Thursday, October 28, 2010

Sims 3 Late Night Crash Fix

So you've just installed the new EP, whats the first thing you're gonna do? Probably the same thing I did: check out the new neighborhood map thingy, which you can do no problem, but just try and play it and the game crashes to the desktop.

all is not lost, heres a workaround for a problem that shouldn't exist if EA actually play-tested their games.

1. in the new neighborhood (I forget the name) go into edit town mode.

2. you may notice a grey empty lot somewhere, the one in my game was down next the Plumbob Pictures Backlot. Bulldoze the lot.

you should now be able to play without a problem, however if you can't try moving/bulldozing any Ambitions lots.

Edit: Screenshot to show where the lot is in my game (picture quality is a kinda poor because I had the game in windowed mode at the time).

43 comments:

Anonymous said...

thak you so very much yagami!! I had tried soo many things since I got home from work to no avail!! LAA, DEP , removing cc, unistall, reinstall, bulldozing the firestation, etc thanks again!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you soooooooooooo much !!
You saved me. I tried so many things that didn't work til now and spent 3 hours just searching a solution.
So thank you, really.

Anonymous said...

He mate,

Do you have a picture of the lot place? In my language there is no Plumbob Pictures Backlot. Beacause it has an different name.

Thanks alot mate

Yagami said...

Thanks for the comments, glad it helped.

I posted a screenie, hope you can figure out where the lot is from that.

Anonymous said...

THANK U!!! YOU r The BEST!!!!!

Anonymous said...

thanks for the help! mine was behind/next to the public library. once I bulldozed it, it actually let me save the game without crashing :)

Anonymous said...

i can't ding the gray lot, i dont think i have one... but im still having the same problem, when i go to live mode, it crashes!

Yagami said...

I wasn't sure if the grey lot would be in the same place for everyone, but I guess it isn't.

To the last Anonymous: You might want to look around your neighborhood for a grey lot, but if there really isn't one there try deleting some of the Ambitions lots (fire station, hair salon, junk yard etc). Also you might want to try checking your lot bin, some Ambitions lots in there can cause crashes, so try deleting them.

Anonymous said...

its still not working.. its so frustrating!



but im not completely sure where the lot bin is?

Yagami said...

ok, you can find the lot bin (well thats what I've always called it anyways :P) by going into edit town mode, across the bottom are three tabs, the first is where sims are, the second one is houses, and the third is for community lots. The Ambitions lots will be in the community lots one.

The only other thing I can think of is loading someone else's savegame, where the problem lots have been removed, and it is known to be working. No idea if that would actually work, but you're welcome to download my saves to try it.

Ver 1. Problem grey lot has been removed, but no family is selected: http://www.mediafire.com/?3qmimaimaq7f6a2

Ver 2. Problem grey lot has been removed, and a random family in the game was selected before saving (Bumble family). So this one should load the selected family: http://www.mediafire.com/?pa440ceohkb6cdw

in the zip is a folder, this goes in your My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Saves. Hopefully that will allow you to load the saves when you start the game.

Anonymous said...

Hey!
My problem is in certain time, when I had played a little. At one moment the things goes very slow, it´s like it´s loading for a moment but it is eternal.
Did someone has this problem? Could you solve it

Yagami said...

You could try running the game with an FPS limiter. That normally helps with random crashes and slowdowns.

Instructions are here (I know its for World Adventures, but it still works...just substitute the World Adventures exe for the Late Night one):
http://fix-my-game.blogspot.com/2010/01/sims-3-world-adventures-random-crash.html

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot!!! You saved my life, i was crazy looking for solutions :D

Anonymous said...

Yesterday I tried your solution, and didn´t worked... I´m starting to think it´s a problem with the new expansion pack.

Thanks anyway.

Yagami said...

I'm sorry the fix didn't help you.

You're right, it is a problem with the expansion, more specifically the neighborhood map.

Jasmine said...

I have all the expansion packs except fast lane stuff. I bought late night, downloaded it and the game launcher crashes!!!! Late Night still runs, but the launcher crash is sooo annoying!

Then, in-game, it kept crashing back to desktop.. Then i restarted my computer and it stopped crashing.
I opened an old save file in riverview and all my sims and furnisher were gone! I restarted my computer once more..

Now the game is acting right, BUT, in bridgeport, the bar (new mixologist bar) doesn't work! My sim begins the action at the bar and disappears! I click on the sim's picture and he's in a different room in the house!

After the crash when I tryed playing one of my old saves, I just made a new family in Bridgeport and the sims are there and working properly; I havent really switched back to playing any other sim in any other neighborhood.

How can I fix the launcher crash? Also, the bar crash? Since I have never had a problem with any of the other Sims games, I was shocked that I did with Late Night! Its full of glitches!

Thankssss!

Jasmine said...

...Oh, one more thing I forgot to mention...

None of the new band items work either! The Sim begins the action and disappears, just like the bar situation, and ends up in a different room.

How can I fix these glitches? Thanks!

Yagami said...

Jasmine, the new EP is full of problems, but if your game crashes alot you might want to try a fps limiter. Instructions are here (I know its for World Adventures, but it still works...just substitute the World Adventures exe for the Late Night one):
http://fix-my-game.blogspot.com/2010/01/sims-3-world-adventures-random-crash.html

As for your launcher problem, the best way to get around that is to bypass the launcher (if you're using the fps limiter then you don't need to do this as the fps limiter bypasses it anyway). Right-click the shortcut to the game and click Properties. Change the target to "C:\Program Files\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3 Late Night\Game\Bin\TS3EP03.exe" (if you installed to the default location).

The problem with items not working, that sounds like a bad install, so you might want to re-install the game. If that doesn't fix it try deleting the cache files (CASPartCache.package, compositorCache.package, scriptCache.package & simCompositorCache.package) from Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3

Anonymous said...

I Looked and Looked for a I do not have any on my game, I went into Edit town mode, Nothing. I still have the same crashing. idk whats causing it...

Keeshie said...

No grey lots* I have restarted my pc 3 times, UNinstalled the entire Series of The Sims3 that I have 3 Times. Reinstalled them all. Same Problem. Same Crash. No Grey Lots on my game. Wth Could be causing this? Why Doesn't EAgames Fix this issue. Why sell a game when it has so many problems :S... I know for a fact its not my Pc. My Pc Is brand New.

Anonymous said...

When I first Got the sims late night EP With Ambitions EP. It Never crashed. I still had the Firedepot. and Police station all that stuff from ambitions. and it worked Completely fine!!! I dont think thats the problem. its the game :(... Eagames needs to fix this Or ima be really upset.

Yagami said...

Yeah, it is the game, its buggy as hell.

I think we all know EA isn't gonna fix it though, I mean they still haven't fixed stuff from WA, so I won't hold my breath for this to be fixed. And even if they do I always wonder what they'll break in order to do it.

If only they'd test things before release. I guess thats too much to ask though.

Stich Witch said...

Hey my LN is still not working. LN is the only EP i have installed at the moment. I own WA but I'm waiting till LN works to try and install it.

I have no grey areas on my map and I have no ambitions buildings because I don't own ambitions.

I'm at my wits end and would greatly appreciate help/ideas on how to fix this!

Angie Jackson said...

I saw your exact word-for-word text for this post somewhere else, without the helpful graphic. Just thought I'd let you know someone's ganking yo' stuff without credit.

Also, thanks for this. I get so tired of being a beta tester for games I pay EA full price for!

Sharon said...

Hey, I've looked for the grey lot, but it's not on here. I deleted the Ambitions lots from the town, but I couldn't delete them from the bin. My game still crashed when I moved my sim into a house! help please!

Yagami said...

Sharon, have you tried deleting your cache files? I know you probably have, but I thought I'd ask anyway.

Do you have EA store items? If you do goto Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\DCCache and delete the missingdeps.idx file, that might help. Don't worry, the game re-creates it.

There is also a patch out for all the games, I don't know if you've installed them or not, but apparently they fixe some incompatibilities between Late Night and Ambitions, so you might want to try installing them if you haven't already.

Anonymous said...

Hey, Been struggling with this for the last few days, found this blog and have only one question which is probably a silly one but how do you delete lots out of the lot bin? i've deleted them off the map but they are still in my bin.
Thanks in advance :)

Myk said...

Hi. I'm really thankful for your post. My game's fixed now! Thank you so much! The gray lot was next to the post office in my game. :]

Sahra said...

I read all possible treads and stuff about the problem with the Late Night launcher but nothing... :-( First I downloaded the game from zamunda (it still wasn't in stores) and it run fine excluding the mods like the skill book (I got only a hand when I tried interacting with the book) Then I bought it but now when I put the disk in ,start the launcher and hit press the play button it just crashes the launcher and it sais that the launcher needs to close. What's happening. I really want to play.

Anonymous said...

I was able to get rid of these crashes by deleting that buggy lot. But now, when I updated the game, the problem is back. And now deleting that lot will not fix the problem.

Yagami said...

Sahra, the launcher can be a picky thing, sometimes it works, sometimes not. It seems more like luck than anything. You could try downloading and installing .net framework 3.5 (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyId=333325fd-ae52-4e35-b531-508d977d32a6&displaylang=en). If that doesn't work then you can bypass the launcher. Just right-click a shortcut to the game and click properties. In the Shortcut tab change the target box to read "C:\Program Files\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3 Late Night\Game\Bin\TS3EP03.exe" (If you installed to the default location). Click OK. The game now bypasses the launcher, and will play as usual.

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Anonymous, try deleting your cache files, and the missingdeps.idx file (its in Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\DCCache). It might help to get the game to refresh itself.

Jason said...

Tried clearing my cache, tried deleting or bulldozing lots, even tried using the FPSLimiter, running the .bat file. So far, nothing. So long as I don't enter gameplay, I can stay on for as long as I want (town editor, Sim editor, et cetera).

Any other suggestions? TS3 worked fine until I installed LN, and after uninstalling, it won't even work right now.

Anonymous said...

my game kepps crashing when i go to live mode

Theres no grey lot in my town and I dont have ambishons

Please help

Anonymous said...

It still doesn't work. I think it has to do with the elevators because whenever I enter them or click on them the game always exits. Although it was working perfectly fine a few days ago.

Anonymous said...

I recently updated Night Life and my game is crashing in live mode again. I don't remember what update it was, but it took forever. I went to look through my game and about 10 seconds into pressing play in live mode, the game freezes for a few seconds and then I get the awesome message from Windows, "The Sims 3 Nightlife has stopped working...blah blah blah." HELP WHY IS IT DOING THIS TO ME.

Anonymous said...

ya ugh maybe that would work for me if my game didnt crash before i even get to edit town mode. sadface:(

monjunee said...

Hi, I don't have ambitions ep installed in my pc. I've tried looking for the grey empty lot but never find it. My the sims 3 always crashing when I want to play in live mode. What should I do? Any Idea?

Please Help!! Thanks..

Riki said...

Hi everyone! i just bought late night and i sucesfully installed it. I played once with it and it was a gorgeus ep. Next day i open my sims and the late night isnt there anymore. It looks like late night is uninstalled. But the late night folder is on electronic arts folder. the correct folder. Can anyone tell me how to make the late nigh appear on game??? thnx

Nocte said...

So, just basically DO NOT INSTALL AMBITIONS? Mighta work then, I'm going to check out since it's been crashing ALOT! I'm mad at EA now.

Anonymous said...

I have Town Life and Late Night installed. and after about 20-30 minutes the game crashes and restarts my computer. Does the grey lot only happen if you have Ambitions?

Amy Carey said...

Amy said...

I have recently installed late night and seasons, I installed them both before I played the game, I go into the late night town (Bridgeport) and I play it for an hour or two, and error popped up and it shut down the sims 3 then I reload it all, I didn't save the game off course, so re opened a new game again using Bridgeport, I move in a family purchase a lot, click play with this household ( the little tick ) and it doesn't do anything after that, I can still move my mouse and click on things, I got into opionsion, or do it all agina but going into edit town again, but no, same trash in every town I have, I have a ambitions and several other packs, but I don't know I'd it's late night or seasons, I don't know if this would make a difference but it did come up saying I need to update my game, that went well update din a few minuets, also had to update orgin, I can't remember but I think, I was playing the game while orgin was app dating, if any of those things have courced this crash, please let my know, and if there is a solution.

I am only 13 but I know technology as well as a 4 year old so please help if you can, and refer back to me a Amy or email me at roxpuppy@hotmail.com if you find that easie thank you guys, about to have a look if I have a grey lot but I'm not getting my hopes up.

Cheers thanks for reading the long message, Amy !

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