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"Fringe Set" TV

by Targa Posted 14th Oct 2005 at 3:48 AM - Updated 19th Jan 2009 at 4:51 PM by -Maylin-
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This is a new mesh, and means that it's a brand new self contained object that usually does not require a specific Expansion pack (although this is possible depending on the type). It may have Recolours hosted on MTS - check below the description for more information.
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I remember with fondness my Fringe Set objects from the Sims 1, so I decided to start making my own Set for The Sims 2 as a tribute to The Seven Deadly Sims. Here's the first installment; my attempt at recreating a Zenith Hospix, circa 1942 maybe? (info is hard to come by) I'll let you be the judge of the measure of my success.

This is a fully functioning TV and a separate object in the catalog found with the TV's in electronics.

Read on!

This was a painstaking process right from the start, and it didn't get any easier as I went along. Just when I thought I was finished I'd run into another problem. The latest was that I spent literally a day and a half trying to get the game to allow me to use my own TV screen. Unfortunately this is not possible with the game the way it is. Much like my bad luck with the swingset, I found out (belatedly) that the game doesn't use the screen texture in the package file, but rather replaces it with another black texture as soon as you purchase the TV. This is a global action and can't be changed without some serious hacking that is beyond my ability.

That being said, once again I wasn't about to let that stop me, and I found a workaround that allows anyone to use their own screen textures. I know for a fact that there are other object creators out there that have attempted or would like to attempt to create custom TV screens (bullet holes, cracks, etc...) and haven't been able to up until now. The optional files posted here will allow just that.

NOTE: If you do not download and install the optional files, you will see the default black screen on my TV, as pictured in the last screenshot posted here (It will still work fine, it just won't have the custom screen).


In order to allow custom TV screens, I have created cloned copies of all three Maxis televisions. These will replace the original TV's in the Buy Catalog, but you won't see any difference. I made a very minor modification to each TV that doesn't effect anything you'd ever notice or see. I have named these "Screen Enabled TV's". Also included in the archive is the "TV Screen Enabler" package that allows custom screens to be displayed. All files in the "Screen Enabled TVs and Controller" archive must be installed for this to work properly.

Note to object creators: Feel free to PM me if you're working on a TV with a custom screen, and I will tell you how to make your TV "Screen Enabled". If there's enough demand, I'll post a small tutorial.

Mesh Info:
Package total: 1886 faces
Comparison object: Maxis Pancake TV: 1796 faces

90 faces over the pancake was the best I could do. I think that's a reasonable number.

Game Compatibility:
I am only checking off University compatibility for now, until I get reports from people with both the base game and with Nightlife. Try it - my guess is that it will work fine.

Intellectual Copyright Notice:
As with all of my creations posted on MTS2, the attached archives and their contents are mine by Intellectual Property Law, and as such, unless you have my explicit permission, you may not redistribute, sell, post on any other website, upload to any website, or use these files for anything other than strictly personal reasons on your own computer.

And if you like my objects and download them, then please take the time to click the "Thanks" button below the files!


Style: Retro
Room: Living Bedroom
Maxis Flags: Not Applicable

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 University
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date

Size: 532.2 KB · Downloads: 4,577 · 14th Oct 2005
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Size: 473.5 KB · Downloads: 7,369 · 14th Oct 2005
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Size: 1.76 MB · Downloads: 5,876 · 14th Oct 2005
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Size: 1.48 MB · Downloads: 10,727 · 14th Oct 2005
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Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
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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Test Subject
#2 Old 14th Oct 2005 at 3:52 AM
It looks absolutely killer! I'll see if it's compatible with Nightlife. Major thanks, I'm obsessed and really interested in the most realistic custom content for this game, and this will be a great addition to my game if it works properly! <3
Test Subject
#3 Old 14th Oct 2005 at 3:53 AM
Sweet TV! Perfect for my poor sims. Thanks Nice job!
Lab Assistant
#4 Old 14th Oct 2005 at 4:26 AM
this is awsom. i miss the 7DS stuff! thank you!

"Just because llamas don't clean up after themselves doesn't make it right." - The Naked Dancing Llama
"Don't frolic in the wet spots."- NDL
Lab Assistant
#5 Old 14th Oct 2005 at 9:02 AM
Fine work thank you!
#6 Old 14th Oct 2005 at 9:21 AM
Thankyou! I loved the fringe set for TS1..
It would sure be nice to have for some of my bummier sims :D

I'd like more fringe stuff, keep it up!!
Forum Resident
#7 Old 14th Oct 2005 at 1:03 PM
Test Subject
#8 Old 14th Oct 2005 at 2:56 PM
Default Nice!
Thanks for bringing some grit back into my Sims' lives!
Test Subject
#9 Old 14th Oct 2005 at 3:05 PM
I miss Seven deadly sims. Especially the fringe set.

This is great, thank you.
Lab Assistant
#10 Old 14th Oct 2005 at 3:22 PM
Fantastic work. About the optional download, another TV was added with Nightlife, if it means anything as far as NL compatibility. So far the basic object seems fine.
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#11 Old 14th Oct 2005 at 3:34 PM
I was told that no new TV's were added with NL... Well, the NL TV might have a hole in the front where the screen should be when the TV's turned off. I'll see what I can do. Might be hard since I don't have NL.
Lab Assistant
#12 Old 14th Oct 2005 at 3:50 PM
I love realitic items; I can't believe the incredible job you have done! Thank you so very much.
#13 Old 14th Oct 2005 at 5:11 PM
quality texture work my friend! keep up the nice releases. thank you

Test Subject
#14 Old 14th Oct 2005 at 6:55 PM
I am glad to see the fringe set makeing a comeback for TS2. Thanks for all the work going into this.
Field Researcher
#15 Old 14th Oct 2005 at 11:13 PM
Great!!! I really loved it in the sims1 and I'm very lucky to find them here, thank you so much for making it possible. It is looking great just as it has to be. Super!!!!!!!!
Lab Assistant
#16 Old 15th Oct 2005 at 2:03 AM
I love you
#17 Old 15th Oct 2005 at 2:22 PM
Fantastic! Thank you! Thank You!
Field Researcher
#18 Old 16th Oct 2005 at 4:15 PM
Originally Posted by Targa
I was told that no new TV's were added with NL... Well, the NL TV might have a hole in the front where the screen should be when the TV's turned off. I'll see what I can do. Might be hard since I don't have NL.

I have seven types that work fine and fourteen that don't and all have the holes you said about.
I know...way too many TV's!
One of them that doesn't work is the new TV on a bracket placed higher on the wall added with Nightlife, also as said.
So far the original 8,000 simolean wall TV and the 500 simolean one on the stand still work.
The two Numenor TV's that I have without tables/stands work.
I have couple I'm not sure where they are from too.
I'm going to take out the other file to see if that changes it at all now.
Otherwise I'll leave it to see if you get it updated.
I like it anyway but do need my others!
It definately adds that feel of the old Trashed Set and wish I could keep it's cracked screen...
#19 Old 20th Oct 2005 at 3:28 AM
Well, this TV appears to work fine, but all the screens for my other TV's are invisible. o.O

I'm using NL, but I doubt that's the problem... I'll look into it, but if you have any input I'll try it out. It's probably something stupid I messed up. xP
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#20 Old 20th Oct 2005 at 5:16 AM
Plum: delete the Controller package and you'll have your TV's back. You'll just see the Maxis black screen instead of my cracked gray screen.
#21 Old 20th Oct 2005 at 9:37 PM
Yeah, I was just gonna see if it conflicted with something to see if I could have my cake and eat it too.
Top Secret Researcher
#22 Old 21st Oct 2005 at 2:59 PM
This is great
Lab Assistant
#23 Old 23rd Oct 2005 at 10:13 AM
This is da bomb


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Test Subject
#24 Old 28th Oct 2005 at 12:37 AM
Originally Posted by Targa
Plum: delete the Controller package and you'll have your TV's back. You'll just see the Maxis black screen instead of my cracked gray screen.

phew! I know it's not my thread but I have to butt in
I have the same prob and thank god I can fix it with just deleting the controller package! happy again! I just hope I won't lose your lovely tv doing this...
I was so happy when I found that one... thanks!!
Test Subject
#25 Old 28th Oct 2005 at 12:48 AM
erhm... sorry to bother you again
could you just pleeeeease tell me which file I should try to delete?
I'm such a nimbwit lol...

is it both Targas_Tv_Screen_Enabler and Targas_TrottcoTv_SE?
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