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AL Multi-Mailbox for Non-Apartment Use, with Universal Buyable Mailbox

by Sophie-David Posted 27th Jul 2010 at 5:19 AM - Updated 30th Jul 2010 at 5:26 PM by Sophie-David : Updated with Windows 7 information
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Title: AL Multi-Mailbox for Non-Apartment Use, with Universal Buyable Mailbox

Purpose

1) To patch the Apartment Life mailbox so that the multiple-mailbox will be displayed on Community, University Dorms, Greek Houses and other non-single family lots. The patch has no effect if Apartment Life is unavailable, and it may be removed without adverse affects, provided the mailbox is not in use at the time.

2) To provide a small and efficient buyable mailbox patch which is compatible with all game configurations.

Instructions

Multiple-Mailbox

Note that non-residential lots do not typically have a mailbox at all, unless they have been converted from residential, or a buyable mailbox is used. Mailboxes on non-residential lots are not functional, only decorative.

Please install only one of the following seven multiple-mailbox patches in a Downloads folder:

1) sdMailboxALpatchComm.package - only Apartments and Community Lots will display the mulitiple-mailbox.

2) sdMailboxALpatchCommDorm.package - Apartments, Community Lots and University Dorms will display the mulitiple-mailbox.

3) sdMailboxALpatchCommDormGreek.package - Apartments, Community Lots, University Dorms and Greek Houses will all display the mulitiple-mailbox.

4) sdMailboxALpatchCommDormGreekHotel.package - Apartments, Community Lots, University Dorms, Greek Houses and Hotels will display the mulitiple-mailbox.

5) sdMailboxALpatchDorm.package - only Apartments and University Dorms will display the mulitiple-mailbox.

6) sdMailboxALpatchDormGreek.package - Apartments, University Dorms and Greek Houses will display the mulitiple-mailbox.

7) sdMailboxALpatchNonSingleRes.package - all lots that are not single family residential will display the multiple-mailbox. This means that Apartments, Community Lots, University Dorms, Greek Houses, Hotels, and Secret Lots will all have the multiple-mailbox, if a mailbox is present on the lot.
Buyable Mailbox

Please DO NOT install sdBuyableMailbox.package - the buyable mailbox - in a Downloads folder! Please refer to the Install Instructions tab for complete directions. Using the recommended Bins installation path will ensure that the mailbox is not marked with the custom content asterisk (*) and will eliminate the possibility of corrupting your neighbourhood if the mailbox is accidentally deleted from the catalogue.

The buyable mailbox is located in the Misc/Misc and Outdoor/Misc sections of the Community and Residential catalogues, and in the Street/Misc section of the Community catalogue. It costs zero Simoleans.

The mailbox may be placed on any lot - or moved about within the lot - without using moveobjects on. However, the patch was designed so that the mailbox may not be deleted without using moveobjects on, to reduce the chance of accidental deletion. A residential or apartment lot will not function properly without a mailbox!

The mailbox is best placed somewhere on the grass strip betwen the sidewalk and the road. It may be placed elsewhere, but animations such as the taxi dropoff when a Sim first moves into a lot will not work properly if the mailbox is not by the road.
Compatibility

The multiple-mailbox patches are compatible with my buyable mailbox, but these patches will also function properly without a buyable mailbox. Please note that object version of the The Sim a Little Dream a Lot buyable mailbox is not compatible with the multi-mailbox patches, unless you remove the Dream a Lot mailbox from your Downloads folder once you have placed the mailbox.
Terms of Use

You may include the multiple-mailbox patch in any uploaded lots, whether for free or pay. Please include a credit and link to this page. It would be nice if you sent me a PM with a link to your uploaded creation, but this is not required. It is advisable however to make it clear to the downloader that this patch may affect the appearance of other non-residential mailboxes within the game.

Because the buyable mailbox is best installed in the Bins folder, I do not recommend including it with uploaded lots. It would be better to simply use the buyable mailbox during the lot creation process, but package the lot without the patch file itself.


Credits:

SimPE, and PJSE for patch creation
Microsoft Photo Editor and Microsoft Paint, for processing the screen shots
Numenor's AnyGameStarter, for development and testing. The community lot screenshots show a lot from Numenor's Mini-Game.
Pescado's Lot Debugger for an error free Apartment Life detection algorithm

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
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
sdBuyableMailbox.zip | Universal Buyable Mailbox: please install in Bins folder!

Size: 806 Bytes · Downloads: 3,908 · 27th Jul 2010
806 Bytes 3,908 27th Jul 2010
sdMailboxALpatchNonSingleRes.zip | All lots that are not single family residential will display the multi-mailbox

Size: 667 Bytes · Downloads: 1,860 · 27th Jul 2010
667 Bytes 1,860 27th Jul 2010
sdMailboxALpatchDormGreek.zip | Apartments, Dorms and Greek Houses will display the mulitiple-mailbox

Size: 675 Bytes · Downloads: 1,537 · 27th Jul 2010
675 Bytes 1,537 27th Jul 2010
sdMailboxALpatchDorm.zip | Only Apartments and University Dorms will display the mulitiple-mailbox

Size: 663 Bytes · Downloads: 1,679 · 27th Jul 2010
663 Bytes 1,679 27th Jul 2010
sdMailboxALpatchCommDormGreekHotel.zip | Apartments, Community, Dorm, Greek & Hotel will display the multi-mailbox

Size: 701 Bytes · Downloads: 1,318 · 27th Jul 2010
701 Bytes 1,318 27th Jul 2010
sdMailboxALpatchCommDormGreek.zip | Apartments, Community, Dorm and Greek Houses will display the multi-mailbox

Size: 685 Bytes · Downloads: 1,216 · 27th Jul 2010
685 Bytes 1,216 27th Jul 2010
sdMailboxALpatchCommDorm.zip | Apartments, Community Lots and Dorms will display the multi-mailbox

Size: 668 Bytes · Downloads: 1,335 · 27th Jul 2010
668 Bytes 1,335 27th Jul 2010
sdMailboxALpatchComm.zip | Only Apartments and Community Lots will display the mulitiple-mailbox

Size: 361 Bytes · Downloads: 1,622 · 27th Jul 2010
361 Bytes 1,622 27th Jul 2010
sdMailboxPatchAll.zip | All Multi-Mailbox Patches, with Universal Buyable Mailbox

Size: 5.0 KB · Downloads: 5,203 · 27th Jul 2010
5.0 KB 5,203 27th Jul 2010
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
THANKS POST
#51 Old 8th Nov 2014 at 1:47 AM
For some reason it won't let me install the file where its supposed to go and everything is installed correctly. Any Ideas? Any help would greatly be appreciated.
Theorist
Original Poster
#52 Old 8th Nov 2014 at 6:22 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Twinkletoes295
For some reason it won't let me install the file where its supposed to go and everything is installed correctly. Any Ideas? Any help would greatly be appreciated.
Possibly the operating system privileges is preventing access? You need to have administrator level access to copy files to the BINS folder.

Which operating system are you using, and what configuration of Sims 2? For example, Sims 2 Deluxe, or the new free download?

You could simply install the patch in Downloads, but you would have to be really careful never to delete the mailbox from the catalogue or bad things could occur.
Test Subject
#53 Old 21st Aug 2016 at 9:58 PM
I just installed your mod exactly like you said but I can not find the mailbox anywhere to be able to place it on my lot.
Theorist
Original Poster
#54 Old 22nd Aug 2016 at 5:17 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by LiLSapphire
I just installed your mod exactly like you said but I can not find the mailbox anywhere to be able to place it on my lot.
Hi LiLSapphire

I just downloaded and installed the buyable mailbox from here to refresh my memory. It should appear in Misc/Misc at a cost of §0. What version of the Sims 2 basegame do you have, i.e. the standard basegame or Sims 2 Deluxe, or something else?

What path did you install the package to? For example, I have Sims 2 Deluxe on this Windows 7 computer, so the installation path is:
C:\Program Files (x86)\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Deluxe\Base\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins\

David
Test Subject
#55 Old 22nd Aug 2016 at 7:17 PM
I have the Sims 2 ultimate collection I installed it in C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Double Deluxe\Base\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bin
Since Ultimate is a DL on Origin it appears in Origin games not the EA Games
Theorist
Original Poster
#56 Old 23rd Aug 2016 at 1:56 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by LiLSapphire
I have the Sims 2 ultimate collection I installed it in C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Double Deluxe\Base\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bin
Since Ultimate is a DL on Origin it appears in Origin games not the EA Games
The path you are using makes sense to me, but unfortunately I do not have the Ultimate Collection, so I cannot help you any further with that. I do notice that you copied it to BIN rather than BINS. Is that just a typo, or is that the real path? Basegame and all the EPs use a BINS folder, but it may be that the Ultimate Collection is different.

Perhaps one of our other MTS members can let us know if they had any success with this mod and the Ultimate Collection?
Test Subject
THANKS POST
#57 Old 23rd Aug 2016 at 5:52 PM
was just a typo sorry. I do have all the discs as I purchased the games as they came out. I just took the free ultimate collection because doing 1 dl was easier then doing separate discs. Thanks for trying to help.
Theorist
Original Poster
#58 Old 24th Aug 2016 at 1:29 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by LiLSapphire
was just a typo sorry. I do have all the discs as I purchased the games as they came out. I just took the free ultimate collection because doing 1 dl was easier then doing separate discs. Thanks for trying to help.
This is just a shot in the dark, and you may have run out of patience by now! But I was just thinking that some folks have said that BIN mods should go in the latest BINS folder rather than the earliest (there used to be a bit of a debate about it). It might be worth installing sdBuyableMailbox.package to the M&G BINS path rather than the Base.
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#59 Old 8th Jul 2018 at 5:29 AM
If I was going to put this in my UC game, for me the first location I'd expect it to work would be:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Electronic Arts\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Fun with Pets\SP9\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins

I don't have an Origin Games folder at all, even tho my UC is an Origin download. Not sure why so many differences.

Anyway I think this is a great idea... the first place I ever had my own little mail box was in college, and I still remember the hopeful feeling approaching the wall of mailboxes, hoping some little treat would be inside mine when I opened the cute little door.

These should've been on dorm lots all along if you ask me!
Theorist
Original Poster
#60 Old 11th Nov 2018 at 9:40 PM
Deedee's comment was posted a while ago. I am curious is anyone has this working in the Ultimate Collection?
Test Subject
#61 Old 4th Nov 2019 at 1:42 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sophie-David
Deedee's comment was posted a while ago. I am curious is anyone has this working in the Ultimate Collection?

Hi! The right path for origin's UC is "C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Fun with Pets\SP9\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins"
Theorist
Original Poster
#62 Old 13th Nov 2019 at 12:03 AM
Thank you so much, geldecabelo. That will be really helpful for Ultimate Collection users.
Mad Poster
#63 Old 7th Mar 2020 at 12:22 AM
Hi, I had the sdMailboxALpatchDormGreek version in my game for a while and all was fine until one of my dormies went to check the mail one day and kept erroring out. Once I removed the mod, it turned out he'd been sent a meal voucher after a date. I know this is a really old mod now, but any chance you'd be able to fix it? I liked having the apartment mailbox at the dorm!
Lab Assistant
#64 Old 23rd Jul 2020 at 10:27 PM
This didn't work for me, even though I tried it in several different files just in case (I have Ultimate Collection). Great idea though.
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