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In Verona: Chapter 39

As Fitzwilliam's eyes flickered open, he wondered what time it was. It used to be that the windows would give him a fair clue. He had always liked the abundance of morning sunlight his room received. However, the moment Juliette confessed she didn't care for it, another set of drapes went up to block out the sunrise. Sunlight was unimportant. He could make do without sunlight.

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I don't know what happened, but somehow, my sims all have this black rectangle under them when they walk:

example 1 example 2

I have tried EVERYTHING to get rid of it - I even removed all custom content and completely uninstalled the game. All I have installed right now is The Sims 2: Ultimate Collection, which is brand new. I have no idea why this thing won't go away.

Computer specs for TS2

OK, so I know you all have probably seen this post a thousand times. And I apologize in advance. I've read through any posts I could find here in terms of system specs that are required for the game, but I find it really confusing. I consider myself pretty computer-savvy, but it's sometmes hard to figure out whether what I have is above or below the minimum specs, you know? And then there are the confusing opinions you get on tech forums. One will tell you that what you have is fine; another will tell you that no, what you have isn't suitable and that you risk destroying your entire system if you so much as try to install the game.

All I'm trying to do is figure out whether I can run the game, plus all EPs and stuff packs, without having my laptop explode. *L*

So I am hoping that there is someone here who is both tech-savvy and kind enough to have a look at my system specs and let me know if I would likely be okay playing. I *have* installed everything and played a couple times, and things are running relatively smoothly; I do have to turn down all the details, but that doesn't bother me overly much. I *would* be willing to upgrade my video card, if that' an option, but that's another topic on which I'm getting conflicting opinions. :/

Here are my specs. If this doesn't belong here (or you simply don't feel like reading yet another of these posts) then feel free to delete. I'm just hoping I can get some help here. :)

Operating System: Windows 8.1 64-bit (6.3, Build 9600) (9600.winblue_gdr.140330-1035)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
System Model: Inspiron 5537
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-4200U CPU @ 1.60GHz (4 CPUs), ~2.3GHz
Memory: 8192MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 8072MB RAM
Page File: 2341MB used, 7011MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
DxDiag Version: 6.03.9600.16384 64bit Unicode

The Clover County Chronicles, Chapter 122

Welcome to the Clover County Chronicles, an ongoing neighbourhood story in The Sims 2!
Warning: this journal may contain uncensored nudity, violence, profanity and sexual themes.

Updates on Friday every week, and usually on Tuesdays!

Previous Updates
Pine Valley:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25A, 25B, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100.
Clover County: 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118 119, 120. 121.
Interludes: 1, 2, 3, April Fools' Day 2014 (Comparison).
Recaps: 1.

In which the author has a middle-class North American artistic crisis.

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Jul. 18th, 2014

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i don't know why i can't get this...

i'm trying to use keoni's calypso island as a clean neighborhood. i know that deleteallcharacters basically breaks your game, so i'm trying to do it the right way. i've read through mts, maty & even user tutorials & there's something wrong with my brain, it's not connecting.

i just want to know if i add it to my neighborhoods how do i make sure it doesn't spawn any townies & i guess npcs. & what do i do when i want to add uni's & a downtown to just that neighborhood exclusively. do i need to add antiredunancy & notownieregen before i even load the game?

any help would be greatly appreciated. sorry for this question, i'm sure i've just hit a brain fart & i'm making it harder than it is.


I want to start a neighbourhood that spawns in sims with my default face templates but I forgot how (I haven't played sims much lately). I don't want goopy or any of the premade families showing up in it, so how would I make it so they don't? 

I know I'm coming late to the game with this, but I've freshly installed every expansion and SP onto my computer. I'm in the process of adding hacks and mods in, and I've been trying to get the empty templates to work. The problem I'm facing is the generation of townies from AL that still spawn even after the empty template from MATY was installed.
I threw the empty Belladonna Cove package file from Giggy into D:Programs(x86)/EA games/ The Sims 2 Apartment Life/ TSData/ Res/ UserData/Neighborhoods/E001, deleted the character files as recommended, and whenever I start a fresh hood, I still get townies like Jill Fleig, etc. Show up with the welcome group. What am I doing wrong?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!


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