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  1. Aside from SC4 deluxe, I also play other games, including Starcraft 2. Recently, due to Blizzard's changing the system requirements for that game with an update, I had to upgrade my video card. Since then, SC4 has the worst lag issues I've ever had. I have also had more CTD issues when dragging networks, or bulldozing. A good friend recommended Cities In Motion 2 to me and I have started playing that. Since transport networks have always been my favorite part of the game, I find myself getting far more enjoyment playing CIM. I am seriously considering dropping SimCity 4. As I continue to keep my machine up to date I have to consider that a game that was created for Windows XP may not be feasible on my machine. Before anyone asks, I do run the game in compatability mode. That being said, I want to let you all know that I appreciate all the great custom content available here and at other sites. I also greatly appreciate this community. I have made a few small (I'm low income) donations in the past. If I do leave SC4 behind, I will always have fond memories of this place.
  2. Caribou Long Slopes

    Thank you. I had these some time ago and loved them as I felt they were far more realistic than the Maxis transitions. Unfortunately I accidently deleted them and had been unable to find them.
  3. Based on the screenshots, those textures are awful.
  4. Problem with SimCity 4 on Origin

    After my CD was damaged, I had to buy the game again. Went through Amazon fo a digital download. No DRM or patching issues. Plus. I have the right to download again if anything goes wrong.
  5. Heretic SeaPort Project

    Nice effort. You obviously worked hard so I would encourage you to keep it up. That being said, I found many of the lots disappointing. One major problem is that things like ramps would somehow lose their elevation and merge with the surrounding area that was intended to be lower. I looked from all angles and it's not a trick of that. It gives a kind of M. C. Escher effect, and unfortunately, that is enough to keep me away. Not being a lotter, or batter, I realize that I lack a knowledge of all the issues involved in creating content, but as someone who enjoys using all the content on this exchange, and others, I feel my experience in using lots is important.
  6. SM2 Breakwater Concrete Blocks

    Marvelous. Will fit in well with other shore options and as a stand alone. Very versatile.
  7. SM2 cnut Grain Shipping

    I think this would also work well in a port setting in conjunction with one of SOMY's waterfront lots. The Nexis grain shipping lot would work well also.
  8. God Terraforming in Mayor Mode

    I have been using this for making minor tweaks. Mainly for correcting shorelines in ordere to make seawalls fit. But I recently discovered something. Had some zoned lots that weren't growing. Decided to add some flora using this mod. All of a sudden the lots started growing like crazy.
  9. Not long ago I was working on a city when the game froze. I got the following BSOD message: Your PC has encountered an error and has to restart. DPC WATCHDOG VIOLATION. In researching the error I found instances of it occurring in Windows 10. The most common occurrences were in playing games in full screen mode. The error seems to be in Windows 10 incompatibility with certain graphics card drivers. However for some reason my drivers refuse to update. There is however a fix I discovered that doesn't involve updating drivers. 1. Go to the Power Options control panel. 2. Click on "Choose what the power buttons do" 3. click on "Change settings that are currently unavailable" 4. Scroll down to shutdown settings and uncheck "Turn on fast startuup" This has worked for me and prevented the error.
  10. SC4Fix: third-party patches for SC4

    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.
  11. Thank you for that link. Will wait and see how that works out. Fortunately, I can try that fix as I have Pro installed. I am hearing rumors that the security update policy will affect some earlier Windows versions as well. I will repost on this topic if problem occurs again.
  12. Three times in the last month I have been playing the game on my Lenovo ThinkCentre. I have an Intel Dual Core 2.33GHz processor. Windows 10 pro on a 64bit system. My copy of SimCity Deluxe is a digital copy so I have not had the problem with the safe disk issue. The problem seems to be occurring with the Microsoft policy of doing cumulative security updates which pushes these updates without my being aware. The game will freeze and within moments I am presented with a blue screen and a frowny emoticon, telling me that a fatal error has occurred. The computer reboots, usually more than once and then tells me updates are being installed. I am wondering if anyone else is having any issues like this.
  13. OK that did not work either. I better clarify something and maybe that will help. The task manager says the exe is running as a process. But it is not in the list of running apps. And still just the splash screen, then nothing.
  14. I tried that and the properties dialog refused the new target. I am not running deluxe. I have Rush Hour as expansion pack. I removed the deluxe from the directory name, but still wouldn't accept the new target. I did change the display properties in the compatibility dialog, but no luck there either.
  15. Ive installed SC4 + RH on my computer. A refurbished Dell Optiplex 280X with 2.99Ghz and 128mb graphics and 1gig RAM. It came with Windows 7 RC. When I first installed the program it ran once just fine. I then downloaded and installed my plugins that I lost when my old computer died. The splash screen with the bridge appears and then nothing. The program wont display. Task manager says its running, but nothing happens. I waited a half hour and nothing. In fact, none of my games that require full screen display are displaying. I reinstalled and still nothing.