Have come to the conclusion that EA was telling us stories, and not nice ones, when they said in the documentation for TS2 that Sim City 4 could be used to make new blank neighborhoods. I tried it over the holiday weekend and it was a total failure. Although I was able to make the neighborhood, using the small city rectangle per the directions, it did not show up correctly. Several experiments produced:
A world that was totally blank other than the grass, trees and a portion of the pond that had been made.
Only a tiny portion of that template appeared, from the upper left hand corner.
Not a single road appeared, regardless of type, although several were placed as close to the pond as possible for testing purposes.
The displayed patch was apparently flipped 180 degrees. The pond had a lone tree at the northern tip in SC4, said tree was at the southern tip in TS2. The pond was oblong in SC4 and a bit angled towards the northeast, but in TS2 it had been cut to somewhere between 1/3 & 1/2 of it's length and the fragment now pointed southeast.
Both games are installed on the same Windows XP machine, so there are no Win 10 conflicts. TS2 is the original from disks version installed way back when, has all packs, and runs just fine. The SC4 is the deluxe edition with rush hour added in, gotten a week or so ago. By itself it runs fine, but the whole reason for getting it was neighborhood making.
Anyone have any suggestions, or do I just write it off as an early example of TS4 style fibbing and uninstall? Thanx in advance.