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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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Lab Assistant
#51 Old 13th Jan 2016 at 3:17 AM
Originally Posted by Simonut
@ Nopke I would love to try your camera mod if you should upload it.

I just wanted to pop in to second this!!

Thank you so much for the mods, Nopke.
Lab Assistant
#52 Old 18th Jan 2016 at 6:54 PM
Lowedeus shared his camera mod.
You can try it out while waiting for SimNopke's camera mod.
Mad Poster
#53 Old 20th Jan 2016 at 11:08 PM Last edited by simmer22 : 21st Jan 2016 at 1:18 PM.
Is there any reason why this mod would turn on shadows (I usually keep them off), cause neighborhoods to get the blocky look and have low-res texures, grey out smooth edges, make the game not recognize the graphic card, and generally mess up graphic settings?

I added this mod to my game about a month ago (around when it was released), but haven't played for a while (I don't think I ran the game after adding the mod), and when I tried to play now, the above happened. My game has worked fine up until now, and the only new mod I have added is this one. I tried to remove it, but nothing changes ingame.

I'll do a bit of researching, and hopefully it's not the mod or a crashing graphics card, but just some setting that's turned itself off or some such.
Test Subject
#54 Old 22nd Jan 2016 at 12:55 PM
This is amazing... Seriously thank you so much for makings this mod!
Lab Assistant
#55 Old 3rd Feb 2016 at 1:04 AM
I never saw the game pre-glitch apparently because I never knew there was supposed to be anything up there! I'm amazed that EA would let this slide. Thanks for your work.
Lab Assistant
#56 Old 7th Feb 2016 at 9:02 PM
Does anyone know why certain camera mods cause crashes? Lowedus's mod is a fair stopgap, but I really miss Gunmod's Live and CAS cameras. I'm willing to try to fix it myself, if the issue easily defined.
Test Subject
#57 Old 21st Feb 2016 at 4:15 AM
Thank you who ever made this mod, now my night is not empty!
Test Subject
#58 Old 2nd Mar 2016 at 1:25 PM
That glitch drives me crazy!! THank you Nopke, you made what EAxis didn't in 7 years, just... thanks!!!
Lab Assistant
#59 Old 19th Mar 2016 at 8:32 PM
Thanks - what I never knew I never knew!
#60 Old 17th Jun 2016 at 4:19 PM

This looks awesome and I would really like it in my game but want to check a couple of things first as I am quite new to Sims 2 and learning what I can do.

Can anyone tell me if I can use this program alongside the New Weather atmosphere mod please.

I also downloaded Scriptorium with Gunmod's Radiance Light System and that appears to work as well so I don't want to bork anything up by adding something that uses the same files.
Test Subject
#61 Old 17th Jul 2016 at 10:15 PM
which one do i install if i have nightlife
Lab Assistant
#62 Old 15th Sep 2016 at 8:08 AM
where did you get the skyscrapers shown in your screenshots?
Test Subject
#63 Old 2nd Nov 2016 at 7:38 PM
I There is a MOD in development now.
However, it really conflict with your skyFix MOD.
May I ask you a favor? May I incorporate the function of skyFix MOD to my MOD?
I would appreciate your reply.
Top Secret Researcher
#64 Old 1st Jan 2017 at 5:58 AM
Thank you
Test Subject
9th Jan 2017 at 12:01 PM
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Field Researcher
#65 Old 13th Mar 2017 at 1:18 AM
Thank you! The sky finally comes to life.
Test Subject
#66 Old 13th Mar 2017 at 6:02 PM
Hi, I just downloaded the v2 of this mod and plopped it into my (freshly re-installed, nothing but general mods/'hood deco) game and the edges of the hood still look blue and wonky... Did I do something wrong? I have Gunmod's camera hack, would a better one work differently with this mod? I really hate those blue fade things and would love to get rid of them! Help!
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#67 Old 13th Mar 2017 at 11:37 PM
@dragonfly3007 The reason is a wrong value of the stdMatLayer parameter in material files of skyboxes. There are no skyboxes compatible with the SkyFix yet, but Lowedeus is going to release some in a few days.

Trying to speak English well.
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Test Subject
#68 Old 15th Mar 2017 at 6:12 PM
@Nopke ahhh okay, gotcha. Thanks for the help! I'll keep my eyes peeled hehe
#69 Old 16th Mar 2017 at 2:37 AM
Thanks for answer that question, my sky boxes look terrible still. I'll be happy when something is released!
Field Researcher
#70 Old 2nd Apr 2017 at 11:08 PM
Hello, I am having a problem with the updated version. In version 1 I know I could see the terrain paint/floor tiles on other lots, but with version 2 I can't. Here's a picture:
Test Subject
#71 Old 22nd Apr 2017 at 8:30 PM
love it
Test Subject
#72 Old 23rd Apr 2017 at 1:02 PM
Thank you so much for this update! I've been looking forward to it! Finally, I can enjoy the entirety of the NH sky from lot view without that damned blue box! Cheers!
Field Researcher
#73 Old 28th May 2017 at 6:50 PM
Thank you for continuing to support The Sims 2
Test Subject
#74 Old 4th Jun 2017 at 1:04 PM
Just neat!
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