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1  TS2: Burnination / The Podium / Re: FreeTime Patch Released on: 2008 April 02, 01:30:59
It's up on the US site now. http://thesims2.ea.com/update/getpatch.php?appVersion=1.13&languageCode=

And yes, they'll patch again. Right before the mythical EP8. The 2nd one is the only patch that fixes real issues.
2  TS2: Burnination / The Podium / Re: FreeTime Patch Released on: 2008 April 01, 17:18:44
Last time, the UK site got the patch first, this time the German site.  Maybe they are using them as Guinea Pigs, to see if it borks things before releasing it in North America? Because otherwise, why not just release it to everyone at once?


Anyway, patch is right on schedule, if maybe a week early. Kitchen and Bath is due in 2 weeks, and they always patch right before the next thing they want you to buy. (and then bork those things again because the new L&P was made with the unpatched code.)
3  TS2: Burnination / The Podium / Re: Bork List: Freetime Ed. on: 2008 March 20, 08:16:22
Yes, with the testing cheat on, shift-click the local and choose Make Selectable. When you're done, you can shift-click and Make Unselectable
4  TS2: Burnination / The Podium / Re: Bork List: Freetime Ed. on: 2008 March 20, 03:06:28
I've had this problem intermittently since BV came out. It drives me insane. My simple workaround is just to make a local selectable and then start them dancing. I do the same for the gestures, if I can't get my stupid Sim to cancel out of whatever they are doing before the local times out from trying to greet them. If you never saw this happen before, you were just lucky.
5  TS2: Burnination / The Podium / Re: Bork List: Freetime Ed. on: 2008 March 19, 14:36:15
I had one toddler of a set of twins who preferred the charisma bunny toy over the table, but otherwise, yes, they all seem to run for it.  I'm routinely aging toddlers to children with creativity or mechanical scores of 8.   Shocked It skills much faster than the other toys.
6  TS2: Burnination / The Podium / Re: EA/Maxis has found the Nvidia problem! on: 2008 March 19, 01:14:19
Are you sure the forcecore thing is supposed to be applied to the launcher? Huh

I missed that. I'm pretty sure that's a problem, too.  Cheesy
7  TS2: Burnination / The Podium / Re: EA/Maxis has found the Nvidia problem! on: 2008 March 19, 00:47:29
I'm not using it myself, but you're missing a " there somewhere. You have an end quote, not a beginning one.
8  TS2: Burnination / The Podium / Re: Bork List: Freetime Ed. on: 2008 March 18, 04:51:48
The locals dropping from heat stroke isn't new with FT, but I suspect (one of) the BV patch(es). I never had it happen when I first got BV, but I was playing shortly before FT came out, and there was a heatstroke epidemic at Twikii Island.

So the patch that supposedly fixed the Bigfoot memory issue broke Twikkii Island??? That's totally pathetic.

Well, I have no proof of this, but I played Twikkii lots when BV first came out, and never had a single heatstroke from locals, no matter how long they stayed in the hot tubs, and the last time I played a vacation lot there BEFORE FT, it was every single local who got into the hot tub or hot springs. So either I just got lucky before then, it's a hack conflict we never noticed (like maybe when we use the hack to kill all those damned water balloon fights), or it got borked in the patch.
9  TS2: Burnination / The Podium / Re: Bork List: Freetime Ed. on: 2008 March 17, 19:19:44
The locals dropping from heat stroke isn't new with FT, but I suspect (one of) the BV patch(es). I never had it happen when I first got BV, but I was playing shortly before FT came out, and there was a heatstroke epidemic at Twikii Island.
10  TS2: Burnination / Oops! You Broke It! / Re: Mouse wheel just stopped working? on: 2008 March 17, 08:11:33
Emma, I have problems with my (Logitech) wireless mouse in that it doesn't like its dongle plugged in behind my tower. If I don't plug it into the front or into a hub that sits on top of the tower, I have issues. The receiver/computer will lose the mouse and it skips all over. If you can, try to give the mouse a more clear shot at the receiver.
11  TS2: Burnination / The Podium / Re: Any fix yet to enable buy/build mode? on: 2008 March 17, 07:00:32
I haven't tried it, since I don't hang out in the clubhouses ever, but does the dormspecifictools cheat not work there, like it does everywhere else?
12  TS2: Burnination / Oops! You Broke It! / Re: Mouse wheel just stopped working? on: 2008 March 17, 00:03:24
Sometimes things just break, period? I've worn out my mouse buttons before.
13  TS2: Burnination / The Podium / Re: EA/Maxis has found the Nvidia problem! on: 2008 March 16, 17:55:03
You can't blame SecuRom for the memory leak because it's been part of TS2 since the beginning- long before they went to SecuRom. Srsly, people blame SecuRom for everything, and it's ridiculous and takes away from the things that it ACTUALLY does.

Yes, going through Black Viper's lists and turning off services that he says are safe will reduce the number of things you see running in task manager. The startup part lets you kill 3rd party aps from starting automagically, services.msc lets you kill WINDOWS crap.

70 seems like really a lot. I haven't tweaked my services since I rebuilt my machine, and I only have 37.
14  TS2: Burnination / The Podium / Re: EA/Maxis has found the Nvidia problem! on: 2008 March 16, 07:43:18
 Wink Well for the startup stuff, I go into msconfig myself. LOL And have googled for anything I don't recognize off-hand.  It's the only thing I've done since I rebuilt, too. I really should go in and shut down Microsoft's crap.
15  TS2: Burnination / The Podium / Re: EA/Maxis has found the Nvidia problem! on: 2008 March 16, 01:49:01
Turning off your AV is something necessary often because they use so much of your processor and RAM and dig their hooks into so much of your computer that it borks other programs. Every program out there, basically, has that as the default instructions if you're having problems.  I know people who don't even run with AV, and I don't on my laptop. This is not the big danger symantec and mcafee would have you believe, and when I do run an AV, I do NOT run their bloatware.

Anyway, I use http://www.blackviper.com/ for looking at what services to shut down. Black Viper says to NEVER use msconfig to turn off services- use services.msc because msconfig allows you to disable services that will prevent your computer from booting, while services.msc will not.

While disabling services, however, I recommend keeping track of everything that you've changed so in case something borks, you can go back and set to defaults. I once had a windows update bork because it needed a service that should have been safe to set to manual. I print out his charts and then mark the settings I've changed on there.
16  TS2: Burnination / Oops! You Broke It! / Re: Free Time won't uninstall on: 2008 March 16, 01:41:25
Sometimes I don't even know why I bother to use the uninstaller for Sims game. I end up doing a manual uninstall more often than not.

In the future, instead of downloading random programs which sometimes do more harm than good, it will be under HKeyLocalMachine>Software>EAGames

As for screwing up your computer, as long as you're only deleting game keys/folders, the worst that will happen is that you'll bork the game.
17  TS2: Burnination / The Podium / Re: EA/Maxis has found the Nvidia problem! on: 2008 March 15, 18:40:49
I turn everything, with the exception of iTunes, off before running Sims.
 

With the exception of Itunes? Are you crazy? Itunes is a resource hog too. Even I get weirdness when I try to run Itunes and TS2 (If I start Itunes while TS2 is already running,  it corrupts my Library while trying to read it. So I have to load Itunes first.) That's the thing, because it has a memory leak, ANY other program that uses a lot of RAM is going to cause problems. An AV is just a handy place to point because of all that it uses. But obviously there are other issues with the way Nvidia drivers are handling the shaders.  I'd guess something about how it handles them eats RAM. Because some people, even with new cards, can run fine, even with the shaders. It probably has a lot to do with what other crap is running on their machines and how much RAM they have.
18  TS2: Burnination / Oops! You Broke It! / Re: What's wrong with my PC? on: 2008 March 13, 21:18:35
If your RAM is DDR2, you have to only buy DDR2. Period. There's no cross-compatibility
19  TS2: Burnination / The Podium / Re: EA/Maxis has found the Nvidia problem! on: 2008 March 13, 16:02:30
Anyone who's ever left the game paused for a long time, say for overnight  Roll Eyes , knows that the game has a memory leak. I can certainly believe that running Norton or McAfee makes that apparent much faster than if you aren't running it. That's not to say that people who aren't running them aren't running other programs- or that since this is an endemic Nvidia problem, that Nvidia itself is sucking up more resources than it needs. (Who knew that Catalyst, in all its suckitude, was better than whatever program Nvidia sticks you with?) It's a heck of a lot easier to "solve" this problem by telling people to turn off everything than to actually fix a memory leak that's been in the game since at least NL.

Also, BSOD crashes can be caused by all kinds of things. Maybe someone is crashing because of the memory leak, while someone else is crashing because of an underpowered PSU- I know someone who got a new Dell, and had random crashes playing WoW immediately, took it back, got a new one, and THAT PSU asploded on her. Do not trust Dell (or HP, or anyone other than yourself) to have built a computer with a PSU that can actually run your video card under full load. Another person could be crashing because of overheating. But because they all have Nvidia cards, they say "oh, the Nvidia/TS2 problem" and don't investigate it any further.

I'm running Nod32, which was designed to not suck up my resources. I've run with AVG and Avira, but got sick of the "Buy Me" crap you get from free programs that have pay alternatives. Nod32 is lighter, anyway, even if it's not free. And unlike McAfee, if I do ever disable it, it STAYS off, instead of trying to "help" me by turning itself back on.  Tongue

20  TS2: Burnination / The Podium / Re: Bork List: Freetime Ed. on: 2008 March 10, 23:52:57
Update: I hope some of you recall the problem I was having regarding not getting tendable (is that a word?) weeds with my vegetables in a greenhouse. I removed the indoorplant fix and now the plants are getting the 'tend' option. So, apparently this was not a bug with the game but a side-effect of the mod.  Undecided  Now I can send my tots to the salt mine to tend the garden to gain badge points.

I posted this after your last post, which you obviously completely ignored. It is the entire PURPOSE of the mod.

Do you know what RTFM means? It means Read The Fucking Manual! I suggest you do that before installing hacks, since you obviously have no clue what their purposes are. Geesh.

21  TS2: Burnination / Oops! You Broke It! / Re: sim tv not displaying on: 2008 March 10, 17:52:17
You don't need to send a lot of emails, everyone who legitimately has the problem needs to file a support ticket and keep at it. I'm up to the "install this utility so we can see your system configuration" point.  Roll Eyes Which I understand, since people lie about their system configs all the time "I have the latest drivers" when the drivers are really a year old.  Tongue But I hate doing it, nevertheless, especially over something that has NOTHING TO DO WITH MY MACHINE.  Roll Eyes
22  TS2: Burnination / The Podium / Re: Bork List: Freetime Ed. on: 2008 March 10, 04:59:27
I'm getting random complaints about the middle chair on the side of the 3 tile table, intermittently.  Roll Eyes
23  TS2: Burnination / The Podium / Re: Building/Upgrading a PC for TS2 on: 2008 March 09, 18:25:10
Why not just run MemTest of the RAM?

Yeah, I was Not Amused that i had to replace the mobo, and that I hadn't really looked into why my game was running so poorly until after I couldn't exchange it.  Tongue
24  TS2: Burnination / Oops! You Broke It! / Re: The maid came along - did I screw up? on: 2008 March 09, 09:42:00
 Roll Eyes

No, you probably didn't screw up your hood. And putting it into the lot bin, empty, should have cleaned out the characters.

Contrary to what some people think, not everything like that makes your hood go asplode.  Tongue If you can hire a maid and can send everyone home, you're probably okay.
25  TS2: Burnination / Oops! You Broke It! / Re: sim tv not displaying on: 2008 March 09, 05:42:59
Sure, it CAN be changed. It's just a matter of when. It took Nvidia over a year to fix their driver/TS2 issues, and then they fixed it and new ones cropped up.  Roll Eyes
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