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Invisible Water from Sprinkles - Global Hack - *Seasons Required*

by Numenor Posted 5th Mar 2007 at 11:36 PM - Updated 6th Mar 2007 at 12:01 AM by Numenor
24 Comments / replies (Who?) - 20 Feedback Posts, 3 Thanks Posts
INVISIBLE WATER FROM SPRINKLES
GLOBAL HACK - SEASONS REQUIRED



WARNING: this is a GLOBAL HACK, meaning that it will affect *all* the sprinkles in *all* your neighborhoods. This particular hack should NOT be exported with lots, nor included in cloned sprinkles; nevertheless, I suggest to always check the lots with the Clean Installer.


DESCRIPTION
As per request by Angel_f, I've created this hack that removes the "water effect" when the automatic sprinkles function.
Actually, there is no problem in the animation of the water; only, it's graphically intensive: if you place many sprinkles in a large lot, and you have a not-so-powerful computer, the game might slow down very much, when all the sprinkles start spraying at the same time.

Hence, this hack: the water is invisible, and no load is put on the CPU nor the graphic card. But the sprinkle will function just as before: the surrounding plants are correctly watered, you can hear the sound of the sprinkles and you can see them moving; only, the water is invisible...


INSTALLATION
Unpack the rar to your Downloads folder (you can use the Q-Xpress, if you like). To uninstall, just remove the file "Numenor_GlobalHack_InvisibleWaterFromSprinklers(SEASONS).package" from your Downloads folder.


IN-GAME USAGE
There is nothing to manually do, when in game; only, notice that the hack will affct the sprinkles the first time they start: therefore, if you saved a game when the sprinkles were in function, they will go on spraying water for a little, the next time they will start, the water will be invisible.



TECHNICAL DATA
This hack contains a modified copy of the following animations: "o-autosprinkler90-loop_anim", "o-autosprinkler180-loop_anim" and "o-autosprinkler360-loop_anim"; in all of them, I've stripped away the effect "EP5_sprinkler".
Therefore, this hack should be compatible with all the currently existing mods and hack related to gardening (which are all based on modified BHAVs). I don't think that anyone will create another modded version of these three anim files, and therefore I guess that this hack will be compatible with any other hack created in the future, too.


REDISTRIBUTION POLICY
Do not clone - Do not repost anywhere! This is a global hack: let people know where to ask question about this download.


Additional Credits:
Maxis, for the original ANIM files contained in this hack.
Tags: #sprinkle, #water, #gardening

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 Seasons
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
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InvisibleWaterFromSprinklers(SEASONS).rar

Size: 832 Bytes · Downloads: 3,773 · 5th Mar 2007
832 Bytes 3,773 5th Mar 2007
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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
#2 Old 6th Mar 2007 at 12:03 AM
HEAVENLY! thanx a lot! :D
Lab Assistant
#3 Old 6th Mar 2007 at 3:46 AM
At first I was confused: "What is wrong with seeing the water?"

Then I read what the purpose of this hack is and was quite impressed. I for one may need it. It helps to read before commenting.

Thanks Numenor.

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Lab Assistant
#4 Old 6th Mar 2007 at 4:24 AM
Thank you, I know the feeling of lag in large lots and big gardens.
Thank you, you did a great job and really fast, I was reading the BBS about this problem.

Thank you
Test Subject
#5 Old 6th Mar 2007 at 6:34 AM
Thank you!
I recently experienced lagging whenever the sprinklers are on, and this was just the thing.
Really, thank you :0)
Field Researcher
#6 Old 6th Mar 2007 at 8:27 AM
Allthough my game runs fine with the sprinklers this is a great idea

Life's a game, so let's play!
Stupid people are stupid
#7 Old 6th Mar 2007 at 1:01 PM
Numenor, i've said it before and i'll say it again. You are my hero!
This hack is the only one i *really* need! So thanks!
Lab Assistant
#8 Old 7th Mar 2007 at 6:46 PM
I assume that there will also be no water when the sprinkler's break? Which one does like once every other Sim day -- or at least mine do.

Either way, I would rather have to Macro a repair or just hire a repair person than have to deal with the ...v...e...r...y... ...s...l...o...w... sprinklers with my poor old computer.

Thanks.
Theorist
#9 Old 7th Mar 2007 at 10:49 PM
Thank You!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Test Subject
#10 Old 7th Mar 2007 at 11:07 PM
thank you so much! my little lap top with my crappy graphics card always slowed down, but i need the sprinklers! thanks!

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The ModFather
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Original Poster
#11 Old 8th Mar 2007 at 2:43 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by WatersMoon110
I assume that there will also be no water when the sprinkler's break?


No, that is a different animation, that I've not removed: you will see the water dripping from broken sprinkles.

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Instructor
#12 Old 11th Mar 2007 at 9:56 PM
Thank you! I thought my computer would collaps the time I had ten sprinklers going of at once

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Give me credit and you can include/default/whatever my stuff - No Paysites!
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Lab Assistant
#13 Old 13th Mar 2007 at 10:16 PM
YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY
Now I can fire my gardener!

What is it exactly that disgusts me about you? Don't worry about it.
Field Researcher
#14 Old 15th Mar 2007 at 9:31 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Yargo179
At first I was confused: "What is wrong with seeing the water?"

Then I read what the purpose of this hack is and was quite impressed. I for one may need it. It helps to read before commenting.

Thanks Numenor.



Diddo! I was just thinking the same thing when I read this. My computer lags with very large lots & also with lots of "Stuff" on a lot, so I may just NEED this as well.

Thanks Numenor for yet another useful hack! You are the man! :D
Test Subject
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Test Subject
#15 Old 19th Mar 2007 at 11:57 AM
Numenor, I have problems with this hack. It do water invisible, but it do same with my sims.
Now I delete that file and my game is ok.
The ModFather
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Original Poster
#16 Old 19th Mar 2007 at 6:17 PM
You mean that this hack makes your sims become invisible? It never happened to me... Or have I misunderstood?

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Test Subject
#17 Old 21st Mar 2007 at 2:03 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Numenor
You mean that this hack makes your sims become invisible?

Yes... At first I see that in Create- A- Sim. I accustom that. Then I put that family in one house. And in that house, they was still invisible...
The ModFather
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Original Poster
#18 Old 22nd Mar 2007 at 10:44 PM
Please double check your Downloads folder: it's absolutely impossible that this hack can affect the sims in any way; the "water effect" is only used in these sprinkles: making this effect invisible (better: removing the effect from the sprinkles) can't modify anything else.
In particular, even if the sims would use for whatever reason the water effect (it's just for discussion's purpose: this ipothesis is impossible), the effect is still intact in the game: simply, the sprinkles don't use it any more.

I'm sure you must either have some hack in you Downloads folder that is causing this problem, or you have some bad clothings or skins that are not correctly rendered in the game.

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Lab Assistant
#19 Old 18th Nov 2007 at 5:27 AM
Thank you I was looking for a mod like this! I didn't realize the sprinklers were so graphic intensive until I placed them respectively all over one of my lots and had it running so slow!
Lab Assistant
#20 Old 9th Oct 2009 at 5:38 PM
I like it yes

Hee - hee, Aaow~
Test Subject
#21 Old 2nd Jul 2010 at 5:42 AM
Thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou :x

I have a good computer (quad core 2.6, 250gts card, 6g ram) but the sprinklers STILL lagged the poop out of me when I had 20 of them on my massive mansion lot.

You're a lifesaver.
Lab Assistant
THANKS POST
#22 Old 1st Aug 2012 at 11:21 PM
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I have a massive farm, 300+ plants all needing watered, and every time the damn sprinklers came on it locked up my whole computer. You have just saved my poor dying graphics card a little longer!
Lab Assistant
THANKS POST
#23 Old 14th Nov 2014 at 2:49 AM
Thank you so much for this. I just bought Seasons the other day and the greenhouse was dragging so slow. Thank you.
Test Subject
THANKS POST
#24 Old 10th Mar 2016 at 5:08 AM
thanks