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My Game Works — And It Doesn’t

Here’s what I’ve fixed and found out

  • I reinstalled all my games and they worked fine.
  • No problems with installing Outdoor Living, which is great.
  • With no old Saves, Egypt runs fine.

What doesn’t work

  • After I recovered my old Saves (I have actually rewritten everything in the My Documents/Electronic Arts/The Sims 3 folder), Egypt freezes like before. All my Sims are back, but Egypt just won’t run. That means there’s something in those files that makes the game freeze when I enter Egypt. I have no idea what it is. (No custom content installed.)
  • I tried to install custom content again. I feel really silly now because I haven’t done that in like three years, I was only adding more and more. So of course I wanted to check MTS how to do it all again and make things work, but they’re having a Maintaince Mode. Damn. So I looked at eHow, did what they said and — it doesn’t work! Damn.
  • EDIT: Oh, so there’s a new way to install custom content after your game was patched to version 1.12. Good to know! (I couldn’t load simswiki.info either, not only MTS at the moment I was trying to work things out.) I was doing it the old way, not putting all the files in My Documents. That’s because I remembered I did not have them there before. Oh well.

Now I’m not sure what to do. I could probably try to install all my custom content back, save some lots in Sunset Valley I really treasure and reinstall the games so Egypt works again. (I think I will do this.)

I could also try to delete my Saves and let the game create new Worlds again, but I’m not sure if the corrupted file that makes Egypt crash is located there… reinstalling again seems to be a safer option.

One last word: installing any the Sims games is a hassle. I’m seriously running out of patience. :(


  1. Nina says:

    Um.. What is Maintaince Mode?

  2. MaryH says:

    In reply to Nina-MTS is going through Maintenance on the forum. It’s to do with the administration of the forum.
    But for Hannah: I don’t see why EA had to make the game so unstable that you have to uninstall and reinstall it for every single patch or update. That’s a serious flaw in the game, and you’re not the only one who’s tired of it…many simmers have been getting mad at EA for it. It’s really very sloppy work on the programmers’ end-and very unprofessional.

  3. HannahSpring says:

    MaryH, I completely agree with you. They should really test the games better, because it really gets frustrating.

  4. winona says:

    If you have windows 7 uninstall all your came the way sims 3 help tells you only one thing they leave out the delete for ( C05D8CDB-417D-4335-A38C-A0659EDFD6B9 ) is not were they say as I found out you may find it under window current Version (game ux folder)this is at step 4 Delete the the uninstall files.I also use Revo uninstaller to remove my games it get’s all the hidden files and it’s free program. I then reload only after I run Cleaner and click start and type in the search programs and files ( Sims 3 ) just to see what it shows if any thing shows I get rid of it all. Then I reboot and reload my games in there order (the sims, world adventures, high end loft, ambition, fast lane stuff late night, out door living, generations, town life, pets, master sute, showtime, sweet treats, diesel stuff, super natural, season, sims 70′s,80′s,90′s )if this has not worked then I remove the screen name I’ve been playing under on my computer as i learned long time ago to always play under a new screen name not my main one
    I hope this help’s


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