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

by Tashiketh Posted 15th Jan 2010 at 11:51 PM - Updated 17th Oct 2018 at 2:50 PM by Tashiketh
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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Will this identify incompatible mods, or outdated mods?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 671,404 15th 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)

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16th Feb 2018 at 12:00 AM Last edited by NjFlash76 : 16th Feb 2018 at 12:02 AM. Reason: Mistake
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#2151 Old 16th Feb 2018 at 12:01 AM
Default Id like to ask.
Can this be updated to find Sims 4 Packages?
Lab Assistant
#2152 Old 22nd Jun 2018 at 5:08 AM
Originally Posted by Jake Lucas
Worked brilliantly for me, sorted out a few duplicates for me and even a sims 2 file I had no idea was that type Thank you

Well you're one of the lucky ones. I download this program and I can't even get it to open. Totally useless and probably outdated now.

"Life without LOVE is NO life at all"
Test Subject
#2153 Old 22nd Jul 2018 at 9:17 AM
Originally Posted by ange1face20
Well you're one of the lucky ones. I download this program and I can't even get it to open. Totally useless and probably outdated now.

Not because it isn't working for you that something is "Totally useless"
Outdated, probably yeah, but still working as of jully 22 2018, Sims 3 v1.67

Fine to check small problems but still better being careful when you download something yourself.
Good idea reading this if you have issues understanding this software :

Be careful if you own sims 4, don't mix sims 3 and sims 4 packages in the same folder tree
Test Subject
#2154 Old 5th Aug 2018 at 11:16 PM
Originally Posted by 1litre
Do you own the Sims 4? I moved the mydocuments Sims 4 to the desktop and then the problem went away.

This worked for me. Thanks! ^_^
Test Subject
#2155 Old 27th Aug 2018 at 11:56 PM
Thank goodness I found this. I never had much issues with mods except for when I recently tried using the MasterControl mod. As of 8/27/2018 this program still works for Sims 3 with the current patch at this time. (I forget what number, I think ~1.69 something). Reading here doesn't give the full explanation how to use it, but a quick google search brought me this site, where it explains more in-depth how to understand and use this program:
Test Subject
#2156 Old 23rd Sep 2018 at 3:19 AM
In 2016 I had massive issues with the virus that was going around attaching furniture to sims and placing boots on folks including babies, weirdly tall sims and naked sims. This tool along with a another tool by the same creator helped me identify the issues, get rid of bad cc and scan package files before I load them in my game. I had to uninstall and reinstall my game from scratch and lost some worlds and sims, but my game has been running well since.
Test Subject
#2157 Old 23rd Sep 2018 at 3:41 AM
Crinrict has a great blog post explaining how to use this excellent tool:
Test Subject
#2158 Old 2nd Jan 2019 at 3:58 PM
Default Doesn't work on Win10
Originally Posted by ange1face20
Well you're one of the lucky ones. I download this program and I can't even get it to open. Totally useless and probably outdated now.

Got the same problem.. I tryed to open this, blue circle for some seconds and then nothing happens..
Test Subject
#2159 Old 5th Jan 2019 at 2:14 PM
When I open Sims3Dashboard.exe the program opens up but I can't see my downloads?
Test Subject
#2160 Old 11th Jan 2019 at 4:14 AM
Anyone know if there's a Sims 4 version?
Test Subject
#2161 Old 7th May 2019 at 5:00 AM
I can't see my downloads, it's empty.. yet I know for a fact that I still have over 600 downloads
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