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sim city 4 crashes city when after download

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i have dowmloaded lots of stuff from here and added to my plugins folder , when i go into my city it crashes doesent give me any message just crashes to desktop

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This is maybe why your game crashes it can be max out graphics,plugins is full and lags a lot on Internet and sim city 4 take a look at me topic called Sim City 4 crashes.

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Welcome to Simtropolis and our Conversation.

First, your game may not be qualified to have any plugins. People leap in with no information and give what may be fatal information to new players.

The first thing we need to know is the build version of your game. You can find this by using windows explorer to navigate to C:\program files ... \SimCity 4 ...\Apps\SimCity 4.exe and hovering your mouse over it. It should report the version number in the format x,b,zzz,t. The possibilities are several but the key ones are:

zzz is less than 638. This is either the original SimCity 4 without the Rush Hour update, or a copy of SC4 Deluxe without the necessary patches to correct bugs.

if zzz=638 then you have Deluxe and you should be able to run with no problems provided your plugins are compatible with each other.

if zzz=640 you have the version that is updated to also work properly with some custom content with night lighting.

if zzz=641 you have the Digital Download version of Deluxe which will not only run well, but without a disk in the CD drive.

If you are in the first case, please let us know which version you have and we can advise you further.

If your system is one that will run, you must remove all your plugins, and put them back, one at a time and test each add separately by starting the game. When you find one that causes the crash, you should then discard this plugin.

Plugin management is a serious job. You can find out more about this by walking through thread. You might also be interested in one as well.

This is a legacy game, and some computer knowledge besides e-mail and browser usage is required.

And one more thought: The game will not run without accelerated graphics and sound. Please report your system configuration.


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You may report your system configuration by going to start menu and clicking run (or search/find) depending on what operating system you are running and typing dxdiag in the menu and pressing enter. At that time it will save a .txt file. You may copy that file and post it here to help the community diagnose your problem and help you help yourself :) GL and I hope it works out for you.

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here is a hotfix if you don't want to wait forever to fix your plugins

1 : create a desktop shortcut for SC4

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2: right click on your shortcut and click Properties

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3: enter -CPUCount:1 in the target line

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hit apply

-CPUCount:1 will solve most crashes since it forces the game to only use one core. in my example i have it set to 2 which is the highest it can go. no real big difference in processor power. bear in mind this is a hotfix only and only delays the inevitable. you will seriously need to check your plugins and follow the installation instructions precisely for each mod.

If your system is one that will run, you must remove all your plugins, and put them back, one at a time and test each add separately by starting the game. When you find one that causes the crash, you should then discard this plugin.

Plugin management is a serious job. You can find out more about this by walking through thread. You might also be interested in one as well.

if you have NAM and or CAM uninstall, open the readme's and re-install following the directions exactly.

known conflicts are automata (vehicles) in which you replace a default vehicle (firetruck, police car, etc.) with 2 or more replace .dats can or will cause a CTD.

Terrain mods (meadowshire, etc.) will need other files in order to run properly or cause a CTD

other mods that alter rocks, grass, water or beach textures. you can only have ONE of each installed at any given time (SHK HD Rock Mod for example, you can only choose one rock texture, not all or 5 or suffer a CTD)

AC Functional Airport must be installed precisely, known mod for CTD if installed improperly.

there are others i'm sure but do as Nonny Moose says


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Yea there is an issue with that. Plugins cause 90% of crashes and the symptoms the original poster lists is synonamous with a plugin conflict.

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Colleagues, we still have little information from the OP. Everyone is making unwarranted assumptions.

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if its plugins than, make a new folder somwhere, and take out few mods, start the game and see if it goes, if it still dosnt go, remove few more, do this until the game launches, than just slowly put the mods back until you see which one made the crash

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That is one possible solution to what may be the problem. If on the other hand his game version number is 1,1,613,0 what would you suggest then???

I am afraid that if conclusions were a stick out the window, many people would have leapt to their deaths.

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1st You need SC4 Rush hour or sim city 4 Deluxe. I have the sim city Box which is the Best Deal.

2nd you need Windows XP or above. (I bet you have it)

3rd Make sure you have enough RAM. and memory aswell as enough space for the plugins

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if its plugins than, make a new folder somwhere, and take out few mods, start the game and see if it goes, if it still dosnt go, remove few more, do this until the game launches, than just slowly put the mods back until you see which one made the crash

but what about interdependent mods ? i don't know about the others but i know meadowshire needs CPT3 and CPT4 terrain textures to be installed or you will CTD

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^Then ensure they are all being taken out at the same time. The method described by dzenkins is the best for finding plugin conflicts.

Further discussion in this thread should be stopped until we get a response from the OP. We're just going to confuse him/her.

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