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Hi everyone. I started playing SC4 again but I'm having some issues. When I first start SC4 and go to load any city, even start a new one, it takes upwards of five minutes to load. No matter what region or city I select, it always takes at least a few minutes. When the city loads up, everything is fine. I don't experience any crashes or major issues. The kicker is that once I exit back to my region and load that city again or load any other city in that region or another, it loads up just fine. It only takes a long time to load when I first start up the game and load the first city. Per the sticky, here's my info:

 

-Running SC4 Rush Hour with the latest update plus the latest NAM update. No other extras are installed that I know of. 

-Specs:

Asus G51vx Notebook

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Intel Core 2 Duo P7350 @ 2.00 Ghz (2 CPUs), ~2.0 Ghz

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M

286 GB HD w/ 143 GB available

4096MB RAM

Page File: 1983MB used, 6204MB available

DirectX 11

 

What I've tried so far:

-Desktop shortcut is set up so I can run program as an admin, I have this in part of the shortcut "-d:directx  -f -CPUcount:1" without quotes of course, I've tried running in compatibility mode for Windows XP SP 2 and 3 and Windows 2000.

-I have put the game down to lowest settings. I have also tried running under software rendering instead of hardware. 

-I have NOT done a fresh install yet but will try tomorrow.

 

If I remember anything else, I'll drop another post in here. Thanks in advance!

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I'm having the exact same issue: first tile takes a solid 3 minutes to load then all subsequent tiles load much faster (30 secs). Since you stated you have the latest NAM, I highly suspect it to be the reason why the first city you load takes forever: I never had this problem before installing NAM 31.

 

ANyways; the NAM devs are working on 31.1 which will likely sort this out as the controller file size will be much smaller.

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Mine doesn't even load at all...

You need to start a new, detailed, thread.

Second post for everyone else on this thread:  Are your GPU 3D settings marked such that they are only set if the requesting program does it?

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  • Mine doesn't even load at all...

    You need to start a new, detailed, thread.

    Second post for everyone else on this thread:  Are your GPU 3D settings marked such that they are only set if the requesting program does it?

    I changed the settings for my card but no difference. Magneto: Good point. Now that I remember, the problem might have started when I installed the new NAM version. I'm going to try removing it and report back.

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  • Sure enough, uninstalling the NAM worked! I think I'll wait for the next patch for the NAM. Thanks everyone for your help!

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    I think it happens with a lot of us. I just twiddle my thumbs or dust off my keyboard while it's loading.

    I just watch tv or listen to a song! I just assumed it was because I just started using custom content now. I have the pervious NAM but I did originally install the new NAM but uninstalled it when my cities wouldn't load at all. Now just the person who started this thread said the first time I load a city it's between 3-5 mins but then after that no more than 30 seconds. Go figure.

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    I could go grab something to eat in the time it takes to load a plugin heavy city of only 24,000 on a large tile. The new NAM is also causing the game to crash during saves, then I lose what ever I've done. Makes me scared to play, honestly. Saves are my only safeguards against crashing.

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