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Offline girlwhoplayssims

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Build mode panel disappears, can't save game?
« on: August 12, 2013, 07:43:23 PM »
I've had this problem a few times since Saturday now. While building a mansion, i went from buy mode to build mode and the build mode panel disappeared(not sure if that's what it's called, but I'm referring to the panel next to the sledge hammer and blueprint panel that contains all the building features- walls, floors, etc.). None of the controls are working (walls up, walls down, sledge hammer, live mode, buy mode, etc.) When i click on an object in my house, a button pops up saying "Thumbnail Camera". When i click on doors specifically, it gives me an option that says "Add the ability to add triggers and add behaviors" and "lock". The game isn't frozen- It's just a glitch?  I know how to shut the game down using Task Manager but i wanted to know if anyone else is facing this problem, or if there's any way to get out of it and save my game.

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Re: Build mode panel disappears, can't save game?
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2013, 11:19:51 PM »
This has been happening to me fairly regularly for the last few weeks. It is a gigantic pain in the...

I have found no way to save once it gets into that state, sorry to say.  All I can do is commiserate with you, and hope someone else knows how to fix it. :P



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Re: Build mode panel disappears, can't save game?
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2013, 11:53:44 PM »
@intl_incident Darn! Maybe the next sims patch will fix this issue.

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Re: Build mode panel disappears, can't save game?
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2013, 02:41:50 AM »
I've had this happen to me as well. I solved it by reclicking on the hand tool and it went back to normal. It has happened a few times and that fixed it for me. May have to click it a few times though.

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Re: Build mode panel disappears, can't save game?
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2013, 05:21:03 PM »
I had this, this evening. I tried clicking on all sorts of things and had the camera option that you mentioned. In the end I clicked on the pause button in the top right hand corner of the screen & it went back to live mode for me so I saved my game just in case it happened again.

Hope you get on ok. Good luck

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Re: Build mode panel disappears, can't save game?
« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2013, 11:35:32 PM »
This just happen to me tonight as I was in build/buy mode. The screen froze and build/buy menu disappeared and yep at that moment wasn't able to do much. So I came straight to the forum as I saw this thread the other day and read up over the suggestions. Thank you SO much for the suggestions!!

I figured it was already frozen. I couldn't hurt much. So I pressed Shift-Control-C to bring up the console bar or whatever it's called and typed in help. Looked over the options.  Nothing there. However.. I was able to mouse around a little some how. Found out to get to options, press the F5 button on the keyboard. I thought I have nothing to loose, so why not. I tried it and it brought up a menu. I clicked Edit Town. From there was able to get back into my house and save it without loosing anything!! Wha-hoo!!

Hope this helps anyone else that may run into the problem. :)

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Re: Build mode panel disappears, can't save game?
« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2013, 09:43:53 PM »
@MrsFlynn - I read that somewhere. Unfortunately i have a Dell Laptop, so where the F5 button is, there is also a "brighten screen" option. Every time i click F5 it just brightens my screen:/
Fortunately, @GingerKid 's method saved the day! All i had to do was click the pause button on the top right, and it brings me back to live mode.

Thanks so much for all the replies and i hope everyone that reads this seeking help for the same problem found a solution.



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Re: Build mode panel disappears, can't save game?
« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2013, 04:06:51 AM »
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Fortunately, @GingerKid 's method saved the day! All i had to do was click the pause button on the top right, and it brings me back to live mode.

Thanks so much for all the replies and i hope everyone that reads this seeking help for the same problem found a solution.

Glad it worked for you and it wasn't just a fluke. I wasn't sure if it worked or it was just a coincidence that it started working at that point. At least I know now too lol

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Re: Build mode panel disappears, can't save game?
« Reply #8 on: October 14, 2013, 01:01:13 PM »
@MrsFlynn - I read that somewhere. Unfortunately i have a Dell Laptop, so where the F5 button is, there is also a "brighten screen" option. Every time i click F5 it just brightens my screen:/

Try Fn+F5 instead. My old HP laptop had the same configuration.

I ran into this problem back in August too. I was able to go to Edit Town and save from there, but I had to give up that file since build mode always bugged out that way no matter what I did.
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Re: Build mode panel disappears, can't save game?
« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2014, 03:07:49 AM »
I looked this up because I am having this same problem. I tried all the options above. Accept the pause button. It is not showing.
I just spent the last few hours building a magnificant house on a new lot. This is where it occurred. The panel is faded out. ...and nothing.
I tried the fn-F5. I tried clicking on the hand tool and all the other things. I cannot even click on were you have the menu and options and save.
I cannot save my game. DESPERATE!

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Re: Build mode panel disappears, can't save game?
« Reply #10 on: January 12, 2014, 07:01:27 PM »
crinrict has a post on the EA Forums that sounds like it could help out. Gives a couple more suggestions to try out in addition to the ones in this thread.

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Re: Build mode panel disappears, can't save game?
« Reply #11 on: March 06, 2014, 07:53:52 PM »
This just happened to me and I read here that F5 would get the settings to appear. It is right though I couldnt Save the game in this mode so I played with the F keys lol. Fortunately F3 worked for me. I was able to get all the buttons appear again. :) Hope this helps.

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Re: Build mode panel disappears, can't save game?
« Reply #12 on: July 12, 2014, 04:46:48 PM »
I had this happen to me just now. I pressed f3, f2, then f1 and was finally able to save my game! I played a lot with the keyboard buttons XD

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Re: Build mode panel disappears, can't save game?
« Reply #13 on: July 24, 2014, 10:20:52 AM »
Pressing the pause button in the top right like GingerKid suggested worked for me!

Just reporting. :) I was so sad because I'd just built the perfect home for my sims! PHEW! I saved right away once I got it fixed. :D
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Re: Build mode panel disappears, can't save game?
« Reply #14 on: October 20, 2014, 02:17:14 AM »
No pause button or control panel at all for me.... F5 brought up a menu but no way to save game from there

F3 brought up the build panel so that I could go to Live Mode.... then was able to save game....

Thanks for the info everyone.

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Re: Build mode panel disappears, can't save game?
« Reply #15 on: April 20, 2015, 12:20:12 AM »
Thanks Everyone for sharing your experiences, both tragic and successful.
Many Many Thanks, I was able to save and recover my game with suggestions from this site and thread.  :-*
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Re: Build mode panel disappears, can't save game?
« Reply #16 on: January 05, 2017, 06:09:29 PM »
Hello everyone, I don't know if you can help me. I read all the answers to this thread and to this one as well http://www.carls-sims-4-guide.com/forum/index.php?PHPSESSID=bh7hecnpdakhkpjp7qtsllcm11&topic=1425.25 .

I just started to build my second house today and as soon asI clicked the Buy/Build button the game started playing up not showing the whole bar of options. I thought it was just taking its time, had a coffee, came back and saw the pause button on the top right. I clicked on it and nothing changed, still no bar appearing and no  chances to click on anything else.

As I just finished building a massive house, I tried immediately to go to Edit Town to save everything, but it didn't let me. So I noticed that moving the mouse over the "..." it also says "F5" so I clicked F5. The game started "loading" something, with the dotted, spinning circle. It has been about 15 minutes and still nothing changed.

I tried with F1, F2, F3, F5 again, I tried to open the tab with CTRL+shift+C but it doesnt work.

Can anyone help me or at least tell me if the house previously built is saved?

I don't know if this might help, but after a long time not playing, when today I started the game I've been asked if I wanted to download a patch, and I downloaded it and I'm starting to think it might be connected as I never experienced this issue before.

UPDATE: I thought it was going to be a clever idea so I clicked the Windows button, the desktop appeared, I tried to reload The Sims 3 and an error message appeared saying that the game wasn't working. I closed it and re-opened it and found out that nothing was saved.

I have the feeling I will not be playing with the sims for the next few months ahah

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Re: Build mode panel disappears, can't save game?
« Reply #17 on: January 06, 2017, 11:52:13 AM »
@CocoEley

Building glitches and crashes like this thread discusses are a huge pain and I totally understand your frustration.  Once you start seeing issues in the UI panel it is often too late to get out and save, and the game has either already crashed or will before you can get into edit town and save.

The best advice I have is that you switch out to edit town and save often, especially if things start to lag even a slight bit more than normal.

I also keep task manager open (I play in windowed mode) so I can check at a glance how much memory The Sims 3 is using, especially when I'm in build/buy mode or CAS.  On my machine it runs fine until it starts to eat up about 2.9 GB of memory. Once it gets near that, I will save, quit, and reload.  It's annoying and frustrating, but not nearly as much as losing a lot of work in CAS or build mode.

Good luck!


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Re: Build mode panel disappears, can't save game?
« Reply #18 on: May 04, 2017, 03:33:22 PM »
this has happened to me a lot as well. what i do is save more often. for example: finish a room or two, then save. basically after every major renovation, save, especially with large files. for example: if you ever try a collector sim. this would require a big house. and with island paradise comes discovering the islands. i tend to build on those too. also, a resort. that's a large file.

 

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