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  1. Do you stuck when installing SimCity 4? Or, do you want a fast game? Here are updated questions and answers that hopefully help you. Q: What's the ideal computer for running SimCity 4? A: In theory, all modern computers (running Windows XP and above) should run it smoothly, provided Pentium III CPUs, 32 MB GPU, 1 GB of RAM and around 10 GB of space or higher. But, for ideal gaming experience with mods, you need a high-end Core 2 Duo/Quad or equivalent and above CPU (Core i-series and m-series included) with minimum 4 GB of RAM and modern GPUs supporting DirectX 9. Even if the GPU is supporting DX 9, recent drivers may dropped it so be picky when choosing the right GPU for SC4. Also, use of SSD (SATA or M.2) is recommended, especially if you're want to install a tons of mods. Q: Can SimCity 4 runs on non-Windows OS? A: Yes, you can run it using Wine. However, for some reasons, some apps like Network Addon Mod (the most popular mod) installer doesn't work properly on latest Wine, so you need to install previous version(s) of Wine using PlayOnLinux or PlayOnMac. Q: Can the CD version works with the latest version of Windows or other platforms? A: No, it can't. Since Windows 10, Microsoft has been removed SafeDisc, a digital right management software used by the game for validating copies. Also, Wine doesn't include SafeDisc at all. So, it's recommended to buy the digital version (remember, don't buy on Origin. We'll get into in seconds) or redeem your key. Q: Is the digital versions patched? A: Yes (patched to 1.1.641), with exception of Origin. EA has been made the game sold from Origin to be unpatched and most importantly, unpatchable. The best place to buy SimCity 2000, 3000 and 4 is GoG.com or Steam because it's hassle-less and DRM-free. Note that if you purchase the game from the given link, Simtropolis will be get commissions. This keeping the community alive. Q: I've installed SimCity 4. Now, what should I do? A: Assuming you are using digital version, then you should add basic mods to your game according to this guide. After installing mods, you should read the manual available with the game or download here on the Maxis Files section. Also, this Lifewire article is going to help you too. (I was trying to find the rsc204 article but no results were got) Q: I want to customize my terrain. What should I pick: SD or HD terrain mods? A: If your game runs with the DirectX renderer (it should be default renderer, except if your hardware isn't compatible), then you are recommended to install the HD variant. You will get a high detail yet quality terrain. But, if your game runs with the software renderer, you can't use the HD variant. You can only use the SD variant. The disadvantage is lower detail and quality but with advantages of faster loading and light on system resources. Q: My computer shows "Can't load DirectX" message! What should I do? A: This can occur from incompatible GPU or its driver, or missing DLLs (especially for Wine). Be sure to check your GPU compatibility against DX 9 and check the driver too if the support for DX 9 isn't dropped. If still not succeed, you might try to install ddraw.dll available at https://www.dll-files.com/ddraw.dll.html. Don't forget to backup the original if already exists. Q: My game doesn't run at all. I need your help! A: Simply add -d:software parameter to the game's shortcut(s) available in Start Menu and (if you choose to place it) Desktop so the shortcut's command becomes your game path/Apps/SimCity 4.exe -d:software. It sets your renderer to software renderer so your HD terrain mods will not work. Also, if the problem persists, you can turn off the audio by adding -audio:off to the game's shortcuts. If the game works, the sound and/or graphics driver may not support the game. Try to update the driver and remove the stated parameters and add -audio:on to turn on the audio. You may remove it from the shortcuts if the game runs. Q: My game is often crashed. How do I do to fix it? A: This most probably occur on the non-GoG version since the flag doesn't exist. You can simply add -CPUCount:1 to the game's shortcuts. Q: The game doesn't expand to all areas of my screen. Am I missing something? A: Yes, you are. You need to add -CustomResolution:enabled to enable non-4:3 aspect ratio (ratio between width and height) monitor and -rwidthxheightxcolor depth. For instance, my laptop has 1366 by 768 screen (so, it's 16:9 ratio) and 32-bit color depth (actually, it's 24-bit because 32-bit is the color depth of an HDR monitor if I correct) so the startup parameter need to added is -CustomResolution:enabled -r1366x768x32. Q: I want to make the game less CPU-intensive and game pausing while the game is inactive! A: Add the needed startup parameters available at http://www.wiki.sc4devotion.com/index.php?title=Tutorial:Shortcut_Parameters. Q: Are there another communities other than this & SC4Devotion? A: Absolutely yes! There are City Builders (global), ToutSimCities (French), SimCityPolska (Poland), SimCity.cn (China) and more. In fact, Japanese SC4 community made quality mods same as Simtropolis & SC4Devotion. Q: What are meaning of BAT, terraforming, BSC etc that making myself confused? A: Indonesian community SimCity 4 Kaskus has been made the glossary available for anyone in Indonesian. Here's the translation of the original glossary: I hope this FAQ helps you. Critics and suggestions are welcome. Thanks.
  2. This thread contains useful links and information regarding adding plugins to your SimCity 4. First things first: In order to use mods/plugins, you must have SimCity 4 Deluxe or Rush Hour. New to the whole plugin/modding scene? The following thread will explain the whole idea of custom content, how to install it, and more: Looking for some mods to install? This thread describes ten essential mods. 1. How do I install mods? 2. Can you recommend any mods to install? 3. I'm getting brown boxes in my cities! 4. The building I downloaded doesn't have nightlights/How do I update (patch) my game? 5. SimCity 4 keeps crashing/closing randomly! 6. SimCity 4 won't load, it keeps crashing on startup! 7. SimCity 4 keeps crashing when I load a certain city! 8. SimCity 4 lags a lot for me! 9. How do I install/create maps (GREYSCALE IMAGE FORMAT) 10. How do I install maps (.SC4M FORMAT) 11. SC4Terraformer won't work for me on Windows Vista/7/8! 12. I want moar cheats ingame! 13. How can I change the driving side of my SimCity 4 (eg, from Left Hand Drive to Right Hand Drive, and vice versa)? 14. Where can I download the Network Addon Mod (NAM), and what is the latest version? 15. I downloaded the NAM but it has broken my avenue junctions and my rail! 16. How do I make my roads look European/with white dashed lines? 17. How do I create my own buildings? 18. Where can I find the Maxis Files, such as bldgprop? 19. How do I change the resolution and/or run SimCity 4 in Windowed Mode? 20. I'm getting really weird graphical bugs on Windows 8/8.1! 21. My SimCity 4 discs won't work on Windows Vista, 7, 8 or 10! More Useful Links New to modding? http://www.simtropolis.com/omnibus/_/simcity-4/reference/for-the-eager-yet-overwhelmed-newcomer-r204 Want more plugins? http://sc4devotion.com/forums/index.php?topic=6209.0 If there are any issues you're having that aren't covered by this guide, please feel free to send me a PM and I'll try my best to update this guide. Last updated: 22/11/2016 - Move recommended mods section to #2
  3. Super Sticky: SC4-STEX Mega FAQ Quick Links The Simtropolis Exchange (STEX) - Where all the downloads are. The SC4D Lot Exchange (LEX) Registration Page - Trying to download a dependency or other file from the LEX and can't find the download button? Register here. The Omnibus of Knowledge - Lots of info here, folks. Requesting a BAT? - Want to request a BAT? Request it here! Don't forget to follow the posting rules. Need to Find Something? - Saw something or remember having it, but can't find it? Ask it here. General Modding Requests - After a special type of mod? Just ask here. General Lotting Requests - After a special type of lot? Just ask here. NAM Feature Requests - Got ideas for new NAM features? Ask for it here. Tools of the Trade - Wanna make stuff yourself? Find out what you need here. IndexSTEX Related Rules and TipsThe Definition of the STEXSTEX Related Issues - Failing, Slow, and Corrupt DownloadsSpam on the STEX and How to Deal With ItHow to Search the STEX When Search is DownWhy Aren't there Any Cities or Why Can't I Upload Cities?Plugin Information and HelpBoggy1's Quick Guide to All Things Custom Content - if you only need a quick reference.How to Install PluginsHow to Install MapsHow to Unzip FilesHow to Use AutoinstallersI See a Brown Box/Blank Ground/Other Lot Issues - What are DependenciesWhat are These FileTypes?Download Technical IssuesItem Doesn't Appear In the GameThe Game is CrashingMy Rails No Longer WorkI Don't Get Nightlights on Custom BuildingsMy Game Runs Slow
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