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Post by GodTurn on Mon 20 Jun 2016, 00:13

I've been having a problem when launching the installation wizard from the Sims 3 base game ISO. When the installation window opens, all the text has been replaced with a series of question marks, with some key phrases kept intact, e.g. "????????? ????????? ????? InstallShield Wizard ??? The Sims 3". The second screen in the program has a list of several items to choose from, which I can only assume is supposed to be the language select screen, but all the language options are written in completely gibberish nonsense characters. The third screen shows what I assume is the Terms and Agreements/EULA, but all the text in the sub-window is written in Russian. The entire installation process has made itself impossible to understand in three entirely separate ways tongue .

I searched for a solution before posting this topic, but I only found one other poster with a problem like mine. He seemed to be having identical problems to me, and the suggestions he received included "Don't tamper with any of the code unless you know what you're doing" (which I haven't done) and "Try deleting and reinstalling the program" (which I have done several times). Reinstalling the program seemed to work for the other poster, but I've redownloaded the entire 5GB and change torrent about five times now with no luck. I also haven't touched any of the code after downloading it. I download the torrent, open the containing folder, unzip the files to their own folder in my Downloads folder using 7zip, mount both the .iso files, and launch the Sims3Setup.exe from the The_Sims_3_StartDisk/SIMS3 disc file. As far as I can tell I've done nothing outside the instructions provided by the website or the torrent itself, and I'm getting very confused by what seems to be an almost completely unique problem. I really have no idea what I can do to try and fix this, so I'd really appreciate some help.

Also, as a sidenote: If I progress through the installation program regardless of the illegible text, I eventually get to the screen that asks for a product code. The installation guide provided by the torrent itself says that I should generate a product code from the Crack folder, but the Must Read Sims 3 Installation Guide on this site seems to say I don't need to use the Crack until after I've installed everything I need. I feel like I must be missing something because I'm not sure there's a way I can follow all the instructions in the Must Read guide without using the crack, and yet it says not to. Some clarification would be much appreciated too.

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Re: Illegible Text In Installation Window. [SOLVED]

Post by ☠ ~ Aɳɳ ~ ☠ on Mon 20 Jun 2016, 07:51

Hello,


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I stopped reading about halfway through, when you mentioned 7zip. Please try extracting the files with winRAR first, and if that doesn't help, I'll be happy to read the rest Smile


Having said that, I read the rest anyway. You shouldn't use the crack indeed, but the keygenerator is simply inside that folder with the crack, you should use that.

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Re: Illegible Text In Installation Window. [SOLVED]

Post by GodTurn on Mon 20 Jun 2016, 08:23

Whoops, my bad. I was mistaken in my first post. I misremembered - I did in fact use WinRAR to extract the files. And you answered my question about the Crack folder, thank you.

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Re: Illegible Text In Installation Window. [SOLVED]

Post by ☠ ~ Aɳɳ ~ ☠ on Mon 20 Jun 2016, 09:21

Can you install the game with those weird characters? You can always change the language in a textfile in the installation folder.

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Re: Illegible Text In Installation Window. [SOLVED]

Post by simmer_tony on Mon 20 Jun 2016, 10:51

Try using installation tutorials just to see the text, don't install like they do. Here's one from The Sim Arhitect. To correctly install The Sims 3 follow this guide.

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Re: Illegible Text In Installation Window. [SOLVED]

Post by The_gh0stm4n on Mon 20 Jun 2016, 11:34

@GodTurn wrote:I've been having a problem when launching the installation wizard from the Sims 3 base game ISO. When the installation window opens, all the text has been replaced with a series of question marks, with some key phrases kept intact, e.g. "????????? ????????? ????? InstallShield Wizard ??? The Sims 3". The second screen in the program has a list of several items to choose from, which I can only assume is supposed to be the language select screen, but all the language options are written in completely gibberish nonsense characters. The third screen shows what I assume is the Terms and Agreements/EULA, but all the text in the sub-window is written in Russian. The entire installation process has made itself impossible to understand in three entirely separate ways tongue .

I searched for a solution before posting this topic, but I only found one other poster with a problem like mine. He seemed to be having identical problems to me, and the suggestions he received included "Don't tamper with any of the code unless you know what you're doing" (which I haven't done) and "Try deleting and reinstalling the program" (which I have done several times). Reinstalling the program seemed to work for the other poster, but I've redownloaded the entire 5GB and change torrent about five times now with no luck. I also haven't touched any of the code after downloading it. I download the torrent, open the containing folder, unzip the files to their own folder in my Downloads folder using 7zip, mount both the .iso files, and launch the Sims3Setup.exe from the The_Sims_3_StartDisk/SIMS3 disc file. As far as I can tell I've done nothing outside the instructions provided by the website or the torrent itself, and I'm getting very confused by what seems to be an almost completely unique problem. I really have no idea what I can do to try and fix this, so I'd really appreciate some help.

Also, as a sidenote: If I progress through the installation program regardless of the illegible text, I eventually get to the screen that asks for a product code. The installation guide provided by the torrent itself says that I should generate a product code from the Crack folder, but the Must Read Sims 3 Installation Guide on this site seems to say I don't need to use the Crack until after I've installed everything I need. I feel like I must be missing something because I'm not sure there's a way I can follow all the instructions in the Must Read guide without using the crack, and yet it says not to. Some clarification would be much appreciated too.


Not sure if it can help you too, but there is this here:
http://games4theworld.bestgoo.com/t22536-unwanted-language-during-installation-fix

In case you are still having difficulties with the installer language.

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Re: Illegible Text In Installation Window. [SOLVED]

Post by GodTurn on Mon 20 Jun 2016, 21:08

Decided to take everyone's advice and proceed through the unreadable stuff with a guide, but halfway through the installation a window popped up that I hadn't seen in any of the guides (see image). The text box lists the D: drive that the disc file is mounted in, and I imagine the option next to it is "Browse..." but I'm not sure what it's asking me to look for in the directory. Any chance anyone has seen this screen before or has experience with this part of the installation? I don't think this is a normal part of the process, or the guides I'd seen would have included it.





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Re: Illegible Text In Installation Window. [SOLVED]

Post by simmer_tony on Mon 20 Jun 2016, 22:16

Do you have .iso file of The Sims 3 installer? Whereyou got this installer?

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Re: Illegible Text In Installation Window. [SOLVED]

Post by GodTurn on Tue 21 Jun 2016, 02:23

I got the torrent from this website, so any files I'm using come from the torrent provided here. I have the disc image files mounted on my computer, and am using the Sims3Setup.exe that comes in the Start_Disk.iso (The one that renames itself to SIMS3 when mounted).

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Re: Illegible Text In Installation Window. [SOLVED]

Post by SeoY on Tue 21 Jun 2016, 02:42

@GodTurn wrote:I got the torrent from this website, so any files I'm using come from the torrent provided here. I have the disc image files mounted on my computer, and am using the Sims3Setup.exe that comes in the Start_Disk.iso (The one that renames itself to SIMS3 when mounted).

Hi there, @GodTurn! Very Happy

Now you also need to mount The_Sims_3_Disk_1.iso, that is in that same folder. And in that pop-up, you need to select that Disk_1.

Let us know how it goes. Good luck!

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Re: Illegible Text In Installation Window. [SOLVED]

Post by GodTurn on Tue 21 Jun 2016, 03:49

Hey, that worked! Fantastic, thanks a lot for the help. Unfortunate that there still isn't a fix for the gibberish problem me and the other guy had, but at least it's possible to work through it. I really appreciate all the advice, folks!





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