Sunday, February 10, 2013

For Those Experiencing Lag, Crashes, Errors...


Prior to releasing this, I felt confident that most of you would be able to run the world at least semi-comfortably. Nonetheless, I have received feedback of lagginess, crashes, and save errors. So for those experiencing these issues, here are a couple of things I highly recommend.

  1. Download Gamebooster. It's a freeware program that shuts down unnecessary programs while you're gaming, making your game run smoother.
  2.  Download FPS Limiter and set it up. This caps the frame-rate of your game and makes it run much smoother. Tutorial after the jump.
  3. Turn off Anti-virus protection, and your Firewall (Turn off your internet feed prior to doing this!). This will also make your game run smoother.



How to use the FPS Limiter (Click on images to enlarge):

First, ensure that you have java installed and updated.

Now, once you've unpacked it and have it in a folder

1.) Click on FPS_Limiter.gui
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2.) Now on the new menu, click on D3D9


3.) Now go to 'Search Executable'. We are looking for The Sims 3 game executable (TS3W.exe). It will be found in Program Files(or maybe program filesx86)/Electronic Arts/Sims 3/Game/Bin/TS3W.exe (Note that this bypasses The Sims 3 game launcher)

It will look like this


4.) Click open, and now select a frame-rate. Anywhere from 30-60 should be optimal
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5.) Now, click on 'create .bat'

6.) You should now have a file that looks like this

 This is what you will now launch the game from. You can send a shortcut to desktop and customize the icon so it's not so ugly. That's it, now your game should run smoother!

51 comments:

  1. thanks for your help! are there any solutions for Mac?? Cos Gamebooster is only for PC :(

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  2. The only thing I could find is this:

    http://alphaomega.software.free.fr/cpuspeedaccelerator/CPU%20Speed%20Accelerator.html

    I know nothing about it though

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  3. These tips were extremely useful, thanks ever so much :)

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    1. I'm glad to hear it. You're welcome.

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  4. Hi, just a warning- the Gamebooster installs a shit ton of shady software that you must manually uninstall...

    Thanks for this world, btw. I can't wait to try it out!

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    1. Do you mean like the toolbar and stuff like that? You have the option to not install those when running the GameBooster installation process. It is freeware though so that's pry how they make some revenue.

      I haven't noticed any unfamiliar programs on my PC, are these what you were referring to?

      Oh, hope all goes well with the world :)

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  5. I followed the steps to the FPS Limiter but when i try to launch it from the file it created from .bat i get a error saying windows can not find it!

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    1. I've never experienced that problem. Maybe try it again?

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  6. My Game Still Crashs even with the new beta and I've followed all the instructions and all I wanna do is Play this world!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. I'm really sorry to hear that. Could you try it on a fresh sims 3 folder (just where your saves are kept, I don't want you to reinstall or anything) without any other cc. Maybe some custom content is conflicting or something.

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  7. I got this error massage:

    A serious error has occured while loading "New York City.world". It is strongly recommended that you restart the application.

    I already copied the CC files to Mods folder as instructed, then I installed the NYC world with Late Night launcer, I don't understand where I went wrong, please help, thank you in advance.

    PS: I got the base game with World Adventures, High-End Loft Stuff, Create A Sim, Ambitions, Fast Lane Stuff and Late Night installed.

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    1. I've had this happen to me before (with a different world) and I have no idea why. Try uninstalling the world, clearing your caches, and re-downloading. I hope it helps...

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    2. Hi Daniel, first of all thank you very much for making NYC, this is awesome!! I finally able to play it!!

      As for the problem, I just found what causing the game to go error while loading NYC world, it seems like the game base needs to be version at least 1.27 (TS3W.exe not TS3.EXE)

      So after clean install with just base game + WA + Ambitions + LN + frameworksetup to install mods (framework setup can be found here: http://www.modthesims.info/wiki.php?title=Game_Help:Installing_Sims_3_Package_Files/Setup_and_Files), the game needs to be patch to a newer version.

      I found this when I was almost frustated to figure it out so I decided to install Hidden Springs World instead, the HS World package came with patch to run it when I download it (it patched the base game to 1.29 version), after it was installed, I accidently click NYC World and.. that's it.. it works!! lol

      So my conclusion is.. it doesn't just need WA Amb LN EPs to be able to enjoy NYC World, the base game needs to be patch to a newer version, I haven't try to install Generations EP when I made a new clean installations just now, but I think it needs at least Generations also to run it, because HS World won't run in LN but it does run well on Generations

      So I think you need to modify the tutorial to install NYC world so other player won't get confused, but anyways.. thank you very much for bringing New York to the game!! I hope you guys will make Seattle as well someday.. that's my home town.. lol, wish I can participate to help

      Best regards,

      PapaEmy

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    3. Glad you got it sorted. I'll add that the game needs to be updated.

      Generations is definitely not required though, because I don't even own Generations :)

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    4. I've tested NYC world today with all EPs and SPs (up to Showtime EP and Master Suite Stuff) installed and it went good, but I recommend to install game booster as well as my GTX280 is still experiencing a bit lags as well at 1st but not anymore with game booster, not sure about FPS Limiter yet as I haven't be able to download it yet..

      I think it's not hardware related because my PC spec is: AMD X3 720 unlocked to X4 @ 3.2Ghz with with 3 GB RAM dual channel Win 7 32bit and GTX280 512bit 1GB VRAM, but I think it's more likely compatibility issues with other softwares that causing the lags and game crashing, will update again as soon as I managed to get the FPS limiter and see what came up with the result

      Best regards,

      PapaEmy

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  8. I clicked on the FPS Limiter link and clicked the Download button, but I only seemed to have installed something called iLivid, but not the actual file in the first image under the How to Use the FPS Limiter heading. I don't know how to download it.

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    1. The link should be fixed now...

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    2. Thanks, the link is fixed! I followed all the instructions above, but when I clicked on TS3W.exe.limited.bat a message came up saying 'Service initialization failed'. What's that about?

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    3. do I have to join peejeshare to be able to download FPS Limiter? because when I clicked create download link it it still wont let me download it.. pls help, thanks

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    4. @Miranda
      Did you remove the .bat file from the folder in which it was created? I've never seen that error

      @Anon
      You shouldn't have to, but I've re-uploaded to MediaFire so check the link again

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  9. Will the gamebooster help with saving errors because when i try to save it says it cannot?... So will gamebooster help? Thanknyou i love this soooo much

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    1. It should, but I can't guarantee anything

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    2. I am trying now if it doesnt what else should i do?

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  10. Do the other things listed here, make sure you don't have any corrupt cc, lower graphical standards. Just the basic stuff you would do to ease the load on your PC

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  11. I keep crashing on load up of New York. I have uninstalled 3 times and deleted the caches. I all the expansions and patched with the latest patch.
    An error log says it can not find file Dasmx86dll.dll and should be in the TS3W under sims3. What can I do? I really want to get it loaded and have been trying for 2 days with no good results.
    Thanks for your help and such a great looking world.

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  12. I have no idea what that error message is. That sounds like a larger issue than just this world not working...

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    1. I guess it could be its just that the game has been running fine and I thought I would add this new world. Maybe someone will come up with something. Thanks anyway for you reply.

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    2. The error is a script error that shows up in the sims3 file. The load error is "a serious error has ocurred and we recomend you restart the computer". I read the script error and it said could not find Dasmx86dll.

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  14. Yeah I dont know what I'm doing wrong with this fps thing. I made sure i had updated Java and downloaded it. I then noticed that if I extracted the files i didn't have the .Jar file, when I clicked on the .exe file it would do a quick 0.2 sec flash and go away, and if I tried to make the .bat file nothing would happen. However, if I didn't extract the files and Opened them through winrar there would be the .jar executible file right there...weird. So when I tried to create the bat file that way and it worked but when i clicked on the file it would tell me

    "windows cannot find 'c:\users\xxxx\desktop\FPS_limiter.exe' make sure you typed the name correctly and try again"

    I'm confused :(

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  15. Hi Daniel, what a great world! excellent work, this is amazing!!! I'm ansious to play, but don't have all expansions required, only late night and world adventures...will it run without have the three expansions? some other stuff, lots and worlds run withouth some expansions...thanks again! Hope see soon this incredible world!

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    1. It does require all 3 EP's to load, sorry.

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  16. Note to all FPS users: If you create a shortcut to the new bat file and place it on your desktop it wont work.You have to use the file that's in the folder.

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  17. Found only one bug for me. My sim kids never go to school to the closest school building. For some reason they allways choose one that is on the other end of the city. Any idea what the reason could be for this?

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  18. Aww :(

    I was so exited about this when i first saw it on YouTube (clicked on the link by accident actually), I've been like 3 full hours reading carefully the "how to" and the FAQs in an effort to avoid screwing it all up, but well, looks like I did after all.

    The game crashes when I'm loading the world, the loading bar reaches like 2% and bam, "sims 3 has stopped working"

    Pc Specs:

    Mom Board: Asus P8P67-M Pro
    CPU: Intel Core i5-2500 @ 3.3Ghz
    Memory: Patriot DDR3 4Gb @1600Mhz (x2=8gb)
    Video Card: EVGA Nvidia GTX 550 Ti (Forceware 310.90)
    HDD: Western Digital caviar blue 320gb (29 free, game is not installed here) /// Seagate Barracuda 2tb (900gb free, the game is installed here)

    My base game version is 1.42, i have World Adventures, High-End Loft Stuff, Ambitions, Fast Lane Stuff, Late Night, Outdoor Living Stuff, Generations, Town Life Stuff, Pets, Master Suite Stuff, Show Time, Diesel Stuff, Supernatural, and seasons.

    I play the game at 1920x1080p max graphics options, so far 25 frames per second is as bad as it gets (heavy rain and rendering textures at the same time) it's 100-150 fps on sunny days.

    I downloaded the seasons versions and the custom content, it all installed just fine, I've never used mods so... I'm pretty sure I'm doing something wrong somewhere.

    I'll try setting my graphics at medium-low, just to be 100% sure it's not that.


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    1. Nope, nothing changed.

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    2. I don't know. You have all the EP's and meet the specs. Try removing 2 recommended mods and loading it. Also, maybe uninstall, and redownload. Maybe the dl corrupted or something.

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    3. Sorry but, what "2recommended mods" are you talking about?

      As you said, i uninstalled and erased the city, re-downloaded and re-installed it, it's still all the same.

      I'm going to uninstall the whole game, run Ccleaner, Defrag my HDD, and make a fresh install of everything (its gonna take a while) if my game is corrupted in anyway, that should take care of that.

      Thanks for the support so far, I'll back.

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    4. I meant the 'Shop from Inventory' and the 'Shop for Clothes' mods.

      The only other thing I can think is maybe you aren't patched up to 1.48? At any rate, re-download because I've since uploaded another version

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    5. I didn't re-installed, and tried to update to 1.48 when i saw your comment. Had an ugly registry error (i left the custom content untouched while updating, stupid mistake)so i had to uninstall anyway, after a short conversation with Mr. Regedit.exe, i was ready to install again.

      After a fresh install my game was working again, and this time, with the base game version 1.48, The city loaded within 120 seconds, I'm still looking for my jaw, dropped it somewhere when i saw the city.

      I had such a rush to play that i placed a single house hold (with a single sim in it). It reminded me that movie "I am Legend".

      Thank you very much for your work, and thank you very much for your help.

      I ❤ NY.

      Greetings from Venezuela.

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  19. When you click the bat button what's suppose to happen afterwards, cause nothing is happening??

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    1. So now, in your FPS limiter folder should be something along the lines of 'TS3.exe.limited' You can either double click on this to start the game or create a desktop shortcut of it (which you can customize) and use that

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  20. Thank you for posting this tutorial! I was using MATY's FPS Limiter Program in my game but it seemed to slow it down too much and my gameplay was laggy... which shouldn't happen because my graphics card and PC is more than powerful enough to run the Sims on max settings without problems. However, I removed MATY's FPS and I downloaded FPS Limiter 0.2 and it works GREAT! No more lag and such SMOOTH gameplay! I highly recommend this program guys! Especially if you're like me and the game was pushing out over 300+ FPS... don't kill your graphics cards, install this guys! You won't be sorry!

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    1. I'm glad it worked for you.

      I just want to clarify that I did not create the FPS Limiter. It is freeware and I simply uploaded it for everyone here.

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  21. Question about FPS- If I have expansions do I do it for the base game or for my last expansion installed?

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    1. You can do it either way. There is a universal executable in the base game folder called 'TS3W.exe'. This is what the launcher uses to start the game, I believe.

      Personally, I use my most recent expansion.

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  22. how can i use gamebooster together with fps limiter???

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    1. So, run the Gamebooster program first, and let it run in the background. Now, start up the game either from the .bat file in the FPS Limiter folder, or by using the desktop shortcut (if you made one)

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  23. hey my game go's to not responding every time I load the world what do I do?????? pls help

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  24. Hi Daniel,
    I downloaded this city and I installed it,I saved a copy of my household with home in the library,I chose to create a new game in newyork city,but .. when it wants to be loaded,suddenly i recieve the message " sims 3 stopped working " ,and the game is closed.how can I fix this problem?? :(
    it is really a good town,but if it is to have many problems,then tell me not to move to this new town,I prefer stay at bridgeport than to have these many problems,thank you very much Daniel.

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  25. I can't get FPS limiter to work.I have a high powered pc, but even so sometimes TS3 lags due to CC or mods.

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