09-18-2013 10:11 PM
I've had Sims 3 for ages, and besides constant meteor showers (which went away), never had any problems with it at all. Out of nowhere, it stopped working a few months ago. I hadn't downloaded any new mods before for a while, and I think I hadn't updated it before hand (this was a while ago).
Once I get past the Launcher, it opens up a black screen with the loading circle. I can still move the circle around but nothing else happens. I've left it for over half an hour and nothing happened at all. When I opened up Task Manager and stuck it in my second screen then tried to open the game, after about 4 seconds the status immediately changes to not responding. Each time, I have to use Task Manager to close the game.
After hunting on the forums, I tried removing all my mods, including clearing out all the necessary caches. Still nothing. I tried removing all Downloads too. Nothing. I used Steam to verify the game cache and it said that a few files were missing.
Getting sick of this and finding no help online, I decided to uninstall the game completely. I doublechecked that all files relating to Sims 3 were gone from the computer. 24gb of Steam game downloads later, the game was finished redownloading completely. And still it does not work. None of my computer specs are the issue, my graphics card is great and I've got plenty of room on my C drive, not to mention the game was working just fine before. I have absolutely no mods or downloads installed, as it's a fresh start.
I'm at a complete loss on what to do. I'd rather not email EA directly just yet because I've had a heap of issues when it comes to problem solving Sims 3 in the past. Any ideas?
09-19-2013 12:21 AM
Did you remove all those mods and user files as well ?
09-21-2013 01:17 AM
Yes. All mods have been removed. Absolutely every file to do with Sims 3 was removed from the computer before the redownload.
I just tried backing up on Steam, then uninstalling again in case I missed any files. Double checked via online uninstall guides that I got it all. Even cleaned up the registry.
Installed via the restore, still won't work. Maybe whatever file is corrupted was included in the backup but I'm not sure exactly what files get backed up in the first place? I'd really rather not redownload 24gb of games again but I will if I have to.
09-21-2013 05:12 AM
No expert on the Steam version so I don't know if that has anything to do with it.
Do you have any Store content you've installed back ? If so, could you check if you have any tmp files in the folder DCCache.
09-22-2013 09:01 AM
I have got this exact same issue, i have uninstalled my sims and re load and yet the first time it worked, shut my machine down and re load and now all i get in a black screen, i am not sure if it has something to do with the latest version, if you resolve you problme please let me know as i have spent all my sunday trying to resolve this and still no joy
09-22-2013 03:15 PM
It's best if you made your own thread. Post your operating system and try to describe your issue in as many details as possible
Here's some guidelines: http://answers.ea.com/t5/The-Sims-3/READ-FIRST-Hel
12-05-2013 02:07 AM
Has anyone found out a solution to this, as it's just started doing it with mine?
I bought a few expansion packs and had to update my game before installing them, and ever since then it goes black when I try to load it with the loading circle, the 2 times it has loaded after shutting down the computer it's crashed after about 20 minutes. I've just spent all this money on packs and now I can't play! I'm so annoyed.
12-05-2013 11:58 AM
Have you tried the factory reset described in this post: http://answers.ea.com/t5/The-Sims-3/FAQ-Troublesho