Hello, the bar which shows live mode, build mode etc is completely gone. The same goes for the sims at the left of the screen. Basically all I've got is the lot showing up and the sims in live mode. They are moving and completing tasks. I have tried using the keyboard shortcuts. Most work such as moving camera around the lot, zooming in etc, however page up (floor up) does not work. By right clicking on a sim I can set them to do a task but when I click on an object for them to interact with their face doesn't appear, just the blue box to click in. Also, there is no tast queue at the top of screen so when I set them to do a task it just happens when they finish the current one. F10 does not do anything visible, neither does F2 or F3. Please help!
Thanks for the reply, I have plain old sims 3 with no expansion packs. I don't download custom content. The only change I have made is downloading the latest patch but that was 18th Nov and I didn't have any problems until a couple of days ago :/
You only get a missing UI panel when playing this particular lot?
That's the cheat via Shift+Mailbox with the testingcheatsenabled command? This cheat is a one-time thing to put them all in "Green", but the motives would still be increasing/decreasing, right? Yes, I've read (last post) it did cause unplayable Lots in Sims 2, not sure what the issue with the Lot was though, that player did not elaborate. So, no idea if you're seeing the same issue in Sims 3 or how to get your UI panel back.
( make a backup copy of your save game folder before you try any of the suggestions below, please
I have no idea if this works or make it worse. I did try the cheat [I have Awesomemod, maybe that reduces BFBVFS occurrences], to replicate your issue but my UI panel stays visible...even after a save & reload)
1) Have you tried the Make Static and then Dynamic back again to possibly reset it? and then turn off the cheat, go Edit Town (or Save, Exit game) and then re-load the lot?
2) Or, package up the lot to the Bin and then place it again?
3) Or, try this cheat again with Awesomemod, and you can also try this in the cheat console:
"setconfig enabledebugcommands true" and then
"setconfig enabledebugcommands false" to turn it off
Worse case scenario - that Lot & Household is borked and you cannot recover them.
Whenever you try any of these cheats, it is best to remember to turn them off when you're done...the effects of using these testing and debug cheats are sometimes undesirable or have other in-game clashes/incompatibility, so if you want to test, do so on a backup copy or quit without saving (sometime the effects only appear at next reload though).
I'd be interested to know what happens when you try any of that, though. So, report back, OK?