i just bought the game Sims 3 and I can create a sim, but as soon as I go into building mode or even to play with the sim, it freezes, and then it goes black. I have all the requirements for the game. but I dont know what I should do about not being able to play the game in build mode, or live mode
Sounds like it's your graphics card, is it Nvidia? My game would run for a few minutes and the computer would just switch itself off.
So, if your card is Nvidia, you should do the following, it worked for me!!!
1 - Open the Control Panel
2 - Open the Nvidia Control Panel
3 - At the top of the Control Panel, select "Advanced Settings"
4 - Select "Advanced"
5 - On the side menu, click "Manage 3D Settings"
6 - Change "Conformant Texture Clamp" to "Use OpenGL specification"
7 - Change "Force Mipmaps" to "Trilinear"
8 - Change "Texture Filtering - Trilinear Optimization" to "On"
9 - Change "Vertical Sync" to "Force On"
Hello Sims 3 users.. At least make sure that there's space on your computer to make the game work..If it does'nt work then do this little hint(cheat) to help you.
1. Press CTRL, SHIFT, ALT , AND C(all together)..I don't know if this will work but it works on my sims 2 games..
2. If it works. You will see a blue box with a white strip on the bottom.Click the strip then press tab it would say something like auto patch then you enter. Bascily what auto patch is doing for you is fixing the problems with the game.So you Likely probably wont have any problems with the game.(hopefully)
3.If your game Freezez,and blacks out again then well.It probably did'nt work..If you really want your game fixed and you need hints on how to make it stop doing such an idiotic thing, then you should probably call Ea,or what/who/company made this game. Or you could go to Thesims3.com click contact.(if its there) and send them an email about how you've been having problems with your game. Probably they would have the contact number but if they say they don't know ask them questions like: Did you perpare the software correctly. and did you check your data files and things like that maybe they would answer another important one is if you ask them if they tested there product over and over and over..Maybe that should help you but I was glad to share that information with all of you sims3 users.
Launch The Sims 3.
Click on the '...' blue Options button on the lower left-hand side of the screen.
Click on the 'Options' menu item.
The 'Graphics' tab should be opened by default.
Uncheck the 'Enable Fullscreen Mode' button.
Click on the blue Check Mark button on the lower right-hand corner to save changes.
Re-start The Sims 3
I've played the sims 2 ever since it came out which was years ago and it never crashed.I played the sims 3 and it crashed 5 times in less than a hour I'm loosing everyting..I've played maybe 3 times before and it worked just fine it never crashed.it all freezes ,goes black and I have to click on the start or windows button and my computer shuts off. This is really annoying.What can I do to get it to stop crashing?
Try playing in windowed mode - Change the setting in the main menu as you start the game, before you choose your town. this seems to have worked with some ppl. Also, in windowed mode, reduce your resolution slightly. This reduces the strain on your pc's Graphics card. Hope this helps!
I had exactly the same problem when I first got the sims 3, too. If you have a laptop, does it feel like it get really hot underneath? If so, it is probably overheating. I have to make sure there is a gap underneath mine somehow, by wedging it between books. Mine never crashes as long as I make sure air can get underneath. As soon as I stop doing it, it overheats and crashes again. It's such a simple solution, but it helped me.
Quick question. Are you all or some of you running the bare minimum requirements? It would help more if you listed the actual specs of your computers. Remember the game has listed the "requirements" for the game to run, but they do not say "FANTASTIC game play with this minimum requirements".
My suggestion to those that have at least 2GB RAM, Dual COre Processors, and 512MB Video (that works with SIMS3)
You may have so much starting up on your computer taking up half of your RAM from the start. Are you running Vista? XP? Those two will play a major role when it comes to sims3 play and your Memory avail.
I highly recommend you check out this free little tool (its far better than any System Task Manager by far) to see what actually is running on your machines, and what you can or cannot shut down on start up or while running the game.
I hate that fact that all these software companies think we want their little piece of heaven to load on each system boot. Its annoying yes, but we as PC owners have to keep it under control. Find out whats running and much more by this free tool. http://www.gtopala.com/ Get the Standalone English Version (No Need for Pro) or get the multi language if needed.
Once you investigate a bit more to find out what you can safely shut down you may find Sims runs better. Another GREAT place to review is Black Vipors helpful settings. He tells you what you can safely shut down in the OS and more. Like what is the default, and if it is needed and why. I suggest you choose your proper OS i.e. XP, Vista ... this is the link to the XP SP3 32 bit http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/servicecfg.htm
GOOD LUCK everyone. I know how much you want to play the game so I figured I'd take the time to at least offer some help :)
My original Sims3 is turning fine on my aldi netbook and that means that the system requirements are really very low. SIMS3 Graphics are not much better then on my ATARI or Commodore 30 years ago.My Childrens game computers are freezing even after installing the last ATI and NVIDIA drivers(CTRL-Alt-Delete doesn't work). Quad processor and dual processors doesn't matter the problem is propably in the EA protection system. Why do I think that it is the EA protection system? The cracked SIMS3 version that I downloaded to try is turning 100%. Thank you EA because people who bought the game can't play it. I think some people at EA games should look for an other Job before EA loses lots of clients.
I really hope that EA can find a solution otherwise this is the last time I buy EA games for my children.
I LOVE the sims 3 and all of this is happening to me it kept getting worse and it was really hard but eventualy I stopped playing. If anyone can help this that would be sooo good because I REALLY wanna play
I am a HUGE Sims fan, just bought Sims 3 and does the exact same thing! Freeze randomly and goes black, I can do nothing but CONTROL - ALT - DELETE and close it down, UNSAVED! Driving me crazy! Should I uninstall and re-install? I'll lose my games!
Whenever I play the Sims 3 on my computor it crashes after 2-20 mins of gameplay. When it crashes it just freezes n whatever u press it wont do anything, u just have 2 turn off the computor via the power button. I'v deleted loads of my other games and have 2 gig of spare free memory. I've installed all updates n everything but it still freezes!
Hi, I have exactly the same problem, except it all loads fine until I get to the part where it loads the town. It gets to about a quatre of the way then suddenly switches off. I think there might be something blocking it?
It works fine on my PC and there are no problems what so ever, but its annoying me that it dosnt work on my laptop :@
we all need help now, EA must do something about it.
But before they give us help does anyone have any tips?
I'm sorta happy to see that it's not only me having these problems cause I thought I had been one of them unfortunate people who got a game that was screwed...
It really sucks that it happens. It shouldn't happen at all seeing it's so new.
I will snoop around to see if I can find some answers to this, but I'm guessing we will just have to wait a bit longer than this.
Good luck to you's, if you find a selution, please!!! Post it here and enlighten us ^^
UGHHHH same thing is happening to me too! I have way above the minimum requirements and I can't even create a sim without it crashing! I hope someone figures out what we can do about this soon. I'm so fustrated
Everyone! don't believe anyone who tells u to update ur graphics card, or u don't meet the minimum requierments and all that crap!!
actually some of us have the best graphics card and stuff, and we don't need to update anything!, I found out why this thing is not responding and acts really slow while playing and sometimes freezing, yesterday I thought of removing my mods folder from the sims 3 directory, I moved it to the desktop, and resorce.cfg too, when I played the game... YES! IT DIDN'T TURN TO THAT BLACK SCREEN AND IT'S FAST AND ALL! I got it back to what you used to be before I have this not responding problem
Yes, it's a download!, I'm sorry for these ppl who didn't install any mods or cc, I dunno what's your problem, but I hope you find out soon, but to those ppl who used to play the game with no crashes or anything and suddenly it began to turn to that dang black screen, CHECK UR DOWNLOADS!, there must be a hack or a mod or even a HAIRSTYLE! some ppl's mods or hacks are corrupted or maybe damages the game, even hairstyles, I read so many problems about installing peggy hairs and causing their game to crash, even if it's not peggy, it must be these unkown hairstyles, like converted ones or whatever
anyway I found what's making my game to no respond, and it's a hairstyle
the sims 3 acts so weird with CC, The sims 1 and the sims 2 didn't have so much problems with them though
I hope you find the download and delete IT!
Good Luck to everyone!