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Post by LGR24 on Wed 30 Jan 2013, 04:42

Hi, first time poster and installer from games4theworld here. My apologies if I missed a post that answers my question.

So my issue is that after installing the Sims 3 - Pets properly(or so I thought) when I pressed the play button from the launcher, the game itself doesn't open. Even though the launcher has the Pets expansion icon highlighted at the bottom. I THINK I tried to open the game directly without going through the launcher but I don't remember(this was yesterday). I think I might have done something wrong in the installation process. The directions say to place the contents in the file "# CRACK" in "C: Program Files(x86) , Electronic Arts , The Sims 3 , Game , Bin" folder where my base game "should" be, but My Sims 3 base game was downloaded through Origin so the file is stored under "C: Program Files(x86) , Origin Games , The Sims 3 , Game , Bin" -- along with the rest of my expansions that I bought, they're also under my Origin Games folder. So I placed it there.

I might have phrased my issue badly but I can rephrase if needed.

EDIT: I should mention that I'm not getting any errors at the launcher besides "Origin could not open" but that doesn't matter. And the fact that before I even installed the Sims 3 Pets, I haven't been able to update the game. I get to the end and it says "Invalid: File" or something to that effect.

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Re: Launcher says I have installed expansion but game won't play

Post by invalidusername on Wed 30 Jan 2013, 18:27

Do steps 2 thru 4 on this page. The manual patch will solve the updating error with the invalid file, and the fix will crack the game so that you can play it. As long as there's no other issues.

Putting the crack in the origin games file is perfect. It's exactly what you're supposed to do when the game was installed through Origin. Smile
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Re: Launcher says I have installed expansion but game won't play

Post by LGR24 on Thu 31 Jan 2013, 01:47

Okay thanks. I have done two system restores so far because my game wouldn't play lol. The second one was because I bought the Showtime expansion then when I did the install for pets again, Showtime wasn't showing up.

Hooray for NEW issues. I'll try the fix you linked me.

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Re: Launcher says I have installed expansion but game won't play

Post by Adwomin on Thu 31 Jan 2013, 22:31

Hello,

Doing step 2 to 4 again should help with that problem. Just don't forget to re-download both the manual patch and the Ultimate Fix.

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Re: Launcher says I have installed expansion but game won't play

Post by LGR24 on Mon 04 Feb 2013, 16:04

Awesome, it worked and still works Wink.

Thanks Admin and Invalid. I wouldn't have thought to do the steps again after I reinstalled Pets.

Will I need to do this every time I download something from you guys?

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Post by Adwomin on Mon 04 Feb 2013, 22:52

Hello,

No, usually not: just install the expansion packs you like, but DO NOT use any more "# Crack" folders.
If it works, don't fix what isn't broken. If it didn't work, re-do step 2 to 4 and your game should work like a charm again.

And if not... you know where to find us! Very Happy

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Re: Launcher says I have installed expansion but game won't play

Post by LGR24 on Tue 05 Feb 2013, 04:01

Okay but is 'Pets' the only expansion with a "# crack" folder? And if it isn't the only one with a "# crack" folder, do I just do the install the desired expansion without dragging the contents from the "# crack" folder to the Sims 3 bin folder?

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Post by Adwomin on Tue 05 Feb 2013, 20:29

Hello,

No, all our The Sims 3 downloads have a "# Crack" folder. But you may ignore all of them, as you only need the "# Crack" folder that comes with the latest version of the Ultimate Fix.

So yes, if you want to install a new expansion pack, first install only the expansion pack, without using any "# Crack" folders. Then test the game. If it works, don't fix what isn't broken.

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Post by LGR24 on Thu 07 Feb 2013, 03:47

Great! Thanks a lot for the help.

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Post by Adwomin on Fri 08 Feb 2013, 22:35

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You're most welcome.
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