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Repair Animation Fix for 2-tiled Floor TVs - Sims hold the screwdriver correctly

by Lord Darcy Posted 9th Jul 2008 at 11:14 AM - Updated 24th Jul 2011 at 8:07 AM by Lord Darcy : AL Compatibility
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Have you noticed that when Sims repair (or tinker) custom 2-tiled floor TVs which need to be pulled out for maintenance, they hold the screwdriver the wrong way? Like this:



Notice the difference in the way male Sim and female Sim are holding their screwdriver. The correct animation of male Sim comes up only for this base game TV, and no other. Not even for other Maxis-made TVs like GLS preorder Luxury TV, let alone all custom TVs.

(Edited to clarify. This glitch is NOT limited to female Sims. The wrong animation will come up for male Sims too. In most cases, the game does not treat females differently from males. The female Sim in the picture was just handy when I took the screenshot.)

EAxis didn't take custom objects into account at all when they first created the game. As there is no other Maxis 2-tiled floor TVs that need to be pulled out for maintenance, the game checks the specific GUID of this base game TV to decide the correct animation, then disallows it for any other TVs.

With my fix installed, the game will decide the correct animation more intelligently. It will check if the TV in question needs to be pulled out for maintenance, and call the correct animation for custom TVs as well. Like this:



2-tiled floor TVs which do NOT need to be pulled out for maintenance (like FT Entertainment Center or IKEA TV) will use the same animation as 1-tiled floor TVs like before.

Tested in base game with AnyGameStarter. Should work for all EPs up to AL.

This problem has been around since base game. I was not aware of it before FT though, as TVs break quite rarely. But after FT introduced Tinkering, this little glitch started to bug me.


Installation:

Place in your My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads folder.
(Or in a subfolder of Downloads folder.)


TV featured in the screenshot is Sharp AQUOS 52'' LCD HDTV by Fresh-Prince.


Additional Credits:

Numenor for AnyGameStarter
Everyone who contributed to the development of SimPE

Type:
      Fixed: Fixed Maxis Mistakes

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LdDarcy_TV2TiledRepairAnimFix.zip

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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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Field Researcher
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#2 Old 9th Jul 2008 at 12:33 PM
Wow, totaly awesome, LordDarcy. Always, fixing what Maxis does.

Ha, first to comment, ya!
Top Secret Researcher
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#3 Old 9th Jul 2008 at 12:48 PM
I didn't play that much but if I'd see that, it would've bugged me. Thanks!
Scholar
#4 Old 9th Jul 2008 at 12:49 PM
Thanks for doing this! I always saw this on my TV's, but never had a clue how to fix it!

Fantastic work on the fix, thanks so much!
Test Subject
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#5 Old 9th Jul 2008 at 1:16 PM
You are incredible! Thanks so much! I hate when they attack the TV from behind.. But really, thanks for sharing!
Lab Assistant
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#6 Old 9th Jul 2008 at 1:39 PM
No i hadnt noticed it but ill take it just be sure thanks xD
Lab Assistant
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#7 Old 9th Jul 2008 at 2:04 PM
You are amazing!!!!!! Thank you so much!!
Lab Assistant
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#8 Old 9th Jul 2008 at 2:05 PM
You're a life-saver! Thank you so much! This has been bugging me so much! :D
Forum Resident
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#9 Old 9th Jul 2008 at 2:19 PM
Thanks for fixing even such small details. It's a pity that EA doesn't notice them. Well done and a good idea.
hexameter
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#10 Old 9th Jul 2008 at 6:32 PM
Thanks a lot for this fix! I thought that this animation bug was my fault when I created a two tiled television for FreeTime. Now I know better. I´ll certainly link to this thread to let other people know about your fix!
Not actually evil.
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#11 Old 9th Jul 2008 at 6:51 PM
Maybe the sim was banging on the TV with the screwdriver handle because they're so frustrated with shoddy Maxis coding? Thanks again for another fix.
Sockpuppet
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#12 Old 9th Jul 2008 at 8:23 PM
Like always you are the best, thank you !
Lab Assistant
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#13 Old 9th Jul 2008 at 9:52 PM
Maybe they were implying that women are too stupid to repair TVs when they can't even hold the screwdriver correctly? *LOL* Thanks for fixing that! :D
Top Secret Researcher
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#14 Old 9th Jul 2008 at 9:58 PM
You are so wonderful for taking on their complete mistakes, without you our games would be totally messed up.
Thanks
Lab Assistant
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#15 Old 9th Jul 2008 at 10:36 PM
It's the little things like this that make my game worth playing. :] Thanks a bunch.
Instructor
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#16 Old 10th Jul 2008 at 1:21 AM
I'm sure EAxis will include your fix when they make the first patch for "Apartment Life". Thanks for the fix.
Lab Assistant
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#17 Old 10th Jul 2008 at 1:22 AM
What would we do without Lord Darcy? We'd play the buggy misprogrammed piece of trash that EA pushes on us with no hope of it ever being right, that's what. Another brilliant fix from the Fix-Master!
Top Secret Researcher
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#18 Old 10th Jul 2008 at 2:41 AM
lmao. Silly EAXis. Thanks for your awesome fixes, we wouldn't know where we'd be without you LD. :D
Field Researcher
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#19 Old 10th Jul 2008 at 4:02 AM Last edited by Lord Darcy : 10th Jul 2008 at 6:10 AM.
Thanks for all your kind comments. I see several well-known object creators left comments too. As object creators test their creations most thoroughly, I can see how they must have caught this little glitch long before I took notice.

After I found out this problem comes up even for Maxis-made GLS Luxury TV, I suspected the problem lies not in the custom objects themselves but somewhere in the TV semi-global code. This is not a "bug" so much as a very short-sighted, lazy programming on EAxis's part. Using a hardcoded GUID in BHAV to solve this kind of problem is a quick, dirty way to do the thing. Especially when a simple, better alternative is already available.

EAxis should have realized that eventually people will make their own custom TVs. For that matter, they should have realized that EAxis themselves will add new TVs in subsequent EPs/SPs, at the very least. Kinda like that problem in OFB display case which won't accept any other cakes except for 2 base game ones, resulting in many people's frustration when Celebration pack added new cakes.


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Originally Posted by selzi
Maybe they were implying that women are too stupid to repair TVs when they can't even hold the screwdriver correctly? *LOL*

I know you're joking , but the game does not treat females differently from males in most cases. Without this fix, the wrong animation will come up for male Sims too.

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Lab Assistant
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#20 Old 10th Jul 2008 at 5:00 AM
~Thankyou~
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#21 Old 10th Jul 2008 at 9:15 AM Last edited by helter : 10th Jul 2008 at 9:20 AM.
So sick of them EA Games hey SimJymm when EA make a patch to fix their large mistakes they make it worse so Lord Darcy will have a fix for Apartments.EA will probably include Lord Darcys fix for which they should pay HIM/Her for the screwdriver stuff up and the other fixes he/her made for us.And Lord Darcy will probably have to correct it as they ur useless and will stuff that up too.And as for EA making the first patch for "Apartment Life" they've made 3 useless patches for Freetime and still wrecks ppls computers.So i'd hate to think of what that expansion will be like.Hey Lord Darcy keep up the good work as you keep ppls smiling with ur fixes and make their game bearable.
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#22 Old 10th Jul 2008 at 10:19 AM
to b honest i haven't noticed this bug yet.... but i will definitely get your fix for it!!!! thanks, LD!!!
Lab Assistant
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#23 Old 5th Aug 2008 at 1:10 PM
As I stated earlier, WHY haven't they hired you for Sims 3?
Test Subject
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#24 Old 19th Oct 2008 at 1:01 AM
Never noticed that! Thanks a ton though!
Test Subject
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#25 Old 3rd Apr 2009 at 10:26 AM
It really is the small details that count.
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