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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 24th Mar 2021 at 12:28 AM 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Will this identify incompatible mods, or outdated mods?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?

Yes.

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.

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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 | v1.2.3914.26559

Size: 94.3 KB · Downloads: 733,082 · 16th Jan 2010
94.3 KB 733,082 16th Jan 2010
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Quick Guide:

1. Click the file listed on the Files tab to download the file to your computer.
2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file. Now you will have either a .package or a .sims3pack file.

For Package files:

1. Cut and paste the file into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Mods\Packages folder. If you do not already have this folder, you should read the full guide to Package files first: Sims 3:Installing Package Fileswiki, so you can make sure your game is fully patched and you have the correct Resource.cfg file.
2. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).

For Sims3Pack files:

1. Cut and paste it into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Downloads folder. If you do not have this folder yet, it is recommended that you open the game and then close it again so that this folder will be automatically created. Then you can place the .sims3pack into your Downloads folder.
2. Load the game's Launcher, and click on the Downloads tab. Find the item in the list and tick the box beside it. Then press the Install button below the list.
3. Wait for the installer to load, and it will install the content to the game. You will get a message letting you know when it's done.
4. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).


Extracting from RAR, ZIP, or 7z: You will need a special program for this. For Windows, we recommend 7-Zip and for Mac OSX, we recommend Keka. Both are free and safe to use.


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THANKS POST
#2176 Old 14th Dec 2020 at 5:59 PM
Hi,
I know this program is a bit old but i had it on my old hard drive and it worked great, I also had the sims 3 pack converter to package files on my old hard drive, I tried downloading both now and they are not files that do anything my computer is prompting me to find a program to run them. Is there anywhere else to download these programs? or are they just lost since they are so old now? I'd really like to know since i did buy sims 4 but I don't care for the closed world and really enjoy being able to take my car out and drive around all over and see the whole world. I'd hate to have to fully change to sims 4 and leave sims 3 behind sooooo much cc would be lost haha!!
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#2177 Old 14th Dec 2020 at 6:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Jggl12477
Hi,
I know this program is a bit old but i had it on my old hard drive and it worked great, I also had the sims 3 pack converter to package files on my old hard drive, I tried downloading both now and they are not files that do anything my computer is prompting me to find a program to run them. Is there anywhere else to download these programs? or are they just lost since they are so old now? I'd really like to know since i did buy sims 4 but I don't care for the closed world and really enjoy being able to take my car out and drive around all over and see the whole world. I'd hate to have to fully change to sims 4 and leave sims 3 behind sooooo much cc would be lost haha!!


Never mind I fixed the issue it appears i had accidently deleted my zip program so I was unable to unzip the file. Thank you for such wonderful programs.
Test Subject
#2178 Old 17th Jan 2021 at 7:47 AM
Hey i just wanted to ask something, i did everything the instructions said and when i opened Sims 3 Dashboard i saw no files? and im a bit confused so if anyone knows whats going on please inform me, fanks!
Test Subject
#2179 Old 4th Feb 2021 at 5:27 AM
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Originally Posted by emolay
Hey i just wanted to ask something, i did everything the instructions said and when i opened Sims 3 Dashboard i saw no files? and im a bit confused so if anyone knows whats going on please inform me, fanks!

me too.
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#2180 Old 5th Mar 2021 at 5:21 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by emolay
Hey i just wanted to ask something, i did everything the instructions said and when i opened Sims 3 Dashboard i saw no files? and im a bit confused so if anyone knows whats going on please inform me, fanks!

On the top on the left there is a button called ''File'',click on that.A list will appear.Chose ''Scan Folder'',your file directory will appear and you can chose which folder you want to scan.
Test Subject
#2181 Old 5th Mar 2021 at 5:23 PM
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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.

Have you tried opening it in a compatibility mode?
Test Subject
#2182 Old 7th Mar 2021 at 8:29 PM
Default Does anyone has this error too?
The program still works but I just need to click on OK like a few times. I know I would probably get no response but I am just curious.
Screenshots
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#2183 Old 8th Mar 2021 at 10:35 AM Last edited by BulleCore : 9th Mar 2021 at 10:49 AM. Reason: reason may be found
Quote:
Originally Posted by AnaMariaApostol
The program still works but I just need to click on OK like a few times. I know I would probably get no response but I am just curious.

Hi I have the same error I was trying to find any issue here and there but... I'm still confused too haha btw there are people who still play that game today..
I'm going to re-download it and re-try it now
Edit: error still there ... it may have something to do with the two dll files included in the zip but I don't know what to do with them .. (edit: nothing to do with them)
Edit: It seems to be linked with a or some package(s) file' size just try without them if you have some of them that seem too big ..like 1go or more or maybe less
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#2184 Old 15th Mar 2021 at 1:40 AM
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Originally Posted by AnaMariaApostol
The program still works but I just need to click on OK like a few times. I know I would probably get no response but I am just curious.

I've noticed that it happens if :A-I have my game open and try to load the program at the same time or I am not too sure about this: B-you have a package that could be for sims 4 or it is corrupted
These are just assumptions.

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THANKS POST
#2185 Old 9th Apr 2021 at 8:06 PM
Is there like a way of knowing exactly what is what and why random things seem to conflict? Like some random object has a conflict with a "cache". If I am not experiencing any issues, should I take heed?
Also, it says I have some corrupted worlds, but I am unsure if it means saves or actual worlds.
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#2186 Old 13th Jun 2021 at 12:08 AM
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Originally Posted by cobalt sparrow
Is there like a way of knowing exactly what is what and why random things seem to conflict? Like some random object has a conflict with a "cache". If I am not experiencing any issues, should I take heed?
Also, it says I have some corrupted worlds, but I am unsure if it means saves or actual worlds.

I've actually noticed this today (see attached pic). Based on my reading of the .pdf at Simlogical and Crinrict's page on this tool, though, would this qualify as a false positive, since it involves the same piece of CC?
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#2187 Old 7th Aug 2021 at 1:38 PM
It works with errors and barely opens...
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#2188 Old 12th Sep 2021 at 8:45 AM
Default Quick "bad compression flag" work around
I don't know about any of you guys, but I've had a recurring issue in where I would keep getting the bag compression flag error anytime I try to run this program, and when I tried to look through the forums for a solution, I kept getting met with the tried-and-true "50/50" method. I don't know about the rest of you all, but I hate doing that. Being a mixture of both clever and lazy, I figured out a workaround using the mod conflict detector used for Sims 4 package searching.
Credit: pun1209

Now, the most comprehensive answer I found was from stevset, when they said:
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).

They then proceeded to give instructions on how to do the all-powerful "50-50 method," while they insist that a loose Sims 4 package file is the cause for the error.

They are right. A wild Sims 4 Package is the problem. When it comes to finding the offending package, I choose to use the Mod Conflict Detector by Dmitry Malfatto

1. Once downloaded and installed, click on the 'Scan' tab, and click on directory.

2. Press select directory (Select Dir), and browse for your Sims 3 Mods folder.

3. Scan.

4. Once finished, on the left side that has the list of files, there is a column called 'Mod type.' Click on the funnel, and in the drop-down box, click on 'the Sims 4.'

5. Right-click on every Sims 4 file and click 'delete.'

I hope this quick fix helps, and brings more people back to the Sims 3! If anybody has a more efficient method by all means please post it for all of the lazy people like me out there! :P
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