sims 3

June 4, 2009 at 14:36:34
Specs: Windows vista
i just bought the sims 3 for my pc and it started running fine when i installed it. but now that i have my characters made and living in a home it's running really slow. i deleted a bunch of old games that i dont use anymore so it would run faster but it just doesn't. i have a windows vista...whats going on??

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June 5, 2009 at 06:01:36
What are your system specs?

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June 6, 2009 at 04:45:18
hi i also bought the sims 3 yesterday and i have an xp advent t9 pc but am not sure if it's meeting all requirments so check yours. My game keeps crashing after 10 mins of gameplay so i wish mine was running slow, i have to turn my pc off....

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June 6, 2009 at 06:55:48
Amanda and Stace, we would need your system specs to help out. Amanda...Unless your harddrive is full, deleting other games really won't make a difference in performance. Stace...yours sounds like a video card problem or driver issue. What card are you running and are your drivers up-to-date.

or (I could answer like jam)

you filthy dare you post anything on MY site without listing the specs of your machine. I pity you, and know that you'll never be as smart as me.


"a soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon"

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June 7, 2009 at 07:31:30
hi am stace, my system specs are as followed:
Advent T9 pc windows xp home edition
processor is intel pentium 4 HT 3.0 GH2
512 MB DDR ram memory
120 GB hard drive disk 7200
graphics card with DV-1 ATI radeon 9800 xxl, if you could help thanks...p.s i know i should have put up my specs last time! soz

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June 12, 2009 at 09:40:15
Both of your systems are probably in need of a good clean-out.

Try cleaning all the dust/gunk/grime from your fans and heatsinks, especially on your graphics cards (where your monitor cable plugs into).

Buy a can of air and spray out your entire system.

If that doesn't work, then try updating your graphics card drivers.

Stace: Here is where you can get your drivers:

Just select the correct items from the lists.

--Graphics card specialist--

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July 24, 2009 at 14:28:58
I have a similar problem, but my problem is just the whole thing going slow. I went to the site you posted, and I didn't see NVIDIA.

I also have the system specs that the EA check up said was wrong but some of them seem higher.
CPU needs: (XP) 2.0 GHz P4 processor or equivalent; (Vista) 2.4 GHz P4 processor or equivalent [If built-in graphics chipsets then 2.6 GHz Pentium D CPU, or 1.8 GHz Core 2 Duo, or equivalent.]
I have: AMD Turion(tm) 64 X2 TL-60

CPU Speed needs: (XP) 2.0 GHz P4 processor or equivalent; (Vista) 2.4 GHz P4 processor or equivalent [If built-in graphics chipsets then 2.6 GHz Pentium D CPU, or 1.8 GHz Core 2 Duo, or equivalent.]
I have: 2.50 GHz Performance Rated at 3.76 GHz (isn't that higher?)

System RAM needs: (XP) 1 GB RAM; (Vista) 1.5 GB RAM [If built-in graphics then add 0.5 GB additional RAM]
I have: 3.9 GB (isn't that also higher?)

Video Card needs: 128 MB Video Card, with support for Pixel Shader 2.0 (NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 or above " ATI Radeon 9500 or above " Intel GMA 3-series or above)

It didn't list what video card I have, but doesn't a laptop need a video card to function? I think its NVIDIA, because I recall getting updates for it and hearing of it before. But those updates were listed as optional on windows update, so maybe I don't have one. I have a HP Pavilion dv2000, so does that right there mean it won't work since it's not a gaming laptop?

I knew as soon as I heard the Sims 3 wouldn't have the player load each house, it would be slow, but my friend told me that new computers could handle it.

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July 27, 2009 at 00:36:37
Stace - You don't have enough ram on your system to run the game smoothly. I posted an info thread on this game recently, but it's probably got lost. The Sims games usually require (information directly from the Maxis people during Sims 2 gameplay) twice as much ram as they state to run smoothly. The Sims 3 is extremely graphics heavy and while in CAS you will hear your graphics card whizzing away full steam. As for regular crashing, check my post and go to and check the threads there. This is a common problem for a lot of people. You might be able to find someone there who has solved the problem. A lot of people say that before you open the game, you should close the EADM and that this helps in some cases. Good luck!

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