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Smooth Patch

by LazyDuchess Posted 31st Jul 2021 at 6:37 PM - Updated 8th Aug 2021 at 3:15 PM by LazyDuchess
166 Comments / replies (Who?) - 11 Feedback Posts, 13 Thanks Posts
Update 1: Added Borderless and FPS Limiting options.

This mod is not an all in one solution for lag; Essential improvements like NRaas mods, Graphics Rules and 4GB patching your game are still recommended, and your mileage may vary depending on your system. Some people don’t see much change, others see a huge improvement.

This mod alters the speed at which the game's processing threads run, which improves the overall performance of the game and some loading times. Most noticeably in Create A Sim, Create A Style and Buy/Build.

Installation
If you have a Retail or Steam version of The Sims 3, download the "ld_TS3Patch10.zip" file and extract it into your Sims 3/Game/Bin directory.

For Origin users, download "ld_TS3PatchOrigin.zip" and extract it into your Sims 3/Game/Bin, and whenever you wish to play with the patch launch the game from the new "TS3PatchLauncher.exe".

Setting up/Tuning
The "TS3Patch.txt" file contains the configuration of the mod, along with some comments on what each option does.

The most important setting is the "TPS = 500" line. 500 is what works best for most people, the higher this value is the smoother the game will be, until the maximum value of 1000. Don't be afraid to play around with this number, 1000 works great for a lot of people (Although, as we are working with milliseconds, accuracy is not perfect, and between 500 and 1000 there are no in-betweens. Same applies to the FPS Limiter.)

The "Borderless = 0" line can be set to 1 if you want your game to run in Borderless mode if it's set to run windowed.

The "FPSLimit = 0" line can be adjusted if you wish to cap your FPS. It's always better to use your GPU control panel for this though if it's an option.

The "Debug = 0" line can be set to 1 if you want a message to pop-up when you launch the game, to make sure the patch is working.

Finally, the "Delay = 0" value can be increased in intervals of 1000 or 5000 if the patch is failing to apply. This shouldn't be necessary however, but the option is there in case it still doesn't work.

Troubleshooting:
This mod might get detected as a virus, as it modifies the game's executable memory at runtime in order to modify a hardcoded function. This means some antivirus software, including Windows Defender, might remove it or prevent it from running correctly. If this happens you should add an exception to your Sims 3/Game/Bin folder.
Source Code for the mod is available below, so anyone can verify it does not contain malicious code.
If you get errors, try downloading the latest version of VCRedist. If you're running a x64 OS, download both the x86 and x64 versions.
If the patch doesn't work try increasing the Delay to about 1000-5000 in TS3Patch.txt

Known issues:
Buy Mode furniture previews will spin quicker the higher your TPS is. This is an EAxis coding mistake.

Source Code:
Smooth Patch
Origin Launcher
Tags: #fix, #performance, #lag, #loading

Operating System: Windows Linux
Utility Type: Miscellaneous
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

This is a multi-part download:


Download the file for your version of the game, either Origin (ld_TS3PatchOrigin.zip) or Steam/Retail (ld_TS3Patch10.zip)
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
ld_TS3PatchOrigin.zip

Size: 30.9 KB · Downloads: 9,813 · 8th Aug 2021
30.9 KB 9,813 8th Aug 2021
ld_TS3Patch10.zip

Size: 1.03 MB · Downloads: 9,380 · 8th Aug 2021
1.03 MB 9,380 8th Aug 2021
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. Extract the contents of the zip file into your Sims 3/Game/Bin directory. If you're an Origin user, launch the game from "TS3PatchLauncher.exe"

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Field Researcher
THANKS POST
#2 Old 31st Jul 2021 at 7:43 PM
Absolute game-changer for me, my game is smoother and I no longer have stuttering camera issues that I had for years! Thank you for making this happen.
Test Subject
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#3 Old 31st Jul 2021 at 9:11 PM
This is truly THE ultimate fix, no issues spotted so far, thank you.
Test Subject
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#4 Old 31st Jul 2021 at 9:21 PM
Thank you so much!!!! This is wonderful.
Lab Assistant
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#5 Old 31st Jul 2021 at 11:10 PM
Thanks! <3
Field Researcher
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#6 Old 31st Jul 2021 at 11:13 PM
Amazing job works perfectly!
Test Subject
#7 Old 31st Jul 2021 at 11:33 PM
Does this patch affect the current 64-bit & Metal version of the game for macOS?
Scholar
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#8 Old 31st Jul 2021 at 11:38 PM
Woot! Official release! This mod has changed my game for the better! Thank you so much for creating it, I can't believe 3 little files could make such a difference!
Test Subject
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#9 Old 1st Aug 2021 at 12:47 AM
Outstanding! TYSM for giving new life to the game!
Test Subject
#10 Old 1st Aug 2021 at 2:51 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by djtechno95
Does this patch affect the current 64-bit & Metal version of the game for macOS?


I guess the actual problem is if it could actually work on macOS, as the origin version "patched" launcher is an .exe
Test Subject
#11 Old 1st Aug 2021 at 2:55 AM
when I got on the game, all the buttons were out of place
Lab Assistant
#12 Old 1st Aug 2021 at 4:03 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by desiree101
I can't believe 3 little files could make such a difference!

That's what I said over at NRaas!

@lazyduchess - This mod is amazing! Thank you so much for making it a pleasure to play this game again!

Sarah_Sims
NRaas Industries
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#13 Old 1st Aug 2021 at 5:18 AM
Thank you so much for the kind words everyone!

@smallg0at @djtechno95
Unfortunately it will not work on Mac, nope. This is a Windows binary that modifies a Windows specific function the game utilizes.

@TheSpaceCowboyO
Might be a one time bug? Never had that happen.
Test Subject
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#14 Old 1st Aug 2021 at 8:42 AM
wow amazing! works really well for me.
Lab Assistant
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1st Aug 2021 at 1:25 PM
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Test Subject
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#15 Old 1st Aug 2021 at 2:04 PM
Amazing!! Thank you so much for this! It has made such a huge difference.
Test Subject
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#16 Old 1st Aug 2021 at 2:23 PM
You have literally saved my game. THANK. YOU.
Lab Assistant
#17 Old 1st Aug 2021 at 3:02 PM
Issue when trying to enter stylist with Nraas MC. Game stopped responding when loading CAS and I had to hard shut down my pc. Origin version.
Test Subject
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#18 Old 1st Aug 2021 at 4:12 PM
About to test it out, but this is brilliant! You've made a great service to the Sims community! Thank you so much!
Scholar
#19 Old 1st Aug 2021 at 9:53 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dweiathecat
Issue when trying to enter stylist with Nraas MC. Game stopped responding when loading CAS and I had to hard shut down my pc. Origin version.


I'm not on the Origin version (I have the discs) and this works fine for me.
Lab Assistant
#20 Old 1st Aug 2021 at 10:02 PM
Just downloaded it, and while I still experience some lag (which is probably unavoidable on a laptop with no dedicated GPU and dusty fans who need to be cleaned out) this mod seems to significantly reduce it. I've only tried build/buy mode yet, but I'm exited to try CAS next time. Thank you for this amazing mod.
Test Subject
#21 Old 1st Aug 2021 at 10:45 PM
Some of my expansion packs were CD downloads and Origin downloads. Does this mod look at just the base game (an Origin Download) or do I have to worry about the packs downloaded from the CD? Just want to know as I'm nervous about accidentally messing up my saves.
Test Subject
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#22 Old 1st Aug 2021 at 10:50 PM
Wow, I must say it certainly feels so much different to play to say the least.
I'm playing on my bloated year-old Bridgeport save, so it might still suffer from Sims 3-lagginess, but being able to move the camera around my Sims without it stuttering is so satisfying
Lab Assistant
#23 Old 1st Aug 2021 at 11:43 PM Last edited by poisson : 2nd Aug 2021 at 12:12 AM. Reason: ok, understood
Hi, sorry to bother, but my paid-version antivirus software has detected a virus trying to attack my computer when I tried to launch the game through that Smooth Patch! This is the very first time that it happens to me from a ModTheSims download (!), yet I have the same paid-version antivirus for at least 7 or 8 years and also yet I am a customer of ModTheSims for way more than a decade, so this is highly probable that there indeed is a virus in there! Beware, please! This is really a shame.

Modifying my post: thank you @LazyDuchess !!

Hi @LazyDuchess , ok, I think I understand. But to avoid any misunderstanding and any surprise, you should mention this on the main page of the mod I think. Then, people would know it and understand it.
Sorry for the bad publicity, and thank you for your answer! and thank you for the mod, in the end.
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#24 Old 2nd Aug 2021 at 12:03 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by poisson
Hi, sorry to bother, but my paid-version antivirus software has detected a virus trying to attack my computer when I tried to launch the game through that Smooth Patch! This is the very first time that it happens to me from a ModTheSims download (!), yet I have the same paid-version antivirus for at least 7 or 8 years and also yet I am a customer of ModTheSims for way more than a decade, so this is highly probable that there indeed is a virus in there! Beware, please! This is really a shame.

Hi!
This happens because this mod injects itself into the game's memory at runtime to modify a hardcoded function, something that inevitably triggers most antivirus software as this is something viruses also do, there's nothing malicious about the mod.
I've made the source code for the mod itself and the Origin launcher publicly available, so if I was to have included any kind of virus in the download it probably would have been found:
Smooth Patch Source
Origin Launcher Source
Lab Assistant
THANKS POST
#25 Old 2nd Aug 2021 at 12:08 AM
Hi @LazyDuchess , ok, I think I understand. But to avoid any misunderstanding and any surprise, you should mention this on the main page of the mod I think. Then, people would know it and understand it.
Sorry for the bad publicity, and thank you for your answer! and thank you for the mod, in the end.
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