The Sims 3 All

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NameThe Sims 3
License Retail
Votes 72
Wine Version1.7.34
Maintainers of this version:
The Sims 3 (all versions).
Selected Test Results (selected in 'Test Results' table below)

What works

Install game

Play game

Install Custom Content & Mods (nRaas)

What does not

Start Launcher

Install Custom Content or Mods with the Launcher

What was not tested

Install Origin

Install Download-Manager

Additional Comments

How to do:

1) Install Sims3 from the Disc

Maybe the Install-Window 'crash'.
Open a Terminal and enter "ps ax" Kill the wine process which runs on Drive 'D'. If there are 2 kill the newer one.
You have to kill this process every time you install something from Sims3. (Expansion Packs or Patches)
Never install Origin or the Download Manager.

2) Download the newest Patch (Link below)

Use this Link to download the Patch:
Maybe it's a german Patch. The newest Version is 1.67.2 (Date: 26.3.2015)
Now buy a Car and make Kids in it. 1620 MB
Install the Patch.

(You don't have to install a Expansion Pack)
3) Install a Expansion Pack

Run the "Autorun.exe" from your CD.
Workes like the main-install of Sims3

4) Start the game

Enter home//.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files\ (x86)/Electronic\ Arts/bin
Start TS3.exe with Wine (Windows 7)

If you want to use the Launcher you have to install dotnet2.0 (.NET) i think.

(You dont't have to install Mods)
5) Mods/Custom Content

Custom Content must end with .package
If not you have to use this Programm:

Save Mods and Custom Content files here:
home//Elecrtonic\ Arts/The\ Sims\ 3/Mods/Packages

If the is no Mods folder create one and create a Text-file and the Packages folder. Name the file "Resource.cfg" and fill in this:
Priority 501
DirectoryFiles Files/... autoupdate
Priority 500
PackedFile Packages/*.package
PackedFile Packages/*/*.package
PackedFile Packages/*/*/*.package
PackedFile Packages/*/*/*/*.package
PackedFile Packages/*/*/*/*/*.package
Priority 499
PackedFile Test/*.package
PackedFile Test/*/*.package
PackedFile Test/*/*/*.package
PackedFile Test/*/*/*/*.package
PackedFile Test/*/*/*/*/*.package
Priority -50
PackedFile Probation/*.package
PackedFile Probation/*/*.package
PackedFile Probation/*/*/*.package
PackedFile Probation/*/*/*/*.package
PackedFile Probation/*/*/*/*/*.package
Priority 500
PackedFile DCCache/*.dbc

Have Fun with Sims3 :D
(To Play with Expansion Packs you have to use the Disc from the newest Expansion Pack (newest from the release Date)
Test Results
DistributionTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?RatingSubmitter
CurrentUbuntu 14.04 "Trusty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Mar 26 20151.7.34 Yes Yes Platinum Weisser Helge 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Sep 14 20141.7.26 Yes Yes Platinum Filippo Re 
ShowDeepIn Linux 2014Aug 06 20141.7.23 Yes Yes Gold an anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 14.04 "Trusty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)May 24 20141.7.19 Yes Yes Bronze Levon 
ShowUbuntu 13.04 "Raring" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)May 15 20141.7.18 Yes Yes Gold Robert Wm Ruedisueli 

Known bugs
Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
18879 The Sims 3: Textures go Black and sometimes Abnormal patterns. NEW View
22160 The Sims 3: Sims3Launcher.exe doesn't show web site when started second time NEW View
23807 Unsupported texture formats: DF16, DF24, RAWZ: format unrecognized(909198916) NEW View
25516 Sims 3 flickering white textures NEW View
26986 The Sims 3 blacks out the screen immediately when starting. UNCONFIRMED View
30988 Ragnarok download manager, when invoking wine-mono, needs gluezilla NEW View
31266 SIMS 3 installer crashes at the end(?) UNCONFIRMED View
33261 Sims 3 pause key (`) doesn't work with Spanish keyboard UNCONFIRMED View
35277 The Sims 3 (Steam) launcher 'Sims3Launcher.exe' doesn't start reliable UNCONFIRMED View
37416 The Sims 3: Display locks when running in window, uses 100% cpu UNCONFIRMED View

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

  • If the Sims3Launcher crashes of an error such as "Unhandled Exception: System.AccessViolationException: Attempted to read or write protected memory" it's probably a truetype font problem. See for details on how to fix.

  • Seting 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
L"Microsoft.VC80.CRT" (8.0.50727.762)
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.

Patch Links

Here are the patch links: (if you have any more, feel free to post them)







Fix Brightness/Gamma After Exiting the Game
Simply type the following into a terminal which should fix the brightness/gamma change the game performs: xgamma -gamma 1

We appreciate your help

Sending test reports, checking the bugs and posting into the threads helps us all.

If you have issues with the game, ask help. It's important to get those bugs closed which aren't up to date anymore.


The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. WineHQ is not responsible for what they say.

Installing without disc
by Vittoria Genovese on Saturday December 13th 2014, 22:55
No luck in installing the game. I open the Sims3Setup.exe and try to install the game, but then later on during the installation process the error "the program msiexec.ese has encountered a serious probem and needs to close" shows up two times. Then I have no new folder of any type or a launcher.

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Wine 1.7.29 introduced severe texture corruption
by Zootal on Saturday October 18th 2014, 12:24
Wine 1.7.29 seems to have introduced some severe texture corruption. This occurs when you change any graphic settings, and sometimes when not doing anything at all. I've switched from 1.7.29 to 1.7.28 and back several times to make sure it is 1.7.29.

I have not found a work around. It does not matter what your graphic settings are, high, low, window, fullscreen, etc. Offscreenrendering or other settings don't seem to make any different. Console is flooded with:

err:d3d_surface:surface_invalidate_location Surface 0x41a09a80 does not have any up to date location.
err:d3d_surface:surface_load_location Surface 0x41a0abb8 does not have any up to date location.

The only "fix" I have found was to revert back to 1.7.28

Slackware 14.1 64 bit, nVidia 660, current nVidia drivers.

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installing custom content?
by Leia on Monday October 13th 2014, 10:24
Hello, I have installed the base game the sims 3 with wine and it works perfectly, now I'd like to install some custom content (clothes, hair, sims etc), is there a way to do it? I have not found a guide yet..

I have wine 1.7.27 and ubuntu 14.04 LTS

and these are my system details:

Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-3317U CPU @ 1.70GHz × 4
Graphics: Intel® Ivybridge Mobile
Memory: 3.8 GiB
OS: 64-bit

Thanks for reading

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by Melissa lawson on Friday August 15th 2014, 19:29
Hello! I am really hoping someone can help me. So I have downloaded Wine & also PlayOnLinux and I am trying to download the Sims 3. I have gotten up to the point where Origin is installed but when I try to download Sims 3 it says the "server is not responding" and basically to try again in a few moments. I have tried many many times now and it just doesn't download. Is anyone having this problem, and if not can somebody please help me? :(

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  • RE: by david russ on Thursday August 21st 2014, 17:34
    • RE: by Melissa lawson on Thursday August 21st 2014, 17:52
  • RE: by david russ on Thursday August 21st 2014, 18:00
No Disc + Read-Only Issues
by Skyler on Sunday July 27th 2014, 1:49
Done what the bloke showed in the video, but the game still can't find the disk. On a related note, after mounting the .iso it created a read-only disc--any way to correct that?

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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.

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Sims 3 sounds and videos too fast.
by jeffpl on Wednesday March 19th 2014, 18:12
I have a problem with the sims 3 on linux. The sounds and videos are really too fast.


OS: Archlinux with latest updates and kernel
CPU: AMD Vishera fx-6300 3.5 ghx
GPU: Nvidia geforce gtx650 ti boost 2gb
Drivers: latest nvidia (334.21)
Wine version: 1.7.14

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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.

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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.

No or fewer memories -
Overwatch, corrects persistent or recurring errors produced by the Core game or other mods -

I highly recommend the latter. Others can be found at those two sites listed in the links.

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Sims3 does not start
by Vadim on Monday December 23rd 2013, 14:26
Wine version: 1.6 and 1.7.8
Command: cd ~/.local/share/wineprefixes/Sims_3/drive_c/sims/The\ Sims\ 3\ Вперед\ в\ будущее/Game/Bin/; WINEDEBUG="warn+all" WINEPREFIX="..../.local/share/wineprefixes/Sims_3/" optirun -b primus wine ./TS3EP11.exe


The game runs on Intel, but does not work correctly. Please help me.

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Works with Wine 1.7.8
by Carlos Rodriguez on Tuesday December 17th 2013, 15:38
Tested on:

Wine 1.7.8 (compilado)
Nvidia Drivers 331.20 (.run package)
Linux Mint 15 KDE 32Bit - Kernel PAE
CPU: INTEL Pentium G3220 (Nucleo Haswell a 22nm) 3.0Ghz (Dual-Core) Stock Clock
MEM: 8GB DDR3 1333 (2x4) Patriot value (128 bit dual channel: 21.3 gb/s)
GPU: Zotac Nvidia Geforce GT630 (GK208 28nm: 384 Shaders / 8 ROPS) Zone Edition Passive Cooling 2GB DDR3 1800Mhz a 64Bit (14.4Gb/s)

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by cstophu on Saturday December 7th 2013, 21:44
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:

sudo apt-get install timidity

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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?

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Errors After Installing
by Kaitlyn on Friday June 7th 2013, 18:40
Okay, I'll start out by saying I'm a newbie at Linux.

AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core Processor
64-bit Zorin OS 6.3
Integrated nVidia GeForce 6150SE
3.3GB Ram recognized

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:

nvfx_screen_get_param:95 - Warning: unknown PIPE_CAP 30
nvfx_screen_get_param:95 - Warning: unknown PIPE_CAP 30
nvfx_screen_get_param:95 - Warning: unknown PIPE_CAP 55
nvfx_screen_get_param:95 - Warning: unknown PIPE_CAP 56
nvfx_screen_get_param:95 - Warning: unknown PIPE_CAP 59
nvfx_screen_get_param:95 - Warning: unknown PIPE_CAP 58
nvfx_screen_get_param:95 - Warning: unknown PIPE_CAP 30
nvfx_screen_get_param:95 - Warning: unknown PIPE_CAP 30
nvfx_screen_get_param:95 - Warning: unknown PIPE_CAP 30
nvfx_screen_get_param:95 - Warning: unknown PIPE_CAP 55
nvfx_screen_get_param:95 - Warning: unknown PIPE_CAP 56
nvfx_screen_get_param:95 - Warning: unknown PIPE_CAP 59
nvfx_screen_get_param:95 - Warning: unknown PIPE_CAP 58
nvfx_screen_get_param:95 - Warning: unknown PIPE_CAP 30
nvfx_screen_get_param:95 - Warning: unknown PIPE_CAP 30
nvfx_state_fb.c:162: nvfx_framebuffer_validate: Assertion `0' failed.
fixme:dbghelp:elf_search_auxv can't find symbol in module

Has anyone seen this error before?

Additionally, when I try to run the launcher, I get the expected "You need dotnet 2.0 to do this" message. I'm not sure if this matters, but I threw it in there anyway.

Thanks for any help!

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Sims 3 Steam version won't launch. with Ubuntu 12.10
by lolan on Friday May 3rd 2013, 19:14
Hi all,

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!

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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.

I've run of ideas of what to try. Any help?

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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.

FYI, I'm using a NVidia GeForce GT 555M.

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Sims 3 Crash when clicking "play" button
by Zootal on Thursday January 24th 2013, 15:29
1) Signup does not work, but you can sign up at website
2) Login works
3) Clicking the big blue play button causes crash:

wine: Unhandled page fault on read access to 0x027f2198 at address 0xf75fd995 (thread 00b7), starting debugger...

It does this with both wine 1.4.1 and 1.5.22.

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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.

My system:
Ubuntu 12.10 64-bit
Nvidia Geforce Gt 520M
Intel® Core™ i5-2410M CPU @ 2.30GHz × 4

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by Josh Raymond on Wednesday December 26th 2012, 23:01
I can't get the launcher working for whatever reason.

I have dotnet20 installed and vcrun2005

whenever i open the launcher i get an error "Cannot start, please reinstall the game" after reinstalling, same problem.

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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?

Thanks in advance.

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by Alberto on Wednesday October 3rd 2012, 11:50
Quando eu instalo the sims 3 sem expansão ou atualizações funciona normalmente. Quando eu aplico qualquer patch o the sims 3 não funciona mais se alguém puder ajudar a resolver o problema!

When I install the sims 3 expansion or upgrades without works normally. When I apply any patch the sims 3 does not work anymore if someone can help solve the problem!

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  • 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!

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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?

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Custom Content
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)

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Graphic problem
by erickblack on Saturday August 25th 2012, 14:37
Well, the game is working great but sometimes happen some "graphic" problem.

What I have to do?

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screen with no text
by erickblack on Thursday August 23rd 2012, 8:45
I don't know why, when I execute the game the screen gets shorter and every "window" does't contain text:

Do you have a patch for this?
What I have to do?

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program error
by Jonny on Saturday August 11th 2012, 20:48
the program ts3w.exe has encountered a serious problem and needs to close.we are sorry for the inconvenience.

i got this when i upgraded to wine 1.5.10 help???

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by Aleksi on Thursday August 9th 2012, 9:13
Edit: I'm using version 1.36 of The Sims 3 and version 1.4.1 of Wine.

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  • RE: Versions by Samuel William on Saturday August 18th 2012, 2:15
    • RE: Versions by Aleksi on Saturday August 18th 2012, 4:55
      • 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?

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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.

Here are some images showing what is happening:

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.

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