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Higher Comfort and Energy for Maxis Beds (Updated 2008/09/05) Updated to Apartment Life

by Lord Darcy Posted 17th Jan 2008 at 8:40 PM - Updated 24th Jul 2011 at 8:12 AM by Lord Darcy : v1.13: Updated to AL
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2008-09-05: Updated to v1.13. Added 3 AL beds. Updated TSS & IKEA beds to be compatible with AL.
Rewrote the installation guide to reflect the post-AL change, especially for Teen Style Stuff and IKEA Home Stuff beds. Please read it carefully.

File names were changed for SP bed mods. To avoid confusion, you'd better to remove all files starting with LdDarcy_MotiveFix_Bed_... or zLdDarcy_MotiveFix_Bed_... from your game completely (Bins, Downloads, StuffPack\Objects and Overrides folder) and start over.

2008-07-30: Updated to v1.12. Added Base Game compatible version for people who have only Base Game, or Base Game + Happy Holiday Stuff.

2008-06-29: Updated to v1.11. Added all 5 IKEA Home Stuff beds.

2008-02-29: Updated to v1.1. Removed redundant BCONs. Added FreeTime Comfy single bed.

Updated Teen Style Stuff Goth double bed to FreeTime.
FreeTime updated TSS Goth Bed, thus breaking my old fix. Remove the previous version from TSS folder, and reinstall FT version to the new location.
If your latest EP is FreeTime or later, get the file with -FT suffix. If your latest EP is only up to Bon Voyage, get the file with -BV suffix.

Files with either -FT or -BV suffix now contain ONLY Teen Goth Bed file, as it's currently the only bed that requires different versions for FT and Pre-FT. (e.g. LdDarcy_MotiveFix_Bed_DBL_SP6_Goth-FT.zip)

Any other beds are included in the main files, (LdDarcy_MotiveFix_Bed.zip or LdDarcy_MotiveFix_Bed-PriceAdjusted.zip, depending on your choice) and they are for all EPs.



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Tired of using same old expensive beds over and over for higher comfort and energy rating?
This mod will raise comfort and energy ratings of all Maxis beds up to Apartment Life to match the most expensive one.
("Majestically Medieval Double Bed" for double beds, "Bed by St. Ajoque Reproductions" for single beds)

This mod comes in 2 flavors. Use ONLY ONE flavor at a time for each bed.
  • Standard version: Price is the same as original.
  • Price-Adjusted version: Price was raised to match the most expensive one.
If you have only Base Game or Base Game + Happy Holiday Stuff, get the corresponding file tagged with -BaseGame. Otherwise the game will crash!


It only contains BCONs and OBJDs for each bed (note the tiny file size), stripped of all other redundant extra stuff. It wouldn't interfere with existing recolors.

It will conflict with any other similar mods that raise comfort and energy ratings of Maxis beds, like gwillewyn's mod or Ailias's mod.
My version has a slightly higher comfort/energy rating than gwillewyn's.

This mod does NOT affect custom beds. If you want to raise motives of custom objects, you must edit BCON values of your custom objects with SimPE on your own. Changing motives in OBJD(Object Data) is purely cosmetic and will NOT affect actual ratings.
Extract BCONs from my mod, and replace the corresponding BCONs in your custom objects. Edit the Object Data for cosmetic purpose, i.e. the rating that appears in the buy mode catalog.


Installation: (Read carefully!)

All beds except for Teen (SP6) & IKEA (SP8) beds

If you put them in your Downloads folder, Maxis beds will bear annoying custom star, and the delete button will be enabled in the catalog.
Instead of Downloads folder, make a subfolder in the following location and put the files there.

C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 <Your Latest EP>\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins

(or the corresponding folder on your system if your game is not installed in C:\Program Files)

If your latest EP is Mansion & Garden Stuff, the location will be like this:
C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Mansion & Garden Stuff\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins


Teen (SP6) & IKEA (SP8) beds

DO NOT remove z- prefix in the file name. It's there to ensure that the mod is loaded after SP objects, overriding original settings.


1) If your latest EP is Bon Voyage (or earlier)

Teen Style Stuff bed mods should go here: (SP6 in the file name)

C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Teen Style Stuff\TSData\Res\StuffPack\Objects

IKEA Home Stuff bed mods should go here: (SP8 in the file name)

C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 IKEA Home Stuff\TSData\Res\StuffPack\Objects


2) If your latest EP is FreeTime

Same as BV, except for Teen Goth bed.
EAxis updated Teen Goth bed in FT, including it in FT Overrides.package.
You have to put Teen Goth bed mod TWICE in your game, in Downloads folder AND FT Overrides folder.

C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 FreeTime\TSData\Res\Overrides
My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
(or in a subfolder of Downloads folder)

If you've patched FreeTime, you can put Teen (except for Goth) & IKEA bed mods in the same location as the rest of EP bed mods, i.e. Bins folder.


3) If your latest EP is Apartment Life

EAxis updated all 3 Teen beds and 5 IKEA beds in AL, including them in AL Overrides.package.
You have to put all Teen & IKEA bed mods TWICE in your game, in Downloads folder AND AL Overrides folder.

C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Apartment Life\TSData\Res\Overrides
My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
(or in a subfolder of Downloads folder)


Changelog:

v1.0: Initial release.
v1.1: Removed redundant BCONs. Added FreeTime Comfy single bed. Updated TSS Goth double bed to FreeTime. (2008/02/29)
v1.11: Added 5 IKEA Home Stuff beds. (2008/06/29)
v1.12: Added Base Game compatible version. (2008/07/30)
v1.13: Added 3 AL beds. Updated TSS & IKEA beds to be compatible with AL. (2008/09/05)


Check out my other motive mods:

Higher Hygiene and Comfort for Maxis Showers and Tubs


Additional Credits:

gwillewyn for inspiring me to make my own version
CTNutmegger for tutorial on changing BCONs
Everyone who contributed to the development of SimPE

Type:
      Object Mods: Object Interaction Mods (things that change how sims interact with objects or their environment, like "Multi-owner door" or "sunbathe anywhere")

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
LdDarcy_MotiveFix_Bed-PriceAdjusted-BaseGame.zip | Base Game Only or Base Game + Happy Holiday Stuff (Price-Adjusted version)

Size: 6.6 KB · Downloads: 1,429 · 30th Jul 2008
6.6 KB 1,429 30th Jul 2008
LdDarcy_MotiveFix_Bed-BaseGame.zip | Base Game Only or Base Game + Happy Holiday Stuff

Size: 6.3 KB · Downloads: 1,882 · 30th Jul 2008
6.3 KB 1,882 30th Jul 2008
LdDarcy_MotiveFix_Bed-PriceAdjusted.zip

Size: 20.4 KB · Downloads: 2,406 · 29th Jun 2008
20.4 KB 2,406 29th Jun 2008
LdDarcy_MotiveFix_Bed.zip

Size: 19.3 KB · Downloads: 8,368 · 29th Jun 2008
19.3 KB 8,368 29th Jun 2008
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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
THANKS POST
#2 Old 17th Jan 2008 at 10:07 PM
Nice job! I'm really going to appreciate these when I play my game again.
Lab Assistant
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#3 Old 18th Jan 2008 at 8:11 AM
This is one of the best ideas i found! Finally i can use more Maxi Beds and i don't need to be worry that my Simmies sleep the whole day to fill the Comfort and Energy up *lol*
Thanks a lot for this great idea and your hard work!!
Top Secret Researcher
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#4 Old 18th Jan 2008 at 5:20 PM
Yay! Thanks for this!
Mad Poster
#5 Old 18th Jan 2008 at 7:53 PM
If I don't mind annoying custom stars, etc., can I just put these in my Downloads folder and they will work? I really want to use this mod but the installation instructions are a little intimidating. I've never messed with any of those folders before. Thanks!!
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#6 Old 19th Jan 2008 at 2:16 AM Last edited by Lord Darcy : 19th Jul 2008 at 4:39 AM.
Well, it works in Downloads folder as well, but doing so will enable delete button in the catalog for Maxis beds. You might accdentally delete Maxis beds. (Well, the "deleted" Maxis beds will be back if you quit the game and restart, but still...) Really, just put it in the location in the instructions, it's not that hard. It's not overwriting game files or anything. You can always delete the mod afterwards.

In fact, if you're using the standard version (without price adjustment) and don't mind the discrepancy between the actual rating and the catalog, you can delete OBJD entries with SimPE and put it in your Downloads folder without custom star or delete button enabled. But I personally HATE the discrepancy, especially when cc creators arbitrarily change the catalog value without changing actual ratings.
Field Researcher
#7 Old 21st Jan 2008 at 6:43 AM
Hi - When I try to do this I get a diagnostic box from WinRAR that states separate dialogs for each bed type that shows none of them can apply the fix. I haven't tried it in-game yet to see if it works anyway.

I have TeenStuff and extracted the file to the C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Teen Style Stuff\TSData\Res\StuffPack\Objects as you suggested.
Theorist
THANKS POST
#8 Old 22nd Jan 2008 at 1:34 AM
awesome!
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#9 Old 22nd Jan 2008 at 5:32 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by jonas3333
Hi - When I try to do this I get a diagnostic box from WinRAR that states separate dialogs for each bed type that shows none of them can apply the fix.

Sounds like your download was broken. Try re-download.
Inventor
#10 Old 25th Jan 2008 at 1:57 PM
I'm a little confused with the installation instructions. I have all EPs and SPs, so do I put all of them in the TSS folder, or do I only put the beds from TSS in that folder and the rest in the BV folder?

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Field Researcher
Original Poster
#11 Old 25th Jan 2008 at 5:06 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by PearDrops
I'm a little confused with the installation instructions. I have all EPs and SPs, so do I put all of them in the TSS folder, or do I only put the beds from TSS in that folder and the rest in the BV folder?

Only 3 TSS beds (the ones that start with z) should go to TSS folder.
All other beds except 3 TSS beds should go to BV folder.
Inventor
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#12 Old 27th Jan 2008 at 6:50 PM
Okay thanks for clearing that up for me
Field Researcher
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25th Feb 2008 at 9:03 AM Last edited by Simsane : 25th Feb 2008 at 10:03 AM. Reason: Forgot to thank
This message has been deleted by Simsane. Reason: Put in game -- have new question
Field Researcher
#13 Old 25th Feb 2008 at 11:05 AM Last edited by Simsane : 25th Feb 2008 at 11:10 AM. Reason: Forgot to add something
Lord Darcy -- first I want to say thank you for making and sharing this mod. I get so sick of seeing the same beds and therefore love this mod.

I followed your instuctions on where to put this mod. I wasn't sure what to name the subfolder, so settled on just plain old Bed. lol!

Then, I went into my game and discovered a problem. It is probably something I did wrong, but maybe you can tell me what to do. All of the double beds are changed to your 8,8,6 but none of the single beds were changed at all.

I have EP1, 2, 3, and 5 and SP1 and SP2 (well, I also have Celebrations, but I don't think there are any new beds with that and I don't think you had any SP3 packages anyway).

So, first I downloaded your file and had it in a folder on my desktop. Then I printed out your RTFM file so I could follow it. I got to the correct folder and made a subfolder as stated above. Then, before I put any files into this new subfolder, I DELETED all files that were for EP4 (Pets - don't have), EP 6 (Bon Voyage - don't have) and SP5 (TSS also don't have). I LEFT all the rest and I just double-checked and there are package files titled: LdDarcy_MotiveFix_Bed_SGL_Base_Cheap, etc. I assume the SGL stands for single and I have 10 files including the one I just listed with the SGL in the name.

So, I do not understand what I did wrong. The package files that have the DBL and the package files with the SGL are all in the same folder, yet only the double beds have the motive change showing in the buy catalog.

I would be so grateful to you for addressing my problem.

Oh, the one thing that I forgot to mention is that I downloaded the file that does NOT change the price of the beds. I don't know if that makes a difference or not.

I almost forgot to tell you that when I first realized that the single beds were not changed, I quit the game and then removed my entire downloads folder then went back in to an empty lot to see if that made any difference. It didn't -- just wanted you to know that I did think that maybe some other mod had interfered and tried that before bugging you.
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#14 Old 26th Feb 2008 at 7:53 AM
That's very strange. If it doesn't work in Seasons folder, try moving it to the base game folder instead:

C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
Field Researcher
#15 Old 26th Feb 2008 at 8:13 AM Last edited by Simsane : 26th Feb 2008 at 8:46 AM. Reason: Tried - results not good
Okay, I'll try that and then let you know if it worked. Thanks for giving me a suggestion. :-)


Hi again -- I really don't mean to be a pain. Okay, I moved the subfolder titled Bed to C:\Program Files\EA Games\The Sims2\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins. I really thought that none of the beds would be changed since I took it out of the Seasons folder. But no, the double beds were still showing up as 8/8/6 but the single beds still were not.

So, I thought I would again try pulling out my downloads folder just to make sure. Didn't help. I thought, what next?

So, I opened My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Thumbnails then highlighted them all and deleted them. Went back into the game and still no difference.

Then I tried deleting the group.cache, the accessories.cache and the cigen.package. (I know, the cigen shouldn't have mattered, but I thought, what the heck.) Nothing.

The double beds do have the correct numbering, but the single beds are as if I never installed your mod. :-(

I guess I could remove them completely and then download the one that changes the price to see what happens. But I really wanted to simply keep the price the same and have the extra benefits, lol! I know that's cheating, but it's only a game. :-)

I will wait to hear back from you for any more suggestions before I try putting the other ones in.
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#16 Old 27th Feb 2008 at 2:10 AM Last edited by Lord Darcy : 27th Feb 2008 at 2:18 AM.
I'm really at a loss, as it works perfectly in my game. Well, try putting in just ONE single bed mod at one time and see if it works or not. Need to nail down the culprit, in case only one file is problematic.

Your download might be broken, try redownloading. Sometimes broken download results in mangled package files.

boolprop ShowCatalogePFlags [true/false] cheat might come in handy. It activates labels in the detail view of each objects to show which EP or SP they came from.
Field Researcher
#17 Old 27th Feb 2008 at 2:27 AM Last edited by Simsane : 27th Feb 2008 at 3:21 AM. Reason: Ooop!
All right, first I'll try just putting in one bed at a time. Then, if that doesn't work, I'll try re-downloading it. Although, I have cable internet and I've never had any problems before -- but that doesn't mean it didn't happen this time.

I'm not quite sure why you want me to activate the cheat, but I don't mind doing it. :-)

EDIT -- My Fault - Your Files Were Fine

Well, Lord Darcy, I owe you an apology for wasting your time and possibly worrying you. I must have mis-read your post. I thought that ALL of the beds were going to be 8/8/6 so when the single beds were not, I thought your mod was not working. When I was putting them in one at a time, I realized that your single beds were 5/6/2 and that yes, it was changing them to 5/6/2. So very, very sorry to be such a bother. {{Simsane hangs her head in shame}}

This will teach me to read what the creator posted more carefully!
Field Researcher
#18 Old 27th Feb 2008 at 5:26 PM
anyone know if this works ok with Free Time?
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#19 Old 28th Feb 2008 at 8:02 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Simsane
I must have mis-read your post. I thought that ALL of the beds were going to be 8/8/6 so when the single beds were not, I thought your mod was not working.

Well, no problem. The screenshot must have been a bit misleading. I changed the picture to a more descriptive one.



Quote:
Originally Posted by TashaFaun
anyone know if this works ok with Free Time?

All beds except for Goth Double Bed work fine in FreeTime. I'm currently working on a new FT version for Goth Double Bed, as well as a new fix for FT Comfy single bed.
Field Researcher
THANKS POST
#20 Old 28th Feb 2008 at 11:58 AM
Thanks for responding Lord Darcy!
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#21 Old 29th Feb 2008 at 3:38 AM Last edited by Lord Darcy : 30th Jul 2008 at 6:21 AM.
Default Updated to FreeTime
2008-02-29: Updated to v1.1. Removed redundant BCONs. Added FreeTime Comfy single bed.

Updated Teen Style Stuff Goth double bed to FreeTime.
FreeTime updated TSS Goth Bed, thus breaking my old fix. Remove the previous version from TSS folder, and reinstall FT version to the new location.
If your latest EP is FreeTime or later, get the file with -FT suffix. If your latest EP is only up to Bon Voyage, get the file with -BV suffix.

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Field Researcher
THANKS POST
#22 Old 3rd Mar 2008 at 2:50 AM
Thanks for the free time update - I love this mod. Thanks!
Test Subject
#23 Old 6th Mar 2008 at 7:02 AM
I feel really stupid but I have no idea how to install these. I have trouble understanding file talk so i just want to know where to put what download. I have all ep's and sp's and just want to get the beds with the higher energy and no price change but am confused. please help if you can
Field Researcher
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#24 Old 9th Mar 2008 at 9:25 PM
Thanks for updating this for FT as well! I really like the new "Comfy" bed and it was so frustrating that the ratings were so low. It's great to have it fixed!
Lab Assistant
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#25 Old 15th Mar 2008 at 12:06 PM
Thank you for updating this for FT. :-)
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