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Post by jtcarrie on Sat 06 Jul 2013, 03:58

Hi, 

I installed all of the sims 3 games, including Island Paradise, according to the instructions.  I applied the manual updated, followed the Ultimate Fix instructions, but my problem persists.  Whenever I go to open the game, the screen will go black, the little blue wheel will spin, and then the game minimizes to the desktop.  I can see the tab at the bottom of the screen, but if I click it, it just flashes the window open and then minimizes it immediately.  I then have to use task manager to end the Sims 3, because right clicking the icon on the task-bar and then clicking close just isn't cutting it.  Any help?

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Re: Screen Keeps Minimizing on Startup

Post by J.T. on Sat 06 Jul 2013, 06:41

Hello,

There are certain Security and Antivirus programs that does this when they become active. What Security/Antivirus programs do you have?

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Re: Screen Keeps Minimizing on Startup

Post by jtcarrie on Sat 06 Jul 2013, 09:10

The problem was that I didn't find this page until later: http://games4theworld.bestgoo.com/t857-the-sims-3-crashes-freezes-to-desktop-fix-updated-on-29-09-2012

I had to go in and increase my virtual memory.  I love how windows makes a big deal about how much memory they recommend, and then my virtual memory was set way lower than that.  From here I just had to clear out my docs folder, and viola, it works.  Can I request that you put that forum post up as a sticky?  

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Post by jtcarrie on Tue 09 Jul 2013, 05:00

Never mind.  The problem persists.  I was working last saturday but now its already started to have the same problem.  I've done everything on that page linked above, and still nothing.  I'm using symantec anti-virus, so it shouldn't be popping up regularly.  I can't seem to figure this out.

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Post by J.T. on Tue 09 Jul 2013, 05:20

Hello,

You can actually set the game to windowed mode by going to Documents >> Electronic Arts >> The Sims 3 >> Options.ini.

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