Update 2: I was finally successfully able to Super Patch my base game to 1.63. I decided to try downloading the Super Patch for the third time. Once it was downloaded I used MSCONFIG to disable all unecessary services and startup procedures then rebooted into SAFE MODE. I then installed the base game from the hard drive having copied the installation disk to my HDD earlier. I installed the base game and applied the Super Patch in Safe Mode. I don't know which one of these things or all of them combined solved my problem. I suspect I was just lucky and on the third try I was finally able to download an uncorrupted Super Patch. Maybe the success of the download had to do with the time of day. I don't know. I am now attempting to apply my expansions and stuff packs one at a time. Wish me luck anyone reading this. It really shouldn't be this hard to install and patch a game.
1) Between each unsuccessful attempt to patch the game I have followed the steps for a manual uninstall to verify the uninstall is clean.
2) During each attempted patch received the error:
CRC error: The file C:\Program Files (x86)\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\GameData\Shared\Packages\DeltaBuild0.package doesn't match the file in the setup's .cab file. The medium from which you are running the setup may be corrupted; contact your software vendor.
CRC error: The file C:\Program Files (x86)\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\GameData\Shared\Packages\DeltaBuild2.package doesn't match the file in the setup's .cab file. The medium from which you are running the setup may be corrupted; contact your software vendor.
3) The Base Game installs and plays perfectly as long as I don't patch. All problems are caused after patching.
4) Patch Attempt One. Installed Base Game from Disk. Downloaded and installed patch via game launcher. Received CRC errors during patch. Game graphics corrupted after patch.
5) Patch Attempt Two. Installed Base Game via Origin then downloaded and installed patch via launcher. Still got the CRC Error during patch even though the optical drive was not used in any part of the installation. Game graphics still corrupted.
6) Patch Attempt Three. Copied Base Game install disk to HDD. Downloaded SuperPatch. Installed game from hard drive. Applied SuperPatch. Same CRC errors during Super Patch install. Same corrupted game graphics.
7) Patch Attempt Four. Downloaded Super Patch again over a wired Internet connection. Installed game from disk. Patched game in Safe Mode. Same CRC errors which are not CRC errors. Same corrupted graphics.
8) At this point I don't think there is anyway for me to download a good patch. Would be helpful if EA could offer some other way to deliver the patch because what they have offered isn't working.
This story does not have an end. I expect there to be continuing installments because I am still trying to install this blessed game on my PC.
To start I have been playing The Sims 3 since the base game was released. I have been playing it on the PC that I built and have added each expansion, stuff pack, patch, and store world pretty much as they have been released. I have never had to re-install. A few times I have deleted my The Sims 3 folder and let the game generate a new one. And I have downloaded my store content more than once. Over the years I have read the many posts from simmers trying and struggling to install the game. Sympathetic but grateful I was not in their boat.
Last month I decided to build myself a new PC. I really wanted to have the latest and greatest in PC technology that I could reasonably afford in advance of The Sims 4 being released. Plus while I have been able to continue playing my game with the release of Into the Future on my old PC it has been struggling. I was one of the unfortunate simmers to be hit with extreme game lag caused by the Tree of Prosperity. While uninstalling that particular content fixed that particular lag issue there have been so many other issues dragging down the performance of the game I wanted to see what a new speedy PC could do with the game.
Here are the specs for my new build:
Mobo: Asus Maximus VI Gene
CPU: Core I7 4770K
Mem: 32GB Corsair Vengeance Pro 2133 DDR3
GPU: XFX Double D Radeon R9 280X (this card is a re-badge of the Radeon HD 7970)
PSU: Silverstone Strider Gold 750W
Heatsink: Silverstone Heligon Tower Cooler with 120mm fan
SSD: 2 Samsung 840 Evo 1TB (Raid 1)(System and Programs Drive)
HDD: 1 TB Western Digital Caviar Black (Data Drive)
Case: Silverstone SG09
Bluray: Silverstone Slim Slot Loading Drive
extra 80mm fans for the GPU
Windows 7 64-bit Professional
It's fun building a new computer. If it weren't so expensive I would do it more often just for the fun. It's kinda like legos. Finding just the right parts to fit together and making everything work. It's fun that is until it comes time to install The Sims 3 on it.
With 11 expansion packs, 5 or 6 stuff packs and way more store content than I could possibly use I expected it to take a long time to install. I spent a day intalling a pack at a time then going away to do something else to return an hour later to install another pack. It might have gone faster if I had been willing to sit there and watch the hourglass but I wasn't.
I ran across a small glitch while installing it for the first time while patching the base game to 1.63. I got this CRC error claiming that some Databuild0.cab file didn't match and might be corrupted. I thought that was a bit odd. Reading Crinrict's blog this was supposedly caused by a bad disk or problems with the DVD drive. I was able to hit the retry button a bunch of times and then finally the Ignore button and the installation of the patch seemed to complete normally. I went ahead and installed the rest of my expansions and stuff packs with no incident other than the fact that it took for freaking-ever to install all that stuff.
So the next day I plan to take my newly installed Sims 3 game for a spin on my new rig. And the nightmare begins. The graphics are terrible! They looked like I was using a card from a decade ago. Not the latest generation Radeon card. There are only a few Nvidia cards and just one model Radeon card that are faster than this model. It is designed to run 6 monitors at once on ultra high graphic settings. Unfortunately, it didn't appear to be designed to run The Sims 3. That was just too much for it. I was testing Isla Paradiso. The clouds over the hidden islands appeared as grey blocks. The waves/crests behind boats appeared as bright green leafy type objects. Windows in houses were opaque and not transparent. Just everything was off.
The first thing I did was re-download the latest driver from AMD. Then I made sure to update the BIOS, Intel chipset and other drivers for my motherboard. When none of that yielded results I swapped the graphics card with the card from my old PC - an XFX Radeon HD 5850. What I discovered from that experiment was that both graphics cards worked with no errors on my old PC.
Now I am really starting to sweat because it was looking like I had a bad motherboard or worse a defective CPU because the PCI Express controller is on the 4770K.
When I built my old PC I had my son around to Beta test. I bought a copy of Crysis 2 and told him to Beta test my rig to see how it performed. But he has moved out and lives on his own now. I didn't have him here to beta test my rig. I call him on the phone and ask him what game I can run on my new rig that is 3D graphics intensive. He tells me to try The Elders Scrolls V Skyrim because all I will need to do is run the opening video to test my rig. It plays perfectly on ultra high graphics settings. I install my Civilization V game. It plays fine. I install Spore. It plays fine. I stream a movie from Amazon. Fine. I stream some Youtube videos. Fine.
Oh! Censored! It's The Sims 3 software itself that is at fault. Something wrong with the installation. Well. At least it isn't my expensive rig that I spent so much time building. But on the other hand. I can't play the game on my new PC. I can't get it installed.
So I think about it for a while. All these years I have diligently registered every expansion and stuff pack. If the installation was corrupted by the CRC error that occurred during the 1.63 patch maybe I could download the base game and all the expansions from Origin and install them that way thereby avoiding the CRC error during the patch.
So I uninstall everything. And begin the even more tedious installation because now I have to download through Origin. I get the base game downloaded and installed. I cancel the 1.63 patch that is automatically prompted. And test the base game only with nothing else and no patch. Good ole Gobias Koffi has no trouble visiting the grocery store and then goes fishing at Angel Falls. The intro video played perfectly. The graphics are smooth and perfect. There is no bright green leafy foam at Angel Falls. The clouds are not grey blocks. And the windows in houses are transparent.
Then I download the 1.63 patch which is close to 2GB by itself. That takes forever and I go watch the news. Patch downloaded and I begin to install it. Lo and behold the CRC error pops up during the patch. Now how in the world do I get a CRC error which is a problem reading media from an optical drive when both the base game and the patch were downloaded through Origin? No DVD's or optical drives anywhere in the installation chain!
Don't we just love The Sims 3 software? It is so easy and user friendly to use!
Several retry buttons and an Ignore button later the patch finally completes and I get the message that my game was successfully patched. Now to test the game.
It takes foreeeeeeeveeeeer to load plain old Sunset Valley with absolutely no expansions or any other CC, mods or EA store content. The game finally loads and very choppily sweeps over the water to display town mode. I pick Gobias Koffi again and I swear the game is as responsive as if the Tree of Prosperity is installed and endlessly firing off its alarms. Gobias gets in his car and the game lags and jerks its way down to the grocery store. And the windows in Gobias' house are opaque and not transparent.
So it's definitely the 1.63 patch that is messed up. Now I get to uninstall my game yet again and try to figure out how in the world to successfully patch it before I can install any other expansions.
I really, really, really cannot believe that EA is making a blasted fortune off of this plum! :evil: