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

by Nopke Posted 30th Dec 2015 at 11:14 AM - Updated 24th Mar 2019 at 2:37 PM by Nopke : a link
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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:
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
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.

None that I know of.

Overriden resource
Type nameTypeGroupInstanceInstance (high)
Maxis Material Shader0xCD7FE87A0x1C0532FA0xFF03CFFC0xD2989BDE

Creators of SimPE

This is a multi-part download:

Use only one version of this mod.
Download files
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 9,645 30th Dec 2015
simNopke-simShadowFix0.3.zip 1.5 KB 11,177 30th Dec 2015
simNopke-simShadowFix0.4.zip 1.5 KB 25,712 30th Dec 2015
simNopke-simShadowFix0.2reallyNotMisty.zip 1.6 KB 4,410 2nd Jan 2016
simNopke-simShadowFix0.3reallyNotMisty.zip 1.6 KB 5,228 2nd Jan 2016
simNopke-simShadowFix0.4reallyNotMisty.zip 1.6 KB 21,878 2nd Jan 2016
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Expansion/Stuff packs required:
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Type: Fixed

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