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      Please help us for July   06/30/2017

      This month we're hoping for a little bit of a boost this month or next, in addition to covering the regular bills, we could benefit from some hardware upgrades. STEX Collector's Set gifts can now be sent to you via digital download as well as regular mail if you wish! Every donation dollar goes toward keeping Simtropolis online and humming along. Your contribution counts! Hardware Upgrades As our website community software improves with more and more features, and as we bolt on additional features such as chat, the increased load to handle all these new toys is taking the server a bit to task. You may have noticed that we'd been forced to temporarily disable the chat as we worked out allocating resources for more optimal performance. Following this, we've applied a number of 'soft' changes such as caching options and experimented with server configurations (nginx as proxy, for example), so the hardware aspect is also an area we'd like to focus on. The last time we upgraded hardware was back in 2012, prior to the release of SC13. Your contribution means a lot! Your donation will go toward helping us to 1.) migrate to a newer server or 2.) at least get some ram/cpu/storage updates and any other infrastructure hardware or services. Donate and Get a Gift or Donate Any Amount Thanks so much! - Dirktator & The Admins
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    Getting SC4 Rush Hour to Run on a Custom Resolution


    SimCity, by default, only supports a few generic resolutions. If you own a laptop or widescreen LCD monitor, odds are your resolution is not supported, and the game will appear slightly distorted and blurry/grainy. Following this simple fix will ensure that your game appears as it should.

    To set a custom resolution:

    1. Find (or create) your Rush Hour shortcut, right click it, and click properties.

    2. In the target box, go to the very end of the text (Text should be the location of the game)

    3. At the end of the target, PUT A SPACE!

    4. Copy and paste the below code after the space, delete the words RESOLUTION, and put your monitors native resolution where the words were.

    [code]-CustomResolution:enabled -rRESOLUTIONxRESOLUTION [/code]
    As an example, here is my target box:
    [code] "C:\Program Files\Maxis\SimCity 4\Apps\SimCity 4.exe" -CustomResolution:enabled -r1680x1050[/code]

    5. Start the game using the shortcut you just edited. You only have to use the shortcut once, and then you can go back to using the play button that appears when the disk is inserted. If you don't use the edited shortcut at least once, nothing will change.

    To undo this:

    1. Delete everything you added to the target box

    2. Start the game using the shortcut. Just like step 5 for setting a custom resolution, Your changes will not be undone if you don't use the shortcut at least once.

    That's it!

    Note: Larger resolutions require more system resources. If the custom resolution you set is larger than what you were previously using, you might notice a small decrease in performance.

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