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Featured upload! Sim Shadow Fix (updated 2 JAN 16)

by Nopke Posted 30th Dec 2015 at 11:14 AM - Updated 4th Jul 2018 at 1:15 PM by Nopke : description revision
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This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
This mod fixes Sims' shadows shown as black rectangles. Originally, correctly rendered Sims' shadows have a blue tint. This mod makes the shadows achromatic. You may use this mod even if your game has no problems with rendering shadows.

The mod also works with The Sims: Life Stories, The Sims: Castaway Stories and The Sims: Pet Stories.

There are three versions which differ in the opaque (see the screenshot below) – choose only one.


Restoring shadows
You probably have turned (Sims') shadows off when a problem with black rectangles occurred. To make this mod useful you have to turn them back on. Here's how to do it:
In the game, set Shadows setting in Graphics/Performance Options to high.
If you still cannot see Sims' shadows, in Graphics Rules.sgr (in [Latest EP/SP folder or basegame folder if you don't have any EPs or SPs]\TSData\Res\Config) find option Shadows. This is what you'd see:
Code:
option Shadows
   setting $Low
      boolProp simShadows       false
      boolProp objectShadows    false
      boolProp guob             false
      boolProp heightMapShadows false

   setting $Medium
      boolProp simShadows       false
      boolProp objectShadows    false
      boolProp guob             true
      boolProp heightMapShadows true

   setting $High
      boolProp simShadows       false   ← if it's false, change to true
      boolProp objectShadows    true
      boolProp guob             true
      boolProp heightMapShadows true
end
You have to delete boolProp simShadows false and boolProp simShadows off from userStartup.cheat (in Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2 (or The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection)\Config) too, if this file exist and those lines are in it.

Known bugs
Sim shadows overlap and cut simetimes, but it isn't caused by the mod.
Update (2 JAN 16): If you have downloaded simNopke-simShadowFix0.X and Sims' shadows in your game are misty, try out simNopke-simShadowFix0.XreallyNotMisty instead. That bug may occur on some Intel HD graphics cards.


Conflicts
None that I know of.

Overriden resource
Type nameTypeGroupInstanceInstance (high)
Maxis Material Shader0xCD7FE87A0x1C0532FA0xFF03CFFC0xD2989BDE

Credits
Ciastko
Liv
lorinsv60
Creators of SimPE

This is a multi-part download:


Use only one version of this mod.
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
simNopke-simShadowFix0.2.zip 1.5 KB 7,509 30th Dec 2015
simNopke-simShadowFix0.3.zip 1.5 KB 8,807 30th Dec 2015
simNopke-simShadowFix0.4.zip 1.5 KB 20,115 30th Dec 2015
simNopke-simShadowFix0.2reallyNotMisty.zip 1.6 KB 3,606 2nd Jan 2016
simNopke-simShadowFix0.3reallyNotMisty.zip 1.6 KB 4,211 2nd Jan 2016
simNopke-simShadowFix0.4reallyNotMisty.zip 1.6 KB 16,385 2nd Jan 2016
Basic Download and Install Instructions:

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

2. Extract: Use WinRAR (Windows) or Stuffit (Mac) to extract the .package file(s) from the .rar or .zip file(s).

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Windows Vista/7/8: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\

-or-

4. Place in Program Files: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your appropriate Install folder:
  • Windows XP: C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Windows Vista/7/8: C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Windows Vista/7/8: C:\Program Files(x86)\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Origin: C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Fun with Pets\SP9\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Mac: APPLICATIONS FOLDER -> THE SIMS 2 -> TSDATA -> RES -> CATALOG


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Tags: #fix, #shadow, #black box, #black boxes, #black rectangle, #black rectangles, #black square, #black squares