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Re: What to do if Your Game Slows Down (Clean Up Your Game)
« Reply #75 on: May 28, 2011, 11:18:03 PM »
It wasn't. I have about 70-odd games, so I wondered as to whether moving them would have any impact on my game's speed.

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« Reply #76 on: May 28, 2011, 11:22:13 PM »
It wasn't. I have about 70-odd games, so I wondered as to whether moving them would have any impact on my game's speed.

Ok, I see.  It might have an impact.  Just be sure to save copies of those games somewhere safe if you want to play them again.  Did you do the computer clean up and defrag in addition to the cleaning in this thread?
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Re: What to do if Your Game Slows Down (Clean Up Your Game)
« Reply #77 on: May 28, 2011, 11:24:01 PM »
No because I've done that recently.

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« Reply #78 on: May 29, 2011, 11:24:54 AM »
isn't it true the game makes several copies of the saved town folder within the saves folder? I thought I saw several same like files, though didn't try to delete them.

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« Reply #79 on: May 29, 2011, 12:09:58 PM »
isn't it true the game makes several copies of the saved town folder within the saves folder? I thought I saw several same like files, though didn't try to delete them.

I think you are talking about Backups, Leto. Files with the ending .sims3backup. That is the save before your latest.
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« Reply #80 on: May 30, 2011, 04:16:28 AM »
I think you are talking about Backups, Leto. Files with the ending .sims3backup. That is the save before your latest.

Yes, I indeed mean that. What's the purpose of it? A pre-backup?

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« Reply #81 on: May 30, 2011, 04:21:27 AM »
I've only seen one backup per save file.  There are a total of two files for each game...  the current file being played and the backup of that file from the previous save.
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Re: What to do if Your Game Slows Down (Clean Up Your Game)
« Reply #82 on: May 30, 2011, 06:24:50 AM »
I've only seen one backup per save file.  There are a total of two files for each game...  the current file being played and the backup of that file from the previous save.

When backing up complete neighbourhood save files before doing a complete reinstallation it is fine to just backup only the original file, so not the .sims3backup. I tried it and everything works just fine. :)

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« Reply #83 on: May 30, 2011, 06:30:03 AM »
Right.  You only need to make one copy of the file you want to save.  The extra backup file in the game is for when the current file becomes corrupt and you need to restore to a previous save in order to keep your game.
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« Reply #84 on: May 30, 2011, 07:01:35 AM »
Right.  You only need to make one copy of the file you want to save.  The extra backup file in the game is for when the current file becomes corrupt and you need to restore to a previous save in order to keep your game.

And how do you do that? Deleting the corrupted by hand and removing the 'backup' part out of the .sims3 file?

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Re: What to do if Your Game Slows Down (Clean Up Your Game)
« Reply #85 on: May 30, 2011, 05:42:22 PM »
I am picking up my copy of Generations in the morning at Gamestop. I have been thinking about the complete uninstall and reinstall that you guys talk about. 1). What is the difference in doing it the way EA does it compared to the way it is done thru control panel? 2). Is it something that someone like me can do? Yes I have upgraded my memory on my own. I do my own maintenance, with defrag, cookies, history, nortons and stuff. I education myself on my computer to better understand how to runs.

All my EPs are hard copies. All my SPs are hard copies except for Outdoor Living, it is digital download from EA. All of my games are all so backed up into the EDMA so if anything happens to my discs. I have a way access it. Plus it makes it easier to play the games without using the disc all the time.

I have ran the game without uninstalling for almost 3yrs now. Any advice for this non computer smart lady would be helpful  ;D

Thanks in advance...

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« Reply #86 on: May 30, 2011, 11:46:36 PM »
I am picking up my copy of Generations in the morning at Gamestop. I have been thinking about the complete uninstall and reinstall that you guys talk about. 1). What is the difference in doing it the way EA does it compared to the way it is done thru control panel? 2). Is it something that someone like me can do? Yes I have upgraded my memory on my own. I do my own maintenance, with defrag, cookies, history, nortons and stuff. I education myself on my computer to better understand how to runs.

All my EPs are hard copies. All my SPs are hard copies except for Outdoor Living, it is digital download from EA. All of my games are all so backed up into the EDMA so if anything happens to my discs. I have a way access it. Plus it makes it easier to play the games without using the disc all the time.

I have ran the game without uninstalling for almost 3yrs now. Any advice for this non computer smart lady would be helpful  ;D

Thanks in advance...

Shannon

Hi Shannon.

This is a bit off topic for this thread.  I suggest you start a new topic for this issue.  I'm sure you'll get a lot of help.

And how do you do that? Deleting the corrupted by hand and removing the 'backup' part out of the .sims3 file?

The instructions for this are here.
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Re: What to do if Your Game Slows Down (Clean Up Your Game)
« Reply #87 on: June 08, 2011, 11:58:10 PM »
I got a new file ccmerged in my DC Backup from the new patch. Is it safe to delete too?

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Re: What to do if Your Game Slows Down (Clean Up Your Game)
« Reply #88 on: June 09, 2011, 12:18:36 AM »
I got a new file ccmerged in my DC Backup from the new patch. Is it safe to delete too?

Yes, or you can just leave it as the game will regenerate that file every time you play.
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« Reply #89 on: June 17, 2011, 05:46:55 PM »
I just noticed there's a WorldCaches folder under EA's folder. Is it OK to empty it too? I always clean my DCCache folder and everything, but I had never noticed this folder before.

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« Reply #90 on: June 18, 2011, 07:03:14 AM »
I just noticed there's a WorldCaches folder under EA's folder. Is it OK to empty it too? I always clean my DCCache folder and everything, but I had never noticed this folder before.

Firstly, it's DCBackup, not DCCache - if you delete the files of the latter, your game will become unplayable.

WorldCaches folder is created only if you have custom worlds (Barnacle Bay, Riverview, etc.), and it's only created on some computers. Yes, feel free to remove the files inside WorldCaches - deleting them won't harm your game. :)
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« Reply #91 on: June 18, 2011, 12:24:52 PM »
I have this problem where the game "pauses" every 20 seconds or so. Followed the instructions in the OP, hope this works!

Edit: It certainly helped a little. Anything else I can do?

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Re: What to do if Your Game Slows Down (Clean Up Your Game)
« Reply #92 on: June 18, 2011, 01:35:27 PM »
I have this problem where the game "pauses" every 20 seconds or so. Followed the instructions in the OP, hope this works!

Edit: It certainly helped a little. Anything else I can do?

I was having the same problem and I chatted with EA tech support. Here is what tech had me do that solved the problem:

Try cleaning out your Temporary directory. Do not delete the folder itself, open the folder, select all of the contents, and then delete them.
1. Double click on "My Computer"
2. Double click on the C: drive
3. Double click on the "Windows" folder.
4. Double click on the "Temp" folder.
5. Hold the "CTRL" key and tap the "A" key to select all.
6. Tap the "Delete" key on your keyboard and accept the "Are you sure you want to delete these files" prompt.

After try these steps
1. Hold down the Ctrl, Alt, and Delete keys at the same time
2. Click the "Processes" tab.
3. Click on the gray bar in the middle column that says User Name to sort by user name.
4. Do NOT select anything for SYSTEM, LOCAL SERVICE, or NETWORK SERVICE.
5. Click on anything besides EXPLORER and TASKMGR for this User Name or other user names.
6. Click on END PROCESS
7. Repeat these steps until only explorer.exe and taskmgr.exe are open for this user profile.

In my case, I still have a couple of processes I could not shut down (Norton anti virus and a task scheduler app), but the game stopped freezing every few seconds. Hope this helps.

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« Reply #93 on: June 18, 2011, 03:12:53 PM »
Thanks for the reply Laurencius :)

Will see if those steps help too :)

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« Reply #94 on: June 18, 2011, 03:22:18 PM »
That helped a lot, along with the instructions provided in the original post - thank you so much, Laurencius! :D
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« Reply #95 on: June 18, 2011, 11:49:21 PM »
Firstly, it's DCBackup, not DCCache - if you delete the files of the latter, your game will become unplayable.

WorldCaches folder is created only if you have custom worlds (Barnacle Bay, Riverview, etc.), and it's only created on some computers. Yes, feel free to remove the files inside WorldCaches - deleting them won't harm your game. :)

Yeah, that's what I meant - sorry  ;D
So that's why I hadn't noticed it before, it must have been created when I installed Riverview a few days ago. Anyway... thanks a lot, my game has been slowing down a bit even though I have deleted everything deletable in my computer, so I guess everything helps!

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« Reply #96 on: July 01, 2011, 03:40:01 PM »
Just incase anyone gets confused about what to delete, here is what I just told Fez in another thread. I know some of the stuff isn't already on here, and for the stuff that is, it is good to clarify it anyway!

Delete:
DcBackup (the contents of the folder, not the folder itself)
CasPartCache.package 
compositorCache.package 
scriptCache.package 
simCompositorCache.package
In the Thumbnails folder:
CASThumbnails.package
ObjectThumbnails.package
and if you have one, your WorldCache (same process as DcBackup)

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« Reply #97 on: July 03, 2011, 04:40:51 PM »
Experiencing more than usual lag and have cleaned up what files I know can be removed.  Can the following also be safely removed?:

From DC cache:  dcdb 1.ebc through dcdb 5.ebc.  dcdbO.ebc has a lock symbol on it.

From general Sims3 list of files:  xcpt-MDMP files.  These seem to be enlarging.
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Re: Can these files be safely deleted?
« Reply #98 on: July 03, 2011, 11:06:01 PM »

Joria, don't delete your DCCache file as that is the database containing all your installed Custom Content, Store items etc. 

The xcpt-MDMP files can be safely deleted as they are usually copies of the same xcpt-text documents which are just exception error logs.  I created a separate folder in my general documents folder entitled 'Error Logs' and I move my xcpt and script error logs there so if I have a really bad bug it is there for EA tech support to look at. 

You can find more information on what to delete and what not to delete here.

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Re: Can these files be safely deleted?
« Reply #99 on: July 03, 2011, 11:10:27 PM »

I am merging this topic with 'What to do if Your Game Slows Down (Clean Up Your Game)' as they are about the same topic.
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