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SC4Fix: third-party patches for SC4 1.0.7

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About This File

What does this do

  • Fixes a serialization bug that could corrupt the savegame, particularly when mods are installed that modify existing exemplars (i.e. prop pox).
  • Resolves a crash-to-desktop when hovering NAM puzzle pieces over transit-enabled lots.
  • Allows other DLLs to load into SC4's memory without a GZCOM framework.

Requirements
This fix is made for versions 640 and 641 of SimCity 4 on Windows. Version 640 is a fully-patched SC4 retail copy, and version 641 is a fully-patched digital distribution version (i.e. Steam, Origin, GOG). Although v641 is supported, it has only been officially tested on Steam.

Installation
Unzip to Documents\SimCity 4\Plugins.

To see if SC4Fix is working properly, check the title of your game window. If you are playing in fullscreen mode, alt-tab out and hover over the SimCity taskbar icon. The titlebar will show "SC4Fix (version #)" if loaded properly.

Repairing cities already affected by prop pox
Thanks to kingofsimcity for these instructions:

  1. In the region view, open the graphics settings and change City Detail to Low.
  2. Close and relaunch SC4.
  3. Open the offending city tile and save immediately.
  4. Exit to region without saving and change City Detail back to High.
  5. Close and relaunch SC4.
  6. Open the offending city tile and save again.

Demonstration
Click here for a video showing the ability to hover puzzle pieces over transit-enabled lots with this DLL.

Development Thread and Source Code
Development Thread
Source Code


What's New 1.0.7   View Changelog


Released

Added a fix for prop pox and similar savegame corruption issues, as discussed in this thread.




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rsc204

   23 of 23 members found this review helpful 23 / 23 members

Out of nowhere you come and fix the most annoying bug the game has. One I predict few people ever realistically thought could be fixed.

Spent the day testing/playing and trying to get a CTD at every opportunity. Despite doing all the things you are not supposed to do, no CTDs.

If you are wondering whether to install this or not? It's like the EP1 update or I-HT fix, everyone needs this.

- Jan 2018 update -

Well I can't sit idly by ignoring the latest updates to this amazing fix. For those with cities long since thought of as dead, killed by Prop Pox, this update can bring them back to life. Not to mention the side benefit of prevention too. ZombieSC4 saves back from the dead, you should have saved this for Halloween :D.

In all seriousness though, your work on some fairly catastrophic shortcomings left in the game simply can not be understated. I'm sure your contributions will help to retain players who might otherwise, frustrated at loosing all their hard work, simply cease playing. That's really what makes this fix so special, thank you for all your hard work and amazing technical achievements.

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SimNation

   9 of 9 members found this review helpful 9 / 9 members

Wow, dunno how you gone an done it, but you've gone and done it . Fantastic this one  mod patch alone is one of the greatest assets to the Nam. I hope in the future you get in contact with the NAM team to get if officially incorporated into the NAM as a addon patch. Either way this is a must have file for NAM users.

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matias93

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  Edited by matias93  

   7 of 7 members found this review helpful 7 / 7 members

This is:

  • Fantastic
  • Perfect
  • Magical
  • Incredible
  • Completely bonkers
  • Wasn't this bug hardcoded?
  • Are you a SC4 developer?
  • I didn't think I would live to see this day
  • All of the aforementioned

Edit 21/01/2018: ok, all of those options were clearly an understatement, this little thing also CURES THE PROP POX!!! It's simply irrational...

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kingofsimcity

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   5 of 5 members found this review helpful 5 / 5 members

Essential on multiple levels, and warrants a legendary rating that goes beyond 5 stars. Thank you for squashing one of the most frustrating bugs that SC4 had with the NAM.

Update 1/21:

Well, now you managed to cure prop pox too. Makes the download even more legendary than before! Amazing work. :rofl:

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A Nonny Moose

   4 of 4 members found this review helpful 4 / 4 members

We'll see how well this works under Linux/wine.  If I don't add to this, then it is fine.

Installed and tested.  Near as I can tell it works well except for the task bar manipulation since Linux has no such item.  The process status request (ps) returns the name SimCity 4.exe.  Hardly surprising since this fix is essentially messing with windows environment.  Not exactly the same with wine.

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APSMS

   4 of 4 members found this review helpful 4 / 4 members

Absolutely brilliant!

This is a real game changer.:party:

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slickbg56

   3 of 3 members found this review helpful 3 / 3 members

I don't know how I feel about this. This bug created a whole mini-game in SC4. It's played similar to 'Operation'. I suppose uninterrupted gameplay while placing pieces is ok too. 5/5

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Cyclone Boom

   3 of 3 members found this review helpful 3 / 3 members

Bravo, simply awesome! :D

Mods like this aren't supposed to arrive 12+ years later! This will kick-start a whole new perspective on SC4 modding. :party:

What a week of content this has been...

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Jasoncw

   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

This is really outstanding, and while this bug has caused a lot of grief over the years, I'm more looking forward to what is done with this next!!  :thumb:

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apeek

   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

What they said...

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Artimus

   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

Probably one of the most important fix that will save countless cities and hours from the dreaded, terminal illness of prop pox while preserving a generation of SimCity 4 enthusiasts for more years to come. Thank you. 

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ricb

   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

Just spent a couple of hours trying to create a CTD with TE lots and NAM puzzle pieces.  I am happy to say that I failed miserably.  This one should win you great honors.

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Tonraq

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   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

Absolutely Brilliant.

UPDATE (January 21, 2017):

You sir, is absolutely brilliant! Thank you for curing the Prop Pox!

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GameFrog

   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

Oh my God! This is a revolution to all simcity 4 players!

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Themistokles

   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

This actually WORKS! IT WORKS :party:

and it came in the exact right time to help me solve a STR situation which has been bugging me for the better part of a month! Thank you! :thumb:

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metarvo

   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

Thank you for solving one of SC4's greatest remaining flaws.  Good work!

 

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lavon

   0 of 7 members found this review helpful 0 / 7 members

My Norton said this is not good to run, now I'm confused. I 'll give it 2 stars for now and that's just for the thought

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nRVOUS

  

Amazing

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towerpower123

  

The crashes are gone!!! I tried and failed to crash the game with hovering NAM puzzle pieces over a transit enabled station and couldn't! I can now build GLR networks without losing the progress! *:thumb::ohyes:

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Talla 2XLC

  

This should get 6 Stars but i can only give 5

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Hatchet2k4

  

Just started getting back into the game again and this is a lifesaver. Thank you!

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khimera

  

Works for me!! This is brilliant, thanks a million.

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Salva1914

  

Thanks !!!  :thumb:

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