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  1. Hello all friends, My new city not load since Oldshoes SC4 Modpack 2013 are installed recently... why... can I resolve this problem, any sugestion please... thanks
  2. I've recently rebuilt my PC, forcing me to reinstall SC4. After recovering my plugins and regions, I'm able to play again. However, when the game starts up, it always starts in Timbuktu now, forgetting the region that I last played in. How do I tell it to initialize in my custom region? When I manually switch regions, the game has forgotten where I was, always placing me in the center of the region. How do I tell the game to remember where I was when I left the region? Every time I start the game now, it runs day/night cycles, forgetting that I had previously set it to be all day all the time. How do I tell the game to keep that choice between sessions? I am sensing a pattern of forgetfulness... Is Win-7 incapable of remembering the things that were automatic in Win-XP? And no, I have not yet connected this Win-7 to the Internet (I have a few more weeks before I must activate it). Also, I am running SC4 as administrator, so file permissions shouldn't be a problem. What am I missing? I've Googled every keyword and phrase I can think of, but there's such a haystack of region problems that I can't find anything about initialization. I've been through all of the game settings, but I saw nothing that looked helpful. My XP version always came back to where I'd left my last region, but that was setup back in 2013, so I've forgotten how I made it work (and that was XP anyway). What do I need to do in Windows-7 to skip Timbuktu? Does anyone know where I should be looking?
  3. I joined to find out how to play this again. I found in the installing old sticky, but in Section A, it just says once it's downloaded, .. next... Well this is the bit I'm stuck on. On win10 it won't load. I have seen on fb page someone wrote some instructions, how to bypass windows things. I'm not that technical! I just want to play the game again, surely it's not difficult! How do you all play it? Have you all done this technical bit to bypass the window10 fault/system, thanks in advance
  4. Following the trend of Windows 10, Microsoft has released security update KB3086255 for Windows 7, Windows 8.1 & Windows Vista. Due to "security concerns", this intentionally disables the service which runs the secdrv.sys driver – a component of the SafeDisk protection which SC4 uses. As a result, this prevents the disk-based (CD) version of SimCity 4 from running, and you may receive an "Access Denied - Please login with administrator privileges and try again" or similar permissions error. Many other legacy games are also affected. It would seem the update simply disables the service, rather than removing secdrv.sys completely (like Windows 10 has). NOTE: This shouldn't impact users of a digital based game, such as from GOG or Steam, as these don't rely on the same copy protection. Full details of the update are as follows: Security update for the graphics component in Windows September 8, 2015 (KB3086255) https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/kb/3086255 Workarounds 1) Purchase SC4 digitally Online retailers such as GOG or Steam offer a digital version of SimCity 4 Deluxe. This comes as a download without the need for the CD to start. It's also fully patched and doesn't use the same method of copy protection, so you can install KB3086255 without issue and play the game as normal. In the case of GOG, the game is currently sold DRM free, meaning it starts by itself without a client service (e.g. Steam). During seasonal sales, you can often purchase the game for as little as $5. 2) Redeem your SC4 Serial Number You may be able to redeem your original Serial Number (product key), found at the back at the CD's manual. This may entitle you to a free digital copy of the game, with the same benefits of not needing other workarounds. With Origin you can try contacting customer support, who can usually assist with this. As well as the serial number, you may need to provide physical evidence that you own the boxed copy, such as screenshots of the game's case & disks. Other online retailers may also offer a similar option, so it's best to contact them directly. NOTE: Use at your own risk! The following suggestions will allow SimCity 4 to run, although they could potentially expose your system to security vulnerabilities (which the update intends to bypass). Therefore it's your own responsibility should any issues arise from not installing KB3086255, however the risk level of security flaws being exploited. 3) Uninstall KB3086255 If updates are set to install automatically, you may have this update already installed. In which case, to allow the CD game to start again, without the need for any workarounds, you'll need to uninstall the update: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/24373-windows-update-uninstall-update.html A quick way to check if it's installed: Enter KB3086255 in the "Search Installed Updates" box at the top right. Note: To reduce the risk, it might be worth disconnecting from the internet whilst the game is running. Also it's recommended to ensure your anti-virus has the latest protection definitions. 4) Hide KB3086255 If you haven't installed KB3086255, it might be worth hiding it from the list of updates: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/24376-windows-update-hide-restore-hidden-updates.html 5) Enable secdrv.sys on demand However if you wish to retain the update, the below instructions (from the knowledge base article) describe how to start the service on demand, which should allow SC4 to run from the CD when you require: Using a script Alternatively, see the following Reddit post for a way to start the service using a batch file: https://www.reddit.com/r/simcity4/comments/3kmfmi/quick_and_dirty_solution_to_recent_windows_update/ List of systems the update is offered to: Feel free to post any comments, questions or suggestions below.
  5. Today I found a new problem... I can't load the cities that I saved with cloud steam, or something like that... This game has really lots of bugs, I can only play one week, before another one appears.
  6. Hi folks I have an issue which cropped up a little while ago in another region that I played that is now happening in a new one I've recently started for my CJ. Whenever I load a city up, it frequently fails to load all of my plugins, so that items are missing in the menus. This has so far only affected non-Maxis lots, and I've seen both ploppable and also a few growable Industrial lots affected. The result of the plugins that fail to load is a transparent base texture - they appear normal except for the missing base - no brown boxes, no missing props, etc. The terrain texture beneath is visible. The unfortunate outcome is that the game now is largely unplayable with plugins as it's now a lottery as to which will load up! And if ones I've already used don't, then I get the transparent base texture. The problem has only come about since I started playing SC4 again recently after a couple of months away from it. In that time, I can think of two things that have changed that might have caused this. 1. I installed NAM 32 2. Windows has updated Vista in this timeframe. The fact the lots still load and the props are still there leads me to believe that it isn't a prop pox. And I don't think it's my laptop struggling to load plugins - it could be, but I have only installed NAM 32 and a handful of other new bits and pieces since I started playing again. Has anyone else had this issue, and if so, is there a solution? Is it Windows demonstrating their increasing inability to release stable software updates? As an aside I've noticed my laptop has various problems after I exit SC4 now, varying from programs not running at all, to resolution and display issues, certain applications not working, Windows Explorer not working, all at different times. This makes me think it could be the Windows updates, but if that's the case then it can't just be me having these problems. Admittedly there can't be many people running SC4 on Vista these days, I'm one of the last of a dying breed! But there must be others on Vista that might know about this perhaps? I've attached some pictures below to illustrate the problem. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. Here, the market stalls have failed to load: You can see the missing texture on Matt325b's Courthouse here: And finally the base textures for the church and bus stop are missing here. It affects transit-enabled lots the same as standard lots.
  7. Basically what the title says. I don't know if it's because I have too many mods downloaded or something, but can someone help me?
  8. I am just wondering, when you start a new region, open a city, and enable a bunch of cheats, do the cheats stay on after you close & reopen the game? I mean, if you re-open your region with the cheats enabled. I have a lot of problems with the cheats, sometimes when I open it and do the fire one, it's already on and ends up turning the cheat off. Yes, I am playing in sandbox mode.. ( Just don't want anyone to have to ask me that. ) And then sometimes, certain cheats wont even work. It's just the command for them just wont work, or the cheat just won't enable, for example: Sometimes I will try to turn on the 'Toggle Fire' cheat, and when I press ALT+F, nothing.. so I press it a few more times, still nothing. Then I will do the 'Toggle Air Pollution' cheat, I will press ALT+A and it will work. o_O The ONLY cheat I never have problems with (being my favorite cheat), is 'Add $100,000 to City Budget' .. I love pressing 'ALT+W' I just wish they had a 'Add $1,000,000 to City Budget' cheat . Oh well, a man can wish, right? Does anyone else have this strange mind-of-their-own cheat problem?
  9. The Freight Station Mod does not appear to work with the new NAM v31.1. Are they not compatible with each other? I have always used the Freight Station Mod: It helps by allowing Trains to dump their cargo at the freight station to be taken by Trucks. Without the mod Trucks only dump cargo at the Freight Station to be picked up and taken by Trains. I wanted to try to get my Seaport better utilized so years ago I started using this mod and set it near a Seaport, so the farms on the other side of the map would send their freight to the freight station through rail, then truck to nearby Seaport. It worked! However, since I have begun playing again this year, I have used all the same plugins, except I have upgraded the NAM to v31.1. I have noticed that no matter where i put the Freight Train Mod in my plugins directory, it doesnt appear to work now. I have tried loading it last through zzzzz_ in both file and directory in the main my docs/plugins folder. The other reason Im suspecting the NAM has something to do with it, is because the Freight Stations now have a NAM symbol on them, and a lot more useful data! I love the new data displayed. And no matter where I put the mod, even when i bulldozed and replaced the Freight Station, it always showed the NAM symbol and still did not function as I expected. Does anyone know if the New NAM and the Freight Station Mod are not compatible with each other? Or do you know a correct way to fix the load order so the mod will work again in the game? Perhaps I can could re-mod the NAM file affecting the Freight Stations to keep everything it has now, and just add this one component in the older mod. Anyone have any thoughts on this? Thanks! - Cougar2004
  10. How do you Save and Load a city that you have saved? I have a city that I build, and my 5 year old nephew wanted to see it. So, I showed it to him, and then he wanted to play with it... If I cannot save it, then if he screws it up, I cannot just load it again. Cities XL did this same stupid thing, not letting us save our own cities. Finally they added the feature... Am I missing this? Is there a way for you to save and load your own city??? Thx, Snacko
  11. So apparently the load and save buttons are interchangeable, and do whatever you don't think they're going to do. It's pretty random. I went from 6k odd people in my little village back to an autosave of 2k when I tried to reload. That was pretty awesome. If there's anything I love to do, it's repeat myself. Also, the buttons for Retail, Factories, and People don't color code and display problems until I click on one of the -other- buttons. Then it shows a problem. Generally speaking, if you're going to have a button display a color status, shouldn't it do that without user interference? Just checking. I love to double check my presumptions. And repeat myself. Problem does not resolve with restart of the game, Steam and the game, or Windows 7, Steam, and the game. Sad panda. :-( Are there more environmentally-friendly waste options available later? I feel like I'm stuck in Sim City 1950s.

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