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Patch 1.14/2.9/3.5/4.2 PDF Print
Written by CriCri Thursday, 08 July 2010 00:00
A new patch is out and it brings the game version to 1.14 (base game) / 2.9 (World Adventures) / 3.5 (Loft Stuff) / 4.2 (Ambitions).
To install this update, please launch the game and click on the “Updates” button in your Launcher.
We suggest to use the auto-update with the EADM, because in this way you are sure to download the right version for your game. If you update your game everytime a new patch is available, then the EADM will download a reduced version of the new patch. Otherwise, you'll get a full version. We also suggest to check if your EADM version is updated before download patches.

Fixed bugs: This game update includes:
  • Dead relatives will no longer appear alive in your Sims’ family trees while traveling to Egypt, China, or France
  • Sketches your Sims create using the Drafting Table are now valued properly based on your Sim’s Painting Skill Level and related Profession Level
  • Sims will no longer walk on water to view paintings placed on swimming pool walls
  • Fixed an “Error 13” issue caused by saving the game immediately before having your Sim give another Sim a makeover
  • Ghost Hunter Sims can no longer “Show Off Banshee Banisher” to child Sims
  • Fixed issue that prevented players from Changing Active Household while in Edit Town mode
  • Fixed issue that prevented Sims from fishing when certain seeds were in the Sim’s personal inventory
  • Optimized memory usage when deleting lots via Edit Town mode
  • Optimized memory usage for complex Sim homes created with Buy Mode
  • Sims will now exit the police station when doing the “Do Low Level Police Work” interaction when they are sufficiently stressed
  • The game will no longer temporarily freeze when routing on and off home lots placed by players using the World Editor in Edit Town
  • Sculptures on the Sculpting Station will no longer lose functionality when cancelling a drag interaction while in Buy Mode
  • The Styling Station will no longer lose functionality when going to the Main Menu while performing a makeover on a Sim
  • Kleptomaniac Sims are no longer able to steal the holes created by the Miner invention
  • Users are no longer able to place lots on top of the sidewalks when using the World Editor while in Edit Town
  • Sculptures completed by Sims will now function properly when players complete them at the sculpting station, then save and load the game.
  • Fire Engines will now maintain all functionality after Sims drive them in Egypt, China, or France
  • Fixed an issue that prevented Private Investigator Sims from completing cases with certain case steps
  • Sims in the Firefighter and Ghost Hunter careers can now continue their careers after the household has been saved to the Library, then placed back into the neighborhood
  • Fixed an issue that caused Sims to become invisible upon loading a saved game
  • The “Possession is 9/10 of the Law” Lifetime Wish now requires your Sim steal items worth the appropriate number of Simoleons before being completed
  • Junkyards can no longer be purchased as  Real Estate properties
  • Content from The Sims 3 that is uploaded via The Sims 3 Ambitions version of the Launcher now functions appropriately
  • Fixed an animation pop from the “Start Collecting!” interaction with the Harvester invention (63294)
  • An upgraded Fire Extinguisher will now remain upgraded upon saving, closing, and loading the save file
  • Fixed an issue that caused household members to disappear upon reloading a save file
  • The “Intrigued by Great Lecture” moodlet now has an icon
  • Neighborhood Sims that are not in the currently active household will now properly quit playing with the Sim Gnubb set
  • Sims that catch on fire from the Invention Workstation can now have the fire put out when the firefighters are called
  • Fixed an issue that caused Sim relationships to break when traveling to Egypt, China, or France
  • The magical laundry bear Abracadabra will no longer block Sims from moving after disappearing
  • Fixed a crash caused by setting the alarm for Self-Employed Sims
  • Create-a-World will now work properly once The Sims 3 Ambitions is installed
  • Small and Medium digital picture frames no longer float in the air after loading a save game
  • Sims will no longer cheer at City Hall forever when switching active households after a celebration
  • Holes created by the Miner invention can no longer be detonated or salvaged by inventors
  • Magical gnomes from Ambitions will now behavior appropriately
  • Fixed an issue that caused Sims to have broken or inappropriate hair styles after aging up
  • Inventions sold at the consignment store will now count towards a Self-Employed Inventor Sim’s promotion
  • Sim animations will no longer break when the “Offer Tattoo to…” interaction is used
  • Mac Only: Fixed an issue where text strings were broken in the Czech version of the Launcher
  • Mac Only: Fixed a launcher crash for the Mac Digital Download
  • Mac Only: Fixed several issues where icons were not properly lit in the Launcher
  • Mac Only: Fixed an issue to prevent a crash when users place a lot in World Editor mode via Edit Town
They are not bugs and they are not fixed:
  • issues installing .sims3pack items (created with TSR Workshop): the installation procedure looks successful but items do not appear in the "Installed contents" page and do not show up in the game. Well, this is not a game or patch issue, but is TSR Workshop's. Please check on the author's sites if there are updated versions of these files and if you really can't wait, try to uninstall the game, clean the registry, defragment your pc, reinstall the game and the items you haven't been able to install, then update your game to the last version available.
  • blue neighborhoods and lots: this happens when you have downloaded files that are not compatible to your game version, and when the neighborhood turns blue, your save is corrupted. Thus, you'll have to delete your downloaded .package items, the cache files (scriptCache.package, CASPartCache.package, simCompositorCache.package, CompositorCache.package in My Documents/Electronic Arts/The Sims 3) and restore the backup copy of your saves.
Before installing this patch:

Step 0: check if your EADM version is the latest (actually 6.04). If not, please update it by using the auto-update or download the latest version HERE.

Step 1: Disable Custom Content

Custom Content is all Sims content that did not come from an official The Sims 3 Update, The Sims 3 Store, Expansion Pack, or Stuff Pack. Custom Content is created by 3rd Party Developers that are not regulated by Electronic Arts or The Sims 3 Development Team and may not work with new updates. Custom Content may cause the game to behave unexpectedly or not function entirely.

To disable your custom content, undo whatever you did to install this content to get your game back into an unmodified state. If you placed it in a Sims 3 directory folder, move it to a new folder that is outside your Sims 3 file directory. Your Sims 3 file directory can be found using the paths listed below:

Windows File Directory: C:Documents and SettingsUSERMy DocumentsElectronic ArtsThe Sims 3

Mac File Directory: User/Documents/Electronic Arts/The Sims/

Once you have installed the official update you may re-enable your custom content. If you experience problems, disable it again until the 3rd party developer updates their content to work with the official Update, Expansion Pack, or Stuff Pack.

Step 2: Back Up your Save Files

It’s always a good precaution to back up your save files before installing an Expansion Pack, Update, or Stuff Pack. To do this, copy the “.sims3” folders found in the Saves folder onto your desktop or another file directory.

Your Sims 3 Saves folder can be found using the paths listed below:

Windows File Directory: C:Documents and SettingsUSERMy DocumentsElectronic ArtsThe Sims 3Saves

Mac File Directory: User/Documents/Electronic Arts/The Sims/Saves

After the Update is installed, run the game to verify your saves still function correctly.

Step 3: Let the Update Complete Entirely

Updates can sometimes be rather large and may take a while to download and install completely. Cancelling the update before it has completed may cause unexpected problems, so it is always best to let it finish entirely. Do not close the Launcher until you have confirmed the update is completely installed, as this will cancel the update.


Known issues:

If you get some errors while upgrade your game, and after them you get an empty lancher with a game version, it is highly recommended to follow these steps.
  • Uninstall EA Download Manager
  • Reboot your machine
  • Obtain the latest available version here
  • Open EA Download Manager to ensure that the Download Manager is fully up to date
  • Open The Sims 3 Launcher

At this point the Launcher should prompt you that there is another available update and all products will be properly in sync. If this doesn't work, we suggest you to use this tool: The Sims 3 Patch Downloader

If you have some EP or SP installed, you'll experience a multiple update. Once you choose to download the new patch, let your computer work! Do not try to quit the process if it looks like it's taking too much time! When the download ends, the installation starts. It may look like the game is off and the update is done, instead, it's going on. Once the installation is completed, you'll get a message stating the process is completed. Wait for this. You'll get one for base game and one for EP.

Last Updated on Sunday, 22 August 2010 17:58