Sims 2 Problems

By BloodRaven ยท 53 replies
Sep 20, 2004
  1. BloodRaven

    BloodRaven TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 89

    something very similar actually happend to me onny my sim had just gotten on the bus but it wouldnt move or days. there was nothing in front of it but it still wouldnt move all it would to was sitt there and honk. after a few day the bus finally drove off but the sound of the bus kept going for a few more days after that. that bus had lots of glitches. but all i could do it wait it out and hope that it went away, and it did, but it was still annoying.
  2. Samn

    Samn TS Rookie

    Hi, I have the exact same problem
    I would be really grateful if anyone knew how to fix it!
    Please Help!
  3. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    The subject of sims2/directx9.0c has been covered many times if you use the search facility you will be able to find what you are looking for.

    Regards Howard :grinthumb
  4. Samn

    Samn TS Rookie

    The Sims 2 Loading Problems

    Hi! Anyone have any ideas how to solve this?!
  5. JestersEye

    JestersEye TS Rookie

    I am also getting the "application crashed... will now terminate" error messages, but only after installing extra content into the download directory (sims2skin self-extracting files).

    The strange part is that when I removed a portion of the files and then loaded the game, it worked just fine. Basically I could not find a corrupt file to hold responsible for the crashes, as each of the smaller groups worked, just not all together. Is there a maximum number of items allowable in the download directory, perhaps? :(
  6. burningshed

    burningshed TS Rookie

    Same problem, running on a shuttlex AMD 1800, 1Gig DDR, ATI 9000pro128 card blah blah blah, game runs for a while, then freezes (music keeps playing thou if you have a stereo on etc), small bright blue light appears above characters head and smiley faces etc etc wierd, still not sorted, begining to think about trashing whole system and buying a Mac......... did you find a solution?
  7. Samn

    Samn TS Rookie


    I think its because my card is unsupported, and I was going to buy an Nvidia GeForce FX 5700... but I managed to spend all my money on a Gamecube! (which rocks by the way :D ) and Im going to try and convince my Dad to buy one for me!
  8. Flubino

    Flubino TS Rookie

    "The application has crashed"

    I'm beginning to think that this is a sick joke from one of the code monkeys at EA. From what I have read it affects NVIDIA cards the most frequently (or maybe their owners are just the most vocal) and people with systems way above the minimum spec.

    For instance; my girlfriends machine, 3 months old:
    AMD Athlon XP 3000 2.1 GHz
    512 MB Ram,
    NVIDIA GeForce FX5200 with all the latest drivers
    100 odd GB free disk space
    Direct X 9c seems to work fine too.

    Can't see why anything wouldn't run on this.... but Sims 2 doesn't, or at least it does for about 10 mins and as soon as you try to:
    Build anything
    Create a person
    Save (bit of a problem that one)
    - it crashes.

    We seem to have found a partial solution (after messing around for a while) -
    - Start -> Run -> "DXDIAG"
    Brings up a diagnostic tool for Direct X -
    Then go to "More Help" - OVERRIDE Direct Draws Refresh Rate - click OVERRIDE and reduce the value to somewhere arround 50.

    It is still not perfect but at least we can play it like that.

    For some things it seems we need to turn the sound off too (right click on the shortcut and at the end of the command line type -nosound)

    Hope that this helps someone else out there, a bit of an odd solution but it seems to work for us. - Oh and if anyone has any better suggestions - do let us know.

  9. hitchcsj

    hitchcsj TS Rookie

    Seems like loads of Sims 2 users are suffering the same crashing and terminating problem. I got a bit further with the 14Mb patch from EA and have tried the DirectX tweak but still suffering. A friend has no problem running with XP but I've got 2000. Is 2000 common to the problem?
  10. Nataya

    Nataya TS Rookie

    From what I've seen, just as many XP users are having the same problem. Most likely, it isn't the OS, it's the cards or the drivers -- having all the bells and whistles necessary to support the demands of Sims 2.
  11. leanmoha

    leanmoha TS Rookie

    Hey all I'm new to this
    I was actually looking up how to get downloaded lots to show up in the neighbourhood lot bin thing. You know where all the unused building/lots are for you to select to add into the nieghbourhood. For some reason I install the files but the lots don't show up in the game.

    Anyways I came across this discussion and I've got to say the only problem I've had with the Sims 2 has been the one of program terminating error after the EAgames logo. This happened last week but it had worked fine prior to that. Anyway, I suspected this was due to some dugy file I'd downloaded or something and simply reinstalled remembering not to delete my saved game and its been fine since.

    Anyways BloodRaven you upgrading to an Athlon 64 seems a bit like over kill, you must really love this game. Then again I'm not an avid gamer so won't be going Athlon64 till I can get it cheap on eBay or I really desperately need to and can find a M/B that has all the features my current one has. My specs are
    Athlon XP 2400 (FSB 266)
    Gigabyte 7DXR+ motherboard (PC2100 upswitch)
    ATI Radeon 9500 128mb DDR (9700 chipset)
    WinXP SP2
    1gig DDR
    160Gig HHD (120 x 1 + 40 x 1)
    Creative SB Audigy Platinum (I'm running the KX project drivers and not creative as I've discovered they're useless when it comes to writing software that works)
    not sure what version of DX9 I'm running but its DX9 anyways

    So as you can see your system b4 you went Athlon64 outstrips mine for speed at least. And I do a lot of graphics and audio work as well as watch digital satellite tv no problems. So your problem definitely was not the CPU, infact I have a funny feeling, but don't quote me on this, that the problem is to do with the NVIDIA GeForce and GeForce based graphics cards.

    I know that probably sounds silly especially seeing that for years now NVIDIA GeForce cards have been the best, but as I discovered when changing from my old ATI 7200 AIW card to my current one not all graphics cards ATI or NVIDIA GeForce are fully compatible with DX9. So they may work fine with some games and not with others. This compatibility problem seemed from all I read to be more prevelant in NVIDIA cards comparable to the ATI Radeon 9200 and 9600.

    I bought with DX9 in mind because, even thought I was not why I upgraded, I was planning to get Max Payne 2 when it came out and I know that required DX9 as it turned out it worked ok even with my slow 7200 AIW card. I was also told that ATI cards though not as fast as their NVIDIA GeForce counterparts tend to be more rugged, and given that most games I'm come across seem to always have special installation drivers for GeForce cards I though the guy at the shop had a good point.

    I don't know how NVIDIA package their drivers but all ATI familly group cards use exactly the same drivers so my old Radeon 7200 AIW uses exactly the same driver as my Radeon 9500 and the top-end 9800XT. So that's got the bonus of equality across the board and no nasty shocks assuming the drivers were written correctly in the first place, you know!!

    If you're runing Win2000 you might want to get hold of SP4, from the minimum requirement listed iPods it seems this is the closest Win2000 gets to WinXP. So I guess XP is special after all??
  12. jen720

    jen720 TS Rookie

    I have had the sims2 for a while now and it's been working great...besides for all the freezing. Now when i try to play it, all the neighborhoods dont have their picture and the custom made neighborhoods dont have names. When i click to go to one, it doesn't load it...any ideas?
  13. zoe t

    zoe t TS Rookie

    i need sims 2 help!

    i have the nightlife expansion pack but i can't go on the sims because all the time a sign comes up saying my graphic accelorater is not responding and it has been reset but then the games crashes! it is really bugging me! i love the sims and i want to use it so please help me! :(
  14. zoe t

    zoe t TS Rookie

    i have the nightlife expansion pack but i can't go on the sims because all the time a sign comes up saying my graphic accelorater is not responding and it has been reset but then the games crashes! it is really bugging me! i love the sims and i want to use it so please help me!

    If you can help me sent me a email at



    p.s i have a RADEON 9200SE graphics card and i can't get a new one!!!
  15. kazglasgow

    kazglasgow TS Rookie

    Sims not loading


    Wonder if you can help

    i have sims 2, university and nightlife. It worked fine until i got a new hardrive.

    Now when i click to play sims, put in disc 1 it says please put in the correct disc ?

    any ideas ?
  16. o0charmie0o

    o0charmie0o TS Rookie

    no smooth edges option

    Hi! i have a problem. smooth edges isnt an option for my sims! Iv played the game before on a different computer and i always had it on. But on this computer its grayed out! I know it plays a big part in how the game looks. can someone please help me figure out what i need to do to have that option? Is there something i need to buy or download? Also there is red under the sims feet when they are posing while the game is loading into the house. please please please help me. The game is just way too choppy.
    xoxo o0charmie0o

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  17. PrincessKawaii

    PrincessKawaii TS Rookie

    hey there i just got the sims 2 PcCd thing and i put the first disc in my drive and it it asked for language and i put english but then it asked for a code on the back of my case that dosent exist! i think its looking for the serial number but i dont have one! what sould i do?!? Help me and i shall love you forever!!!
    ~PrincessKawaii~ :D
  18. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Hello and welcome to Techspot.

    Look for the serial number on the back of the manual/installation guide.

    Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
  19. PrincessKawaii

    PrincessKawaii TS Rookie

    YESH!!! thank you!!! i would have NEVER Figured that out. *please exuse the ditzyness* ThankyouthankyouTHANKYOU!!! :D :D :D
  20. justine___

    justine___ TS Rookie

    I'm having some troubles with the sims 2.
    I had a married couple, but the wife caught the husband and the gardener together in bed.
    The wife dumped the guy, but now he doesn't seem to be on the lot any more.
    What should I do now?
  21. Sharkfood

    Sharkfood TS Guru Posts: 1,019

    For the original poster-
    The "smooth edges" option is only available for videocards that have antialiasing support. You likely do not have such a videocard. Luckily, there are MANY aftermarket videocards with this option for $45-$75 USD you can upgrade to.

    If you can find out what kind of PC you have, we can give you links where you can order an upgraded videocard with antialiasing for enabling smooth edges in Sims2. Another benefit is an aftermarket videocard will also likely allow you to increase the resolution or make the framerate faster/snappier as well.

    If you're unsure how to find out what PC you have, you can download and run the following:

    When you unzip and run this tool, it has an option on the last tab (About tab) for "Register Dump".. pick a filename and save this on your desktop. You can open this with Notepad, copy/paste here or just attach that file as it will have all your system's hardware information within.

    __justine- you can try the phone to see if you can call the husband? He probably moved out. Either that or he and the gardner are now on their honeymoon LOL.
  22. chilliediva

    chilliediva TS Rookie

    help me

    ok well I have a problem with my sims 2 it will get through everthing then stops and say "your Sims 2 has crashed hit the SPACE BAR to close" and then I hit space bar to close and I have no idea why it isn't working HEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLPPPPPPPPP!!
  23. babyeinstein

    babyeinstein TS Rookie



    It is because of your poor graphic card. I guess it is an in-built graphic card.
    My graphic card is NVIDIA gfx 5200 256 mb,I can play it smoothly in 800*600 resolution.
  24. babyeinstein

    babyeinstein TS Rookie

    Game crash and neighbourhood missing

    After i downloaded some new lots i loaded sims 2. at the menu the 'Pleasantview'
    neighbourhood is not there.what should i do.
    And whenever i go to a community lot the game crashes.
    "application crashed it will now terminate"

    I am getting annoyed by this
  25. chilliediva

    chilliediva TS Rookie


    If my game won't work cuz of the graphics how can I fix it?????? please help! thanks
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