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Testers Wanter - Sims 3 Dashboard tool (Updated 20th June 2011: v1.2.4167.38743)

by Tashiketh Posted 16th Jan 2010 at 12:51 AM - Updated 23rd Dec 2013 at 4:07 PM by Delphy
2147 Comments / replies (Who?) - 13 Feedback Posts, 10 Thanks Posts
What does this tool do?

It's basically designed to let people easily clear the cache and identify problem content.

This tool has 4 main tasks:

- To easily show you which games you have, whether or not they have a full framework, and to browse to that games root folder.
- To show you the contents of the Sims 3 cache files, and clear them
- To show you all of your custom content in .package format, and display any "corrupted" files, or Sims 2 content, or stuff that just plain wont work.
- To fix any problems with corrupted files, empty files, generally broken files, and allow you to fix conflicts yourself

How do I use it?

Download and unzip the file. Run the Sims3Dashboard.exe file within.

You need .NET Framework 2.0 to run this tool. (It wont run on Mono unless you use X11)

:: You don't need to download or install .NET 2.0 if you have Windows Vista or Windows 7 - it's included by default in those operating systems.

Can this file help me identify files that cause my game to slowdown?

Yes, it can. Any "bad" files are identified in Red and can be selected using the "Select Corrupt" button.

Can I move/rename/remove custom content using this tool

This is not a full featured download organiser, however it does let you disable custom content entirely from the list - this is used for corrupted stuff.

Will this identify incompatible mods, or outdated mods?

No, it won't. It's up to you to keep track of which mods work with which versions of your game.

However, it will detect "conflict" mods (marked as Duplicate) that basically conflict with another mod you have. It will also detect Empty packages.

I ran this tool but it didn't tell me I had any problems!

This tool only identifies particular issues - not everything. So if you have issues, and have nothing in red in this tool.. well thats what we have a help forum for.

Is this compatible with World Adventures?


Can I launch my game using this?

No, you can't.

Comments / Questions

Post a feedback post. Error messages, please copy paste the dialogbox into a reply.


Thanks to...

HystericalParoxysm, leefish, HugeLunatic, Bakafox and emhpb for testing.

Operating System: Windows
Utility Type: CC Managers
Plugin Type: Not Applicable

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 3
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
Sims3Dashboard.rar | Description: v1.2.3914.26559 94.3 KB 629,560 16th Jan 2010
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract: Use WinRAR (Windows) or Stuffit (Mac) to extract the .package file(s) from the .rar or .zip file(s).

3. Run Sims 3 Dashboard. (Sims3Dashboard.exe)

Need more information?
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Test Subject
#2126 Old 6th Dec 2016 at 7:30 PM
Originally Posted by stevset
Anyone who is experiencing a "Bad Compression Flag", needs to check their mod setup if they haven't accidentally installed a Sims 4 mod (CC, Mods) within in their Sims 3 mod setup.

S4 *.packages are a different build from S3 *.packages and will stop Dashboard from working properly. Clicking away these error messages won't do as it will skip a chunk of files you want it to check (even hiding any alarms like conflicts / corrupt files).

1. Move all mods from your Documents\EA\Sims 3\Mods\Packages /or/ Overrides folders to a newly created temporary folder on your Desktop, till there is none in your setup
2. Make a new folder on your desktop called Checked
3. Place a batch of mods (10) back in your Mods\Packages /or/ Overrides folder
4. Run Dashboard to scan (File> Scan Folder) Documents\EA\Sims 3\Mods and see if you get any "Bad Compression Flags" if not move the mods to your checked folder on your desktop
5. Repeat 4 with another batch of mods (10) and again and again till you get the "Bad Compression Flags"
6. When you get the bad compression flag, move 5 out of the folder and see if the bad compression flag is still there, if so check each individual mod whats causing it, if not check the other 5, narrow down the culprit this way.

If you are a believer that you haven't gotten a S4 mod in your setup when receiving the Bad Compression Flag, cause you are 100% certain you're doing things right. YOU ARE WRONG. Check your mod setup, make sure it only consist of S3 package files.

DID NOT WORK. I uninstalled my whole game and started over and I still have this issue..
Test Subject
#2127 Old 8th Dec 2016 at 4:52 PM
Originally Posted by kjohnson8915
DID NOT WORK. I uninstalled my whole game and started over and I still have this issue..

Do you own the Sims 4? I moved the mydocuments Sims 4 to the desktop and then the problem went away.
Test Subject
#2128 Old 11th Dec 2016 at 5:09 PM
Test Subject
#2129 Old 11th Dec 2016 at 5:09 PM
Test Subject
#2130 Old 4th Jan 2017 at 3:58 PM
muito bom
Test Subject
#2131 Old 9th Jan 2017 at 5:00 AM
Downloaded the mod and when I try and run it, I get an error stating "Sims3Dashboard has stopped working". Is there anyway to fix this?
Test Subject
#2132 Old 9th Jan 2017 at 8:27 PM
Originally Posted by Gentlelovely
Downloaded the mod and when I try and run it, I get an error stating "Sims3Dashboard has stopped working". Is there anyway to fix this?

I got the same message when I moved the .exe to another place other than the folder I downloaded it to. Try moving it back to the original downloaded folder and try again.
Lab Assistant
#2133 Old 12th Feb 2017 at 1:50 PM
Default Question
I scanned the whole game with all expansions and SP's except KPST, Diesel. It says, the DeltaBuild, FullBuild and xy_Data, simcore packages conflicting with eachother, and duplicates. Some of them are corrupt! Can I delete them without the game's corruption?
Test Subject
#2134 Old 15th Feb 2017 at 6:01 AM
I downloaded it, but it didn't work when I opened it
Test Subject
#2135 Old 9th Mar 2017 at 11:19 PM
Can you see what cc you put on a certain sim?
Test Subject
#2136 Old 20th Mar 2017 at 12:00 PM
Default Questions....
I downloaded this mod and non of my CC show up in the program. Is it because I have Windows 10? Should I download that NET.Framework 2.0 on my computer to get them to show up?
Test Subject
#2137 Old 29th Mar 2017 at 1:15 AM
I have Windows 10 and NET.Framework 3.5 and 4.6 checked on windows features so I'm defiantly not interested in downloading NET. Framework 2.0 because two is enough for my brand new laptop that I'm still learning about. Delphy's Dashboard is the one that needs to be brought up to speed with 2017's current updates as well as the sims 3 newest version. Delphy's result's are not accurate.
Test Subject
#2138 Old 8th Apr 2017 at 6:28 PM
Originally Posted by Gentlelovely
Downloaded the mod and when I try and run it, I get an error stating "Sims3Dashboard has stopped working". Is there anyway to fix this?

Extract everything in the zip file-- I put mine in a folder--then run it.
Test Subject
#2139 Old 26th Apr 2017 at 9:10 PM
i downloaded it and everything seems fine but I can't seem to get an image up when looking at the items corrupted like you have in the picture. is there something I need to do in "file" so I can see what object is not working?
Test Subject
#2140 Old 19th Jun 2017 at 7:23 AM
didn't work.
Lab Assistant
#2141 Old 25th Jun 2017 at 11:24 PM
Awesome! This fixed my seemingly random framerate dips! And also let me keep the "corrupt" mods by "fixing" them!
Test Subject
#2142 Old 22nd Jul 2017 at 6:56 AM
You have NO idea how much this tool saved my sims 3 game. Seriously, my game hasn't run this well since it was BRAND NEW, just the base game by itself, and I now have all EP's and SP's. Your tool found several Sims 2 downloads, many corrupt files, duplicates and other bad CC. Fixed it all, and the game runs like a top! I owe you my entire gaming PC for this fix!!!! God bless you! <33 :anime:
Test Subject
#2143 Old 23rd Jul 2017 at 6:11 PM
I saved this to my desktop to it's own folder and ran the exe, I think what may be screwing people up is that this was built pre-sims 4, so it was never meant to handle sims 4 packages and it could bork it if you accidently download one. I accidently downloaded a ton of sims 2 files which made running the program innitally difficult, but god knows the last time I did it, so that may have been what was messing it up. (the sims 4 lag was making me want to burn the family alive in their house, so I thought it might be a good time to revisit the sims 3 :P.)

The dashboard probably needs to be updated by one of the modders for the sims 4, but that programming is a bit beyond me. this also may require the original author's permission, if she's even reachable. (not sure if she ever ok'd it to be tweaked, not all creators let other people update their abandoned mods)

Test Subject
#2144 Old 11th Sep 2017 at 5:23 PM
I saw this on a video to fix lag and such in Sims 3. I downloaded and ran etc etc but it says I have literally nothing lol, not a single file showed up. Is there a way I can fix that or did I do something wrong or something?
Mad Poster
#2145 Old 17th Sep 2017 at 4:57 AM
Anything that helps us with Sims 3 is welcome ... thank you!
Test Subject
#2146 Old 26th Oct 2017 at 1:45 AM
Thanks, now I know why my mods weren't loading...I had Sims 2 files in there...
Test Subject
#2147 Old 10th Nov 2017 at 6:20 PM
First, nice job with this mod! I downloaded it, but have a question.

Do I need to put this in a specific folder under the Sims 3 folder in the Electronic Arts File? I ask, because when I downloaded and ran this mod, none of the files showed up on the dashboard. I'm assuming this is a good thing, but I want to make sure that I have this in the right folder. I have a Windows 8.1 that I upgraded to Windows 10. I tried putting it into the Mods folder then moved it to the downloads folder. It was originally on my desktop. Again, same result in all three places.

I just want to make sure that I have it in the right place

Thanks for this mod, btw.
Test Subject
#2148 Old 6th Jan 2018 at 4:08 PM
Hello, could anyone help me please? I have windows 10 (don't know if that's important); I downloaded this and when I run it none of my mods show up in there. I also use cc magic but I moved my mods from there to mods/packges just for this program. Why are they not showing up?

Never mind I solved it dumb me , just had to click File in the upper corner and select which folder to scan...

Thanks a lot for this mod
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