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Long save time
« on: 2011 October 29, 12:25:02 »
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Hi,

I'm running :
Windows XP Pro 64 bit
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450 W of power supply
3G of RAM DDR2-SDRAM

My game takes about 1.5 hours onwards to save.
Could this be memory related? I'm planning on having 4G of memory max, would this help?
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« Reply #1 on: 2011 October 29, 15:03:19 »
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I admire your patience levels to let a program sit for an hour and a half unresponsive, I would have axed it after 5 minutes. This is not memory related, it's likely your town is just burnt toast. How about doing something logical like trying a fresh town and see if it still occurs? And for heaven's sake, find your End Process button.
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« Reply #2 on: 2011 October 29, 17:13:56 »
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I used to get long save times, until I reinstalled the game. *shrugs*
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« Reply #3 on: 2011 October 29, 22:19:58 »
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Try nuking memories with awesomemod. clearmemories I think is the command.
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« Reply #4 on: 2011 October 29, 22:41:39 »
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Also this.
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« Reply #5 on: 2011 October 30, 03:29:24 »
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It's an old neighbourhood, about 950 Mb in size but still, 1.5 hours?
New neighbourhood takes just minutes.
I tried re-compressing, is this also known as decrapifying but every time it takes only about 5 Mb out of my save file. I'll give it another try.
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« Reply #6 on: 2011 October 30, 03:30:31 »
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It's an old neighbourhood, about 950 Mb in size but still, 1.5 hours?
New neighbourhood takes just minutes.
I tried re-compressing, is this also known as decrapifying but every time it takes only about 5 Mb out of my save file. I'll give it another try.

Two different things.
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« Reply #7 on: 2011 October 30, 05:16:46 »
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The only way I've found to fix this is to use Twallan's Porter to port out the sims I wanted to keep and re-import into a fresh new hood.
I'm not sure what causes this kind of save game bloat, but it seems related to how many households have been made active.
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« Reply #8 on: 2011 October 30, 05:42:58 »
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It's an old neighbourhood, about 950 Mb in size but still, 1.5 hours?
Sheesh. *950* MBs?!? Something is WRONG with that neighborhood.
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« Reply #9 on: 2011 October 30, 05:58:04 »
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It's an old neighbourhood, about 950 Mb in size but still, 1.5 hours?
Sheesh. *950* MBs?!? Something is WRONG with that neighborhood.

Could it be my processor dying to process the game? Yup, about 940 Mb now, it fluctuates around 930s to 960s. The save file has been there since 2009 I think when I first started to play.
I'll try re-compressing it.
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« Reply #10 on: 2011 October 30, 07:09:06 »
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No, I think the problem is that your save is 950 MBs, and since the game attempts to compress save files to save disk space, this results in enormously long save times, as if you attempted to use s3rc on the entire Fullbuild packages, a problem made significantly worse by the fact that the game tries to do the entire thing in a single thread, so the game gets zero performance benefit whatsover out of modern computars.
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« Reply #11 on: 2011 October 30, 09:36:42 »
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It's an old neighbourhood, about 950 Mb in size but still, 1.5 hours?
Out of curiosity, how long does it take for your game to load, if it takes 1.5 hours just to save?
And when you said "950 Mb in size", did you mean the whole save folder (including vacation 'hoods), or just .nhd file for the main 'hood?

The save file bloat and increasingly longer loading time is the one reason that I don't play TS3 as much as I used to play TS2. It's hard to develop any attachment to the game when you know that the eventual save file bloat will make the game almost unplayable.
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« Reply #12 on: 2011 October 30, 09:40:48 »
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I'm actually somewhat unclear as to what is *IN* these save files that causes them to bloat like that, since I have never seen a save file bloat to such mammoth proportions.
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« Reply #13 on: 2011 October 30, 10:43:21 »
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I'm sorry if I used the wrong term, I meant the whole folder is 950 Mb. The .nhd (Sunset valley)  file is about 289 Mb.
It takes about 20-30 mins to load.

Should I re-compress the .nhd (Sunset Valley) file?
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« Reply #14 on: 2011 October 30, 12:23:24 »
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No, that won't really help. First, it helps to identify what the largest and most bloated file is. Take a look inside the save directory and try to determine which file appears to be of unreasonable size.
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« Reply #15 on: 2011 October 30, 12:45:06 »
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Okay.
These are the files :
1a5tf1l3.dat : 26 b                                               
China_0x0859db4c.nhd : 57.8 Mb
China_0x0859db4cExportDB.package : 4.99 Mb
Egypt_0x0859db48.nhd : 175 Mb
Egypt_0x0859db48ExportDB.package : 4.66 Mb
France_0x0859db50.nhd : 48.5 Mb
France_0x0859db50ExportDB.package : 6.66 Mb
Meta.data : 297 b
Sunset Valley_0x0859db3c.nhd : 289 Mb
Sunset Valley_0x0859db3cExportDB.package : 130 Mb
TravelDB.package : 232 Mb

I'm not so sure how to see which files are abnormally large.
Maybe the Egyptian and Sunset Valley files are a little big.
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« Reply #16 on: 2011 October 30, 19:57:09 »
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All of that looks awfully huge. Are you taking way too many junk photos or something? I am presently investigating travelDB bloat.
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« Reply #17 on: 2011 October 31, 12:20:54 »
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Okay.
I used to take photos last time, but hardly nowadays. Also I used to travel a lot but not much nowadays. I have a graveyard since the first days where it hosts ghosts of sims since I first played.
The bloat has nothing to do with the age of the neighbourhood?
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« Reply #18 on: 2011 October 31, 14:26:32 »
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I have a certain amount of difficulty imagining 250+ MBs worth of ghosts, although I suppose it could be possible. If I were you, I'd pull open the NHD file in IngePE and see what the most commonly seen things in the file are.
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« Reply #19 on: 2011 November 01, 20:32:28 »
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Have you switched houses very often?  Every time I switched to a house I hadn't played before added around 5MB of additional bloat to my neighborhood .nhd.
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« Reply #20 on: 2011 November 05, 02:12:42 »
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Okay.
I've downloaded sim3pe.
Here is what I found                                         
China_0x0859db4c.nhd : Lots of files with the tag UNKN.
China_0x0859db4cExportDB.package : Lots of files with the tag TXTF and TXTC.
Egypt_0x0859db48.nhd : Lots of files with the tag UNKN.
Egypt_0x0859db48ExportDB.package : Lots of files with the tag TXTF and TXTC.
France_0x0859db50.nhd : Lots of files with the tag UNKN.
France_0x0859db50ExportDB.package : Lots of files with the tag TXTF and TXTC.
Sunset Valley_0x0859db3c.nhd : Lots of files with the tag SNAP, UNKN and some INV.
Sunset Valley_0x0859db3cExportDB.package : Lots of files with the tag TXTF and TXTC.
TravelDB.package : Between the files with the tag SIME and UNKN and some IMG.

But I have no idea what they are. Only can guess that txt are text files, img are image files and maybe unkn are unknowns?

@ GnatGoSplat, yes I do switch houses quite often, I play a household for a few days and then I normally will switch.
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« Reply #21 on: 2011 November 05, 02:24:04 »
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All the travel and export DBs can be burninated with no apparent effects, I've found. You may also try using IngePE to destroy all of the SNAPs, but that part is untested.
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« Reply #22 on: 2011 November 05, 02:28:09 »
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Okay.
Does this mean I can delete the travel and export dbs? Will they regenerate?
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« Reply #23 on: 2011 November 05, 05:54:40 »
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Yes. If you strike them down, they'll just come back, and pick up all their stuff.
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« Reply #24 on: 2011 November 06, 11:38:11 »
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I've deleted the travel and export dbs. They haven't regenarated so far. It still takes about 30 mins to load and 1.5 hours to save.
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