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Turn off the TV when stop watching (from bed, too)

by Numenor Posted 15th Apr 2005 at 11:12 PM - Updated 12th Feb 2009 at 2:57 PM by Numenor : Updated game compatibility note
182 Comments / replies (Who?) - 25 Feedback Posts
Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
NOTICE - This is a GLOBAL HACK, which means that it may be included in your uploaded lots (so, use the Clean Installer to remove unwanted hacks from your lots before uploading them).

Obviously, the "custom content check" that is run when starting the game reports this hack as potentially harmful, because it overrides the sims behaviour. It is true that this hack overrides the sims behaviour, but don't worry: it will not damage your game


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Game Compatibility - This hack has been tested, and works, with the base game only, as well as with any EPs up to Mansion & Garden.

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I'm very annoyed by the sims that don't turn the TV off when they stop watching it.
In particular, when they are relaxing in bed, watching the TV, and they become tired, they stop watching the TV, *don't turn it off*, and go to sleep... for few seconds. Then they are awaked by the TV, get up, make the bed and then go to sleep again for few seconds... And again... and again....

Stop that!

With this hack, when your sims stop watching TV (from the bed, the sofa or even the john ), they will *always* turn it off, unless there are other people watching (in this last case, the original game routines apply: if the sim is a nasty person, he will turn it off anyway).
Obviously, if a sim is going to bed and finds the TV turned on, he won't automatically turn it off: the hack only forces the sims to turn the TV off when they stop watching it.

Please tell me if it works, or if you find side effects, glitches, etc...
Tags: #television, #TV, #turn off

Type: Global Mods

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 2
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Numenor_Turn-Off-TV_Fix.rar

Size: 497 Bytes · Downloads: 36,016 · 15th Apr 2005
497 Bytes 36,016 15th Apr 2005
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Basic Download and Install Instructions:

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

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows Vista/7/8/10: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
  • Mac x64: /Library/Containers/com.aspyr.sims2.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/Aspyr/The Sims 2/Downloads
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Test Subject
#126 Old 18th Aug 2005 at 10:08 AM
Hey! This hack is SO COOL! I LOVE IT! I was so annoyed with the whole leaving-the-tv-open-thing, that i some times used to delete my tvs, so my sims could get enough sleep!

Anyway, do u know where i can get the same hack but for the radio?
(They usually let that one open too, and the go to sleep...)
The ModFather
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Original Poster
#127 Old 18th Aug 2005 at 10:46 AM
BlackAngel reported the link to a useful radio hack some posts above; anyway, here it is again:
http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=9723

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Test Subject
#128 Old 19th Aug 2005 at 7:08 AM
Thnx! You're the best!!! :bump:
Test Subject
#129 Old 19th Aug 2005 at 11:20 PM
A small complaint (very tiny ) : When a sim watches from the bed and you ask them to change the channel, they simply turn the tv off. At least they do in my game when I try to change from the sports channel...
The ModFather
retired moderator
Original Poster
#130 Old 20th Aug 2005 at 12:48 AM
You're right, Jabberdau; it's a bug that I've tried many times to fix but I couldn't (those damn BHAVs )

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Lab Assistant
#131 Old 26th Aug 2005 at 3:26 PM
Can't believe I haven't found this before now. Very much appreciated because it is SO needed! Thanks.
Lab Assistant
#132 Old 1st Sep 2005 at 4:36 PM
Can't download
I am trying to download this hack but it won't let me...I hadn't had trouble with some of the other hacks...Why would this be happening...?
Lab Assistant
#133 Old 4th Sep 2005 at 1:59 AM
Thanks! I am really annoyed by that also.
Field Researcher
#134 Old 21st Sep 2005 at 11:16 PM
Thanks for letting us know this works in NL.
Test Subject
#135 Old 23rd Sep 2005 at 7:54 PM
Quick question, you said to put this in the root directory not in subfolder like all hacks.
I have never had hacks in my root directory and have always kept them is a subfolder called hacks. So far they have all worked just fine even after installing NL. Is there a special reason why this wouldn't work like the others?
The Quiet One
retired moderator
#136 Old 27th Sep 2005 at 6:43 AM
Numenor, I tested this in a subfolder called Hacks (similar to Azmara's setup) and this works fine. I directed my Sim to watch TV and then I directed her to clean the fish tank. She turned off the TV before heading to the fish tank. So this does work perfectly well in a subfolder, too.
The ModFather
retired moderator
Original Poster
#137 Old 27th Sep 2005 at 8:44 AM
Oh, I'm sorry if I've given an unaccurate information. Since I've read in many threads that with the Nightlife the hacks only if located in the root downloads, I suggested to keep my hack in the root, just like any other hack.

But I'm glad to know that hacks work even if located in subfolder!

Thanks for letting me know.

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Lab Assistant
#138 Old 2nd Oct 2005 at 5:28 AM
According to all of the research that I've done on the subject of theology, when my mortal body dies, if I've been a good girl, my soul will be knocking on your door.

Thank you for all of your excellent work.
The ModFather
retired moderator
Original Poster
#139 Old 2nd Oct 2005 at 10:49 AM
I don't know if I should feel pleased or scared by your words...

But pleased, of course! Thank you

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Lab Assistant
#140 Old 15th Oct 2005 at 4:56 AM
Wonderful you saved my Sims' sleep! I wonder if one has been made for the raidio?
Lab Assistant
#141 Old 18th Dec 2005 at 11:09 AM
Sorry to drag this back up, but any progress on the channel change problem?
The ModFather
retired moderator
Original Poster
#142 Old 18th Dec 2005 at 10:10 PM
No, I'm sorry. After some unsuccessful tries, I confess I have abandoned this project...

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Lab Assistant
#143 Old 15th Mar 2006 at 7:00 AM
that's fine to me *vote and thanks*

It bugs me when people watch tv in bed anyways.
Scholar
#144 Old 16th Mar 2006 at 12:59 AM
Is this compatible with OFB?

I would hate to lose this hack. I have about 20 sims (that I play in rotation) and not a single one of them will turn of the stupid tv. The noise drives me crazy!
The ModFather
retired moderator
Original Poster
#145 Old 16th Mar 2006 at 1:12 AM
Yes, I've tested in my OFB game and the hack works fine: the sims always turn off the TV

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Lab Assistant
#146 Old 14th Apr 2006 at 4:04 PM
Squinge has a mod that prevents Sims from changing the channel. There's also a version of it that prevents them from turning the TV off (the opposite of this mod.) And he has one that doesn't allow any autonomous watching of TV at all. Presumably all of these hacks and this one of Numenor's would conflict with each other, so it's a matter of picking one. Squinge's stuff is at www.insimenator.net
Lab Assistant
#147 Old 4th Aug 2006 at 4:47 PM
EXCELLENT! That "no turning off the TV really annoyed me.

Thanks for the work, Numenator. You really contribute a lot to this site. We all appreciate what you do (even when we don't know you did it)!

Klaatu barada nikto!!!!

Some try to tell me
Thoughts they cannot defend,
Just what you want to be
You will be in the end
Lab Assistant
#148 Old 5th Aug 2006 at 12:31 AM Last edited by Drahkk : 5th Aug 2006 at 12:56 AM. Reason: Found the mod I was asking about
Thanks, Numenor. I have several of your mods, and have been using this one since before I got the first EP. Your work has always been some of the most reliable.

Is there any chance you've done something similar for the computer? I saw one somewhere that would make them always leave it ON, but that's the opposite of what I am looking for.

*Edit* Sorry, I found where Squinge had already done the computer version over on the InSim site.
Test Subject
#149 Old 2nd Nov 2006 at 8:29 AM
Thank you. The TV annoys the hell out of me and they always leave it on.
shiny!
retired moderator
#150 Old 13th Dec 2006 at 2:23 AM
Is this still pets compatible?
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