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I hadn’t touched my game in a few days, since I was messing around with my TS3 families on a different computer. I had not made any changes to the system with TS2 installed, but had downloaded about ten hairs and a default replacement skintone, all local. And as far as I can tell, the last time I played the game saved flawlessly; the version opens and plays right from where I left it.
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I still don't understand what to do to fix the problem--
I had just finished playing a household, I saved the lot and exited to the neighborhood screen. The program stopped responding and the neighborhood screen never loaded. I had to use the task manager to shut down the game (I waited 15 minutes before doing this). That was 3 hours ago. I just started the game and the Neighborhood was missing.
I've tried re-installing my games but I can't install anything after the original sims2 it keeps saying "Can't Copy to disk" or something like that pops up and un-install whatever expansion/stuff I tried to download >< Will I have to buy a new disk or something?
Any help is appreciated! T_T
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I still don't understand what to do to fix the problem--
Instead, individual people have individual problems and some of those problems cannot be solved.
In general, the best solution is to restore from a recent backup, if you have one.
It sounds like you may have several completely different issues:
1) Your CD / DVD may be bad. You could try cleaning your disk. Here's how:
2) Your neighborhood may have become corrupted when you were forced to shut down the game. If you don't have a current backup, there's not much that can be done. We can confirm whether or not your neighborhood is corrupt. We can help you to recreate your neighborhood from scratch.
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I wanted to restore an old of Veronaville (N003) I played with a German installation of Sims 2 with all main EPs installed.
Now I have an English installation with all main EPs, restoring it doesn't seem to work!
I moved* the default N003 directory out of the Neighborhood folder, moved my backed up N003 into there - and Veronaville was completely gone in the main menu.
I'm not sure if the language is the problem, but that's the only thing which has changed since the last installment of the game. The German debug menues are messed up which is why I didn't install it in German again.
*I found out that renaming the default neighborhood folder to something like N003_old will mess up, the game probably just checks the first letters of the folder and if they match it will take that folder or even none. I always had to move the N003 folder out of the Neighborhood directory to get my work (previously!).
I believe that a German neighborhood will still open with an English game. I've certainly downloaded neighborhoods which were created in a different language and was able to play them, although I couldn't tell you which languages they were made in.
The neighborhood folder name "N003_old" is valid but odd. If you rename the folder, the game will not be able to recognize the neighborhood unless you rename every file within that folder and all subfolders. There are various programs which will help you to rename a large number of files. Here's a post that may help:
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(However a business lot was missing, similar to last time when I was restoring my backups, when a residential lot was missing, you helped me there one year ago on I could restore it already but it's not connected to the business' owner anymore, couldn't link it correctly together in SimPE, but well at least the building is back)
In Sims 2 Nightlife When pollination neighbor and grow abdomen or it's time for birth gives me error. What to do. Neighbor I want to give birth outside marriage child
The neighborhood files are still there but the neighborhoods themselves don't show up when I load the game.
Operating system: Windows 8
Computer specs: 6.00 GB RAM, 64-bit operating system
Windows updates: I remember Norton asking about some kind of web program, and I had it cleaned out before I started the game up. I don't know if that's relevant or not, but I'm including it just in case it is.
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Computer specs: 2.0GHZ Intel Celeron; 3.25 Gb RAM; Nvdia GeForce 7300
Games: Base; Nightlife; Pets; Apartment Life; Ikea stuff; M&G stuff; Celebration stuff (not sure about patches at this point)
Details of Neighborhood loss: I recently lost everything on my hard drive, but luckily enough was able to restore some of the things. I re-installed my game before adding my folders (the My Documents/EA games folder.) I ran the game once, to make sure it ran alright before adding the folders. Most of the neighborhoods work alright, although there are some people missing from some the neighborhoods.
Belladonna Cove doesn't have any of the changes I made to it; Strangetown, Veronaville and Pleasantview have some of the changes I made, but missing some people. My custom neighborhood, Tide Springs, won't get past the loading screen. It runs the blue flashing bars at the top, but after that nothing happens.
Neighbourhood File details: My neighborhood files are still there, downtowns included.
If there's anything else that might help in the aid of investigation this problem, please let me know.
Computer specs: Don't know but I know it fits the Sims 2 installation criteria.
Games: Sims 2 Double Deluxe(Original, Nightlife and Celebration), no patch
Details of Neighbourhood loss: I lost Veronaville, Pleasantview and Strangetown. I uninstalled the game a long time ago and took a break and just recently re-installed it, only to find several problems. It used to work perfectly earlier. I have not removed my Downloads folder. The only hack I used is "motherlode."
Neighbourhood File details: I have all my neighbourhood files in my docs and the c drive. I even replaced by my docs neighbourhood files with the ones from the drive to reset but it did not work .
Sim PE Investigation: ?
What changed on your system immediately before the corruption: There is no corruption or change. I simply uninstalled, and then re-installed several months later.
Any other relevant information: When I first re-installed the game, I got the error of "running the wrong version" but I fixed it. However, when the screen loaded, there was no neighbourhoods and I couldn't even make a custom neighbourhood. I already tried resetting neighbourhoods by copying and pasting. I sincerely do not know what is wrong with my game. There are no scratches on my CD, no installation errors. Just this. Also I did not create back-up since I didn't really make anything in the game.
Could you also try this: Already done and did not work.
Is it possible that you used to have the Store Edition installed? Neighborhoods will require that exact same version of the Store Edition (or later). Unfortunately, the Store Edition is no longer available free from EA.
You can check whether your neighborhoods require the Store Edition by opening one of the neighborhood packages in and looking for the VERS record. The plugin view will show you the game engine in plain text.
If you don't have SimPE, the will show you the game engine for your lots. Just Browse to your neighborhoods Lots folder and select any lot (or check a couple, since the engine will reflect the last time that a lot was modified). The game engine version is displayed on the bottom left of the window.
All EPs and SPs and all patches, installed from disks, playing with NoCDs
I've been losing Pleasantview lately. Fortunately, I have backups, but playing anymore is one step forward and three steps back. I've discovered that Mootilda's Neighborhood Checker will let me know if my hood is gone before I have to load the game, so I can put in the most recent backup, but it's really starting to bug me! As far as I know, the only neighborhood hack I have is Paladin's checkbook, but that has been sitting dormant in my game for years, and I'm not sure I've actually ever used it.
My files are all still there, but the neighborhood.package gets corrupted, so I have to replace that one. It is the only file that has a .bkp as well as a .bak. I have no idea where the .bkp came from, and removing it didn't help. When I load the corrupted file in SimPE, everything is listed as being 'unknown'. Loading a non corrupted is fine and perfectly editable.
The only thing I've been doing with my comp lately is light interneting, but most recently in my sim world, I've been having a bit of trouble getting my AnyGames to behave. Sometimes they like to disappear and mess with whether or not my real game will load, but a quick reinstall of the icons fixes that issue immediately. I have a lot of untested CC, but I just did a test of taking all that out (not my tried and true CC that has been ok for years, just the new things) and that didn't help. A while ago I combined my existing Pleasantview with a played Belladonna Cove, and that mostly well, somehow I lost Marcus Baldwin in the mix. He is still listed with his family, but when I go to load them, he isn't on the lot and Inge's Cat summoner can't get him to show up. I went through and deleted out a lot of strays, perhaps I deleted his character file by accident. Most recently I used Mootilda's Hood Checker to try to 'fix' whatever it does. Maybe that had something to do with this?
Two interesting things that happen when I put the backups in after a corruption happens, all Buy and Build changes from the corrupted hood somehow find themselves in the backup. I'm guessing this is because I replace the neighborhood.package file without reverting to the old lot file. Secondly, if anyone aged up in the corrupted file they have the body of their new age but still act like their previous age. It's the cutest thing ever to see kids crawling and their parents carrying them. That sounds like another disjointure from having an older neighborhood file and a newer character file. This is easily fixed with the boolprop Sim Modder to age up then back down.
I've attached the latest corruption and the most recent working back up. Let me know if you need further files, like the lots or characters for any of the families. This evening I was trying to play my LeCroix family (Brandi Broke's family), but I first started seeing this issue with the Calientes' (Nina and her kids Dawn and Nico) and the Bachels' (Dina nee Caliente, Michael Bachel(or) and their daughter Josie. I was finally able to play through them and recombine their households so the corruption is a sometimes thing, but I just don't know what's triggering it. Poor Nico had to be born 3 times!
Dunno why the working one won't attach, here's a link http://www.modyourpanties.com/hosti...ood-WORKING.rar
Edit: further testing reveals it is most certainly NOT my CC. I did a full yank of it all and still can't get a good save 100% of the time. I really don't want to lose this hood, I've had them since game launch!
Phaenoh, sorry that I didn't see this until just now. Your "broken" neighborhood is in really bad shape. can't even find the normal records inside of the neighborhood package, but instead finds tons of records which are unrecognized. That means that the internal structure of the file (possibly the index) is being destroyed, which means that there's no likelihood of salvaging anything from that package.
Note that even your "working" copy has some very odd record types, which implies that the corruption of the file has already begun. One record of concern is "--- User Defined --- (---)".
It's hard to imagine why this happened. However, once the internal structure of the file is compromised, it's not surprising that the corruption would spread as the file is overwritten each time that you play. Have you checked the integrity of your hard drive? Do you always save and quit in separate steps?
In general, you should the entire neighborhood folder and not just the neighborhood package. The neighborhood folder works as a unit and mismatches between the neighborhood package and the user packages can cause problems.
Would you mind taking a look at their new hood, you seem to know things to look for that I don't even know about. To move them, I stuff everyone into 1 lot and exported that, then put them in a temp hood to clean everything up, then moved them to the hood I have attached.
I didn't know about the save and quit bit, but I think I do just cuz I'm too paranoid not to make sure it saves. I'll remember for the future now though.
Operating system: Win 8
Computer specs: I don't know. If anyone thinks it's relevant to my solution, I'll try to find out. Perhaps I should mention it's a laptop?
Games: Sims 2 base game and all Expansion Packs (last being apartment life) and no Stuff packs. Unsure about patches.
Details of Neighbourhood loss: All custom neighbourhoods (specifically N005 and N006) and all downloaded items.
Neighbourhood File details: The folders for N005 and N006 were gone (and the files within them). Neighbourhoodmanager.package and cigen.package were also gone.
What changed on your system immediately before the corruption: Nothing out of what I always do. But I hadn't played the game for at least 2 months, maybe more.
Any other relevant information: The game was acting like I just installed the Sims 2 and all expansion packs, when that's not the case at all.
Could you also try this:
Go to My Documents/ EA Games/ The Sims2/ Neighbourhoods and cut and paste the neighbourhoodManager.package file to your desktop. Now go to Program files/ EA Games/ The Sims2/ TS Data/ Res/ User Data/ Neighbourhoods and copy the neighbourhoodmanager.package file- paste it into your Documents folder where your old neighbourhoodmanager file was. Does that make any difference? I didn't have to do it, it popped up after starting and closing the game a few times and removing the cache files that were there (accessory.cache and groups.cache)
When I started my game yesterday, all my custom neigbourhoods were gone. I tried going into Belladonna cove, and the game acted like I had just installed sims 2 and all of the expasion packs for the first time (showing during loading "creating pets", "creating hobbies" and so on). I turned the game off and discovered that N005 and N006 (all the custom neighbourhoods I have) folders were gone.
The first thing I tried was removing the cache files in The Sims 2 folder, which were for me accessory.cache and groups.cache, because I had heard that they could become outdated (I know very little about computers so wether or not this is true...). Then restarted the computer and game. No changes. Went back to the files: Noticed Neighbourhoodmanager.package had appeared, and the cache-files had came back. Started the game again. No changes.
I pretty much gave up then and prepared to restore with my (6 months old ) and thought that I might as well make backups for other files when I was at it. It was then I noticed something strange: In My documents, inside a folder I use for essays I have written, were an EA games folder. And inside I found the Sims 2 folder, cigen.package and the folders for N005 and N006. Hurray! I copied the whole folder (the Sims 2 folder) to the EA games folder (that is in the right place) and pasted (and overwrote every file that had the same name). I turned on the game - and it worked. Everything that went missing are back where it belongs, all the sims, and everything (so far) runs smoothly.
So tl;dr: I removed Groups.cache and Accessory.cache, restarted game, saw the cache-files were back + Neighbourhoodmanager.package had appeared. Found an extra EA games folder in an unexpected place containing the missing files. Copied all The Sims2 files from there to where it should be. Fixed!
I have no idea of how that extra EA games folder was created or when, but it must have been recently, perhaps when I started the game yesterday. I'm 100% sure I didn't do it myself, that's for sure.
I hope this may help others with the same problems. If your neighbourhoods files are missing, maybe they can be found in an unexpected place, in an another EA games folder? Worth a shot, perhaps
Computer Specs: 64-bit, Intel R Core i5 CPU, M560 @ 2.67GHz, 4.00 GB RAM
Games: Base game, Sims 2 Deluxe Edition which is a digital download off of Origin, only for starters, but I have all the EP's.
Details: After reinstalling the base game after a couple of years, on the first load there are no neighborhoods installed at all, and the only option available is to create a custom neighborhood, but after clicking on the custom neighborhood there are no other options and it's impossible to go further, so basically the only thing to do is quit.
Neighborhood file details: Going to the My Documents reveals that after installation I'm missing quite a bit of files, the neighborhoods file one of them, and I have no idea what happened to them. In fact, after looking at My Documents, installation doesn't even CREATE an EA folder with the Sims 2 files in it.
SimPE: I don't believe I have anymore.
What changed about on my system: I changed laptops from a Toshiba to an Acer laptop after moving. I also didn't try adding any custom content because I wanted to make sure the game worked before doing so, but the neighborhoods weren't loading from the first installation on this laptop. They worked perfectly on my previous laptop.
The battery port on my laptop doesn't work, so I use it plugged in. It often gets accidentally unplugged and I have to restart my computer. TWICE when this has happened and I have been playing the Sims, I turn my laptop back on and open the Sims back up to see that I have a neighborhood missing. The first time this happened it was Riverside Heights or whatever the Seasons neighborhood is. The second time it was a custom neighborhood I had started and had a lot invested in, called Treeview! The files are all still there in the folder - I can see all the snapshots I took, players I created, etc., but the neighborhood just does not show up as an option to play. I've looked everywhere for an an answer. I don't use any programs at all for customizing - the only custom content I have is stuff from here, but this happened with the Riverside neighborhood long before I even knew you could use custom content. Any help at all would be appreciated!!
Operating system - Mac OSX 10.6.8
Computer Specs - 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
Game - All Mac expansion packs, so the only ones I don't have are AL and FT
My custom content is not showing up in the game, however. It has not gone altogether, though, because I can see the files there when I look in the downloads folder. How can I get it back in the game? I have custom content enabled btw.
Fixed, thanks to the help section and step by step instructions on getting cc into the game
Basically, the other night I was playing my custom hood. I didn't do anything substantial, just made them cook a few meals, sleep a few times, the usual. No system changes, updates or CC downloads happened, but when I woke up the next morning the neighbourhood had disappeared. I tried reloading the game, rebooting my computer and moving all the files into a new folder of the same name, but as you can see I still have nothing. I then later noticed that even Pleasantview had vanished for some reason too. I don't really use pleasantview that much anymore so I'll probably just replace that with a fresh one, it's the custom hood I'm most worried about!
Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate Edition (64 bit)
Computer Specs: 2.13GHz Intel Processor, 3.5 GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 8400
Games: All expansion and stuff packs. Unsure about patches but i don't think i have any (unless you count no-cd patches)
Neighbourhood File details: All files are present and appear to be in the same condition as my working neighbourhoods
SimPE investigation: Neighbourhoods turn up, but both listed as Unknown and have no sims in the sim browser.
Other Information: Recently my belladonna cove reset itself to box condition for no reason, unsure if related but does seem similar...
Replacing the neighbourhoodmanager file has made no difference. I'm honestly at my wits end of what to do here. Thankyou for you time!