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How easy are mods to install for sims 3?

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JanoJano Posts: 82 Member
The nraas mods look awesome but how easy are they to install for someone whos not technically minded like myself.

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  • SchwuschbingbangSchwuschbingbang Posts: 169 Member
    it shouldnt be that hard. The website for Nraas even has detailed step by step tutorials :D I myself am just at it right now.
  • Hadron1776Hadron1776 Posts: 328 Member
    I just download the mods and put them here:
    C:\Users\%user%\Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Mods\Packages
    ...where %user% is your user name.
    I'm on windows 10 btw
  • JeanJean Posts: 553 Member
    This website, courtesy of Carl, explains how to install mods on a step by step basis.
    http://www.carls-sims-4-guide.com/forum/?topic=9187.0

    It SHOULD be easy following.
  • igazorigazor Posts: 13,007 Member
    Hi there. Actually, I would recommend using the download and following the instructions at MTS because they are illustrated and the MTS download includes two small, sample mods that you can use to test and make sure it's working before adding more complicated things. Carl's site links there eventually, towards the end.
    http://modthesims.info/wiki.php?title=Game_Help:Installing_Sims_3_Package_Files/Setup_and_Files
  • JanoJano Posts: 82 Member
    A big thanks to everyone for the information and advice. :)
  • SoraLiatzuSoraLiatzu Posts: 5 New Member
    Boi its ez. Don't have too many tho, or it could crash ur game.
  • igazorigazor Posts: 13,007 Member
    edited May 25
    SoraLiatzu wrote: »
    Boi its ez. Don't have too many tho, or it could crash ur game.
    I have around 1,200 package based files in my game and over 250 of them can be considered mods or mod-related files (the rest are CC). How many is too many? ;)

    (Not that I'm recommending anyone rush into that many mods at once, one does have to be careful with what one is doing to avoid conflicts and overload...)
    Post edited by igazor on
  • QueenWeird58QueenWeird58 Posts: 361 Member
    edited May 25
    Not so easy espically when you have a mac .-.
  • igazorigazor Posts: 13,007 Member
    edited May 25
    Not so easy espically when you have a mac .-.
    I have Macs, although these days I sim on Windows through Bootcamp. In an otherwise perfect world (Ha!), mod installation for those playing the Mac version of TS3 should be exactly the same as on Windows. I have a lot of complaints about TS3 for Mac, many of us do, but getting mods and other package based content to work shouldn't be adding to the stress at all here.

    Is there something we can help with or have you moved past that point already?
  • gummybear0724gummybear0724 Posts: 635 Member
    Easier than sims 4 I think. At one point I used it frequently but my game crashing got worse so I deleted it all.
  • TadOlsonTadOlson Posts: 10,344 Member
    I would love to have limited my Mods to fewer that 500 files though I ended up having to play with about 600 Mods and there's 109 NRaas Mod files along with AM just to fix the school overcrowding issue as it overrides the automatic assignment which was always glitchy and know to cause the overcrowding issue.I've also got well over 1000 package files of CC installed and some installed with CC Magic.
    I've seen a lot less crashing and less glitching since adding Mods and my computer seems to think more is better.
  • FeisbukaiteFeisbukaite Posts: 290 Member
    I'm not good with computers + I'm using Mac. But I was able to install mods with no problems. I find tutorial on youtube and then it's really easy install anything. I even figured out how to install tray imposter to Mac LOL. And plus english is not my native language, all tutorials are in english. If I can do it, anyone can :dizzy:
  • igazorigazor Posts: 13,007 Member
    I'm not good with computers + I'm using Mac. But I was able to install mods with no problems. I find tutorial on youtube and then it's really easy install anything. I even figured out how to install tray imposter to Mac LOL. And plus english is not my native language, all tutorials are in english. If I can do it, anyone can :dizzy:
    Glad you've had success with that, but I think you mean Tray Importer. That's for Sims 4. ;)
  • ScottDemonScottDemon Posts: 226 Member
    Easier than sims 4 I think. At one point I used it frequently but my game crashing got worse so I deleted it all.

    Adding Mods to The Sims 4 is a simple copy and paste them into the Mods folder. The only difference between Sims 3 and Sims 4 is you have to add the Mods folder to Sims 3 and make sure to put then in the right sub-folder either Overrides or Packages and Sims 4 comes with one and no sub-folders needed.
  • JanoJano Posts: 82 Member
    TadOlson wrote: »
    I would love to have limited my Mods to fewer that 500 files though I ended up having to play with about 600 Mods and there's 109 NRaas Mod files along with AM just to fix the school overcrowding issue as it overrides the automatic assignment which was always glitchy and know to cause the overcrowding issue.I've also got well over 1000 package files of CC installed and some installed with CC Magic.
    I've seen a lot less crashing and less glitching since adding Mods and my computer seems to think more is better.

    Have not come across the school overcrowding before, how many pupils is too many. Which mods do you need to use too fix it.
  • igazorigazor Posts: 13,007 Member
    edited May 27
    Jano wrote: »
    Have not come across the school overcrowding before, how many pupils is too many. Which mods do you need to use too fix it.
    Tad is playing one or more worlds set in the 16th century (give or take 100 years) era when not everyone went to or should be enrolled in school automatically. I see her point, even with a Little House on the Prairie and a schoolhouse with a truant officer somewhere in town, school enrollment shouldn't necessarily happen ten seconds after a child ages up or is added to the game. Her particular issue is not a common complaint, though.

    Players' experiences with school over-crowding will vary. Without mods, I find that most single-school towns experience crowding at somewhere over 25 students total. The symptom is that students will still be standing in line to get into the school at 11am or later and we have to send our actives to school extra early to avoid them getting stuck in the crowds.

    This mod, for many of us, successfully expands the capacity of schools and Uni classroom buildings by making more of the doors of many of them usable for entry and exit.
    http://modthesims.info/d/568897

    Another strategy, or one to consider at the same time, is to add more schools. With NRaas StoryProgression and GoHere (both required), one can set up Elementary and High Schools, or those separated by gender, net worth, traits, any other attributes one can think of. The NRaas Careers mod's Schools module also allows for specialty schools to take place at community lot buildings many players will already have in town, such as at the military installation, community theater, business building, science center, etc. and those can help relieve over-crowding up to a point as well. The same module also allows for Homeschooling for those who want to give that a try.
  • JanoJano Posts: 82 Member
    igazor wrote: »
    Hi there. Actually, I would recommend using the download and following the instructions at MTS because they are illustrated and the MTS download includes two small, sample mods that you can use to test and make sure it's working before adding more complicated things. Carl's site links there eventually, towards the end.
    http://modthesims.info/wiki.php?title=Game_Help:Installing_Sims_3_Package_Files/Setup_and_Files

    Hi again, do the MTS instructions work the same for windows 10.
  • igazorigazor Posts: 13,007 Member
    Jano wrote: »
    igazor wrote: »
    Hi there. Actually, I would recommend using the download and following the instructions at MTS because they are illustrated and the MTS download includes two small, sample mods that you can use to test and make sure it's working before adding more complicated things. Carl's site links there eventually, towards the end.
    http://modthesims.info/wiki.php?title=Game_Help:Installing_Sims_3_Package_Files/Setup_and_Files

    Hi again, do the MTS instructions work the same for windows 10.
    Exactly the same for all operating systems, yes. The illustrations provided were done in Win 7 so things might look different around the edges, but it's still all the same.
  • JanoJano Posts: 82 Member
    Great thanks. :)
  • TadOlsonTadOlson Posts: 10,344 Member
    One of the worst issues was when children or kids who can't possibly route to school in an hour from their home get assigned to that one school in town and live nowhere near it.I found the automated assignment was awfully glitchy and overcrowding happend too easily.It's what led to one of my old Modless saves becoming corrupted after a child was taken by the social worker for failing to attend school.He couldn't even enter the building as there were too many children or kids enrolled.AwesomeMod has an option to disable automated assignment which is better at fixing the issues if you're using NRaas and only enable that override in the config file.It would actually stop the school from becoming overcrowded because some kids would either not get education or would be home-schooled.
  • JanoJano Posts: 82 Member
    TadOlson wrote: »
    One of the worst issues was when children or kids who can't possibly route to school in an hour from their home get assigned to that one school in town and live nowhere near it.I found the automated assignment was awfully glitchy and overcrowding happend too easily.It's what led to one of my old Modless saves becoming corrupted after a child was taken by the social worker for failing to attend school.He couldn't even enter the building as there were too many children or kids enrolled.AwesomeMod has an option to disable automated assignment which is better at fixing the issues if you're using NRaas and only enable that override in the config file.It would actually stop the school from becoming overcrowded because some kids would either not get education or would be home-schooled.

    If you have generations installed with there 5 specialist schools does this sort out the overcrowding without mods.
  • TadOlsonTadOlson Posts: 10,344 Member
    That overcrowding issue came from the automated enrollement coded into the base game and nothing else had ever fixed it until I added Awesome and got rid of the auto-enrollement.I just have to enroll them manually and not all of them will enroll until school became mandatary in the mid-20th century which I can activate auto-plum home schooling if I want automated school assignments now.
  • Chelseadude182Chelseadude182 Posts: 819 Member
    Where do you get mods for sims 4 please? And what mods do you use?
    :smile:
  • KatieVapezz97KatieVapezz97 Posts: 36 New Member
    Easy peasy, Do exactly what everybody else said. :)
  • gummybear0724gummybear0724 Posts: 635 Member
    ScottDemon wrote: »
    Easier than sims 4 I think. At one point I used it frequently but my game crashing got worse so I deleted it all.

    Adding Mods to The Sims 4 is a simple copy and paste them into the Mods folder. The only difference between Sims 3 and Sims 4 is you have to add the Mods folder to Sims 3 and make sure to put then in the right sub-folder either Overrides or Packages and Sims 4 comes with one and no sub-folders needed.

    It was probably just the fact that sims 4 was out when I got 3 so there were not constant updates. I hate how you have to go in the game to enable cc/mods in 4. That's why I find it complicated because I have to update everything. I was just spoiled in 3 I guess.
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