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1  TS4: The Pee-ening / Insert Amusing Name Here / Re: Pausing University on: 2021 August 11, 06:37:05

Ok, so I've figured out something of a workaround this problem for now.

University results for each semester are released at some point (I keep forgetting to check the time) each Monday.  So I rotate between households early on a Monday morning (usually around 3am when all the household members should be home).  When I come back to my uni household, even though I haven't played them for around 10 sim weeks by this time, their grades come out at some point on Monday, they re-enrol and we continue with their merry studies until 3am the next Monday.  If I stuff up and the grades come out before I've swapped over, I'll have to babysit them for another week.  Haven't stuffed up the rotation yet but never underestimate my ability to lose track of time.

It goes like this:

Uni House - join them 3am Monday morning, if they're new they start their classes on the Tuesday.  If they're continuing they get their grades and an opportunity to re-enrol.  If you don't re-enrol straight away they lose whatever scholarships they had on admission, even if you then re-enrol them later.  They then start their next semester on the Tuesday and away we go.  Classes, homework, term papers, presentations, blah blah blah. 

3am Monday - SWITCH! Go through the other families, then come back.  They get their grades and re-enrol. 

Rinse, repeat.

Something vaguely related I want to complain about: Playing on a dorm lot is strictly worse than playing on any other lot because running (or even biking) to class buildings takes longer than disappearing on the sidewalk.

Also, YES, this sucks.  I've simply kept some sims living in the family home to study to avoid this.  College experience?  WHAT COLLEGE EXPERIENCE!?  IT'S A PANDEMIC DAMMIT.  STAY HOME.  Pixellated brats.
2  TS4: The Pee-ening / Insert Amusing Name Here / Pausing University on: 2021 January 19, 06:33:56
Huzzah, I am not dead and all that.

So I've somehow found myself actually kinda getting into TS4. Out of sheer laziness, I haven't gotten any mods as of yet. I've managed to change the options so I can mostly do rotational gameplay and not have other played houses age up and DIE ON ME, but I've hit a point where I have sims at University, and while they might not age while I'm playing other households, the University term goes on and if I haven't played their house and micromanaged their studies like the slave driver I am, they fail their subjects and go on academic probation.

Has there been a mod developed anywhere so University gameplay can pause while we're off playing other houses? At this point if I want to keep things under control I need to keep all my students in one dorm at only Britechester and thats getting a little manic even with only three sims doing three subjects each.
3  TS3/TSM: The Pudding / The World Of Pudding / Re: The Sims 3 has stopped working - Windows or computer problem? on: 2012 April 09, 07:31:08
Interesting.  I haven't been paying much attention to sim stuff lately (stupid meatspace life), but I have been getting a lot of CTD since.... some time after getting Pets.  Maybe after patching?  I forget.

ANYWAY, I started a new neighbourhood yesterday and spent a good hour or so plopping LN, Pets, and Ambitions lots down (these are the only EPs I have at the moment, and if I can't play, then I'm unlikely to want to get any more - YOU HEAR THAT, EAXIS?).  I spent a bit less than a sim day in the new neighbourhood today, and got a CTD.

CLA tells me the problem is a corrupt save.  Really?  On a brand new neighbourhood?  Most of the crashes seem to have this listed as a culprit, but really?  On a neighbourhood about two RL hours old?

There is a warning from a previous CTD log (oddly, though, not from this crash) that I may not have enough RAM (a miserable 2GB, whereas the PetsBox insists 1.5GB should be enough).  Will have to get the spousal unit to assist with acquiring more RAM.
4  TS2: Burnination / The Podium / Re: Apocalypse! How many are left? on: 2009 July 08, 03:07:49
Haven't even bothered arrquiring TS3.  The reports here and elsewhere indicate that it's just not that interesting.

Still plodding along in TS2, where for the first time I've actually gotten an entire neighbourhood and sub hoods into their third generation without either getting bored and starting from scratch or being bugged into oblivion by a new EP (yes, JM, I need to make more backups).

And Yeah to more Awesomeland!

(edited to fix my stupidity)
5  TS3/TSM: The Pudding / The World Of Pudding / Re: THE HORROR: The REAL TS3 Scoop As It Unfolds on: 2009 May 29, 13:21:45
So, if I'm figuring correctly, it would cost $80 ($79.75) to buy everything up on the Sims 3 Store right now.  For the cost of 2 regular Sims 2 EP's you get 142 items, 16 outfits and 11 hairs and 0 new features. Fuck EA.
First we get bugs, and only half of the game. And now they expect us to pay ransom for the second half of the game?  How stupid do they think we are?  Angry

... I'd say about as stupid as your average BBSer.
6  TS3/TSM: The Pudding / The World Of Pudding / Re: THE HORROR: The REAL TS3 Scoop As It Unfolds on: 2009 May 20, 07:05:53
I may have to get the fiance to arrquire this for me (he is much more adept at arring than I).  Seeing screenshots is one thing, but I suddenly have the desire to experience THE HORROR for myself.

In one respect, it might work nicely if I feel the need to play Legacy style.  Let those sims kill themselves off!  Oh, that reminds me: do townies respawn to replace those who have kicked the bucket?  I remember reading in one of the plethora of L&P that they would, and this idea made me sad.

Then again the fiance arrquired Splotch for me months ago and I still haven't gotten around to testing it out.

7  TS2: Burnination / The Podium / Re: the fighting skill, can be changed ??? on: 2009 April 22, 12:40:51
Yeah, kids can 'tease' toddlers.  Kids can also 'torment' other kids (as can teens and other teens) - as the want says, sometimes the only way to show you care is to make a royal nuisance of yourself.  Ok, maybe it doesn't say that exactly.  They barge up to the other sim, wave their arms in their faces, grab at them and run off.  If the target accepts, they run after the instigator and give back as good as they get, and the relationship moves upward.  Apparently the target can also refuse to play along, and turn into a giant puddle of tears.

I've not yet seen the second reaction to tormenting, even if they don't know or like each other.  Apparently my sims enjoy a bit of arm waving too much.
8  TS2: Burnination / The Podium / Re: Sims 2 and Windows 7 on: 2009 February 24, 05:05:54
Considering the pattern Windows OS's have followed over the years 7 may become the new XP.

Windows 95 - Sucked
Windows 98 - Good
Windows ME - Sucked
Windows XP - Good
Windows Vista - Sucked
Windows 7 - ??

Only time can tell.  But if the pattern holds....

You know I almost agreed with you... except Windows 98 sucked arse.  Blue Screens of Death were so common I could almost set my watch to it.  Then the system practically imploded with 4 BSODs in 15 minutes, and convinced me to upgrade to Windows XP.

As for Vista... meh.  It's there.  Doesn't seem to be causing any problems.  Only annoyance was the 'Are you SURE you want to run that program you just clicked download, and then double clicked on?  Are you SURE about that?  Why don't we ask the administrator, who is you anyway?  Hi AdminYou!  Do you want to let You run this program that You downloaded and then double clicked on?  Yes?  Ok, we'll do that then.'  And that can be turned off.

Oh and when I was looking at new computers, pre-installed XP cost more than pre-installed Vista.
9  TS2: Burnination / The Podium / Re: Pregnacy and Apartments on: 2009 January 15, 23:27:46
I have had a few pregnant sims in apartments (a few at the same time!) and I can't say I've had this problem.  I play each apartment for a sim day.

The only problem I've seen with having babbies in apartments is that when the babby is born and placed in a cot, when I go to the next apartment every man and his dog is trying to go to the apartment to hold the babby (but can't because the door is locked).  When they do go to the apartment to visit, the babby is lying on the floor near the door and the cot is unclickable.  They can pick the baby up and feed it though.  When I go back to the babby's apartment, he/she/it is safely back in the cot.
10  TS2: Burnination / Oops! You Broke It! / Re: Some Sims' job-hunting abilities broken on: 2009 January 05, 01:55:32
Obviously LFT diplomas aren't worth the pixels they are printed on Tongue

Or you could insert however many economy jokes you like here.

Actually, I have heard of this before... somewhere, a long time ago.  I'm assuming it was here; I'll go searching.

EDIT: hmm... nope, can't seem to find anything.  I will leave it to more awesome people and do some real work.
11  TS2: Burnination / Oops! You Broke It! / Re: M&G Breaks Everything (well, almost) on: 2008 December 31, 07:14:47
Well I'm going to take back what I said about M&G breaking my build mode.  I went back in and built a lovely apartment lot called Inola Flats as a test today.  Everything worked as per normal.  I'm going to put this one down to general computer weirdness somehow connected to the keyboard problem I had on closing the game yesterday. Huh

I haven't retested body skilling yet though, we'll see eventually.
12  TS2: Burnination / Oops! You Broke It! / Re: M&G Breaks Everything (well, almost) on: 2008 December 30, 09:46:35
Ah HA!  I knew I'd seen it somewhere before.  Will get a fresh copy of alfixes.
13  TS2: Burnination / Oops! You Broke It! / M&G Breaks Everything (well, almost) on: 2008 December 30, 09:38:38
ACK!  I broke down and bought M&G today (I had a gift card and it was half price Smiley) and already have three problems.  (I installed a no-cd crack too, none of that SecuROM nastiness for me!)

First, I had a sim start doing yoga.  She had 3 body points and did yoga for all of five minutes and gained 5 extra body points by the time I stopped her.  I've seen this mentioned somewhere before but I'm buggered if I can remember where I saw it or how to stop it - if it can be stopped.

Second and probably more importantly, I can't place doors or windows.  I can select them in build mode but they won't come out into the world for me to place them.  I have no idea what could be causing this.  It was a brand new lot I had just placed so I'm completely stumped.  I was going to check out existing lots but I accidentally hit 'Exit' instead of going back to the neighbourhood and couldn't be bothered waiting for it to load again.

Thirdly, when I did exit from the game something had gone haywire with my keyboard (typing 'o' brought up a save dialog, hitting 'esc' brought up the start menu, weirdness like that).  Rebooting the computer fixed that problem - otherwise I'd be having a hell of a time trying to type this!!

14  TS2: Burnination / The Podium / Re: No wants to join Greek House. on: 2008 December 04, 03:42:04
Every romance and popularity sim used to get the want.  Occasionally I would get one of the other aspirations get a want to join, but typically only if they already knew someone else in a Greek House.

Now, nobody.  I'm not especially fussed, as I tend to just push my students through their studies to get them back into the main neighbourhood faster (Social life?  What is this?), but it does strike me as odd that nobody wants it anymore.

(edited to clarify a little better)
15  TS2: Burnination / The Podium / Re: No wants to join Greek House. on: 2008 December 04, 00:55:54
Just a note that I've been having the same problem, and I have Pes's Director's Cut (minus a few features I didn't feel the need for), and a swag of twojeff's hacks, but nothing that seems to be connected to this.
16  TS2: Burnination / Oops! You Broke It! / Re: Alien baby born with brown eyes? on: 2008 November 25, 11:53:55
Yup, I had my first alien baby with blue eyes born the last time I visited Strangetown.  I then promptly deleted the neighbourhood because I've never really been a fan.

Ye Olde Prima Guide says there's a 50/50 chance that the baby will have human eyes.  I say it's more like 97/3 it'll have alien eyes.
17  TS2: Burnination / Oops! You Broke It! / Re: Burglar appears as walkby, WTF? on: 2008 November 21, 01:49:11
I spotted one casing out the J'Adore Bakery owned by the Jacquets, or whatever they call themselves.  Game hasn't blowed up yet.
18  TS2: Burnination / The Podium / Re: Look out!!! M&G runs from its own disk, not latest EP. on: 2008 November 19, 03:42:10
Also under the roofing there is an new tool to set the angle of roofs so the individualroofslopeangle cheat is no longer necessary.  It can be done with a simple slider to set the number of the angle and then click on the roof you want to change. 

GAH!  WANT!  Except I am anti-Stuff Pack.  I can has dilemma?
19  TS2: Burnination / Oops! You Broke It! / Re: Platinum Urns Float on: 2008 November 19, 00:23:26
I'm sure there are self sims far more worthy of death than Emma... Grin
20  TS2: Burnination / Oops! You Broke It! / Re: Platinum Urns Float on: 2008 November 18, 01:50:02
Does it work if Stupid Vecki-Type People ask?
21  TS2: Burnination / The Podium / Re: How to get rid of SecuRom, NOW on: 2008 October 09, 23:35:19
No, it's meant to open a new command window - this one is in Administrator mode.

You have to be kidding me, that was it!

Only one file came up though. I clicked "Y" for it anyway, and unchecked the "hide protected operating system files", but I can still see them inside SecuROM's subfolder. Did I miss something crutial, or should I try using the Delinvfile?

I've gotten so confused. I just want this to be over with now.

Oh, and this bit didn't work for me with the "del /F /AH *".  Instead I typed "del *.*".  That did the trick.  I'm pretty sure I made mention of that in my post... Sigh, I wrote all that for nothing... woe!  Alas!  Alack!
22  TS2: Burnination / The Podium / Re: Playing AL without apartments: witches enough? on: 2008 October 02, 01:33:34
One (slightly) annoying thing about the ceilings - and it's not that big a deal - is that you need a floor in on the level above for the ceiling to show.
How is that different from real life?

Just an annoyance on the pre-AL homes, especially the single story ones, they didn't have floors inserted on the level above because, well, there WAS no level above to concern yourself with!

As I go through the houses with this issue I just insert a ceiling/floor above, even if I have to cheat a little to afford it on the houses that are dirt poor.
23  TS2: Burnination / The Podium / Re: How to get rid of SecuRom, NOW on: 2008 October 01, 01:24:44
Apologies for big long quotes in advance - this is what I had to do differently in the EVIL world of Vista.

How do I get rid of that nasty, interfering DRM?
Quote from: muridae
Download regdelnull.exe and place it in C:\
Go to "Run" and type in "cmd", then type the following:

cd C:\
regdelnull hkcu -s
regdelnull hku -s
The two regdelnull calls above will scan the whole of HKEY_CURRENT_USER (abbreviated to HKCU) and HKEY_USERS (abbreviated to HKU). It's possible you may find other null registry keys during the scans, since you're not targeting *just* the SecuROM keys doing it this way. regdelnull will prompt you with the full pathname of every key it finds though, which will contain the name "SecuROM" if it's one of the ones you're after, so you can check names and only respond "y" to delete those two.

This worked normally.

Follow the guidelines below ripped from
* Step 3: Removal of the Securom service and related utilities.
Open a Windows command prompt and change directory to "c:\windows\system32". Type "uaservice7 /remove". This will stop the Securom user access service, and clean up its relevant registry entries. On the Windows command prompt type "regsvr32 /u cmdlineext.dll". Reboot and then manually delete the files "uaservice7.exe" and "cmdlineext.dll" from "c:\windows\system32". Note: Both of these files are Securom installed files which can be verified by checking their file properties (Right click - Properties).

This also worked normally, aside from uaservice7.exe not appearing in the directory.  That could simply be a configuration thing (and I've seen it mentioned in thread so I'm not too distressed about it)
* Step 4: Removal of Securom files under "C:\Documents and Settings".
Securom installs a hidden directory with 6 files under "C:\Documents and Settings\<Your Administrator name>\Application Data\Securom". The first 4 ordinary text files can simply be manually deleted once Windows explorer has been configured to show hidden files and folders. The two remaining malformed nominally unremoveable files require a special method to delete: Invoke a Windows command prompt with full Administrator privileges by typing the following into a Windows command prompt: "at <your current time + 1 minute> /interactive %systemroot%\system32\cmd.exe" e.g. "at 9:02pm /interactive %systemroot%\system32\cmd.exe". This will open a new Administrator command line when the time set has been attained.

This was a little different.  Vista denied access to schedule running cmd as an adminstrator (this is where it protects you from yourself, because obviously, if you can enter the command as above, you're obviously going to do something which will make your computer asplode Roll Eyes ).  Instead of going into Command prompt and then scheduling it to run as an administrator, click on the 'start' button, if cmd doesn't automatically come up in the list, type cmd in the search box, when it does appear, right click on it and choose 'Run as administrator'.

In this new command prompt change directory into the Securom folder e.g. "cd C:\Documents and Settings\<Your Administrator name>\Application Data\Securom". Issue the following command to show the two remaining hidden malformed files: "dir /A". To delete the two remaining hidden malformed files issue the following command: "del /F /AH *". Confirm "yes" for each of the two file deletions of the malformed files. Finally, the directory "C:\Documents and Settings\<Your Administrator name>\Application Data\Securom" can be deleted as per normal practice from within Windows explorer.

Instead of typing "del /F /AH *", because that didn't seem to delete the files, I typed "del *.*".  When I then ran a dir /a, the files were gone.  The Securom folder was then happy to be removed as per the above.

2. Double check your registry files. Still see any keys under HKEY_CURRENT_USER---Software---Securom? Just delete the suckers. Won't blow up.


3. If that damned SecuRom folder still can't be deleted, even after correctly following the instructions above, download DelinvFile from . Run the executable and find the C:\Documents and Settings\YOUR NAME HERE\Application Data\Securom folder and open the sub-folder. (Sorry, mine's gone, but I believe it was named "User Data"). On the right, choose each malformed file and delete. Go back into My Computer and delete that SecuRom folder for once and all.

N/A for me so don't know if there was anything different.

4. To not get it again, you need to start loading from a no-CD crack. I get mine at I recommend any versions by Fairlight. Make sure that, if you have patched your game, you get the patched version of the crack. Go to "C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 LAST EP\TSBin" and change the name of the crack to whatever you like. Then place the crack in the same folder. Make a shortcut to this on your desktop, and run the game from this new shortcut.

Yup.  This worked exactly the same.

Last night after playing off the no-cd, I idly went into Registry and noticed Securom had snuck back into the registry files.  However like I mentioned in my previous post it had no qualms about being deleted again, and didn't appear in my Application Data directories (yes, I made sure hidden files and folders were visible), so not sure if there's a problem there or not.

EDIT - Played again last night, Securom didn't find its way back in that time.  Vecki's inconsistent computer behaves inconsistently. Roll Eyes
24  TS2: Burnination / Oops! You Broke It! / Re: My Game is Bork, but I'm pretty sure it's not my fault. on: 2008 September 30, 06:32:59
Open the cases up and blow out any dust.  Dust caused some crashing problems I had a while back because it meant the fan couldn't work properly - not quite the same as yours though.

Here's info on the NVIDIA crash bug:
25  TS2: Burnination / The Podium / Re: 2nd user account, separate game? on: 2008 September 30, 05:30:13
When I had the second XP account, it was mainly because trying to load TS2 in the admin account took a good 20 minutes just to get to the neighbourhood screen.  The second account literally took 7 minutes to get from putting the disk in to getting into a lot, despite all of the CC I had.
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