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CRITICAL FIXES: Unofficial AL Patch

by J. M. Pescado Posted 31st Aug 2008 at 11:54 AM - Updated 20th Jan 2009 at 2:45 AM by J. M. Pescado
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Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
So yeah, I usually don't post stuff here because it's bothersome and messy, but this needed a wider audience since all the sheep are complaining about it and I don't want them all visiting me. You damn kids, stay off my lawn.

Download direct-linked below because I may update it frequently as additional issues are found. And you damn kids, stay off my lawn! I mean it! I'll use the hose on you, I mean it! Damn kids.


Mirror 1: alfixes.zip
Mirror 2: alfixes.zip

Apartment Life Fixes for TS2ALp0+
Made by: Flying Fish Systems (J. M. Pescado)

Congratulations to: Draklixa!

Special Thanks To:
Hobbsee the Scrawny Pencil Neck
Jelenedra, The New "Gay"
Fat, Hairy-Bellied Ness
Rohina the Ugly Butted
Fat Gwilly People

INSTRUCTIONS:
Place in your MYDOCU~1\EAGAME~1\THESIM~1\DOWNLO~1 directory.

FIXES:
1. Cellphones can now be answered without being eated.
2. Receiving NL-mail at an apartment now works, no longer renders mailbox
unusable and dooming your sim to eventual eviction.
3. Cooking skill is FUBAR'ed by moving into an apartment.
4. Inactive apartment residents no longer slowly drained of hobby enthusiasm.
5. Pianos no longer ADHD due to function arguments being garbage.
6. Teens able to work on restorable car again.
7. Apartment resident kids not in the active family no longer lose grades
every day and automatically fail school and get taken by the SS.
8. No longer required to greet Gypsy(impossible) or employees<->customers.
9. Should be able to retrieve date rewards dropped outside apartment now.
10. Love Potion no longer restocks as Nice Potion instead.
11. Chance cards at work/school no longer error if you walked.
12. NPC rentpayer hour moved to 1900 so vampire tenants don't suicide at noon.
13. Social Group townies no longer all generate as the same sex.

COMPATIBILITY:
This hack is fully compatible with all FFS hacks. For TS2ALp0+.

SIDE EFFECTS:
May cause computer damage, incontinence, explosion of user's head, coma, death,
and/or halitosis.

WARNING:
Do not open, crush, dispose of in fire, put in backwards, short-circuit, or mix
with non-awesome hacks - may explode, leak, or catch fire, resulting in injury
and/or death.
Type: Fixed

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 Apartment Life
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
download_linked_above.txt

Size: 65 Bytes · Downloads: 13,955 · 31st Aug 2008
65 Bytes 13,955 31st Aug 2008
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 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
#76 Old 3rd Sep 2008 at 9:25 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by KariMinger
Kalynn, do you have the buyable mailbox?


I think I have/had something along those lines, but it wasn't from that site. Assuming I still have something like that, it sure doesn't have "mailbox" in its name.
Test Subject
#77 Old 4th Sep 2008 at 4:41 PM
Thank you for the fixes, you are great etc....but you have heard it all before.

So here goes.... I dare to sit on your lawn and patiently wait, I won't touch the flowers or the gnomes, I got sandwiches, suns screen and a flask of tea and so I sit and wait for the patch to stop those damn new AL townie spawns every time I enter a lot.

I tailor remake my new townies to match my game play and I am forever seeing a new one that I have not 'edited'. I have to hunt them down every time I enter a lot and turn them into what I want. No sooner have I done this, popped to the shops and frood matood a new one appears. Tried to kill them but that does not work as the notownieregen is not effective.

So here I am, eating my third cucumber sandwich, patiently waiting, hoping, praying that you may find it in your heart to fix this ruddy annoying thingy. Don't hit me, I am sensitive to blows to the head and I got a belly ache.
Fat Obstreperous Jerk
Original Poster
#78 Old 4th Sep 2008 at 4:44 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by kalynn4ever
Did that. Nothing. And actually as far as mailboxes go, it turns out this isn't working for any of my Sims, existing NL or NL delivered since getting this.

Make sure you're not using any other mailboxhacks. I will recheck the next time I get NLmail at an apartment, but it was working when I stamped this.

Quote:
Originally Posted by kalynn4ever
Also, I noticed another glitch where Sims' portraits are refreshed whenever changing outfits or taking showers. I don't know how widely known that one is, so I just thought I'd point that out.

That is a "feature" and not a bug, as EAxis did this intentionally. It seems to be hardcoded, however, so we're stuck with this irritation. I wouldn't mind so much if the POSE didn't change, really.

Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I cannot accept, and the wisdom to hide the bodies of those I had to kill because they pissed me off.
Test Subject
#79 Old 4th Sep 2008 at 10:35 PM
A big THANK YOU! I would have had no idea how to fix it. Loved the link too. Couldn't resist getting on the lawn.
Test Subject
#80 Old 5th Sep 2008 at 2:32 PM
Rock on!! Kudos to you J.M. Pescado!! Thanks so much. You are so talented, more than those guys at EA. You make us a game, we would all buy it. Put those EA fatcats (do nothing after the game is released) out of business!
Lab Assistant
#81 Old 5th Sep 2008 at 11:09 PM
After installing this patch, my sims couldn't learn the lifelong skills from bookshelfs.

Help?
Coffee, anyone?
retired moderator
#82 Old 6th Sep 2008 at 6:55 AM
This is not a help thread. Please do the gamehelp FAQ before posting in the Tech help section. You probably have conflicting mods/out dated mods.

I'm worried that my latest Salvation Army donation will result in homeless people looking like sluts from the 90s.
Test Subject
#83 Old 6th Sep 2008 at 8:20 AM Last edited by whistlrr : 8th Sep 2008 at 2:55 AM. Reason: Discovery of 'player error' and not a limitation of the provided patch -- need to update to reflect this
My sims don't cook autonomously (they only take snacks and 'stuff face' if left to their own devices). They do this with no mods or cc as well as with.
Mentioning it here because I'm pretty sure this is an apartment bug (although I can't see any other references to it anywhere) so maybe this can be added to the future bug-fix list. Also, whenever the game changes daytime (fades from day to evening, night to morning etc) I have a weird delayed darkness (like the choes in the first neighborhood, again, with a completely clean (no download at all) or not - hoping future version of this might fix that too (sorry if this post is completely wrong or whatever, moderators feel free to delete if it is, etc).

One new residential lot's mailbox (has never been apartmented) DOES work after using this patch, but others made (and zoned) prior to this fix don't seem affected (are still buggy with the mailgirl flicking forever around the box which also flicks back and forth). -- not a request for help, just reporting. Thanks, and thank you for this patch, at least now future lots have hope!

UPDATE -- Apparently the failure to cook autonomously (option has always been there for me to manually order them to it) seems to be linked to my usage of the Apartment "Uniquee Separators" on Residential lots as uhm.. regular apartment doors (using the "lock me only' option).
I replaced the doors in my 42 unit residental 'projects' with "value wood justadoors' and it seems to have fixed the problem as my sims are now cooking (and setting off fires galore as I had zeroed out all their cooking skills in my efforts to fix this).

Anyway, it seems to NOT be a problem with this patch anyway but 'user error' of using an apartment door like.. an apartment door on a non apartment lot) so I needed to update.

PS, I have also seen the "FAQ" and 'guides' but have been unable to locate the forums where we can *discuss* stuff like this (I am visually impaired and yes, play the sims ballooned to low res etc too, so 'that is my story and I'm sticking to it' as to why I can't find the technical issues discussions portions if they do exist).

If one of you mods here could actually give a link to such a thing here that'd be much appreciated, thanks.
Test Subject
#84 Old 6th Sep 2008 at 7:55 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by kalynn4ever
I think I have/had something along those lines, but it wasn't from that site. Assuming I still have something like that, it sure doesn't have "mailbox" in its name.


Sometime you can unknowingly get a hacked mailbox when you download a lot. You might want to try Delphy's Download Organiser to find out if you have one.

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Lab Assistant
#85 Old 6th Sep 2008 at 11:21 PM Last edited by Canoodle : 11th Sep 2008 at 11:33 PM.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Canoodle
This is not a help thread. Please do the gamehelp FAQ before posting in the Tech help section. You probably have conflicting mods/out dated mods.


Which part should I read before posting?
Test Subject
#86 Old 10th Sep 2008 at 9:54 PM
Don't know if this is something you can add to your patch. My sims spontaneously stopped using the house phone! They would pick it up when I would select for them to call someone and then just hang it up. Replacing and moving the phone didn't help. Don't know if anyone else has noticed this glitch, but if it can be patched that would be great! Thanks for the patch, you're a sanity saver!!
Lab Assistant
#87 Old 11th Sep 2008 at 12:10 PM
Thank you very much.
Coffee, anyone?
retired moderator
#88 Old 11th Sep 2008 at 11:35 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by SimsPhenix
Which part should I read before posting?


http://www.modthesims2.com/wiki.php?title=Game_Help Gamehelp starts on this page. This thread is to be used only for problems or questions associated directly to this mod. Rule out all other problems before posting in this thread. In almost all cases, it's caused by outdated mods, custom content, unpatched games and that sort of ilk.

I'm worried that my latest Salvation Army donation will result in homeless people looking like sluts from the 90s.
Test Subject
#89 Old 15th Sep 2008 at 1:27 PM
MWAHAHAHAH just when you thought you were SAFE!!! Now JM can be THANKED!!!


MWAHAHHAHAHA


[rosy voice] thanks for your beautiful creation Pescado, your hard work is appreciated. Thanks! :-)
Lab Assistant
#90 Old 19th Sep 2008 at 5:10 PM
thanks for all of your hard work.
can this file be renamed? Just curious so I can keep it organized in my folder...

Come to the dark side. We have cookies.
Field Researcher
#91 Old 25th Sep 2008 at 5:09 AM
This is great. Usually I don't 't experience many bugs in my sims games but with this i won't have to experience any new ones. (And some of them seem more serious).

Thanks a lot Pescado.
The ModFather
retired moderator
#92 Old 25th Sep 2008 at 11:29 AM
Thanks for the "unofficial patch" and the laugh your txt file granted me
Unfortunately (for you), I'm afraid the kids will soon turn this thread in a "please fix also this glitch" one Only an electrified fence can keep them out of your lawn, now

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

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retired moderator
#93 Old 25th Sep 2008 at 12:00 PM
Numenor - That's the beauty of it! You get an electrified fence, and you turn the hose on them. Zapping them works even better when they're soaking wet.

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Test Subject
#94 Old 25th Sep 2008 at 9:20 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by HystericalParoxysm
Numenor - That's the beauty of it! You get an electrified fence, and you turn the hose on them. Zapping them works even better when they're soaking wet.



Methinks thou art hilarious!

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Test Subject
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28th Sep 2008 at 8:49 AM
This message has been deleted by Canoodle. Reason: Neither feedback nor a 'thanks' post. Off topic.
Test Subject
#95 Old 28th Sep 2008 at 11:41 PM
Thanks a lot!
When I put this in to fix the mailbox problem it actually fixed another problem I had since AL: kids living in an apartment always had to walk to school because there never was a schoolbus to take them there. And since i put this file into my folder the bus is showing up in the morning.
Lab Assistant
#96 Old 30th Sep 2008 at 3:04 AM Last edited by G0TH1KA : 30th Sep 2008 at 4:06 AM.
Hello J. M. Pescado,

I added your patch plus a few others. "ffsdebugger.package" & "comm-skilling.package" & "sshack.package" & "Lord Darcy's Stuff Pack Objects Fix Collection for Apartment Life - Updated 2008/09/06" and they made a huge difference. I probably don't need "SEDD_BuyMailboxBV.package", the mailboxes seem to have been fixed by the other packages. I will download it anyway.

I still get some major bugs though, I thought I should share.

1. When the game is loading I get a flash of a glitch. When the text is scrolling. a blank blue will flash on the screen for a split second while it says "Making a Little Bit of Magic". I heard a few others mention this too.

2. I tried to use the helicoptor to go to communities, only thing is I have ended up going to a lot in buildmode instead and no sims.

3. When my sims would leave a community lot, I would end up going to another residential lot instead.

4. When I'm in ANY lot, I often get a blue box appear at the corner of the lot (when the game is paused).

5. When I got to the Neighborhood of Magic, the tall pointy roofs on the palace had blue blotches alot (the edges at most angles), just as horrid as using a standard graphics card.

6. A major problem, now. Maxis has admitted that GeForce cards have problems with the game. I just got a GeForce card installed shortly before buying the game too.

Note: I don't know if these 6 errors could be custom content related or not but I will not rule them out just yet until the final patches are out. I don't know if others are having the same problems either.


Thankyou for your great time & effort, please let us know of any new updates.

-Cheers
Scholar
#97 Old 7th Oct 2008 at 8:10 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by tlmalone
Don't know if this is something you can add to your patch. My sims spontaneously stopped using the house phone! They would pick it up when I would select for them to call someone and then just hang it up. Replacing and moving the phone didn't help. Don't know if anyone else has noticed this glitch, but if it can be patched that would be great! Thanks for the patch, you're a sanity saver!!
Don't think a fix is needed for that. Same thing happened to me in one of the apartments and I noticed that the phone (the plain white one) didn't have a handset attached to it. I replaced it with the high-tech looking black one and the phone worked fine. If that's the problem you are referring to, that's all that's needed.

J.M. You are a grumpy ol' goat but you sure do make awesome stuff. Thanks so much. Say hi to Mrs. Crumplebottom for me. Y'all are friends, right?

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Test Subject
#98 Old 8th Oct 2008 at 3:28 AM
I was wondering, is it okay to use this along with the official Apartment Life patch? I think this fixes things that the other doesn't.
Fat Obstreperous Jerk
Original Poster
#99 Old 9th Oct 2008 at 1:59 PM
Yes, still required for ALp1.

Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I cannot accept, and the wisdom to hide the bodies of those I had to kill because they pissed me off.
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