THE GAME WORKS AMAZINGLY WELL!
How to install in Linux:
Old gameplay in Linux:
New gameplay in Linux (recorded with GLC)
Thankyou Jake Ward
If you make a new starter on your desktop, then type "xgamma -gamma 1" (w/o quotes) as the command to run. Quickest way to reset gamma.
You should leave the game set to fullscreen and set the "Screen Size"
option to the resolution you chose in winecfg. The
game will change your screen's brightness, which is annoying, but
attempting to run it windowed inside the virtual desktop causes odd
problems. Although this is dependent on your video card and I myself did not get the problem.
"Enable Advanced Rendering" may not work for some. It's worked
fine in 1.1.21, but had some odd problems with it in 1.1.23.
Sometimes the screen, starting at the top left corner, would become
tinted with a colour, usually red, purple, or white. This hasn't
happened to in the slightly older wine, only 1.1.23.
Lighting and Shadows is slightly buggy at higher settings.
Specifically, there is a lot of flicker at times with certain shadows.
SAVE OFTEN. There still seems to be another memory leak, even
with the patched source. Try to save once or twice a day, game time.
Depending on what you're doing, the game may crash often or may only
crash rarely, but it will eventually crash. Large events, frequent
travel, and build mode all seem to cause this to occur faster. *Please note this may be fixed in newer wine versions
Downloading content doesn't work, but the launcher itself does,
and can be accessed easily from within Sims 3 (the "Open Launcher" menu
item). If you have access to a windows PC with the game installed, you
can download content, such as the Riverview town, there and then
transfer the .Sims3Pack files to your Linux install. Put the .Sims3Pack
files in My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Downloads\ ('My
Documents' being the path you set My Documents to above) and the
launcher should be able to install them.
*Please note this may be fixed in newer wine versions
OffscreenRenderingMode to fbo in regedit, the texture problems seem to
have disappeared altogether
To use the launcher you need to install dotnet20 via winetricks!
Receiving the following?
fixme:actctx:parse_depend_manifests Could not find dependent assembly
err:module:attach_process_dlls "MSVCR80.dll" failed to initialize, aborting
err:module:LdrInitializeThunk Main exe initialization for
L"\\Program Files\\The Sims 3\\Game\\Bin\\TS3.exe" failed, status c0000142
Fix by installing vcrun2005sp1 with "winetricks vcrun2005sp1"
If you have nvidia card and are having brightness issues, after entering the game, use the command 'nvidia-settings -l' (in terminal) or just launch the nvidia panel to solve the brightness problem. If the problem appears again, just repeat the command.
For ATI on Ubuntu 10.04 x64 the following works fine;
Go to System->Control Center->ATI Catalyst Control Center->Color and click the Default button. The colors now change back to normal.
Bug 18991 (crash loading a town) fix:
env WINEPREFIX="~/.wine" TZ="America/Bahia" wine "TS3.exe" Note: It might be best to change America/Bahia to your own TimeZone
Note that Greg Noe was able to download content (at least the Rivertown) by launching the Launcher from within the game, killing the TS3.exe process (launcher won't let you download while the game is running), and then just downloading like usual.
Here are the patch links: (if you have any more, feel free to post them)
How to get Origin to download
by Steven Wilson on Sunday May 18th 2014, 9:59
Use PlayOnLinux, then when you are making your wine prefix select wine version 1.5.28-Origin. It works but downloads are very slow. It took me almost 3 days of none stop downloading just to get the base game! I will be very happy when the wine devs get Origin figured out.
Would like to test the SimPort
by Metastopheles on Tuesday March 4th 2014, 2:29
I have played this game since it came out in Wine and it has played extremely well, I have tested just about all I can think of to test except one thing, and I need friends to do that.
I would like to try out the SimPort online feature that came with the Showtime expansion pack. If you are game enough, would you like to send an entertainer over, or would you like me to send you one? They don't have to be great, I just would like to see if the feature works in Wine.
I use the same name in the Sims as I do here, look me up if you are game. Let me know if you came from here when you look me up.
P.S. You will need the "Showtime" expansion pack to do this, I cannot provide you with the EP or any key for it, sorry.
Possible fix for crashes and freezes
by Zack Casey on Wednesday January 15th 2014, 15:53
If you get random to frequent crashes or varies freezes, you may be suffering from routing problems, too much memories, ect... Luckily, the community provides many fixes or help balance Sims 3's massive load.
First make sure you have Timidity installed on your computer. It's a native application that plays the midi output from the game. On Ubuntu and other Debian based systems you can install Timidity by running the following command:
Latest sims update breaks sims?
by Zootal on Tuesday June 25th 2013, 20:47
There was an update to Sims 3 in the last few days. I used to be able to launch ts3w.exe and get it to run fine. Now, when I run ts3w.exe it starts steam and then tries to start the launcher, rendering me effectively dead in the water because the launcher will not run:
System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object
at System.Windows.Forms.WebBrowser.Stop () [0x00000] in :0
at (wrapper remoting-invoke-with-check) System.Windows.Forms.WebBrowser:Stop ()
This is an old error that has been around for a while, and that is why I run ts3w.exe directly. Alas, that no longer works, and Sims 3 absolutely will not run.
Any idea how to get the main executable to run without it trying to run the Sims 3 launcher?
I installed the game using a 32-bit virtual drive and everything ran nice and smooth. Install finished with no warnings and no messages came up. However, when I try to run TS3.exe by going to the proper file path and typing "wine TS3.exe", the following appears:
Sims 3 Steam version won't launch. with Ubuntu 12.10
by lolan on Friday May 3rd 2013, 19:14
I have PlayonLinux and Wine 4.1 installed, both of which I believe are up to date. I have the Steam version of The Sims 3. Whenever I try to launch the game, a box pops up for maybe one second that says "set up microscoft part one" or some such thing. Then the screen just flickers and nothing happens.
Any advice? I can't download the game from another site right now. I want to use Steam anyway. Please help me get this great game running! Thank you!
Raw input broke the pause key
by David on Saturday March 23rd 2013, 6:46
Since Wine 1.5.13, which introduced "raw input", the pause key (key to the left of the number "1", above the TAB key) doesn't work.
Using the "0" or "P" key to pause works, but it is very inconvenient.
I use a Spanish keyboard. Changing the keyboard configuration in KDE to "Generic 105-key (intl)" doesn't help.
Sims 3 Pets - the infamous "no fluff" bug
by Gareth Hart on Tuesday January 29th 2013, 18:14
Does anyone who is currently playing The Sims 3 with the Pets expansion pack installed have any fluff displayed correctly on their animals in game? Particularly for anyone whom plays with an NVidia graphics card installed. I'm seeing graphical corruption where the fluff should be.
It's difficult to fathom whether this could be a bug within Wine, the NVidia drivers or something else.
IstallWizzard looks different comparing to the installation video
by Sandra on Sunday January 13th 2013, 8:18
I'm not totally sure what is wrong with my installation procedure. When I open Sims3Setup.exe a window opens showing an orange install button for origin. I have no other options then click it. Afterwards it installs origin and the installation continues quite well. But I don't have options to select my country or the folder for the installed files. In addition, the windows at the end (where you can select whether you want a launcher or not and whether you want to see the ReadMe) are not there. I'm forced to do the installation via Origin which never appears in the installation video mentioned above.
When I try to patch my version, wine says, that I should try another patch because i'm registered at a wrong location. But I had no choice to select my location eighter.
Last but not least, Sims 3 is not running and wine says I should reinstall the base game.
Ubuntu 12.10 64-bit
Nvidia Geforce Gt 520M
Intel® Core™ i5-2410M CPU @ 2.30GHz × 4
Expansions and launcher
by Gustavo on Wednesday October 10th 2012, 17:58
So, I installed The Sims 3 base game + latest patch. Is it safe to just install the expansions normally? Do I need to follow any specific order?
By the way, I cannot get the desktop launcher to work. If I type optirun env WINEPREFIX="/home/gus/.wine" TZ="America/Halifax" wine ".wine/drive_c/Program Files (x86)/Electronic Arts/The Sims 3/Game/Bin/TS3W.exe" onto the Terminal, it will run the game, but clicking the icon on the desktop will not! Can anybody help?
RE: Updates by Samuel William on
Wednesday October 3rd 2012, 16:50
RE: Updates by Samuel William on
Tuesday October 9th 2012, 16:03
TS3 always freezing on start-up?
by Grace on Tuesday September 25th 2012, 3:14
When the game automaticaly resizes my screen, everything is OK. But then, when the loading menu is supposed to appear, the screen dims itself to show the program is not responding. Right-clicking on the Wine Program Loader Symbol on my sidebar and selecting quit also tells me "The Sims 3 is not responding" and I quit it. It's never done this before and I'm not sure what to do.
I'm running Ubuntu Precise Pangolin 12.04, and it has been fine before, its just today. I have cleared out the mods, done everything. The game isn't working! Help!
Wine not opening TS3 properly?
by Grace on Monday September 24th 2012, 23:42
When I initiate the process, which runs as normal, my screen usually 'splits' like in the picture below. After this, within about 15 seconds, the loading screen would appear and the game would work as normal, however now it just stay at the split screen and doesn't load. I have a few mods and am thinking about trying to run the game without them but ultimately its necessary to have the mods. Does anyone have this problem, or have you had and fixed it?
by Josh Raymond on Monday September 17th 2012, 2:10
Well it appears that in the newest version of the Sims store, you're unable to download custom content as .package or .sims3package files, the only option for these is to download them throught he launcher, requiering java script. I'm not sure if it's just me, just my wine setup, or what, but java script doesnt seem to work very well for me, at least in this regard. On windows, you click "Download" on the website, it opens the launcher and downloads/installs the content. in WINE, it does nothing. Absolutly nothing.
Anyone got any ideas in how to fix this?
(Using Firefox in WINE, as IE insta crashes for w.e reason)
RE: Versions by Samuel William on
Friday August 24th 2012, 0:36
The game falls when loading town
by Aleksi on Thursday August 9th 2012, 9:12
I've installed the expansion packs from World Adventures to Pets, using version 1.36 and no-cd mod (no crack!).
The game itself starts and works fine, but when I try to load any town, game freezes. Immediately the mouse pointer changes from "loading" to "pointer" and finally "Ubuntu pointer". Loading bar doesn't move.
Is it possible to fix it, and could this be consequence of expansion packs?
Created thumbnails are gray, old ones are in color
by John on Wednesday August 1st 2012, 17:31
Definitely a problem on the creation side. Thumbnails for default families/houses and downloaded ones are in perfect color. Nothing to complain about there. The problem occurs when creating new objects. The color is a grayscale and very light - almost ghosted. It seems what you would see if you broke an image up by color components in GIMP. Not a true grayscale image, but you can clearly tell the pixel structure is the same. It is drawing the right pictures, but it's very hard to see since its only gray shades and very light.
I tried to delete the thumbnails in both the saved games folder and the sims 3 main folder. Nothing happens. I don't know what is causing this.
Everything else works well aside from a few glitches rendering roads, but then I am playing on minimal settings. The game plays perfectly and the actual 3D imagery is rendered properly considering my settings. Sound is good too, so it's probably not a DirectX problem.
I'm using Ubuntu 10.04 with a few KDE updates installed. My wine version is 1.2.3, and I'm using the built-in PlayOnLinux wrapper for the Sims 3. The version of the game itself is 1.2.7 with no-CD patch.
The above images have created items on the right, downloaded ones in the middle, and default ones on the right. As you can see, it only affects the ones created with my game ran with wine. It draws everything else as it should be, so the error is in the creation of the thumbnail images, not displaying correctly-created ones.