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Some of the most common errors that occur during and after patching are addressed here. If the suggested workarounds do not work, try again after a reboot. If All Else Fails...

Errors Encountered

...during patching

You get an "Invalid File Found" error for various files.
If you're not using the SuperPatcher to patch the game, or you get this when using Launcher to patch, use the links provided in Game Help:TS3_Patching:Patch_Download


...when starting Launcher

Various Launcher issues
First thing you can try is to Bypass the Launcher to test if the game can be started with TS3W.exe directly.
Go to Launcher Issues.
To see the patch versions in table format, go to Patch Table.
If you suspect EADM is the cause, go to EADM Issues.


...when running the game

If you encounter any or all of these symptoms, try the suggestions in Game Help:TS3 Load Issues and the Game Help:Sims 3 Crashing Checklist in particular.

Getting "The Sims 3 has stopped working" error message.
Getting the "Base Game not compatible with current Expansion Pack" error message.
Getting the "A Serious Error has occured" error message.
Crashing during gameplay or at loading screen
Did you forget to remove CC before patching or installing a new pack? Do the standard troubleshooting as outlined in Game Problem FAQ or read the standard troubleshooting steps below.
If that did not help, try the other links in the related section of that Game Problem page.



Lags and freezes during gameplay
These guides has some pointers to overcome or identify the cause:


Missing features or you get funny strings of text or things don't work as per usual
You still have CC that is not compatible with the patch or new pack.
Before doing any troubleshooting, perform a backup, just in case you messed up and need to start over. Do the standard troubleshooting guide below.


This is the standard troubleshooting guide.
  1. Don't be selective and try to think what is affected and what is safe, remove everything! Again, do the 3 steps in Game Problem FAQ; and play a new, CC-free game. Things should be corrected now.
  2. Check back with the creators if their items need to be updated - only they know if the codes have been changed. Until the creators updates the items, you have to play without these items.
  3. If you're interested to identify which item is causing the issue, do the binary-search method (aka the 50% method).
  4. Remember to always delete cache files after removing some CC and before loading the game to test.
  5. Don't save while doing this, as you're removing CC from your game.
  6. That should at least help you narrow down at what point your game starts crashing, to figure out what the problem might be.
  7. Please note that just because your game crashes on a particular file does not mean that file is corrupted or incompatible with the patch. Try putting in just that one file, deleting your cache files again, but this time start a new game.
  8. If you can repeat the issue on a brand new game with just this one file, then it is safe to presume this file is not compatible.
  9. Also, due to the nature of the Open Neighborhood of The Sims 3, the CC item need not have been used in the Lot or Household you play to be causing issues, it could have been used by an Inactive Sim.
  10. Finally, remember CC in Sims3Pack are not exempt from getting broken or becoming incompatible from one patch to the next.

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If you still have problems

One final troubleshooting tip:



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