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Terrible, watery graphics

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After trying to fix an extremely slow game on TS3, I did some sort of reset - I duplicated the Sims 3 folder and replaced it with the duplicate (I believe I still have the original). Now, the land graphics are TERRIBLE. They are like water. How do I fix this?

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@Rosenewberry  Which folder did you duplicate?  If it's the game folder in Documents\Electronic Arts, trash the new one and launch the game.  Change your graphics settings at the Main Menu, then quit to desktop before loading a new game.  Check how the new game looks, and if it works, you can transfer your saves and anything else you'd like to keep from your old game folder to your new one.

 

If you moved a different folder, please let me know exactly which one.

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Thanks for the reply! It was the Saves folder.

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@Rosenewberry  Alright, then the same principle applies.  There's no harm in moving around Saves, or any contents of the game folder in Documents.  But with the graphics you're seeing, it's probably best to set up a clean game folder the way you want it and then move Saves into it.

 

So you can drag the entire TS3 folder out of Documents, launch the game, change your graphics options at the Main Menu, quit, relaunch and start a new save, and see whether the graphics look right to you.  If so, then move Saves into the new folder and load one of your existing saves to check it out.

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Before I start, I thought I'd let you know that whenever I try to edit the graphics options, it tells me there could be serious graphical errors if I put the settings any higher than they are.
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@Rosenewberry  I was only suggesting that you set the graphics options where you want them.  The warning, or at least part of it, is that you shouldn't change the settings while you have a save loaded, which is why I suggested you load only to the Main Menu, change the options, and then quit immediately.

 

But if you'd like an opinion on what settings you should use in-game, you can copy the first 40 or so lines of your deviceconfig (inside your game folder in Documents) into a post; stop when the list of game options starts.  That will show both your computer's hardware and how the game rates the various components.  The deviceconfig lists your user and machind IDs about 25 lines down, so delete that if you want, but none of the other information is specific to you or your computer.

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I tried this, but the graphics are still horrific.
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I have replaced the folder with the original folder (it was actually the main TS3 folder - my mistake) and now it won't load. It is stuck on the music loading screen.
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@Rosenewberry  Take the original folder out again; there's obviously something corrupt in there.  You can sort through the saves and other content you want to keep once you've restored the graphics to what you want.

 

After removing any TS3 folders from Documents, please launch the game again, and load to the Main Menu.  Don't change any graphics; just quit.  Then go into the new game folder that just spawned and find the file called deviceconfig.  Copy the first 40 lines (up to where the list of game options starts) into a post here.  Again, you can delete your user and machine names, about 25 lines down, but there's no other identifying information in there.  I really do need to see what the game thinks of your hardware.

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(It appears that all audio lines have been given a face. Please ignore this :D)

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