Call us givers.
Okay, yes, we played Sims. Happy now?
Well, I'm not.
You see, I'm what's known as an addict. I have every Sims 2 EP and SP that has been released (except for one, and that will be remedied today), and I have about 7 gigs of custom content downloaded on my computer.
See the fancy wallpaper and flooring? I made them myself! That's not sad at all.
So, what's the problem?
My computer hates me and wants to see me cry, that's what.
I'm having technical difficulties, and I haven't a clue what to do about it. And they've been going on for months.
At first, it was the blue screen of death. I got that a lot.
So, I fixed that problem by throwing money at it. (Note: that DOES fix a lot of problems.) I installed a new nVidia graphics card and a 650 watt PSU.
Have I bored you to tears with technical jargon yet? Well just wait! It gets better.
I updated my drivers, updated BIOS, defragged the crap out of my hard drive, installed End It All to kill all unnecessary background processes that might interfere with the function of the game and SpeedFan to keep tabs on the system temperature.
That bought me all of 15 minutes of game play.
The next step was to--*shudder*--remove all custom content. Which I did, to no avail. Though it no longer took my game 45 minutes to load, I could only play for an additional 15 minutes before the graphics would get all wonky again.
Back to the drawing board.
I tested the memory with a Memtest86 CD. It was fine, and I finally, finally, finally got a glimmer of hope when I happened to read a post about setting page file (virtual memory) size. Mine was set at the minimum.
You know I bumped that bad boy up to the max! Call me a rebel.
And it seemed to work. I cautiously began adding custom content back into my game. All seemed right with the world.
Then yesterday, Lovey, who couldn't build a moderately sized house for her Sims if her life depended on it, chose a big lot and placed a big house on it.
And the game crashed again.
What does a pathetic, 30-nothing loser have to do to get a break?!
Do I need more memory? An even better graphics card? A life and a hobby that doesn't involve little computer people?
Can anybody tell me what to do?