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Alchemist
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#1 Old 7th Apr 2021 at 4:10 PM

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Default Question about installing the game from used disks?
Okay, so I'm changing computers very soon and I've been tracking down those EP's and SP's that I don't have on disk. But while doing this, I started to think about the Sims 3 store. Now I have the original/first disk version of the base game but if those few missing EP's and SP's are not the ones I registered into the Sims 3 store, will the store notice this? Can I still be able to download any of the registration gifts if needed? Or can this cause any other problems with the store?
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Mad Poster
#2 Old 7th Apr 2021 at 9:42 PM
Hmm, I only remember this from a previous discussion. Perhaps someone else with more updated knowledge can fill us in.

However, from previous discussions I believe it was mentioned EA is a dickhole, le pardon me France. If the used CD/DVD etc... is not registered, you can try to register with EA as your own. However if it is registered, EA does not recognize reselling of their products or transfer of registration, so they will not allow you to use those codes.

I remember this from a thread where the OP bought the whole shbang from a used reseller or eBay etc... and EA would not recognize her codes or let her transfer the codes. She ended up rebuying the whole thing from a steam sale.

Sanity is overrated.

Nitromon is a type of Pokemon encountered in the Pokemon Nitrome Version series.

There. Mystery solved.
Alchemist
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#3 Old 7th Apr 2021 at 9:59 PM
Well, I don't mind if I can't register these used games, since I already have the bonuses and gifts in my store account. I was more worried that when I install them, the store would somehow see that they are not the same and would prevent me from downloading the gifts and bonuses from my store account. So, just only installing these used games won't affect my store account in any way, then? Oh, but I wonder if the items still work in the game?
Mad Poster
#4 Old 8th Apr 2021 at 12:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Sorceress Supreme
Well, I don't mind if I can't register these used games, since I already have the bonuses and gifts in my store account. I was more worried that when I install them, the store would somehow see that they are not the same and would prevent me from downloading the gifts and bonuses from my store account. So, just only installing these used games won't affect my store account in any way, then? Oh, but I wonder if the items still work in the game?


That's beyond my understanding unfortunately. But what do you mean they are not the same? You mean you had these EP/SP before? But somehow lost them and so you bought replacements?

If you have them already registered, you can just download them from EA since it is actually the codes you purchased. But I suppose some people don't want to do that b/c they don't want to upgrade to 1.69, I'm guessing that is why you're tracking disc versions. If that is the case, just install those DVDs with your own codes, the ones you already bought and registered.

Sanity is overrated.

Nitromon is a type of Pokemon encountered in the Pokemon Nitrome Version series.

There. Mystery solved.
Scholar
#5 Old 8th Apr 2021 at 3:34 AM
I originally installed the game from exclusively used disks! It worked just like they were new. I was able to register and everything. EA didn't care that the disks were used, only that the serial numbers were correct.
Alchemist
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#6 Old 8th Apr 2021 at 10:27 AM Last edited by Sorceress Supreme : 8th Apr 2021 at 6:07 PM.
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Originally Posted by nitromon
But what do you mean they are not the same?


No, I mean that the store items were given for EP's and SP's bought from Origin. Now, in the new computer I will be using used disks instead of those Origin versions. I was wondering whether the store recognises this or hopefully still thinks that I'm using the original versions. I don't know if the store is able to spy on you like that but hey, it's EA after all, so... Basically, I just want to be able to still use those items from my store account.


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Originally Posted by nitromon
If that is the case, just install those DVDs with your own codes, the ones you already bought and registered.


Yeah, I'm avoiding the 1.69 patch like plague. Oh, and didn't know that was possible. I guess that would eliminate any incompatibility issues with the store, then.
Lab Assistant
#7 Old 8th Apr 2021 at 6:01 PM
A few thoughts if needed:

1) install your base game, then install your store content, then install the rest. That would be a pain though probably.
2) Get sim game selector, which allows you to enable or disable packs. Disable everything but the base game when going into the store to download.
3) You may know this but NRaas has a 'no cd' mod, which allows you to play the game without having the actual latest disc in a drive so you can switch out which EPs and SPs are enabled without fumbling around and trying to find the disc.

I didn't know you could use your Origin codes on used CDs! That's great.
Mad Poster
#8 Old 9th Apr 2021 at 11:47 AM
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Originally Posted by ZeeGee
I didn't know you could use your Origin codes on used CDs! That's great.


I'm not entirely sure you can though. If you bought the game on Origin, the codes might be too new for the disc to recognize. The reason I suggested it to the OP is because it seemed she bought the original EP/SP on discs and just lost the discs b/c she is avoiding the 1.69 patch. In this case, the code she registered with Origin were originally disc codes.

But then again, I don't know. Maybe those Origin codes will work anyways for discs. You can always try it.

There's always 1 more theoretical option that might work. Since you only need the codes for installation. Then if the Origin codes doesn't work, then install it with the disc codes. Then use regedit and edit the registry after you have installed it and change the codes to your Origin codes.

Sanity is overrated.

Nitromon is a type of Pokemon encountered in the Pokemon Nitrome Version series.

There. Mystery solved.
Alchemist
Original Poster
#9 Old 9th Apr 2021 at 4:33 PM Last edited by Sorceress Supreme : 9th Apr 2021 at 9:36 PM.
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Originally Posted by nitromon
The reason I suggested it to the OP is because it seemed she bought the original EP/SP on discs and just lost the discs b/c she is avoiding the 1.69 patch. In this case, the code she registered with Origin were originally disc codes.


Actually, I have the base game and few EP's and SP's on disks and the rest was bought straight from Origin. And now I've been buying used disks to replace those Origin ones. I'm sorry if I wasn't being very clear. But yeah, I can try your suggestion. If the store doesn't care/know about the reinstallation, then the store items for those EP's and SP's should work fine since they are redeemed once already, I think. I just don't want anykind of problems with the store.
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