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Stuck in Build/Buy Mode
« on: July 03, 2010, 01:32:44 AM »
I'm trying to add a floor to a house and I'm getting stuck in Build/Buy Mode.  I got some things done, no problem, but at some point it won't let me leave Build/Buy Mode to go back to Live Mode.  That, in turn, means I can't save what I've done.  When I click the Live Mode button, the cursor just spins until I finally force the game down with the Task Manager.  I've restarted the game and my computer several times, but it's not improving.  Before, I could at least get a couple of things done before it froze up, but now it's doing it every time I leave Live Mode.  Anyone have any ideas about this?
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Re: Stuck in Build/Buy Mode
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2010, 05:20:37 PM »
That just happened to me! I spent hours making a house, finished, left build mode. It does what you described... They should let you save in build mode not just live.
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Re: Stuck in Build/Buy Mode
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2010, 08:21:30 PM »
Try saving the game under a different name.

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Re: Stuck in Build/Buy Mode
« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2010, 12:25:26 AM »
@Meurix: the point is they can't save because that requires Live mode and they can't get there.
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Re: Stuck in Build/Buy Mode
« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2010, 03:28:44 AM »
Ah... I thought you can. :-\

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Re: Stuck in Build/Buy Mode
« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2010, 04:51:39 AM »
Ah... I thought you can. :-\
Unfortunately not. This has happened to me before. All I could do is force shut down with task manager. I wish they would make a patch for it! For now all I think we can do is cross and our fingers and say please please please when we hit live! >:(

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Re: Stuck in Build/Buy Mode
« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2010, 09:08:51 AM »
You could try using testingcheatsenabled to shift+click the lot and Buy/Build. It's not a certain fix but it is worth a shot. Also, you could try using F1, F2 and F3 instead of the mode buttons... How that would help? I have no idea.



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Re: Stuck in Build/Buy Mode
« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2010, 10:47:24 AM »
It probably wouldn't the whole game crashes and you have to Task Manager the sims away.
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Re: Stuck in Build/Buy Mode
« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2010, 10:57:20 AM »
Try going to C:\Documents and Settings\User\My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Saves and rename the folder that has the name of your save (e.g: rename "Sunset Valley.sims3" to "Meurix.sims3" (without the ")).
I'm not sure if it'll work so make sure you backup the folder.

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Re: Stuck in Build/Buy Mode
« Reply #9 on: July 04, 2010, 01:38:59 PM »
Just to be sure, save every hour. I remember Swede mentions somewhere else to restart the whole game every two hours, but I highly recommend that you would do something similair with the save function.
Mja, or you should backup your save file and reinstall the whole game... The more expansions you have, the more time consuming and therefore less nicer this option become.

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Re: Stuck in Build/Buy Mode
« Reply #10 on: July 05, 2010, 02:33:03 AM »
I've got some good information.  First of all, it seems that it's only Build Mode that gets stuck.  I didn't have any trouble coming out of Buy Mode back into Live Mode. 

Second, I did a "Save As" and added a B to the name of the file.  When I tried Build Mode in the B game, I was able to come back to Live Mode with no problem.  So, try that and see if it helps.

Also, I moved this topic to the Technical Help thread, which is where I should have put it in the first place.  :)
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Re: Stuck in Build/Buy Mode
« Reply #11 on: January 12, 2011, 02:22:46 AM »
I want to post this here because this is the first thing that comes up in google when I searched "SIMS 3 STUCK IN BUILD BUY MODE CAN'T SAVE" (Lol)

So this happened to me- but I figured it out!! One of the few things you can still do is hit "Edit town" And from there I saved once, twice, once again and quit... Reboot, restart... and it saved my house down to the very last bit!  I am freaking out but I am glad it worked. Success ♥

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Re: Stuck in Build/Buy Mode
« Reply #12 on: August 14, 2011, 01:24:05 AM »
I had a similar issue... I went to modify an owned property downtown and in doing so got stuck between modes, I.E. could not click any of the mode buttons, could not save or edit anything.... basically could only move the camera around town and bring up the main menu to quit with no option to save. NAGA your the man, F1 is the only thing that got me outta this mode, saved me about 8 hours of playing time without saving. THANK you sir, I searched many forums and your the only person that even mentioned F1-F3 for possible mode swap! F1 IS WIN!

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Re: Stuck in Build/Buy Mode
« Reply #13 on: August 14, 2011, 01:58:10 AM »
Assuming you're in any build mode where F1 will take you to Edit Town, try Pressing "..." then, press "Edit Town". That worked for me when my game did this.

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Re: Stuck in Build/Buy Mode
« Reply #14 on: June 22, 2013, 04:24:56 AM »
None of the suggestions here worked and I was about to break something before Ctrl+Alt+Del and force quitting the game.
I then noticed the little pause button in the top, right corner. Clicked it and the game returned to Live mode...
All is good now.

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Re: Stuck in Build/Buy Mode
« Reply #15 on: July 08, 2013, 05:03:29 AM »
Here is what worked for me!
1. Go to edit town
2. SAVE.
3. Completely exit sims and end the game (you may have to use the task manager)
4. Then enter sims again!
 
 Everything should saved and work good again :)

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Re: Stuck in Build/Buy Mode
« Reply #16 on: July 16, 2013, 07:49:16 PM »
Here is what worked for me!
1. Go to edit town
2. SAVE.
3. Completely exit sims and end the game (you may have to use the task manager)
4. Then enter sims again!
 
 Everything should saved and work good again :)

This happened to me for the first time since starting to play TS3 (when it first was released) and I tried to go to edit town but when I do it tells me that everything that has not yet been saved will be lost and there isn't the normal save first button like there normally is.

I guess I got carried away with my house building and didn't save for a bit over 3 hours.  Had to finally force quit TS3 through task manager and lost the last 3 hours of designing.

This will be the last time that I forget to save at least once an hour.  It's just that I've got something like 5GB of custom content in my game so it takes a really long time to save the game (as well as loading the game), however it's certainly a lot less time than losing an hour or three.

I'm just surprised that this topic shows something like 2010 when somebody started the topic and the problem is still in the game apparently.

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Re: Stuck in Build/Buy Mode
« Reply #17 on: July 18, 2013, 11:46:29 PM »
None of the suggestions here worked and I was about to break something before Ctrl+Alt+Del and force quitting the game.
I then noticed the little pause button in the top, right corner. Clicked it and the game returned to Live mode...
All is good now.


k seriously.. i was about to do the same, then i saw your comment!!
YOU SAVED MY LIFE! well sims life i guess... anyways, got into live mode and saved ASAP, i have been building a house for to many hrs its embarrassing.. i wish i could hug you! lol

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Re: Stuck in Build/Buy Mode
« Reply #18 on: February 18, 2014, 10:10:39 PM »
I want to post this here because this is the first thing that comes up in google when I searched "SIMS 3 STUCK IN BUILD BUY MODE CAN'T SAVE" (Lol)

I LOOOOOVVVVEEEEE YYOOOOOUUUUUU!!!!!! Made an account just to say that! <3


So this happened to me- but I figured it out!! One of the few things you can still do is hit "Edit town" And from there I saved once, twice, once again and quit... Reboot, restart... and it saved my house down to the very last bit!  I am freaking out but I am glad it worked. Success ♥

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Re: Stuck in Build/Buy Mode
« Reply #19 on: February 24, 2014, 02:01:55 AM »
I know this post was made last year, but I'm now having this issue. I just plain forgot to save once my Sim returned home from University. She was in her last term with only two days left. I took her back home with the idea to move in her boyfriend and his little brother. While I was remodeling her one story house, I needed her to move. So when I went from build mode to live mode, everything froze. I got the spinning circle as my pointer and am not able to click anything.

I've tried the various methods mentioned here, but nothing seemed to work. Are there any new solutions?

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Re: Stuck in Build/Buy Mode
« Reply #20 on: February 24, 2014, 12:41:36 PM »
This may not be the exact same problem. But while I was building a house I got stuck in Build/Buy mode too, and the build panel disappeared. Wasn't sure what to do at that point. So I started searching for answers. Found a couple of things that may help.

Topic: Build mode panel disappears, can't save game?
http://www.carls-sims-3-guide.com/forum/index.php/topic,17399.0.html

In this topic, It's suggested to try pressing Fn+F5 to get to Edit town mode. From there you should be able to save the house and game as normal.

Also, Crinrict has posted a few tips that may help.

Re: The Sims 3 panel gone missing!
http://answers.ea.com/t5/The-Sims-3/The-Sims-3-panel-gone-missing/m-p/3320#m311

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Re: Stuck in Build/Buy Mode
« Reply #21 on: February 27, 2014, 03:06:54 AM »
I play on a desktop, there is no Fn key.

I did the pressing F5 to get to Edit Town mode, but my F5 doesn't go to Edit Town, it does something else entirely in the game. I think it's one of the keys to the camera.

I also tried the pause button in the top right hand of the screen, nothing is working.

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Re: Stuck in Build/Buy Mode
« Reply #22 on: June 13, 2014, 10:41:53 PM »
You could try using testingcheatsenabled to shift+click the lot and Buy/Build. It's not a certain fix but it is worth a shot. Also, you could try using F1, F2 and F3 instead of the mode buttons... How that would help? I have no idea.

Omgosh! Thank you! This helped me, hope it helps you!

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Re: Stuck in Build/Buy Mode
« Reply #23 on: June 14, 2014, 01:28:21 AM »
Do command+q and it will ask if you want to save your game before quitting. I'm not sure if this works from build mode but it might.

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Re: Stuck in Build/Buy Mode ***Solution***
« Reply #24 on: July 17, 2014, 08:36:44 PM »
***Solution***

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to respond to this post because a few short hours prior, I was freaking out about my game, Sims 3 - Island Paradise (mac), freezing while I was building a brand new house. For some reason, I was unable to return to live mode after being in build/buy mode for a couple of hours. I searched the internet and found nothing so here's what I did.

I decided to take screen shots of the house so I could rebuild it quickly after exiting the game, however, that was not needed. On the build/buy screen mode, I simple clicked the Edit town button on the left side. The options were to cancel or to continue without saving. Just continue without saving. Once you get in the Edit town screen, then save your game. It never occurred to me that you won't lose changes because you are still playing the game. Now, if you are building/buying and your computer shuts down without saving the game first- then you're probably s.o.l. -Sim outta Luck. But in this case, you are still playing the game and when you save through edit town, you save everything that you did prior to the save. Also, I do have a ton of installed content - I did not need to delete any of it!

Voila!

I hope it helps someone out there and in the words of the Sims - sousou!