Many objects that have slots seem to be broken (actually the slots are). This is an issue that has per se nothing to do with EA, so I would like to keep the discussion about it out of this thread. If you want to know more about this issue or have some extra info, please use this thread: Slots broken on all CC, except store stuff
If you have your Store content installed any other way then by downloading from the EA site and installing through your launcher then you will need to redownload the stuff from your purchase history and install again through the launcher. Otherwise the Store fix is not
What is this thread about?
A lot of Households/Sims/Lots contain custom content (CC) that is either bad or that you don’t want. Some of them are very hard to find in the launcher for they look nothing like the picture you see in CAS and unfortunately you can delete them in CAS directly.
There are methods, tools and lists around that can help you find and avoid this CC .
The intention of this thread is to give you links to those and help you if you have problems understanding them. This thread is not for spoon feeding you every step that is already described again. If you have troubles understanding, be specific in your questions.
This thread is also for helping you with CC that is not listed anywhere and that you can't find. Please check the available lists first before posting and if you feel up-to it, try the method described below to find out yourself.
My time is limited and I have many other projects, so please do me the courtesy and READ before posting. Thank you.
What is bad CC?
Bad CC is Custom Content that harms your game. One should distinguish between unwanted and bad CC. Unwanted CC is CC YOU don't like but others very well might want while bad CC is C no one should use for it can harm your game.
When you download something from the Exchange, always use the Add To Game button and not Save as. Save as corrupts the thumbnails and you can't install the stuff. Add to Game will no longer install the content automatically so you can check it before installing.
Check all Households/Sims/Lots before you install them. There's a tool called Custard/CleanInstaller by Delphy that can help you check your stuff.
For Package-Files there's another tool called Dashboard, also by Delphy that can pinpoint you in the right direction: TUTORIAL: Delphy's Dashboard (not adjusted to the newest version of the tool)
Both tools can only help you with some errors. There are many errors that can't be detected. If the tools say it's safe, that isn't necessarily true.
Where is the CC installed that I see in my game
All CC can be found in Documents\ElectronicArts\TheSims3.
There are two different kinds of CC. Packages and Sims3Packs. Sims3Packs are the only ones that show up in your launcher. Packages are installed a different way. Please check this thread for details: How-To-Install CC/Mods "The New Way" Guide.
This thread is mostly about Sims3Packs.
Sims3Packs are containers for package files. When you double click on such a file a few things happen:
- The Sims3Pack gets copied to the Downloads folder and then shows in Downloads in the launcher
- The Package-Files inside (they all have long numbers) get unpacked to the DCBackup folder. They do almost nothing (see FAQ below)
- The Package-Files inside get compressed together and installed to the files *.dbc (or *.ebc for Store). Files that are installed here, show up in your Launcher.
You could, in theory, move the Package-files from DCBackup to the mods folder and use them like package files but a lot of Package-Files are bad for your game performance so if it weren't for the launcher, Sims3Packs are actually better to use then package-Files.
If you have any further questions, please consult the FAQ before posting.
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I can't find the Custom Content in my launcher. I've look many times
Make sure that
- You're checking INSTALLED CONTENT and NOT Downloads
- There's no filter active (choose the infinite sign tab in the launcher)
- Go slowly through your launcher. It tends to jump
- The symbol you see in CAS is a little plumbob sign and NOT a folder or a flower/star
If you have verified that all of the above is true and still can't find it, it might has something to do with the number of downloads you have in your launcher. It seems the launcher can only display so many of them.
To limit the number of downloads move all files *.ebc in your DCCache folder to the desktop. Since those are store items, they can't get installed with houses/lots/Sims.
I have so much bad cc and it would be so much work to go through all my downloads. Is there an easier way than to uninstall them all ?
You can simply remove all files *.dbc from your DCCache folder and ALL CC except Store, households/Sims/lots will be gone.
I found one or more of the numbers you provided in my DCBackup folder and deleted it but the CC is still in my game
Deleting the files in your DCBackup folder has one purpose only: That you don't spread it any further with your uploads. To get rid of the Download itself, you MUST look for it and UNINSTALL from your launcher. Make sure to check the Installed content tab and NOT the Downloads one.
My Sims have long arms and look like Monsters. Do I have bad CC ?
Yes, you do. Those are CC that are categorized for the wrong age groups. Check this list for known files that have this problem: BAD CC: Clothing
My babies are all invisible. Do I have bad CC ?
If you see long sticks coming out of your house and they are not really invisible, yes, you do have bad cc. Same as error above. If they are truly invisible it's mostly because you uninstalled bad cc and now they have no mesh anymore. Age them up with the birthday cake (have mom/dad click on the cake to get the option to age up the baby) and they are fine again.
My Sims are wearing cloth while taking a shower. Do I have bad cc ?
Most likely. There are some that are categorized for naked that have that effect.
When you have removed the CC, you will need to reset the Sim to naked. You can do this with the MasterController Mod or with this method: Game Help:Showering with clothing on (Reset Sim to Nude towards the end)
If you are sure it's not the CC, simply try the reset to Nude method mentioned above or through MasterController)
My sims are all <insert color here>. Do I have Bad CC ?
This error has two reasons. First one is a bad mapping. That can also apply to part of the clothing showing on another part of the clothing (like shoes on dress). A list to a few of those can be found in my German blog: BAD CC: Kleider färben ab
The other reason is a little trickier. Unlike Sims 2, Sims 3 recolors normally come with the mesh. There are a few exceptions to that and if you don't have the original mesh, you will either get an invisible body or an all <insert color here> Sim. Check the site where you got the download from if the mesh is included or not. If you got it through the exchange, uninstall the cc.
My Sims Hair is all messed up
There are two errors here. Hair that floats high above your Sims head is usually because if wrong categorization. Check this list: BAD CC: Clothing
If they look all strange, it might be of a missing mesh. A lot of recolors from Newsea hair don't have the mesh included (cause the mesh is at TSR which costs money) and the creators usually don't want to anger them. Get the original mesh and the hair will look fine. Also sometimes you either need the male version or the version from another age group as well. If you got it through the exchange, uninstall.
My Sims lost all his hair and is bald now
This is usually a Mac only issue and I don't know if there's a solution found for this yet.
What about that Girl Dressed Doll everyone is talking about
I don't want to go into details on this issue. Fact is, it's not attaching to every upload anymore but can still be found in the Exchange. It will crash your game and should therefore be removed. It's not better or worse than any other bad cc that crashes your game. If you want to know more about the issue, read this: SERIOUS HIDDEN AND CORRUPT CC in your Game
I have a cc that is not listed and simply can't find it
Either provide me with a picture (will only work if I know the Download) or upload a Sim with the CC to the exchange and provide me with a link. Make sure you warn people about the CC and state that it's a testing file for Crinrict. Delete it after I get back to you.
I have a download that I checked in Custard and it says naked in the description. Will this make my Sim naked ?
No. If a cloth is categorized for Naked this just means it can be worn while taking a shower. It has nothing to do with the NKD cloth floating around that make your sim walk around naked. Those are normal cloth that show everything.
I got a new skin tone in my game. Where did that come from ?
Non-default skin tones are always package files and unfortunately the come with Sims. They don't show in Custard and the only way to get rid of them is finding the Sim that has them and uninstall those.
Custard says something about Corrupt (Not a DBPF) / Bad Download / Bad Index. What is that ?
Are there any bad patterns out there or are they always safe ?
There are a few older patters that were not made with the EA Pattern Tool that don't seem to work properly anymore. Usually you see long loading times in CaSt, especially when you try to access the Misc patterns.
Sometimes a simple reinstall will work, other times you have to get rid of them. If you stick to newer patterns, you should be fine.
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Thank you so much for this. Looks like everything made by shmymoo is bad. I had an item that was both a bathing suit + jeans and a top (strange). That was catgorized for babies and toddlers which made my baby look like a huge stick and toddlers like a monster...
Polly75 wrote:Thank you so much for this. Looks like everything made by shmymoo is bad. I had an item that was both a bathing suit + jeans and a top (strange). That was catgorized for babies and toddlers which made my baby look like a huge stick and toddlers like a monster...
Actually those Shymoo ones are all part of the same VIP set.
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Thanks again crincit. I had that t-shirt and ugly jeans aswell, and had uninstalled them via the launcher. Still, one of my sims were wearing jeans (i suppose that watertrousers-thing) in the shower. Now I deleted the package-file aswell. Hopefully the're gone now.
Oh, and by the way, I think something was wrong with the t-shirt mesh aswell. I'm not sure if it was the hair or the t-shirt but something made my sim look like his head was hanging loose. He had a gap on his neck. *lol* I never bothered to check further because he was moving out anyway... I will try the hair on another sim and see if it's the hair that is bad...
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