
#59 Old 7th Feb 2005 at 11:54 AM
please give me the original neighborhood text!!
I have copied the text and the game starts as always but suddenly

The neighborhood disappears and I can only see a blue and black background
Although the camera moves .
Conclusion: I can´t play !!

Would somebody please give me the original neighborhood text?

Lab Assistant
#60 Old 10th Feb 2005 at 3:42 PM
Default ?
hi were do u put this file ????????????
Test Subject
#61 Old 13th Feb 2005 at 1:31 AM
I think I understand, but the thing I don't is where to start! Do I go into My Computer or My Documents? It sounds really awesome if I wasn't so afraid of ruining things. HELP ME PLEASE! Thank you!!!
#62 Old 13th Feb 2005 at 10:32 AM
I had the same problem with the blue and black background and I suppose that this camera has difficulties with really big and crowded Neighborhood. My Pleasantview has 150 houses and about 1000 inhabitants. The problem didn't show in sparsely inhabited neigbh. It comes back to normal as soon as the default camera is reloaded. I kept the original safe. Anyway I have a spare "dead installation". One of my computers has a clean installation of TS2 that I don't play at all, just keep as recover material.
Sorry I don't know how to upload, that 's why just such bla-bla-bla.
#63 Old 13th Feb 2005 at 8:48 PM
Here's the ORGINAL Neighborhood Camera.
Just drag it into your My Documents/EA/The Sims/ Cameras and let it overide the old one.

Download - please read all instructions before downloading any files!
File Type: zip (479 Bytes, 268 downloads)

" Enjoy LIFE, 'cause DEATH is just around the CORONER ! ©"
Field Researcher
#64 Old 19th Feb 2005 at 3:18 AM
can anyone tell me where i can get some more roads now that i can see the neighborhood????? and mail boxes and garbage cans? ....thanx for this hack well done .....and to my boyfriend who is a computer tech who helped me add it to my game......
Field Researcher
#65 Old 19th Feb 2005 at 6:28 AM Last edited by Simsmomma : 19th Feb 2005 at 6:34 AM.
Originally Posted by USA Army Mom
I think I understand, but the thing I don't is where to start! Do I go into My Computer or My Documents? It sounds really awesome if I wasn't so afraid of ruining things. HELP ME PLEASE! Thank you!!!

USA mom ..
here is step by step on what to do ...
1) go to "my Documents"
2) then to "Ea games"
3) then to "the sims 2"
4) then to " cameras"
5) then to " Neighborhood Camera" and open that up, copy everything on that test file..
7) open up an new note pad file ....paste it....and save it as "backupneighborhoodCamera" in cause something goes wrong..
8) then go back to the "Neighborhood Camera" again
9) paste everything below this doted line onto that " neighborhood Camera make sure you get everything


# Camera configuration file for the Neighborhood screen.
# See cameras.txt for a description of syntax.

camera "Neighborhood" Neighborhood

zoom 1 (650 450 230)
fov (45 45 45)
clip (.6 .5 .4) (2000 2000 2000)
pitch (30 22 14) (40 45 50)

orientation 1 (0 45 90 135 180 225 270 315)

smoothing 5 8
wheel 5

constrain .9 .9 .9 .9

setparam defaultminchange 0.5

setparam keyboardrotationspeed 100
setparam keyboardrotationlerpsteps 2
setparam keyboardrotationlerpminchange 0.5

setparam keyboardtranslationspeed 50
setparam keyboardtranslationlerpsteps 5
setparam keyboardtranslationlerpminchange 0.5

setparam keyboardzoomspeed 1
setparam keyboardzoomlerpsteps 1
setparam keyboardzoomlerpminchange 1
setparam keyboardzoomscale 3

hope this helps alittle ....
#66 Old 19th Feb 2005 at 6:41 AM
This is working out just fine for me. Thanks!!
Lab Assistant
#67 Old 19th Feb 2005 at 7:31 AM
hi , this sounds like a great hack however i still can't get it to work i know why but my problem is what do i do to fix it see i have the hack file in the right place and all but the orginal file didn't get over write when i copy and pasted this file into the folder so now i have both the orginal file and the hack file in the same folder so i don't know if i am to remove the orginal file or try to re copy and past and delete the hack file i do have a backup copy of the orginal file any info ? oh in case any 1 needs to know both the orginal file and this hack file don't give me any problems being in my game i only wish i knew what to do about both files being in the folder thanks :-)
Test Subject
#68 Old 27th Feb 2005 at 4:55 AM
I've clicked on the link and it didn't work! Can someone help?
Test Subject
#69 Old 27th Feb 2005 at 4:59 AM
Simsmomma - I just tried what you had put on so I hope it works!
Field Researcher
#70 Old 27th Feb 2005 at 8:45 PM
how do you get roads now on the neighborhood that you can now see? ...
Test Subject
#71 Old 28th Feb 2005 at 5:37 PM
Pasha knew that he lost a house on the edge. I did not till I discovered where they had gone. I believed that it had simply dissapeared. Nice one and thanks for that!
Test Subject
#72 Old 4th Mar 2005 at 2:40 PM
I love this camera, but it does not seem to work with University. My game kept crashing until I removed this file. Does anyone know how this can be fixed? I had a huge neighborhood with about 200 houses and now I've lost half of them. Any help would be appreciated.
Test Subject
#73 Old 5th Mar 2005 at 1:53 AM
Originally Posted by OrlandoNightOwl
I love this camera, but it does not seem to work with University. My game kept crashing until I removed this file. Does anyone know how this can be fixed? I had a huge neighborhood with about 200 houses and now I've lost half of them. Any help would be appreciated.

Strange , I do not have this problem. It works very well for me :yippee: .

With instalation of University the camera-options has changed. I have established it again and it works without problems.:thumb:

I have used text from the first message from here.
Mad Poster
#74 Old 7th Mar 2005 at 10:45 AM
Hi there ,

Here're 2 easy ways to save any text files from web-pages.

1st and the easiest way: "Right-click" & "save as" (to wherever you like)

2nd: if you've opened the text file in the browser, then go to "file" --> "Save as..." (to wherever you like) --> Save or Ok or etc...

The above 2 methods need no modification or copying or what, but just simply saving the original file to your desired location.
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