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too many sims?

Discussion in 'Games' started by gellymoon, Sep 14, 2003.

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  1. gellymoon

    gellymoon Thread Starter

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    After installing the sims, the sims living large, the sims house party, the sims hot date, and the sims vacation i noticed that the game was running very slow and frequently jammed up! i checked my hard drive and saw there was plenty of space left so i was wondering has any one else experieced this and is there any way to fix it since i was planning on getting unleashed and superstar in the near future and i'm scared to see how slow that will run! thanx if u can help thanx if u can't!
     
  2. McTimson

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    Maybe you should try defragmenting your hard drive? It should help speed things up at least a little bit.
     
  3. gellymoon

    gellymoon Thread Starter

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    i'll try that but i'm sure i've tried it before
     
  4. mrosehutchinson

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    I realize that this is a rather old thread (probably a few days) but here I go..

    I have the same problem, with the sims running a bit slow, especially after a few minutes of play time. I have a bit of a solution..

    To speed up startup time right click on your sims folder and click on properties, then click on the read only checkbox. (that should for some odd reason speed up your sims startup time.)

    To keep the game running a bit more smoothly during game play, go to your play options (when playing the game) and lower all of the graphic, lighting, sound, etc elements). The lower the graphics, the faster the game play.

    The lowering the graphic, shadows, lighting, sound, and other play options (also turn off the auto-centering, auto-snapshot, and the popups (tips)). These will help also to speed up your game play.

    Have you tried these options yet? They should help some. Another problem could be you may have just enough memory (RAM) to play the games, probably adding additional RAM could help improve game performance.


    Could I have sounded any more technical
     
  5. gellymoon

    gellymoon Thread Starter

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    no i hadn't tried all of those things! thanx for your help
     
  6. Luthorcrow

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    Some other things to consider.

    What OS are you running? Also, Unleashed/Superstar will upgrade the Sims to supporting DirectX 7 graphics acceleration. The result is that you game will run noticably faster than before. And if you are running XP or Wk2 these are the first expansions that natively support XP.

    Also, have you set you pagefile to a static size? This really helps games in general but particularly the Sims which heavily relies on harddrive access.
     
  7. mrosehutchinson

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    I've found a sure fire way to speed up your sims game.... ADD MORE MEMORY....

    Exactly how much RAM do you have... Looking at the requirements 128 is what you need. If you have 128MB double it and your sims will be running smooth, they will start up faster, and you won't have to worry about it lagging....
     
  8. Luthorcrow

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    Yes, and it will speed up all games up to a point. The 512M is the sweet spot but to be honest, for the Sims, I didn't notice a difference between 384m and 512m.

    256M is barely passable in my opinion.

    DRAM prices are a bit high right now but depending on what you using that might not be a big deal. DDR2100 is very reasonable right now and DDR2700 isn't that bad.
     
  9. PsYk02

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    hey if you have all those expansions for the sims do you only get to play one exp at a time or do they stack up? I've always wondered that.
     
  10. Luthorcrow

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    Nope, the features merge into one seamless environment. You simple have more options, objects, NPCs, and interactions. If you have everything you would have 50 lots in each neighborhood, the ability go downtown, on vacation, to studio town, date, throw parties, have sex, maids, and a whole lot more.
     
  11. gellymoon

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    i know that i have way more memory than the required amount so i don't undestand why it's so slow
     
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