Gameplay works just fine; everything runs as well as it does on Windows. I installed the game through Origin, and no extra workarounds were required. The launcher is a bit quirky, however, as the web content on the Welcome page is blank and does not display correctly. The Downloads and Installed Content tabs crash for me as well. Otherwise, the game runs very well, including world view, live mode, buy/build mode, etc. I have the following expansions installed: Ambitions, Generations, High-End Loft Stuff, Into the Future, Late Night, Pets, University Life, World Adventures. I only tested ITF and Pets thoroughly, but none of the other expansions seemed to cause problems.
What does not
What was not tested
I was not able to test the expansions I do not have (whatever's not listed above).
I'm not surprised that this runs well since the Mac version, which is also based on Wine and was released in 2009 (!), runs very well itself.
Occasionally Origin does not detect that TS3 has been closed and will not let you open anything else. To work around this, completely exit and re-open Origin. It will warn you that you should close TS3 first, but since it's already closed you can ignore this.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Current||Manjaro 21.1.5||Oct 23 2021||6.18||Yes||Yes||No||Platinum||JackMacWindows|
|Show||Debian GNU/Linux 10.x "Buster" x86_64||Dec 01 2020||5.22-staging||Yes||Yes||No||Garbage||Herman Tafintsev|
|Show||Debian GNU/Linux 10.x "Buster" x86_64||Dec 01 2020||5.21-staging||Yes||Yes||No||Silver||Herman Tafintsev|
|Show||Debian GNU/Linux Unstable "Sid" x86_64||Jul 09 2020||5.9-staging||Yes||Yes||Yes||Gold||Ski-lleR|
|Show||Debian GNU/Linux Testing "bullseye"||Mar 07 2020||5.2||Yes||Yes||Yes||Silver||Alex S.|
|Bug #||Description||Status||Resolution||Other apps affected|
|7411||GLSL shaders work badly with fglrx||CLOSED||INVALID||View|
|10778||Gothic3 crashs after warp (VIRTmem > 4096MB?)||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|13335||Wine virtual memory exhaustion causing OpenGL crashes / slowdowns||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|18879||The Sims 3: Textures go Black and sometimes Abnormal patterns.||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|21609||Multiple games loose most sound effects or crash||CLOSED||FIXED||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||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|25547||Sims3Launcher freezes when attempting to launch game||CLOSED||ABANDONED||View|
|26986||The Sims 3 blacks out the screen immediately when starting.||CLOSED||ABANDONED||View|
|30988||Multiple .NET applications using System.Windows.Forms.WebBrowser crash with Wine-Mono (libgluezilla needed for Mono.WebBrowser/Mono.Mozilla support)(Ragnarok download manager, The Sims 3 Launcher)||NEW||View|
|31266||SIMS 3 installer crashes at the end(?)||CLOSED||ABANDONED||View|
|33261||Sims 3 pause key (`) doesn't work with Spanish keyboard||UNCONFIRMED||View|
|34155||EA Sims 3 startup failed||CLOSED||ABANDONED||View|
|34390||Cannot install The Sims 3||CLOSED||INVALID||View|
|35277||The Sims 3 (Steam) launcher 'Sims3Launcher.exe' doesn't start reliable||CLOSED||ABANDONED||View|
|37416||The Sims 3: Display locks when running in window, uses 100% cpu||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|40828||Switching resolution in desktop mode makes task bar redraw on top of full screen game||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|45361||Texture explosion in The Sims 3 (Nvidia negative viewport coordinates quirk)||CLOSED||NOTOURBUG||View|
|47058||The Sims 3 Launcher (.NET app) crashes with Wine-Mono (libgluezilla needed for Mono.WebBrowser/Mono.Mozilla support)||CLOSED||DUPLICATE||View|
|50237||The Sims 3 - cannot interact with objects and floor.||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
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)PLEASE VIEW HERE FOR MORE PATCHES: http://forum.thesims3.com/jforum/posts/list/175477.page