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Mailbox problems with AM installed
« on: 2012 November 21, 23:36:58 »
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I've just reinstalled Sims 3 with all the expansions. I used AwesomeMod from the beginning, but only just came across a bug.
Whenever my sim 'gets mail' from the mailbox, the game semi-freezes. I don't know if you have a proper term for it, but the sim freezes, the weather effects continue, trees sway, all that stuff continues, but the game is kind of... I dont know... paused. I can't click on anything, my cursor stays the same no matter what I hover over. I have to Alt-Tab out then close the process in Task Manager. I tried using the debug to delete the mailbox and place a new one, but it happened again the next time there was mail to collect.

If I remove Awesomemod, then I can access the mailbox fine, and I can save, put AM back on, and continue playing. But it happens every time I use the mailbox now, so I can't keep up the song and dance every 5 minutes.

I tried searching, but I haven't played TS3 for a long time, so I don't know if I am searching for the right terms.
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Re: Mailbox problems with AM installed
« Reply #1 on: 2012 November 22, 00:06:32 »
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I have had trouble with letterboxes as you describe too. I ctrl-clicked (or ctrl-shift-clicked, can't remember) on the mailbox and opened its inventory. It was full of boxes of omni-seeds and bills to pay. I nuked them all and the mailbox works again. I'm inclined to think it's the omni-seeds and not AM, but I also suspect AM is not getting the bills paid because of the blockage.
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« Reply #2 on: 2012 November 22, 10:00:26 »
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I tried looking for the inventory you mentioned (tried Shift-Click, Ctrl-Shift-Click) and couldn't find it.
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Re: Mailbox problems with AM installed
« Reply #3 on: 2012 November 22, 10:36:41 »
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Do you use Awesomemod with debug mode on?

Also, did you try ctrl-click, which was the first suggestion I made.
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« Reply #4 on: 2012 November 22, 11:21:30 »
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Yeah, I tried all different combinations of Ctrl, Alt and Shift.
I also tried with testingcheatsenabled on, and buydebug on. I got an option to 'Nuke', and another time (I think Shift-Click) gave me some cheat options, but even then the only option for the mailbox was delete, everything else was the standard cheats that come with testingcheatsenabled.

Edit: I should mention that I cannot send Love Letters any more. The option is greyed out, and when I hover over it, it says there are no available writing surfaces, despite there being available surfaces in my house.
Also, there was no problem when I started playing with this sim, I could use the mailbox with no problems (sending/receiving love letters, mailing gems/minerals to be cut/smelted etc.)

Edit 2: I nuked the mailbox, then got another one in by using buydebug. It was working fine for a while, I could send and receive mail, but it just happened again.
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« Reply #5 on: 2012 November 22, 13:07:58 »
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I guess it's probably debug interactions (setconfig debuginteractions true) which brings up EA's debugging commands and then it should be ctrl-shift-click.
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« Reply #6 on: 2012 November 22, 13:17:18 »
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Ahh thank you!
I just tried it, and I have 3 omni seeds in the mailbox. Looks like that could be the cause. Any way I can get them, or should I just delete them?

Edit: I put them in my inventory then nuked them, but it seems every day or so the postman delivers more. Is there a way I can give myself an omni seed to try and stop them arriving in the post?
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« Reply #7 on: 2012 November 22, 20:11:31 »
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I had to nuke all the seeds I found, they had no interactions. Haven't checked the letterbox since.

Did you find a pile of unpaid bills? 'Cos that would be the only link to AM.
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« Reply #8 on: 2012 November 22, 21:43:29 »
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I did occasionally find bills, but they seemed to be love letters that are mislabelled.
I've started a new sim in a custom world (Union Cove), so I'll see if it happens again.
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« Reply #9 on: 2012 November 22, 22:13:17 »
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That's interesting. I had a mail box die on me. I could still pay bills but every time I tried to collect the contents of it the game would freeze - permenantly. I thought it was just an imaginary friend that had arrived (I couldn't think of anything else it might be), but I had sent a love letter out earlier. I shall have to have a look.

PS - removing all the omni seeds and multiple 'bill' versions re-enabled the get mail option. My mail box works again - where the fuck did those seeds come from? None of my Sims in this house are gardeners.
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« Reply #10 on: 2012 November 23, 05:48:22 »
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I had this problem in my game, though at the time I was unable to figure out the solution to it and I no longer have that save.  I don't have Supernatural or Seasons, but I my game is fully patched and the only mod I use is AM.  Was the ability to send love letters included with the patch?  Because if so, I've never seen that option in my game.  And if not, I can verify that love letters are not the problem.
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Re: Mailbox problems with AM installed
« Reply #11 on: 2012 November 24, 06:45:40 »
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once the omni seeds (that no one ordered) are in the sim's inventory, how do you destroy them? I can't click on them at all. I have to use the 'take all' button from the mail box to get them out.
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Re: Mailbox problems with AM installed
« Reply #12 on: 2012 November 24, 15:06:36 »
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This isn't an AwesomeMod issue.  I've had the Omni Seed issue and the "No available writing surface" issue happen in my game too, and I don't use Awesomemod.
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« Reply #13 on: 2012 November 25, 15:10:08 »
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Oh right. It's weird that if I remove AM the problem goes away though.
My new sim now has the same problem too. He just hit 5 in Gardening, and the first time he accessed the mailbox the game froze. I haven't checked to see if there is an omniseeds in the mailbox.
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« Reply #14 on: 2012 November 25, 15:11:40 »
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once the omni seeds (that no one ordered) are in the sim's inventory, how do you destroy them? I can't click on them at all. I have to use the 'take all' button from the mail box to get them out.

If you Ctrl-Click (I think) there should be a 'Nuke' option on them.
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« Reply #15 on: 2012 November 25, 15:36:31 »
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I checked, and yup, once again, omni plants. Notice I said omni PLANTS, not seeds.

Here's a screenshot: http://i.imgur.com/e662U.jpg
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« Reply #16 on: 2012 November 25, 20:57:52 »
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If you Ctrl-Click (I think) there should be a 'Nuke' option on them.
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Thanks.

So, I saved the game right before going to the mailbox, took out my entire mods folder, and my sim pulled out a random present. I've taken out AM and my mods listed as hacks, but left all my other custom content in and still have the omni plant issue. I'm not sure at this point what is causing the issue, but whatever it is, it's connected to the 'no wedding presents' issue for me. Will do further testing.


edit: *facepalm*  I had an extra awesome.package hidden in my skins folder. Confirmed that this is an awesomemod issue for me.
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Re: Mailbox problems with AM installed
« Reply #17 on: 2012 November 25, 21:58:57 »
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once the omni seeds (that no one ordered) are in the sim's inventory, how do you destroy them? I can't click on them at all. I have to use the 'take all' button from the mail box to get them out.

If you Ctrl-Click (I think) there should be a 'Nuke' option on them.
I have the debuginteractions enabled, and I don't get any options when I click on the omni plants in my inventory. There's five of them there, now.
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« Reply #18 on: 2012 November 25, 22:02:27 »
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The only custom content, other than AM, is the no intro mod, and loads of store content in monthly .package files, plus 2 custom worlds. The custom worlds weren't installed when I first had the problem. Also both my sims were single, so no wedding presents to speak of.
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« Reply #19 on: 2012 November 25, 22:19:28 »
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Re: Mailbox problems with AM installed
« Reply #20 on: 2012 November 25, 23:10:58 »
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once the omni seeds (that no one ordered) are in the sim's inventory, how do you destroy them? I can't click on them at all. I have to use the 'take all' button from the mail box to get them out.

If you Ctrl-Click (I think) there should be a 'Nuke' option on them.
I have the debuginteractions enabled, and I don't get any options when I click on the omni plants in my inventory. There's five of them there, now.

Either do what Madame Mim suggested, or use the AM Custom Config, and turn on Debug mode, which will then give you the 'Nuke' option.
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« Reply #21 on: 2012 November 26, 05:10:08 »
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Actually that won't work. You need the debug on to get them into your 'pocket', but that doesn't enable deleting them. You need put in the other config to enable deleting them.
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« Reply #22 on: 2012 November 26, 21:29:44 »
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I got the excact issue. Quite annoying when you're at 3rd generation and you never saved once.
I'm fairly new to Sims 3. What are these Omni-seeds, and how do i avoid them ?
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« Reply #23 on: 2012 November 27, 04:55:51 »
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I've just reinstalled Sims 3 with all the expansions. I used AwesomeMod from the beginning, but only just came across a bug.
Whenever my sim 'gets mail' from the mailbox, the game semi-freezes.
I am investigating this, but can't reproduce it. Someone send me a save where their mailbox is jammed like this.
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Re: Mailbox problems with AM installed
« Reply #24 on: 2012 November 27, 16:52:50 »
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I got the excact issue. Quite annoying when you're at 3rd generation and you never saved once.
I'm fairly new to Sims 3. What are these Omni-seeds, and how do i avoid them ?

If you make it to three generations without ever saving your game, you deserve to have it blow up in your face.
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