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  1. I have to agree the interface is less evil looking, that's for sure.  I just have a problem with all the extra malware it wants to install with it.  

     

    I do appreciate your sharing this information.  Thank you!

     

    If anyone does download this, please be sure the read carefully, the extras it wants to install.

     

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  2. I have always had to write batch files to rename my neighborhood files, which is a lot of work.  I figured there must be a better way, so today I looked for something to help do this and found a great tool called Bulk Rename which can be found by clicking here.

     

    I copied N008 neighborhood folder from my game folder found under ..\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Neighborhoods, to a new folder on my desktop.   

     

    I wanted to rename N008 to N108.  First rename the actual folder N008 to N108.

     

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    Now open the Bulk Rename Utility Program.

     

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    Click the + options and find where you placed your folder on your desktop and open the Characters folder.

     

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    In the Repl box type N008 for the Replace option and N108 for the With option as I have in the following image.

     

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    Now select Action in the menu bar and select all (or click crtl + a).

     

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    Once you have selected all of the files you should see in green what the result of the rename will be.

     

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    Now click the Rename button.

     

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    When you see the following box, click OK!

     

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    If it was successful you should get the following screen, then click ok.

     

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    No click the + next to the Lots folder, your changes in the Repl box should still be there.

     

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    Then go to Actions and select the select all option and then click the Rename button for this folder.

     

    You may also change the file in the thumbnail folder.

     

    Then be sure to change the names of the files under the N108 folder too.

     

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    All files that begin with N008 need to have the new N108 (numbers are just for this example...you may use whatever number you'd like as long as it is 3 digits, you may also use a different letter...letter A will make those hoods be listed first).

     

    Once you have renamed everything you may move this folder into your ..\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Neighborhoods folder check it by starting your game.  You should have two copies of the same neighborhood.
     

  3.  

    I did not know how easy it is to remove memories.

    If your neighborhood will load, it is relatively easy.  Simpe often crashes trying to get into the neighborhoods, usually it is due to a corrupt file in your download folder.  At any rate, if your Sims has a memory you don't want them to have, you can use this to remove it.  (Just the Simpe portion of this tutorial.)

  4. The reason it is unsafe to install occupied lots, is due to the Sims memories, relationships, etc.  This is a tutorial on how to clean all of the bad things out to make your occupied lots safe for others to use.
     
    This is quite a long process, but it is worth it.
     
    First you must have a clean copy of the game to work with and of course a packaged lot including Sims.  Please see my tutorial on how to create a clean copy of the game by clicking here.
     
    Now you need "Sims2pack clean installer" found by clicking here.
     
    Open your lot with Sims2pack clean installer and maximize your window.
     
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    Click on the bar where it says Type to sort the items by their type.
     
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    Scroll down and find the package ghost and packaged sims data and be sure to untick all of these two types.  You do not want to have multiple ghost files, and the sims data are where relationships are stored.
     
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    Next look for items that you know should not be included.  Example the corrupt mailbox and trash can textures, and mailbox/trashcan objects.  You really should only have one of each of these in your downloads folder, if you really want to use them.  Untick all items you know are bad also, watch for bad skins, and untick all items that have a red or pink line, unless you know they are required items.
     
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    Once you have removed all of the garbage, click the save as button and save it on your desktop or someplace it can easily be retrieved.
     
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    Now you need HoodChecker - Neighborhood Corruption Detector by Mootilda, click here.

     

    Before you install your lot, lets clean up the garbage EA left in the neighborhood that you want to place your lot.  I'm using Belladonna Cove for this example.  You will be shocked at how much garbage EA left in this neighborhood.

     

    Click all of the defaults (unless you  wish to clean a different neighborhood) until you see this screen, then click the remove option.  (This will remove a lot of garbage, but unfortunately it does not remove a few items.

     

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    The option about a backup is not something we need to worry about as this is a clean neighborhood, so please click the yes button.

     

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    Next click the Finish button.

     

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    Select a lot to use as a default graveyard.

     

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    It will do the process and takes a few minutes.  A very long list of all the things that were fixed will appear.  I won't list it as it is very lengthy.  I will add a txt file of the list if anyone wishes to see it.

     

    Now we are ready to install our lot into the cleaned game.  Once you have it installed, start your game and place your lot somewhere within the neighborhood you cleaned up.

     

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    Now using Simpe's found by clicking here.

     

    Select Tools/Neighborhood/Neighborhood Browser.

     

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    Select the neighborhood that you placed your lot, and click the open button.  This may take quite sometime to fully load.

     

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    Once it is fully loaded select Tools/Neighborhood/Sim Browser.  

     

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    Click on the Name bar to sort the Sims alphabetically by their first name.

     

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    Now scroll down and find the Sims that was included in your lot.  Once you find the correct Sims select it and click the open button (lower right hand corner.)

     

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    Now click the more option then the open memories.

     

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    Select all of the memories, scroll to the side to be sure your get them all.  You can leave job promotions, and some types of food.  If you are unsure just remove them all.

     

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    Once you have them all selected click the remove option then commit and save your changes.

     

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    To be safe run the Hood Checker to be sure you do not have any errors related to your new Sims.  For the Belladonna Cove Neighborhood you should only have the following errors.

     

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    I also, recommend that you get ffsdebugger found here, then use all of the memory fix options and nuke options.

     

    Now you must go in game and repackage your cleaned lot, which should now be safe to upload.

     

    I want to thank Nonni for telling me about the hood checker program, it really saved me a lot of work, and BBdoll3 for her lot used in this tutorial.

    Belladonna Cove Errors.zip

  5. You really should not have to uninstall or reinstall the actual game.  In most cases issues with the game are within this folder ../Documents/EA Games/The Sims 2/.  It's pretty rare to have the actual game files become corrupt, unless you make changes to those files.  (The files under your Program Files folder just to be clear.).

  6. Your custom content is still in the folder that I have you rename, under the downloads folder within your The Sims 2-1\Downloads.  Your saved games are also still there under \The Sims 2-1\Neighborhoods.  It most likely is your video card causing it.  If you create a clean game and you still have the crashing issue, then I would say yes.  

  7. If you are having problems with your game, for any reason try this.

     

    Rename your folder under your documents/EA Games  (Right click on the folder named The Sims 2)  select the rename option.

     

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    Rename it whatever you like.  I renamed mine by adding a -1.

     

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    Start your game.  It will take awhile as it is generating new game files.

     

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    Once it has started go into a neighborhood, and select the asterisk.

     

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    Tick enable custom content and then click the OK button.

     

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    Exit the game and install some Custom Content.  Don't go overboard, try to find the things that maybe causing your game issues.

     

    You now have a clean game to use for testing new things or whatever your need is.  Maybe your external body shop was no longer working, with the clean game install it should now work fine.  

     

    You are not losing anything, whenever you want to go back to your old game files, just rename the clean one to something different, like maybe -2 added to the end of the name, then rename the original back to The Sims 2.

     

    This also, works for Sims 3 game, except the game files are found under the folder Electronic Arts.

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