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sharordinary

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Re: Union Cove Technical Issues
« Reply #50 on: February 03, 2012, 08:50:16 PM »
I loaded UC today, I did the prework of downloading the files needed from the link as I only have Sims3, WA, Ambitions and HE Loft Stuff. All of that seems OK and the UC game loaded and is present in my Sims 3 folder and it shows in
Installed Content in the launcher and as a choice for a New Game from the Main Menu. Similar to others who have posted, I have tried 5 times, I have not been able to initiate a new game in UC because the computer stops at 25% and the
'stopped woking' message appears and shuts down the game. In that case I don't think there could be a Saved Game for UC since none has been started. I had these files in WinZip and extracted everything in there to the Saves folder
and these are in my 'Saves' folder. I see all of my games from SV and RV, then then these additions 1a5tf113.dat; Meta.data;Travel IDB.package;UnionCove_Ox00000000.nhd. My system: HP W7 with SP1;Intel R Core:i3 CPU;64bit;
[email protected]  685 GB with 594 free. Is there something I have not done? Do I need all the expansion packs but not all stuff packs, I seem to have seen that in a post.

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Re: Union Cove Technical Issues
« Reply #51 on: February 03, 2012, 10:40:52 PM »
Hi sharordinary, I asked the same question on the previous page - look at post #46 where Anushka has answered my question - the file in the save folder is extracted incorrectly. Anushka explains what should be in the save folder in post #46, above.

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Re: Union Cove Technical Issues
« Reply #52 on: February 04, 2012, 10:20:37 AM »
Thank you for your reply! I feel like there is hope that I might get to see UC! I read your question and the answer over and over before posting my query.............I cannot connect it to my experience. Not that it isn't the same problem, I just can't make the jump. I went into WE again just now, I see my Sims Saves, I see some files that I listed in my post in each of those games. But I don't know the steps to take next,  it seems like some info might be missing, I don't understand the word 'amont' in the reply to you, and there isn't anything useful to me after that word as far as what I might need to do. If you can give me baby steps on what you did about those files :) I would appreciate it.

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Re: Union Cove Technical Issues
« Reply #53 on: February 04, 2012, 12:27:46 PM »
Hi shareordinary:)

"amont" is meant to be "among" but nevertheless, point is when you download the zip file and when you open it there is one folder - you should extract that folder in your saves, not just files in it. That way you will have the folder named Union Cove Start with those files in it, just like all other saved files are.

To be able to play it you need to have installed UC too, not just to place saved file - Aleithaki, I think this may be the issue in your game ;)

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Re: Union Cove Technical Issues
« Reply #54 on: February 04, 2012, 02:45:50 PM »
Thank you for your reply. I can't fully recall at this point, but I don't think I had a choice of a folder, I extracted what I saw. But of course now who knows? I think was my main issue, I didn't know how to find the folder. Is there a way to go back and find the folder somewhere or do I have to begin again and uninstall and reinstall UC? I love playing the Sims, however I am a proficient End User...... and any technical help I get is welcome. (I wasn't picking on the typo by the way, I was just wondering if there was something I was missing out on.)

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« Reply #55 on: February 04, 2012, 03:44:32 PM »
You don't need to reinstall anything! If you can find where you downloaded the zip file it would be great, but if you didn't saved the file on your PC you may want to download the save file again. Doubleclick on zip file and you should see the folder there as the only file. Dragg it to your Saves and that is it.
There might be other options but if you're as you said "proficient End User" I better skipp so I won't confuse things even more! (not that I'm computer whiz neither :-[ )

I'm testing the updated version of the UC - it is the same minus some little mistakes everyone find during this time it is out and it run easier - at least it seems to me it does, so best is to wait for it if you haven't started playing already :)

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Re: Union Cove Technical Issues
« Reply #56 on: February 04, 2012, 06:18:26 PM »
Union Cove has been running fine for me from the save file (I have all expansions except for Pets), however I've come across a few issues with object placement.

The subway has a trash bin placed neatly to one side of the door, but I'm getting the whole foot stomping, path-finding problem if you try to enter the subway with it there.  Also Norma Jean Mortensson's lovely home appears to have the same problem if you try to use the spiral staircase to get inside (I'm sorry, I've forgotten the name of the lot but I'm hoping you know the one I mean  :-[)

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Re: Union Cove Technical Issues
« Reply #57 on: February 05, 2012, 11:00:57 AM »
Another object placement issue:

Upstairs in Ratcliff Hall Country Club, there are 4 chess tables, however 5/8 of the chairs are unusable as they are placed against a wall and the sims can't sit in them.

I should add that I can go into build mode and fix these issues for my version of the world, but I'm trying to help make sure that Union Cove is as professional a job as possible given how much hard work has gone into it :)

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« Reply #58 on: February 06, 2012, 06:56:00 PM »
Hadn't been able to get online for awhile due to capstone project to update the issue i'm having with the town. I had 4gigs of ram on the laptop (am on a new one now haven't gotten around to installing the game yet on it) and it was only with Union Cave I had the issues with. The towns that came with the core came as well as the expansions all worked fine with no issues, it was only Union Cave that gave me saving issues.

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Re: Union Cove Technical Issues
« Reply #59 on: February 07, 2012, 09:46:48 PM »
Anushka - thank you! You said it might not have been installed properly, and I figured out how to solve the problem! The file was called 'Union Cove [1]' because I'd accidentally installed it twice along the way - I had to delete the number 1.

It has now loaded on my computer!! Hooray :-)

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Re: Union Cove Technical Issues
« Reply #60 on: February 11, 2012, 10:57:19 AM »
Please help. I do not have all the Eps and have been trying to download Union Cove using the Saved File but failing to.

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Re: Union Cove Technical Issues
« Reply #61 on: February 11, 2012, 02:12:27 PM »
i realised that i cannot open the rar file because i do not have the appropriate software to do so

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Re: Union Cove Technical Issues
« Reply #62 on: February 13, 2012, 09:06:33 PM »
I have installed UC successfully, but am unable to play the world.  I've gotten as far as placing the lot and family I'd like to play, but as soon as I click on the checkmark to play, the the game crashes..."game has stopped working".  I've read the post #46 about the UCstart file in the saves, (screenshot shows 3 files) but I don't have those files in my saves folder.  Is there anywhere else I should be looking for them.

I can play all the worlds.  I have all the EP.  Like many I experience the Error 12 and laging problem.  I keep the cache files deleted and ".bad" files cleaned out.  I check every time I startup the game.  I have a gaming PC computer, 4 mg ram, and a new fast graphics card, and lots of space.  The computer is clean with bare minimun programs running in the background.  No real technical problems.

Once I find these files, how do they work?  I would appreciate any help with this problem.  Many seem to be having it.  This is my first post as I am a new member to the forum as of today.  I look forward to a rewarding experience with this group.

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Re: Union Cove Technical Issues
« Reply #63 on: February 17, 2012, 12:21:16 PM »
Hi all,  I am still unable to play Union Cove.  I am at a loss as to how to proceed.  I would appreciate any help on this issue.  Please see my earlier post #62, just above this one.  I've also tried to enter an existing lot and play with that, same result...crash.  I've tried to uninstall/reinstall, and some of the other suggestions listed above to no avail.  If anyone could help me out, I'd love to play this world.  Thanks in advance.
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Re: Union Cove Technical Issues
« Reply #64 on: February 18, 2012, 01:55:36 AM »
First off, before I start nagging...

The world is wonderful, and y'all deserve more kudos than I can give for making it. That said, I have a problem. I can load up the UC just fine, and start a new game (I have all EPs & SPs). I can save the game just fine. However, when I try to load a saved game, the game stops responding around 45% of the load bar. Only way to exit is to end task in task manager. Doing so damages something in the Sims, as any other attempt to load up any saved game (and I do mean any, even if it's a 5s into the game save with Sunset Valley) ends up displaying "A serious error has occurred... " thereby rendering playing any save game on any world utterly useless. This occurs even when a completely clean install of Sims 3, no cc, perfectly up to date (using Origin) after I've attempted to play a UC save.

My computer is 3.2 GHz dual core, 6 GB RAM and 6800-series ATI gfx card. The problem thus should not be the computer lacking the juice to run UC properly on default settings.

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Re: Union Cove Technical Issues
« Reply #65 on: February 18, 2012, 04:41:43 AM »
I'm sorry for not being here often enough, RL is taking a lot od simming time. That said, I'll try to help as much as I can.

Wench, thank you for telling us those issues, we knew about trash can, and now we fixed the chess tables too. I'm in a process of preparing updated version (there were some repetative issues with Ingleses family) and hope to share them as soon as I playtest this updated version.

mashie, welcome to the forum  :) For everyone not having all EP's, you need to follow these steps:
1.Download Union Cove installation file
2.Install Union Cove (open it when download is finished, or doubleclick on downloaded file)
3.Download .zip file
4.Extract saved folder from .zip file into your Saves folder (MyDocuments/ElectronicArts/Sims3/Saves)
5.Start the game from saved game UnionCoveStart in main menu

Beardoux, welcome :) Since you have all EP's you don't need saved file, and since you're able to load it, issue is with graphic settings being too high or your PC preventing the game to use the resources you have. It is reccomended to have at least 6gb of RAM and nice graphic card to play it without issues, but with settings on low, you should be able to play it with less recourses. I put everything on low and can play it without any issues, and save it, and reload the save with 2gb of RAM. It is a wonderful but very big and detailed world, bigger than EA worlds, (and having all lots and features from all EP's is making it hard to play on settings that EA worlds are playable for many of us). There are some tips in this tread and in a gude where you downloaded the UC, that might help you with crashing and lagging.

ChemicalGreen, welcome to you too :) It is strange that you get that issue with all saves, and I'm sorry for it, it is frustrating to deal with. I'd try "factory reset" which is fast way of reseting the game without full uninstall. Link is here. hope it helps.


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Re: Union Cove Technical Issues
« Reply #66 on: February 18, 2012, 01:32:28 PM »
Anushka,  thanks so much for replying.  I'll give it another go with the graphics set to low.  I was trying to figure out another problem and it was suggested to put my graphics to as high as possible which on all the other worlds works well.  I may even have to invest the the 6mb of ram.
Looking forward to playing this world.
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« Reply #67 on: February 18, 2012, 02:00:11 PM »
Anushka,  thanks so much for replying.  I'll give it another go with the graphics set to low.  I was trying to figure out another problem and it was suggested to put my graphics to as high as possible which on all the other worlds works well.  I may even have to invest the the 6mb of ram.
Looking forward to playing this world.
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You're welcome! I'd like to hear what problem might be solved with all settings on high! In either case, there are few things might be worth trying too. Turning on DEP for all Sims 3 exe files, and this trick by Samoht:
Just a tip for if anyone wants to try any solution they can - I solved my random crashing by turning off Verticle Sync in my NVIDIA Control Panel under 3D Settings and now it hardly crashes, seems it only does due to the internet and the game being minimized.

Hope you get it to work :)

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Re: Union Cove Technical Issues
« Reply #68 on: February 19, 2012, 01:10:11 PM »
Hi there,  In a nutshell, I thought some of my lifetime rewards weren't working.  In particular, eye candy.  I only have one sim with that reward and I assumed it was somehow working in the background but never noticed anything (not knowing about the icon over others).  Then I started a new town, he got married and the icon showed up in her tray with the message "name has that glow about her that other sims just can't miss".  I read this to mean she somehow had the eye candy naturally, not getting it from him.  So I was misunderstanding it.  Since, I've gone back to the first town and taken him out and about I have only seen the icon twice over other sims.  Seems infrequent to me.  Also someone said I should see sparkles around him when he's been noticed.  No sparkles.  I run my graphics very high but found my sim detail was at 3.  I put it to 4 but still no sparkles.  My graphics are all very high.  Oh well...

As for UnionCove...(what I don't do for my little people) I had my computer upgraded.  New faster processor, motherboard, and 8 gb ram.  Set my graphics to medium and low and still cannot play this world.  You mention turning on DEP for sims3 exe files.  What is that and how do I do this.  I will say though, with my "new computer", all other aspects of the game (excepting freezing problem & Error 12 which I believe are game related)  run significantly better.  I'm pleased. 
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« Reply #69 on: February 19, 2012, 02:29:28 PM »
Here is the link to wiki about DEP.

And here is a tip about solving error 12 and other issues if you have more than 2GB, again on sim wiki.

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Re: Union Cove Technical Issues
« Reply #70 on: February 20, 2012, 05:38:19 PM »
So I have the world installed and everything and it opens the launcher but tells me that it requires a software update. When I checked for updates everything is up to date patches and everything!!!! Help!!!!!

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« Reply #71 on: February 20, 2012, 05:57:44 PM »
So I have the world installed and everything and it opens the launcher but tells me that it requires a software update. When I checked for updates everything is up to date patches and everything!!!! Help!!!!!

What do you mean it opens the launcher?  Are you clicking on the world file to open the game?

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« Reply #72 on: February 20, 2012, 06:06:35 PM »
It opens up the sims launcher to start the game. And yes. Am I not suppose to????

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« Reply #73 on: February 20, 2012, 06:09:48 PM »
It opens up the sims launcher to start the game. And yes. Am I not suppose to????

Hmm.  Well, this is what I do:  I installed the Union Cove save game file to my Documents>Electronic Arts>The Sims 3> Saves folder or something like that, I read the directions, it's in there.

Then I started my Sims game like I always do, using the little icon that says Sims 3 Generations (in my case).

The game loads.  On that screen I see a generally indistinct Saved Game.  I click it and it loads.

Is that what you did?

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« Reply #74 on: February 20, 2012, 06:46:37 PM »
I tried it and it didn't work.