Info for Sims 3

Gameplay

[ Smooth Running ] [ Ageing ] [ Babies and Toddlers ] [ Cash Registers ] [ Death ] Empty Clubs ]

Gardening and Farming ] [ Favourite Colours ] [ Traits ] [ Tree of Prosperity ] [ Moving House (base game)  ]

[ Switching Families ] [ Where to go for skills ] [ Cash Registers ] [ Christmas in Sims 3 ] [ Empty Clubs ]

[ Inspiration ] [ Inventory ]

Expansion Packs

[ Seasons ] [ Island Paradise ] [ EA Worlds ]

Collectibles

[ Gems ] [ Tiberium ] [ Fossilised Fruit and Vegetables ] [ Transmogrification ] [ Minerals ] [ Mineral Ores ]

[ Woohooium ] [ Soulpeace ]

Cheats

[ Lifetime Happiness Cheat ] [ Building Tips ] [ Lot too Low ]

Creatures

[ Genies ] [ Mummies ] [ PlantSims ] [ Simbots ] [ Toads ] [ Werewolves ]

Bugs

[ Bookshelf Bug ] [ Bar Bugs ] [ Simport ] [ Story Progression ] [ Workarounds ]

Fixing

[ Starting Problems ] [ New Clean Game ] [ Order of Installation ] [ Patching ] [ Remember ] [ Decrapifying ] [ Merging ] [ Featured items ] [ FPS Limiting ] [ Memory ]

Making

[ Tutorial Links for Sims 3 ]

Starting Problems

Your game has been running smoothly, you have built your lovely world and moved in the various Sims that live there.

One day you go to start it up and black screen. Nada. The game does not load. Task Manager (Windows) shows that the amount of stuff is not increasing to the normal quantity you are used to seeing.

1) Reboot. Always a good idea!

2) Clear caches: CASPartCache.package, compositorCache.package, scriptCache.package, simCompositorCache.package, socialCache.package.

They will regenerate when your game restarts.

3) If there is a folder called CurrentGame.sims3 delete that.

3) Sometimes, removing certain other files will help.

Go to My Documents/Electronic Arts/The Sims 3/Saved sims. In this folder, is there a file named downloadedsims.index ? If yes, delete it.

Then in My Documents/Electronic Arts/The Sims 3/DCCache, are there files with a .tmp ending? If, yes, delete them.

If these don't work, try removing CC and do a "factory reset". See New Clean Game.