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How to prevent long load times
« on: October 16, 2011, 04:49:51 PM »
I am wondering, how in my dynasty can I prevent terribly long loading/saving times that i know some people experience? I have absolutely no interest in having to wait half and hour or more to save and load the game.

I am at the third gen as teen. I play in SV. The house that the family lives in has one flier above ground, which covers over 2/3 of the lot. Also there is a very small basement. I plan on only adding one more floor.
I want to know, at what point do load times drastically increase? And how can I keep from getting lengthy load times?

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Re: How to prevent long load times
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2011, 04:52:23 PM »
I haven't been able to prevent long load times, but I have figured out that the game will continue to load while it's minimized. In my larger files, I always choose the town and once the loading screen comes up, I minimize it and surf the web and just check the game periodically.



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Re: How to prevent long load times
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2011, 04:55:53 PM »
There's been a topic on this: Here

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Re: How to prevent long load times
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2011, 05:03:54 PM »
@moons: so if I press the volume button on my computer it will minimize it but still load?
@gleek: yes, but that's different. I'm not interested in deleting files in some obscure folder, I'm asking about ingame things that I can do to prevent it.

Oh, and I should have mentioned that currently my load times are about 3 minutes or less.

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Re: How to prevent long load times
« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2011, 05:06:43 PM »
So I went out of my way to make that link for nothing?

@moons: so if I press the volume button on my computer it will minimize it but still load?

Volume? What does that have to do with minimizing the screen?

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Re: How to prevent long load times
« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2011, 05:22:51 PM »
Sometimes changing volume results in a computer going to desktop. (Not crashing)
Your best bets are to build small, clear memories, delete DCBackup, (move) Screenshots, Clear Caches, all of which, I assume, are in Gleek's link.

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Re: How to prevent long load times
« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2011, 05:48:24 PM »
So I went out of my way to make that link for nothing?

Volume? What does that have to do with minimizing the screen?
No it was still helpful.
And on my computer that's the only way to minimize it.

Okay, and how small is considered small? Would two stories be "small"?
And I can delete all of the DCBackup? Like the entire folder?



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Re: How to prevent long load times
« Reply #7 on: October 16, 2011, 05:51:03 PM »
Yes, all of DCBackup.

For small, if the lot takes a while to render (everything to appear and all the textures in place), then it's large. 2 Stories is OK depending on the size of each story.

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Re: How to prevent long load times
« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2011, 05:52:15 PM »
Mine seems to render pretty fine.
If I have a lot of stuff built on the properties that I own would that slow down the load times?

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Re: How to prevent long load times
« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2011, 05:53:38 PM »
Don't clear DCBackup if you have Hidden Springs. I can confirm that it will mess up the Fountain of Youth to where it won't work at all.

But yes, if you minimize it however you need to on your computer, it will still load.

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Re: How to prevent long load times
« Reply #10 on: October 16, 2011, 05:55:12 PM »
Don't clear DCBackup if you have Hidden Springs. I can confirm that it will mess up the Fountain of Youth to where it won't work at all.
Little too late now but it's okay I don't have Hidden Springs.

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« Reply #11 on: October 16, 2011, 05:56:37 PM »
I found that in my dynasty games having a very basic house and lot helped with the load times. In both my dynasties I built the houses by the first generation and pretty much kept it as it was. My load time was around five minutes at the start of my dynasties and around ten minutes when I reached the last couple of generations.

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Re: How to prevent long load times
« Reply #12 on: October 16, 2011, 05:57:50 PM »
I found that in my dynasty games having a very basic house and lot helped with the load times. In both my dynasties I built the houses by the first generation and pretty much kept it as it was. My load time was around five minutes at the start of my dynasties and around ten minutes when I reached the last couple of generations.

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Thank you so much Ratchie that is what I was hoping to hear. I'm going to do the same, as soon as I finish the build which will be soon I won't really add on to it at all.

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Re: How to prevent long load times
« Reply #13 on: October 16, 2011, 09:10:23 PM »
When I got to generation 8 in my dynasty, it started taking any where from ten to twenty five minutes for the game to load and I had everything deleted, even got rid of some of my processes in my task manager.  I wish there was a way to reduce load time, but just keeping your files emptied sometimes helps.
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Re: How to prevent long load times
« Reply #14 on: October 16, 2011, 10:15:33 PM »
How big was your dynasty house?

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Re: How to prevent long load times
« Reply #15 on: October 16, 2011, 10:47:09 PM »
I'm not interested in deleting files in some obscure folder, I'm asking about ingame things that I can do to prevent it.

These files in obscure folders can help you keep your loading times reasonable.  The link that imaGleek provided tells you which cache files to delete, for example, and those should be deleted regularly.

The other tips are good, too.  Playing in Windows mode and keeping your house clear of too much clutter will both help with load times.  However, there's no away around it completely.  By the time you reach the last generations, it will be slow.
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Re: How to prevent long load times
« Reply #16 on: October 16, 2011, 10:51:23 PM »
What I meant about not being interested in deleting the files was that I'd rather be able to not have to do that and still have the game load/save fast.

I'm trying to find ways to keep the load to under 10 minutes when I get near the end.
Playing in windows mode helps the initial load time?

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Re: How to prevent long load times
« Reply #17 on: October 17, 2011, 04:03:42 AM »
Don't clear DCBackup if you have Hidden Springs. I can confirm that it will mess up the Fountain of Youth to where it won't work at all.

Wish I had known that before. I've emptied the DCbackup to help game speed, so now I may have messed up the Fountain of Youth. Just great!

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« Reply #18 on: October 17, 2011, 10:05:26 AM »
Wish I had known that before. I've emptied the DCbackup to help game speed, so now I may have messed up the Fountain of Youth. Just great!

See of you can restore the files from your trash bin. It should work then. You can still delete other caches, but not DCBackup.

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Re: How to prevent long load times
« Reply #19 on: October 17, 2011, 12:31:32 PM »
I always delete the 4 cache files and delete the items in the DCBackup folder.  I have not had any problems with the Fountain of Youth in HiddenSprings, it works just fine and as intended after the deletion of these files. I also remove the files from my screenshots folder in the EA, The Sims 3 and put them someplace else.
 
You do not want to delete the files in the DCCache folder.

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Re: How to prevent long load times
« Reply #20 on: October 17, 2011, 12:37:38 PM »
So here is something relative to the subject here, I would like to ask on the hardware side, I have 2 GB of ram and planning to popping it to 4+ , will that help with the loading time?
@Sports fan : I have tried playing in windowed mode, yes it loads/saves faster for me
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Re: How to prevent long load times
« Reply #21 on: October 17, 2011, 03:19:35 PM »
How big was your dynasty house?

The house was huge, really huge and stuff everywhere, from traveling and all of the dynasty requirements.  The load time then, was about 25 minutes.  I redid the house and sold most of their stuff and made the house smaller and that helped some, now load time is still 15 minutes, even after cleaning up everything.  I think once that file gets so big and there are so many sims, it is bound to take a while.  Having alot of sprinklers and a large garden does not help either. :)
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Re: How to prevent long load times
« Reply #22 on: October 17, 2011, 03:28:00 PM »
Don't forget with the addition of Generations and Memories that it could take even longer.  I've been regularly pruning my memories and it seems to help.  However, if you want to actually show off prom pictures - don't delete that memory.  A house having multiple floors and making sure you don't see stuff on the other floors will help, too.   Both of my dynasties are in some stage of generation 4 and the load times are already working close to 10 minutes.  The only problem I've really had for loading times has been to destinations where one china trip took 30 minutes to load.
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Re: How to prevent long load times
« Reply #23 on: October 17, 2011, 03:52:19 PM »
Just to trow my 2 cents:
- sell the paintings, sculptures, photos, collectables, books, relics, everything you don't really need for dynasty
- keep the number of objects on lot on minimum - no need for 8 or 9 bedrooms, 10 counters, countless decorations around the house, or dozens of roses outside - if you aim for minimum load time.
- I'm not certain about this one, but I believe it contribute to the loading time - more objects you recolor - longer it will take to load.
- As Saltypaws already said, large garden, sprinkles and fountains, ponds, and detailed landscape - can make it longer to load
-Clean their inventories too. Don't accumulate harvestables, fish or anything really. With that fridge from culinary career and with (upgraded)food replicator you can have many many free meals that lasts forever.

In most of the cases it is either you have a house to show it off, filled with everything but takes ages to load, or you have simple, almost boring house that is fast to load.

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Re: How to prevent long load times
« Reply #24 on: October 18, 2011, 06:33:53 PM »
When I got to generation 8 in my dynasty, it started taking any where from ten to twenty five minutes for the game to load and I had everything deleted, even got rid of some of my processes in my task manager.  I wish there was a way to reduce load time, but just keeping your files emptied sometimes helps.

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