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Post by cerrita on Sat 21 Jun 2014, 05:06

I've recently bought a new Windows 8 computer, and installed my Sims 3 game, including these expansions and stuff packs (World Adventures, Ambitions, Generations, Pets, Seasons, Supernatural, Fast Lane, High-End, Master Suite, and Katy Perry). I open the launcher, and it asks me to update to 1.67, so I download the patch. I'm assuming it's the same as the global version of the manual patch, being 1.6 gigs. It gets through all it's downloading, and gives me an error. So, I tried the manual version, region 1, and when I tried to install it, I got the "invalid file found" error.

So, I tried the ultimate fix from this site. I downloaded it, and followed every step to the letter as far as moving files and to where. But, when I get to step 12, it tells me to update the game, which I can't.

The text at the top of this browser window tell me to read these instructions first: http://games4theworld.bestgoo.com/t1171-must-read-how-to-install-the-sims-3-correctly

Step 1 went well, every disc installed without issue, but step 2 and beyond talk about updating the game, which I can't do. At this point I'm at a loss. I ran this game on Vista with no issues, and never needed any special steps to get the game running. I searched the forum, but every help post routed the author to either the ultimate fix or the manual patch. I also searched google, but most links went to the same two options, and I need another option or additional insight.

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Re: Ultimate Fix and Manual Patch not working

Post by The_gh0stm4n on Sat 21 Jun 2014, 05:25

@cerrita wrote:I've recently bought a new Windows 8 computer, and installed my Sims 3 game, including these expansions and stuff packs (World Adventures, Ambitions, Generations, Pets, Seasons, Supernatural, Fast Lane, High-End, Master Suite, and Katy Perry). I open the launcher, and it asks me to update to 1.67, so I download the patch. I'm assuming it's the same as the global version of the manual patch, being 1.6 gigs. It gets through all it's downloading, and gives me an error. So, I tried the manual version, region 1, and when I tried to install it, I got the "invalid file found" error.

So, I tried the ultimate fix from this site. I downloaded it, and followed every step to the letter as far as moving files and to where. But, when I get to step 12, it tells me to update the game, which I can't.

The text at the top of this browser window tell me to read these instructions first: http://games4theworld.bestgoo.com/t1171-must-read-how-to-install-the-sims-3-correctly

Step 1 went well, every disc installed without issue, but step 2 and beyond talk about updating the game, which I can't do. At this point I'm at a loss. I ran this game on Vista with no issues, and never needed any special steps to get the game running. I searched the forum, but every help post routed the author to either the ultimate fix or the manual patch. I also searched google, but most links went to the same two options, and I need another option or additional insight.


Hello,

Are you using Windows ? If so, then what you describe is technically impossible...you can easily update every game with that manual patch, no matter what "region" the game is.

And please ignore the instructions inside the Ultimate fix, you only need the files from the other expansions, inside the Ultimate fix, if you want to update the game with the LAUNCHER, which you can try too, if you can't see to get the manual patch working.
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Re: Ultimate Fix and Manual Patch not working

Post by cerrita on Sat 21 Jun 2014, 05:40

Carlos wrote:Hello,

Are you using Windows ? If so, then what you describe is technically impossible...you can easily update every game with that manual patch, no matter what "region" the game is.

And please ignore the instructions inside the Ultimate fix, you only need the files from the other expansions, inside the Ultimate fix, if you want to update the game with the LAUNCHER, which you can try too, if you can't see to get the manual patch working.
Yes, Windows 8. I've had the computer a week, and the original install and game download is current. I'm able to ignore the update prompt and open the game, but it want's me to update so I can log in and play. I'm currently downloading the global patch again through the launcher, and will try once more manually, but I've already tried several times.

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Re: Ultimate Fix and Manual Patch not working

Post by The_gh0stm4n on Sat 21 Jun 2014, 05:50

@cerrita wrote:Yes, Windows 8. I've had the computer a week, and the original install and game download is current. I'm able to ignore the update prompt and open the game, but it want's me to update so I can log in and play. I'm currently downloading the global patch again through the launcher, and will try once more manually, but I've already tried several times.


Please try the launcher indeed, and keep us posted. But again, if you downloaded the latest manual patch from here:

http://games4theworld.bestgoo.com/t1870-can-t-update-the-sims-3-to-v167-fix-manual-patch



It's - to my knowledge - technically not possible that you get an "invalid file found"-error. If you're running Windows Vista, 7 or 8, try right-clicking on the manual patch and choose "run as Administrator", though that may not work either...
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Re: Ultimate Fix and Manual Patch not working

Post by cerrita on Sat 21 Jun 2014, 06:17

Carlos wrote:Please try the launcher indeed, and keep us posted. But again, if you downloaded the latest manual patch from here:

http://games4theworld.bestgoo.com/t1870-can-t-update-the-sims-3-to-v167-fix-manual-patch



It's - to my knowledge - technically not possible that you get an "invalid file found"-error. If you're running Windows Vista, 7 or 8, try right-clicking on the manual patch and choose "run as Administrator", though that may not work either...
That's where I got the patch before, but I'll try again. And I have tried running as admin. That launcher download disappeared after downloading, I didn't get a chance to work with it. And this 1.6 gig global patch takes 1 hour to download...

Since I've freshly installed the game, is there some kind of "disc-pressed" version of the game that I'm running, like a 1.0? The patch update says it's going from 1.42.130 to 1.67.2, but the first number seems rather old and kind of random to be the out-of-the-box disc version. How does that work? Does it matter if I have origin and/or the launcher open when running the manual patch? I don't think I've mentioned it yet, but it gets through the initial setup, and when the actual patch window tries to pop up is when the error happens.

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Re: Ultimate Fix and Manual Patch not working

Post by The_gh0stm4n on Sat 21 Jun 2014, 06:24

@cerrita wrote:That's where I got the patch before, but I'll try again. And I have tried running as admin. That launcher download disappeared after downloading, I didn't get a chance to work with it. And this 1.6 gig global patch takes 1 hour to download...

Since I've freshly installed the game, is there some kind of "disc-pressed" version of the game that I'm running, like a 1.0? The patch update says it's going from 1.42.130 to 1.67.2, but the first number seems rather old and kind of random to be the out-of-the-box disc version. How does that work? Does it matter if I have origin and/or the launcher open when running the manual patch? I don't think I've mentioned it yet, but it gets through the initial setup, and when the actual patch window tries to pop up is when the error happens.


I wouldn't have thought about THAT, but it's good that you mentioned it actually. Very Happy  The base game version you are using (v.1.42.130) requires to be logged into Origin before playing; and I'm not even sure if the "Ultimate fix" will work for that base game (probably not). 

If you want, try un-installing that base game, re-boot the computer afterwards (!), and then get the "original" base game from Games4TheWorld, here:

http://www.games4theworld.org/downloads.html



That should definitely work then. Good luck !
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Re: Ultimate Fix and Manual Patch not working

Post by cerrita on Sat 21 Jun 2014, 06:52

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If you want, try un-installing that base game, re-boot the computer afterwards (!), and then get the "original" base game from Games4TheWorld, here:


That should definitely work then. Good luck !

I've never used a torrent before, I don't know how it works. I selected Sims 3, and it installed a torrent downloader, but I can't get it to download anything.

Edit: I also don't like that it's apparently downloaded a bunch of unwanted programs, including one that's hijacked my browser.

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Post by The_gh0stm4n on Sat 21 Jun 2014, 07:08

@cerrita wrote:
I've never used a torrent before, I don't know how it works. I selected Sims 3, and it installed a torrent downloader, but I can't get it to download anything.

Edit: I also don't like that it's apparently downloaded a bunch of unwanted programs, including one that's hijacked my browser.


I'm sorry to hear that your browser was "hijacked"...but if you're not sure about what you're doing, you should be prepared to deal with the consequences too, as hard as it sounds. It's very common, unfortunately, that if you go to these torrent sites, that there will be numerous pop-ups; and you don't even need to click on anything, to get problems.

Google for "uTorrent", and install that little program. After installing, just go to the site I linked to, and click on the MAGNET symbol of a download, but do NOT go to this "torcache" site (by clicking on the name of a download). Just use the little magnet symbol, after which the download will open in your uTorrent client...and wait for the download to finish.

That way, I never got myself any virus, malware or similar stuff. 


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If you need help with removing the unwanted stuff, I'll try and do my best to assist you with that too. Smile 
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Re: Ultimate Fix and Manual Patch not working

Post by nowherewarm on Sun 22 Jun 2014, 01:38

My problem looks identical - it still says it's going from 1.42.130 to 1.67.2, and Carlos you're saying it's a base game version that requires being logged into Origin, but my base game is actually that very first version of the game that leaked shortly before the base game premiere, I never bothered to download another version. I am seriously confused right now, that manual patch worked just fine on my old Win XP computer but now on Win 8 laptop it's suddenly an invalid file? I did try running it as an administrator, didn't change a thing.

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Re: Ultimate Fix and Manual Patch not working

Post by The_gh0stm4n on Sun 22 Jun 2014, 02:19

@nowherewarm wrote:My problem looks identical - it still says it's going from 1.42.130 to 1.67.2, and Carlos you're saying it's a base game version that requires being logged into Origin, but my base game is actually that very first version of the game that leaked shortly before the base game premiere, I never bothered to download another version. I am seriously confused right now, that manual patch worked just fine on my old Win XP computer but now on Win 8 laptop it's suddenly an invalid file? I did try running it as an administrator, didn't change a thing.


And what year did you purchase that base game with the version 1.42.130 ? Smile  (I'm deliberately asking that).


Anyhow, the same solution for you: try getting the base game from Games4TheWorld (see the above).
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Re: Ultimate Fix and Manual Patch not working

Post by metrice2121 on Mon 23 Jun 2014, 00:58

I am using that same base game and I added all my previous games back. I get to the screen where you select town and there is no town there. I cant select a family. everything is blank. I must have done something wrong.
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