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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Will this identify incompatible mods, or outdated mods?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.

Changelog






























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: 736,111 · 16th Jan 2010
94.3 KB 736,111 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.


Need more help?

If you need more info, see:
 
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Lab Assistant
#201 Old 21st Jan 2010 at 1:21 AM
Thank you! I use your dashboard thingy for the Sims 2 and now this one for the Sims 3. You are fabulous! I had Sims 2 files in there and corrupt files.

Question - should I clear all the cache files?

Jody
(Pawzim / jrb2037)
Criminal Mastermind
retired moderator
#202 Old 21st Jan 2010 at 1:59 AM
Yaaaay, the files are named after me! Just kidding..

Giving this one a whirl. Thank you for the updated version.
Warrior Gryphon
site owner
Original Poster
#203 Old 21st Jan 2010 at 8:44 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by jonha
Just wondering: Why are some files discorered as "caspart (clothing)" and others as "caspart"?

Because I have several hairs, eyebrows etc. that are rendered as "caspart (clothing)" while I have some clothing that just shows "caspart".


The reason is that the package type detection is very sparse right now - I have yet to add in reading of the CAS part information to determine the exact type.

Technically speaking, "caspart" is if it detects a caspart in the package. "caspart (clothing)" is if it has both a caspart and DDS files. Thats about the extent of the checking right now.

Story books are full of fairy tales, of Kings and Queens, and the bluest skies.
Lab Assistant
#204 Old 21st Jan 2010 at 1:53 PM
This program is wonderful! Fixed my game and it runs fast and smooth. Now I need to figure out why some of the landmarks, objects, etc. turn white sometimes. They eventually get their colors back.

Jody
(Pawzim / jrb2037)
world renowned whogivesafuckologist
retired moderator
#205 Old 21st Jan 2010 at 2:00 PM
jrb2037 - That's actually pretty normal, due to the way the game handles textures. When you go somewhere quickly without giving the game time to catch up, rendering-wise (like jumping suddenly back to your home after exploring the neighborhood), it will usually render the shapes as white/light grey and then texture them a moment later.
Scholar
#206 Old 21st Jan 2010 at 3:41 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by jrb2037
This program is wonderful! Fixed my game and it runs fast and smooth. Now I need to figure out why some of the landmarks, objects, etc. turn white sometimes. They eventually get their colors back.


Probably you deleted the cache files. Then this behaviour is normal, as the game has to regenerate for example all object and outfit textures.
Test Subject
#207 Old 21st Jan 2010 at 4:26 PM
Great job. I had an issue where it worked once, then crashed on open every subsequent time. I just reinstalled it, and now it's fine... so that is likely not an issue with your work. This thing is an absolute lifesaver! I am so glad you made it. My game is no longer slow and choppy now that I was able to find all the problem files so quickly. You made what had been hours and hours of work in to less than 5 minutes. If I could hug you through a screen, I would. ;D
Test Subject
#208 Old 21st Jan 2010 at 4:27 PM
Hazaaa!
Test Subject
#209 Old 21st Jan 2010 at 4:45 PM
Default updatedness to issue I had
Quote:
Originally Posted by Creeperella
Great job. I had an issue where it worked once, then crashed on open every subsequent time. I just reinstalled it, and now it's fine... so that is likely not an issue with your work. This thing is an absolute lifesaver! I am so glad you made it. My game is no longer slow and choppy now that I was able to find all the problem files so quickly. You made what had been hours and hours of work in to less than 5 minutes. If I could hug you through a screen, I would. ;D


Okay, I have used it again and had that same "has stopped working" box pop up. It seems it's the shortcut. If I open it every time directly out of the zip file it works fine. Weird.
Warrior Gryphon
site owner
Original Poster
#210 Old 21st Jan 2010 at 7:25 PM
Creeperella: Why not just extract the entire contents of the rar to a folder and run it then?

Story books are full of fairy tales, of Kings and Queens, and the bluest skies.
Test Subject
#211 Old 21st Jan 2010 at 10:37 PM
Just wanted to thank you - I was in dispair over my game. Could not figure out what was wrong. This utility allowed me to fix my game and it running great!
Lab Assistant
#212 Old 22nd Jan 2010 at 2:53 AM
this rocks! I just deleted 300 conflicted files!
thanks delphy!

remember it takes more muscles to frown than to smile!!!
Test Subject
#213 Old 22nd Jan 2010 at 4:13 PM
Fantastic. Thank you, Delphy, for yet another helpful program.
Test Subject
#214 Old 23rd Jan 2010 at 5:29 AM
Where does my CC need to be in order to show up here? I am only showing 7 giles but i have a lot more then that ...i used the installer monkey to put my CC wherever it goes
Warrior Gryphon
site owner
Original Poster
#215 Old 23rd Jan 2010 at 10:04 AM
Chrissytina81686, your CC goes in one of 2 possible places - the Sims 3 program files root, then Mods\Packages, or the same under WA.

Click the "Open Root" button to find where your root folders are.

Story books are full of fairy tales, of Kings and Queens, and the bluest skies.
Field Researcher
#216 Old 23rd Jan 2010 at 12:19 PM
Hi Delphy - Sorry for the delay in response. Here are the files you requestsd: http://rapidshare.com/files/3397710..._Files.zip.html

There are 8 in total (6 peggy, 1 Aikea multifacialpiercings (for adult male) and 1 Raonsims)

Note: I ran a fresh scan today with the updated tool (.34790) and still get the same errors.
Test Subject
#217 Old 23rd Jan 2010 at 1:32 PM
This is great! I couldn't figure out why my game kept loading certain files over and over, and just about gave up on trying to get anymore custom content to work. But then I used this, and it identified all the problem files and it turns out they were Sims 2 files, and that was the only reason they were causing problems! I was worried it was something that would be hard to identify before trying files, but apparently I just have to be careful to make sure that what I download is for Sims 3. Thank you very much.
Test Subject
#218 Old 23rd Jan 2010 at 4:18 PM
Thanks so much for this program, using at my own risk since I'm not a creator, yet.

I had the save errors for a while, thought I finally got over that then yesterday got the blue lots. So happy that someone came up with some solution.

Just wanted to let you all know that I never had any blue lots or problems with cc, all the problem CC causing my blue lots was objects from Stylist Sims. Nothing else in my folder was bad.

About to launch my backup town since my save files went kaput again. Hopefully no more blue lots. Thanks dude!
Test Subject
#219 Old 23rd Jan 2010 at 4:29 PM
Argh! my backup didn't have half of my sims in it, lame problem that save shit.

On topic, I see no blue lots in my game so once again, thank you very much!!
Test Subject
#220 Old 23rd Jan 2010 at 5:55 PM
Ahh thanks so much now my CC is showing...only 3 errors hope my game stops chopping and running slowly...just please let it be like it wa when i first installed...perfect
Lab Assistant
#221 Old 23rd Jan 2010 at 5:58 PM
hi, thanks for updating this program.

one thing I would like to mention is that the packages cannot be sort by size.they are arranged by 9,8,7,6... when i click "size.

thanks
Test Subject
#222 Old 23rd Jan 2010 at 9:11 PM
Delphy thank you so much for this wonderful, miraculosu tool! I have been able to resolve many issues! Again, wonderful work on a much needed tool!!!!
You continue to ROCK!

"What fools these mortals be"
WS
Warrior Gryphon
site owner
Original Poster
#223 Old 24th Jan 2010 at 4:36 PM Last edited by Delphy : 24th Jan 2010 at 5:15 PM.
SimplicityFlower: Thanks for the files. I've taken a look and, to be honest, my first glance is "Buh? How the HECK do these things even work in the game?". S3PE wont open them and nor will anything else that I've tried.

I'll see if I can built a workaround into the program.

Edit: Okay those files are basically corrupted. They either didn't download or didn't extract properly. Or are just toast.

Story books are full of fairy tales, of Kings and Queens, and the bluest skies.
Field Researcher
#224 Old 24th Jan 2010 at 6:25 PM
Thank you!
Test Subject
#225 Old 25th Jan 2010 at 1:44 AM
I love this it has saved me hours of frustrating work with all the mods i use ty, atm it works great!
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