December 2021 - last edited December 2021 by puzzlezaddict
I recently built a new computer . All my games are working correctly, except the SIms 3... When I click on play in Origin or Steam, the launcher opens correctly, but then when I click on play to launch the game, nothing happens. I can't even see the Sims in the tasks manager.
I'm running on Windows 11 + the new Alder Lake processor. So the issue may comes from that... What I don't understand, is that the Sims 2 & Sims 4 are working correctly...
Could you help?
Here is what I already tried, without any success:
- Installing Direct X9
- Removing the Sims 3 folder in my documents (the folder is being recreated automatically, but I only see the crash logs, the rest is empty)
- Activating the legacy mode in the Bios
- Launching the game on Origin & on Steam.
I have no cc.
You will find attached my Dxdiag report.
Thanks for your support!
edited title for visibility. -puzzlezaddict
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May 2022 - last edited May
This post is being marked as the solution for visibility. This is still considered an open issue by EA.
Edited to add links to PowerShell script and Task Manager method here. Try these if the patch doesn't help you.
Lazy Duchess has created a patch that can be applied to the game .exe to fix the issue of Sims 3 not loading on computers with 12th-gen (Alder Lake) Intel processors. Please understand that this is NOT an official fix. EA had no part in the creation of this tool and does not vouch for its safety or efficacy.
If you would like to revert your game to its previous state, you can restore the backup of the .exe that the patch creates. Or you can repair the game files:
The text below was quoted from this post by LazyDuchess:
I hope it's okay for me to share this here.
I've been trying to find a good solution for this, and I came up with a little patcher that should work around the issue without you having to use a Powershell or third party apps to run the game (Click on "AlderLakePatch.zip" to download):
It's completely open source.
I'm hoping this method actually solves the issue with the added benefit of not needing a custom launcher or third party app, but I'm not able to test it as I don't own affected hardware. All you have to do is extract the .zip, launch the patcher and locate your TS3.exe if you're on 1.69 or TS3W.exe if you're on 1.67, it should then patch the game and make a backup for you.
As puzzlezaddict mentioned earlier, you can find your game's executables on the program files folder:
Program Files\EA Games\The Sims 3\Game\Bin
Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 3\Game\Bin
Program Files (x86)\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Game\Bin
Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\The Sims 3\Game\Bin
Let me know if this actually works, the issue is complicated to get around due to how early in the game's execution it happens.
If you're not sure which patch level you have and therefore which .exe to patch, check the game version in the lower-left corner of the launcher.
An alternative is to use this PowerShell script, created by another player, to force Sims 3 to use one CPU core in the first few seconds it's loading. This script is self-limiting; you don't need to do anything to restore the game's full access to the CPU.
If you get an error when trying this method, you may need to manually update PowerShell, as described here:
For anyone who can't get the above to work, try limiting the game to one CPU core in the Task Manager, as described in this post:
@Fuchie Please try launching the game directly from TS3W.exe, rather than going through the launcher. I'm curious whether the issue is with the handoff to the launcher or the game itself. With Steam and Origin closed, just double-click on the .exe, which you'd find here:
C:\Jeux\Steam\steamapps\common\The Sims 3\Game\Bin
If that doesn't help, please let me know what antivirus you're using, if any.
I take it that the Legacy Mode setting in BIOS is for games that have DRMs known to flag Alder Lake processors? I didn't think Sims 3's DRM is one of those affected, but since Origin and Steam use different DRMs, you could always uninstall the Steam version and install the game through Origin and see whether it makes a difference. You'd need to clean the registry in between: Steam leaves two sets of registry entries behind that would need to be removed. Let me know if you need help with that process.
Personally, I'd much rather play through Steam than Origin, but it's at least worth trying.
So yesterday my GF who really loved to play the Sims 3 wanted to jump back in after months. Since the last time I've built a new PC.
New PC System : i9-12900kF CPU, with DDR5 1x16GB 4800 Mhz, RTX 2070 Super GPU. Gen 4 SSD.
When I'm trying to launch the Game trought origins the the Sims 3 Launcher open up then when I click on the Play Button it opens the Origins game library and nothing happens after that.
Can someone help ? I think its probably a compatibility Issues since I have DDR5 and a Samsung Gen 4 SSD but I can be wrong.
@IsmaEasyy Did you go to control panel - programs and features - turn Windows features on of off and enable .net framwork 3.5? Thiis required for the launcher to work. In Windows 10 it is included but disabled.
Thank you for your answers!
- I also tried by launching TS3W.exe only, but the issue is the same. The game immediately crashes and I can only see the crash report in my documents folder.
- The legacy mode is indeed for the DRM issue, I tried in the hope that it could solve the problem but it didn't.
- I tried with Origin & with Steam and I have the same issue on both . I would prefer to play with Origin as I have all the DLCs on my account...
@roberta591 It's a fresh install of windows 11, no upgrade from Windows 10.