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

by Nopke Posted 30th Dec 2015 at 11:14 AM - Updated 1st Jun 2020 at 3:57 PM by Nopke
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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 the Lighting 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
en
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.

This download has custom installation instructions!

In addition to the normal installation instructions, this download also has a custom instruction, as follows:

Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, 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\
If you don't have a Downloads folder, just make one. See instructions at: Game Help: No Downloads Folder.
Placing this mod in the game installation folders is not recommended.
Please make sure to read it before commenting that it doesn't work. :)

Download files

Filename Size Downloads Date
simNopke-simShadowFix0.2.zip 1.5 KB 15,726 30th Dec 2015
simNopke-simShadowFix0.3.zip 1.5 KB 17,188 30th Dec 2015
simNopke-simShadowFix0.4.zip 1.5 KB 38,966 30th Dec 2015
simNopke-simShadowFix0.2reallyNotMisty.zip 1.6 KB 6,307 2nd Jan 2016
simNopke-simShadowFix0.3reallyNotMisty.zip 1.6 KB 7,688 2nd Jan 2016
simNopke-simShadowFix0.4reallyNotMisty.zip 1.6 KB 37,391 2nd Jan 2016

Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
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Type: Fixed

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

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