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March 14, 2005 4:34:38 AM

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I just looked in my downloads and have 52 files with an extension of .BAK???
I have NO idea where it came from or why?
Some things are not showing up after a marathon download session ONLY of
skins and objects, no hacks, except what I had and are working.
If anyone can tell me why this happened or what to do with these .BAK's, I'd
be SO grateful.
Thanks, Sage

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Anonymous
March 14, 2005 4:34:39 AM

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"Sage" <lbee@ix.netcom.com> wrote in message
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>I just looked in my downloads and have 52 files with an extension of
>.BAK???
> I have NO idea where it came from or why?
> Some things are not showing up after a marathon download session ONLY of
> skins and objects, no hacks, except what I had and are working.
> If anyone can tell me why this happened or what to do with these .BAK's,
> I'd be SO grateful.
> Thanks, Sage

Typically, .bak files are backup copies of files that an installation
routine has changed. So, if you later uninstall whatever changed the files,
it restores the files by renaming the .bak files to their original names.
What probably happened is this:

1) you automatically installed a download (or downloads) by opening a
..sims2pack file (or files).
2) the installer tried to add one or more of these files to the downloads
directory, but found a file with the same name already there.
3) it renamed that file's extension to .bak
4) it inserted its own file into the directory in the other file's place.
Anonymous
March 14, 2005 4:38:48 AM

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Sage wrote:

> I just looked in my downloads and have 52 files with an extension of .BAK???
> I have NO idea where it came from or why?
> Some things are not showing up after a marathon download session ONLY of
> skins and objects, no hacks, except what I had and are working.
> If anyone can tell me why this happened or what to do with these .BAK's, I'd
> be SO grateful.
> Thanks, Sage
>
>

Isn't .bak the usual extension for backup files?

-georg
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March 14, 2005 5:01:52 AM

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"Schfooge" <schfooge@NOSPAMFORME.rogers.com> wrote in message
news:gL2dnTDViL8bcKnfRVn-qA@rogers.com...
> "Sage" <lbee@ix.netcom.com> wrote in message
> news:o S5Zd.2996$qf2.1810@newsread2.news.atl.earthlink.net...
>>I just looked in my downloads and have 52 files with an extension of
>>.BAK???
>> I have NO idea where it came from or why?
>> Some things are not showing up after a marathon download session ONLY of
>> skins and objects, no hacks, except what I had and are working.
>> If anyone can tell me why this happened or what to do with these .BAK's,
>> I'd be SO grateful.
>> Thanks, Sage
>
> Typically, .bak files are backup copies of files that an installation
> routine has changed. So, if you later uninstall whatever changed the
> files, it restores the files by renaming the .bak files to their original
> names. What probably happened is this:
>
> 1) you automatically installed a download (or downloads) by opening a
> .sims2pack file (or files).

Thank you! Thank you!!! I did open some .sims2pack files... That's probably
what did it.
BUT I don't find the same files in Download or Objects, now how do I get the
..bak files to show up? Is there a way?
I think I'm going to Give UP on downloads for awhile, either they don't show
up or they go to a .bak. I did know I *must* have clicked on Something I
shouldn't have. Thanks so much for the speedy reply...
Sage


> 2) the installer tried to add one or more of these files to the downloads
> directory, but found a file with the same name already there.
> 3) it renamed that file's extension to .bak
> 4) it inserted its own file into the directory in the other file's place.
>
>
>
Anonymous
March 14, 2005 11:14:54 AM

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change the 'bak' extension to 'package' and see what happens ...
i mean if those files already exist in the download folder, windows
won't let you rename the bak ones telling they already exist
then you can delete the remaining 'bak' s
or to make it a safe way create a new folder apart,
move all the 'bak' there, rename them as 'package' and
try to move them in the download folder
you"'ll be asked by windows to you want to replace the existing
one and then you can choose which one you want to keep
(u get the information on size and date)



"Sage" <lbee@ix.netcom.com> a écrit dans le message de
news:kg6Zd.3010$qf2.9@newsread2.news.atl.earthlink.net...
>
> "Schfooge" <schfooge@NOSPAMFORME.rogers.com> wrote in message
> news:gL2dnTDViL8bcKnfRVn-qA@rogers.com...
> > "Sage" <lbee@ix.netcom.com> wrote in message
> > news:o S5Zd.2996$qf2.1810@newsread2.news.atl.earthlink.net...
> >>I just looked in my downloads and have 52 files with an extension of
> >>.BAK???
> >> I have NO idea where it came from or why?
> >> Some things are not showing up after a marathon download session ONLY
of
> >> skins and objects, no hacks, except what I had and are working.
> >> If anyone can tell me why this happened or what to do with these
..BAK's,
> >> I'd be SO grateful.
> >> Thanks, Sage
> >
> > Typically, .bak files are backup copies of files that an installation
> > routine has changed. So, if you later uninstall whatever changed the
> > files, it restores the files by renaming the .bak files to their
original
> > names. What probably happened is this:
> >
> > 1) you automatically installed a download (or downloads) by opening a
> > .sims2pack file (or files).
>
> Thank you! Thank you!!! I did open some .sims2pack files... That's
probably
> what did it.
> BUT I don't find the same files in Download or Objects, now how do I get
the
> .bak files to show up? Is there a way?
> I think I'm going to Give UP on downloads for awhile, either they don't
show
> up or they go to a .bak. I did know I *must* have clicked on Something I
> shouldn't have. Thanks so much for the speedy reply...
> Sage
>
>
> > 2) the installer tried to add one or more of these files to the
downloads
> > directory, but found a file with the same name already there.
> > 3) it renamed that file's extension to .bak
> > 4) it inserted its own file into the directory in the other file's
place.
> >
> >
> >
>
>
Anonymous
March 14, 2005 1:57:51 PM

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I think what might have happened is that these files are objects. When
using SimPE to make objects it seems to save some files as back ups and the
creator has forgotten to rename them to make them usable. Try renaming them
to package files. I had the same thing just yesterday, renamed it and
discovered a lovely set of bedding I'd downloaded but hadn't turned up in
the game (I'm very careful to check all my object files - I'm a bit
obsessive that way). I don't know if this will cause any problems though
because it's not something I'm familiar with. If you want to check to see
what they are - take everything else out of your Downloads folder and just
leave the suspect files there - fire up the game, enter an empty lot and
check out the build and buy section - if they're not there you might have a
look at skins or walls and floors.

Best wishes
Maxon


"Sage" <lbee@ix.netcom.com> wrote in message
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>
> "Schfooge" <schfooge@NOSPAMFORME.rogers.com> wrote in message
> news:gL2dnTDViL8bcKnfRVn-qA@rogers.com...
> > "Sage" <lbee@ix.netcom.com> wrote in message
> > news:o S5Zd.2996$qf2.1810@newsread2.news.atl.earthlink.net...
> >>I just looked in my downloads and have 52 files with an extension of
> >>.BAK???
> >> I have NO idea where it came from or why?
> >> Some things are not showing up after a marathon download session ONLY
of
> >> skins and objects, no hacks, except what I had and are working.
> >> If anyone can tell me why this happened or what to do with these
..BAK's,
> >> I'd be SO grateful.
> >> Thanks, Sage
> >
> > Typically, .bak files are backup copies of files that an installation
> > routine has changed. So, if you later uninstall whatever changed the
> > files, it restores the files by renaming the .bak files to their
original
> > names. What probably happened is this:
> >
> > 1) you automatically installed a download (or downloads) by opening a
> > .sims2pack file (or files).
>
> Thank you! Thank you!!! I did open some .sims2pack files... That's
probably
> what did it.
> BUT I don't find the same files in Download or Objects, now how do I get
the
> .bak files to show up? Is there a way?
> I think I'm going to Give UP on downloads for awhile, either they don't
show
> up or they go to a .bak. I did know I *must* have clicked on Something I
> shouldn't have. Thanks so much for the speedy reply...
> Sage
>
>
> > 2) the installer tried to add one or more of these files to the
downloads
> > directory, but found a file with the same name already there.
> > 3) it renamed that file's extension to .bak
> > 4) it inserted its own file into the directory in the other file's
place.
> >
> >
> >
>
>
March 15, 2005 5:49:08 AM

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"Lefourbe" <lefourbe@free.fr> wrote in message
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> change the 'bak' extension to 'package' and see what happens ...
> i mean if those files already exist in the download folder, windows
> won't let you rename the bak ones telling they already exist
> then you can delete the remaining 'bak' s
> or to make it a safe way create a new folder apart,
> move all the 'bak' there, rename them as 'package' and
> try to move them in the download folder
> you"'ll be asked by windows to you want to replace the existing
> one and then you can choose which one you want to keep
> (u get the information on size and date)

I thought of moving them but not renaming them, I'll try that.
Thank you, Sage
March 15, 2005 5:59:59 AM

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"Maxon" <jen.magson@NOSPAMntlworld.com> wrote in message
news:p 6eZd.449$nq3.245@newsfe3-gui.ntli.net...
>I think what might have happened is that these files are objects. When
> using SimPE to make objects it seems to save some files as back ups and
> the
> creator has forgotten to rename them to make them usable. Try renaming
> them
> to package files. I had the same thing just yesterday, renamed it and
> discovered a lovely set of bedding I'd downloaded but hadn't turned up in
> the game (I'm very careful to check all my object files - I'm a bit
> obsessive that way). I don't know if this will cause any problems though
> because it's not something I'm familiar with. If you want to check to see
> what they are - take everything else out of your Downloads folder and just
> leave the suspect files there - fire up the game, enter an empty lot and
> check out the build and buy section - if they're not there you might have
> a
> look at skins or walls and floors.
>
> Best wishes
> Maxon

I used SimPE too! Maybe that made the backups. I know a lot isn't showing
up. I can't wait for the time when I can move them somewhere and rename them
to see... I'm so surprised you had the same thing happen. I'll try
everyone's suggestions and hopefully I'll see something new!
BTW, a lot of them were .rar files and I *always* seem to have trouble with
that. When they didn't show up, I tried to extract them again... could that
be the problem? I expected to see a message asking if I wanted to replace
the file if it had been there before. I'm babbling, I know, just don't know
how to talk about something I don't understand... Now I'll have something to
eat and then get busy on this mess! I'm saving these messages so maybe I
will understand what I'm doing.:-/
Sage
>
>
> "Sage" <lbee@ix.netcom.com> wrote in message
> news:kg6Zd.3010$qf2.9@newsread2.news.atl.earthlink.net...
>>
>> "Schfooge" <schfooge@NOSPAMFORME.rogers.com> wrote in message
>> news:gL2dnTDViL8bcKnfRVn-qA@rogers.com...
>> > "Sage" <lbee@ix.netcom.com> wrote in message
>> > news:o S5Zd.2996$qf2.1810@newsread2.news.atl.earthlink.net...
>> >>I just looked in my downloads and have 52 files with an extension of
>> >>.BAK???
>> >> I have NO idea where it came from or why?
>> >> Some things are not showing up after a marathon download session ONLY
> of
>> >> skins and objects, no hacks, except what I had and are working.
>> >> If anyone can tell me why this happened or what to do with these
> .BAK's,
>> >> I'd be SO grateful.
>> >> Thanks, Sage
>> >
>> > Typically, .bak files are backup copies of files that an installation
>> > routine has changed. So, if you later uninstall whatever changed the
>> > files, it restores the files by renaming the .bak files to their
> original
>> > names. What probably happened is this:
>> >
>> > 1) you automatically installed a download (or downloads) by opening a
>> > .sims2pack file (or files).
>>
>> Thank you! Thank you!!! I did open some .sims2pack files... That's
> probably
>> what did it.
>> BUT I don't find the same files in Download or Objects, now how do I get
> the
>> .bak files to show up? Is there a way?
>> I think I'm going to Give UP on downloads for awhile, either they don't
> show
>> up or they go to a .bak. I did know I *must* have clicked on Something I
>> shouldn't have. Thanks so much for the speedy reply...
>> Sage
>>
>>
>> > 2) the installer tried to add one or more of these files to the
> downloads
>> > directory, but found a file with the same name already there.
>> > 3) it renamed that file's extension to .bak
>> > 4) it inserted its own file into the directory in the other file's
> place.
>> >
>> >
>> >
>>
>>
>
>
Anonymous
March 15, 2005 11:14:26 AM

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> BTW, a lot of them were .rar files and I *always* seem to have trouble
with
> that. When they didn't show up, I tried to extract them again... could
that
> be the problem? I expected to see a message asking if I wanted to replace
> the file if it had been there before. I'm babbling, I know, just don't
know
> how to talk about something I don't understand... Now I'll have something
to
> eat and then get busy on this mess! I'm saving these messages so maybe I
> will understand what I'm doing.:-/
> Sage
> >

i tell you the way i'm managing it with rar or zip
i created a folder named sims_downloads apart of any EA folders
and put all new downloads in
when i go extracting them i let them being extracted there
winzip and winrar create new folders inside of this 'sims_downloads' one
then i move the zip or rar to an archive folder to be burned on cd
back to my newly created folders i just click on each package file
this opens simsPE and i can see what it is before moving it to
the real download folder if i want to
J-M
Anonymous
March 15, 2005 7:02:01 PM

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Yes, I do this - everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) gets downloaded
elsewhere and then I look at stuff before I put them in the Downloads
folder. I really dislike WinRar, I really don't know why people use it.

Best wishes
Maxon

>
> i tell you the way i'm managing it with rar or zip
> i created a folder named sims_downloads apart of any EA folders
> and put all new downloads in
> when i go extracting them i let them being extracted there
> winzip and winrar create new folders inside of this 'sims_downloads' one
> then i move the zip or rar to an archive folder to be burned on cd
> back to my newly created folders i just click on each package file
> this opens simsPE and i can see what it is before moving it to
> the real download folder if i want to
> J-M
>
>
March 15, 2005 7:24:20 PM

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> Yes, I do this - everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) gets downloaded
> elsewhere and then I look at stuff before I put them in the Downloads
> folder. I really dislike WinRar, I really don't know why people use it.
>
I use IZArc for .rar files. Much nicer than WinRar.

HTH.

CK
March 16, 2005 12:26:18 AM

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"Maxon" <jen.magson@NOSPAMntlworld.com> wrote in message
news:ZFDZd.617$V12.198@newsfe6-gui.ntli.net...
> Yes, I do this - everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) gets downloaded
> elsewhere and then I look at stuff before I put them in the Downloads
> folder. I really dislike WinRar, I really don't know why people use it.
>
> Best wishes
> Maxon

I also dislike WinRar! Some sites say they use it because of Large Files,
I'd like to know why they can't use .zip files, with large or small files...
I've never had a problem with it.
Very good Idea about a folder to check what you have before putting it in...
I've gotten so confused with all the Junk in my download folder that I
should just empty it and use SimPE before putting them back... Is there
anything that I should be careful about? I don't know how to use SimPE
really, just started using it when everyone else was talking about it.
Sage
>
>>
>> i tell you the way i'm managing it with rar or zip
>> i created a folder named sims_downloads apart of any EA folders
>> and put all new downloads in
>> when i go extracting them i let them being extracted there
>> winzip and winrar create new folders inside of this 'sims_downloads' one
>> then i move the zip or rar to an archive folder to be burned on cd
>> back to my newly created folders i just click on each package file
>> this opens simsPE and i can see what it is before moving it to
>> the real download folder if i want to
>> J-M

Thank you... I will do that from now on. This download method with
everything in ONE folder is plain Stupid! Sure makes a lot more work for the
players...
Sage
>>
>>
>
>
Anonymous
March 16, 2005 12:26:19 AM

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I have noticed that rar files do seem more compressed than zip files, as in
the final file size is smaller. I use ExtractNow for rar files as it is
free and handles them just fine :) 

"Sage" <lbee@ix.netcom.com> wrote in message
news:_pIZd.4647$qW.1687@newsread3.news.atl.earthlink.net...
>
> "Maxon" <jen.magson@NOSPAMntlworld.com> wrote in message
> news:ZFDZd.617$V12.198@newsfe6-gui.ntli.net...
> > Yes, I do this - everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) gets downloaded
> > elsewhere and then I look at stuff before I put them in the Downloads
> > folder. I really dislike WinRar, I really don't know why people use it.
> >
> > Best wishes
> > Maxon
>
> I also dislike WinRar! Some sites say they use it because of Large Files,
> I'd like to know why they can't use .zip files, with large or small
files...
> I've never had a problem with it.
> Very good Idea about a folder to check what you have before putting it
in...
> I've gotten so confused with all the Junk in my download folder that I
> should just empty it and use SimPE before putting them back... Is there
> anything that I should be careful about? I don't know how to use SimPE
> really, just started using it when everyone else was talking about it.
> Sage
> >
> >>
> >> i tell you the way i'm managing it with rar or zip
> >> i created a folder named sims_downloads apart of any EA folders
> >> and put all new downloads in
> >> when i go extracting them i let them being extracted there
> >> winzip and winrar create new folders inside of this 'sims_downloads'
one
> >> then i move the zip or rar to an archive folder to be burned on cd
> >> back to my newly created folders i just click on each package file
> >> this opens simsPE and i can see what it is before moving it to
> >> the real download folder if i want to
> >> J-M
>
> Thank you... I will do that from now on. This download method with
> everything in ONE folder is plain Stupid! Sure makes a lot more work for
the
> players...
> Sage
> >>
> >>
> >
> >
>
>
March 16, 2005 2:26:25 AM

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Well the compression does make sense but I still don't like it.
Do you remember off-hand where you got ExtractNow?
If not, I'll search...
Sage

"Bluegenie2" <me@fuil.com> wrote in message
news:UNWdnZcb372Z8arfRVn-iw@comcast.com...
>I have noticed that rar files do seem more compressed than zip files, as in
> the final file size is smaller. I use ExtractNow for rar files as it is
> free and handles them just fine :) 
>
> "Sage" <lbee@ix.netcom.com> wrote in message
> news:_pIZd.4647$qW.1687@newsread3.news.atl.earthlink.net...
>>
>> "Maxon" <jen.magson@NOSPAMntlworld.com> wrote in message
>> news:ZFDZd.617$V12.198@newsfe6-gui.ntli.net...
>> > Yes, I do this - everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) gets downloaded
>> > elsewhere and then I look at stuff before I put them in the Downloads
>> > folder. I really dislike WinRar, I really don't know why people use
>> > it.
>> >
>> > Best wishes
>> > Maxon
>>
>> I also dislike WinRar! Some sites say they use it because of Large Files,
>> I'd like to know why they can't use .zip files, with large or small
> files...
>> I've never had a problem with it.
>> Very good Idea about a folder to check what you have before putting it
> in...
>> I've gotten so confused with all the Junk in my download folder that I
>> should just empty it and use SimPE before putting them back... Is there
>> anything that I should be careful about? I don't know how to use SimPE
>> really, just started using it when everyone else was talking about it.
>> Sage
>> >
>> >>
>> >> i tell you the way i'm managing it with rar or zip
>> >> i created a folder named sims_downloads apart of any EA folders
>> >> and put all new downloads in
>> >> when i go extracting them i let them being extracted there
>> >> winzip and winrar create new folders inside of this 'sims_downloads'
> one
>> >> then i move the zip or rar to an archive folder to be burned on cd
>> >> back to my newly created folders i just click on each package file
>> >> this opens simsPE and i can see what it is before moving it to
>> >> the real download folder if i want to
>> >> J-M
>>
>> Thank you... I will do that from now on. This download method with
>> everything in ONE folder is plain Stupid! Sure makes a lot more work for
> the
>> players...
>> Sage
>> >>
>> >>
>> >
>> >
>>
>>
>
>
Anonymous
March 16, 2005 2:26:26 AM

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http://www.extractnow.com/
That was easy, lol.
Actually tried getting to the site thru the program, but apparently the
program lists the old site.

"Sage" <lbee@ix.netcom.com> wrote in message
news:BaKZd.4731$qW.833@newsread3.news.atl.earthlink.net...
> Well the compression does make sense but I still don't like it.
> Do you remember off-hand where you got ExtractNow?
> If not, I'll search...
> Sage
>
> "Bluegenie2" <me@fuil.com> wrote in message
> news:UNWdnZcb372Z8arfRVn-iw@comcast.com...
> >I have noticed that rar files do seem more compressed than zip files, as
in
> > the final file size is smaller. I use ExtractNow for rar files as it is
> > free and handles them just fine :) 
> >
> > "Sage" <lbee@ix.netcom.com> wrote in message
> > news:_pIZd.4647$qW.1687@newsread3.news.atl.earthlink.net...
> >>
> >> "Maxon" <jen.magson@NOSPAMntlworld.com> wrote in message
> >> news:ZFDZd.617$V12.198@newsfe6-gui.ntli.net...
> >> > Yes, I do this - everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) gets downloaded
> >> > elsewhere and then I look at stuff before I put them in the Downloads
> >> > folder. I really dislike WinRar, I really don't know why people use
> >> > it.
> >> >
> >> > Best wishes
> >> > Maxon
> >>
> >> I also dislike WinRar! Some sites say they use it because of Large
Files,
> >> I'd like to know why they can't use .zip files, with large or small
> > files...
> >> I've never had a problem with it.
> >> Very good Idea about a folder to check what you have before putting it
> > in...
> >> I've gotten so confused with all the Junk in my download folder that I
> >> should just empty it and use SimPE before putting them back... Is there
> >> anything that I should be careful about? I don't know how to use SimPE
> >> really, just started using it when everyone else was talking about it.
> >> Sage
> >> >
> >> >>
> >> >> i tell you the way i'm managing it with rar or zip
> >> >> i created a folder named sims_downloads apart of any EA folders
> >> >> and put all new downloads in
> >> >> when i go extracting them i let them being extracted there
> >> >> winzip and winrar create new folders inside of this 'sims_downloads'
> > one
> >> >> then i move the zip or rar to an archive folder to be burned on cd
> >> >> back to my newly created folders i just click on each package file
> >> >> this opens simsPE and i can see what it is before moving it to
> >> >> the real download folder if i want to
> >> >> J-M
> >>
> >> Thank you... I will do that from now on. This download method with
> >> everything in ONE folder is plain Stupid! Sure makes a lot more work
for
> > the
> >> players...
> >> Sage
> >> >>
> >> >>
> >> >
> >> >
> >>
> >>
> >
> >
>
>
March 16, 2005 3:46:03 AM

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LOL... Too easy! But thank you, I'm off to get a copy.
Sage

"Bluegenie2" <me@fuil.com> wrote in message
news:yJ6dnbUoX7RK7qrfRVn-qQ@comcast.com...
> http://www.extractnow.com/
> That was easy, lol.
> Actually tried getting to the site thru the program, but apparently the
> program lists the old site.
>
> "Sage" <lbee@ix.netcom.com> wrote in message
> news:BaKZd.4731$qW.833@newsread3.news.atl.earthlink.net...
>> Well the compression does make sense but I still don't like it.
>> Do you remember off-hand where you got ExtractNow?
>> If not, I'll search...
>> Sage
>>
>> "Bluegenie2" <me@fuil.com> wrote in message
>> news:UNWdnZcb372Z8arfRVn-iw@comcast.com...
>> >I have noticed that rar files do seem more compressed than zip files, as
> in
>> > the final file size is smaller. I use ExtractNow for rar files as it
>> > is
>> > free and handles them just fine :) 
>> >
>> > "Sage" <lbee@ix.netcom.com> wrote in message
>> > news:_pIZd.4647$qW.1687@newsread3.news.atl.earthlink.net...
>> >>
>> >> "Maxon" <jen.magson@NOSPAMntlworld.com> wrote in message
>> >> news:ZFDZd.617$V12.198@newsfe6-gui.ntli.net...
>> >> > Yes, I do this - everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) gets downloaded
>> >> > elsewhere and then I look at stuff before I put them in the
>> >> > Downloads
>> >> > folder. I really dislike WinRar, I really don't know why people use
>> >> > it.
>> >> >
>> >> > Best wishes
>> >> > Maxon
>> >>
>> >> I also dislike WinRar! Some sites say they use it because of Large
> Files,
>> >> I'd like to know why they can't use .zip files, with large or small
>> > files...
>> >> I've never had a problem with it.
>> >> Very good Idea about a folder to check what you have before putting it
>> > in...
>> >> I've gotten so confused with all the Junk in my download folder that I
>> >> should just empty it and use SimPE before putting them back... Is
>> >> there
>> >> anything that I should be careful about? I don't know how to use SimPE
>> >> really, just started using it when everyone else was talking about it.
>> >> Sage
>> >> >
>> >> >>
>> >> >> i tell you the way i'm managing it with rar or zip
>> >> >> i created a folder named sims_downloads apart of any EA folders
>> >> >> and put all new downloads in
>> >> >> when i go extracting them i let them being extracted there
>> >> >> winzip and winrar create new folders inside of this
>> >> >> 'sims_downloads'
>> > one
>> >> >> then i move the zip or rar to an archive folder to be burned on cd
>> >> >> back to my newly created folders i just click on each package file
>> >> >> this opens simsPE and i can see what it is before moving it to
>> >> >> the real download folder if i want to
>> >> >> J-M
>> >>
>> >> Thank you... I will do that from now on. This download method with
>> >> everything in ONE folder is plain Stupid! Sure makes a lot more work
> for
>> > the
>> >> players...
>> >> Sage
>> >> >>
>> >> >>
>> >> >
>> >> >
>> >>
>> >>
>> >
>> >
>>
>>
>
>
March 16, 2005 1:31:04 PM

Archived from groups: alt.games.the-sims (More info?)

Me too, Extract Now works great. I've been very lucky in that I have
not downloaded and files that made my game crash. I have only had one
item that showed up bright blue and I got rid of it.

Ali





Bluegenie2 wrote:
> I have noticed that rar files do seem more compressed than zip files, as in
> the final file size is smaller. I use ExtractNow for rar files as it is
> free and handles them just fine :) 
>
> "Sage" <lbee@ix.netcom.com> wrote in message
> news:_pIZd.4647$qW.1687@newsread3.news.atl.earthlink.net...
>
>>"Maxon" <jen.magson@NOSPAMntlworld.com> wrote in message
>>news:ZFDZd.617$V12.198@newsfe6-gui.ntli.net...
>>
>>>Yes, I do this - everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) gets downloaded
>>>elsewhere and then I look at stuff before I put them in the Downloads
>>>folder. I really dislike WinRar, I really don't know why people use it.
>>>
>>>Best wishes
>>>Maxon
>>
>>I also dislike WinRar! Some sites say they use it because of Large Files,
>>I'd like to know why they can't use .zip files, with large or small
>
> files...
>
>>I've never had a problem with it.
>>Very good Idea about a folder to check what you have before putting it
>
> in...
>
>>I've gotten so confused with all the Junk in my download folder that I
>>should just empty it and use SimPE before putting them back... Is there
>>anything that I should be careful about? I don't know how to use SimPE
>>really, just started using it when everyone else was talking about it.
>>Sage
>>
>>>>i tell you the way i'm managing it with rar or zip
>>>>i created a folder named sims_downloads apart of any EA folders
>>>>and put all new downloads in
>>>>when i go extracting them i let them being extracted there
>>>>winzip and winrar create new folders inside of this 'sims_downloads'
>
> one
>
>>>>then i move the zip or rar to an archive folder to be burned on cd
>>>>back to my newly created folders i just click on each package file
>>>>this opens simsPE and i can see what it is before moving it to
>>>>the real download folder if i want to
>>>>J-M
>>
>>Thank you... I will do that from now on. This download method with
>>everything in ONE folder is plain Stupid! Sure makes a lot more work for
>
> the
>
>>players...
>>Sage
>>
>>>>
>>>
>>
>
>
Anonymous
March 16, 2005 2:00:23 PM

Archived from groups: alt.games.the-sims (More info?)

Hi Sage,

I don't use SimPE except for emergencies. When I'm putting new stuff in, I
take everything out of the Downloads folder then install stuff by type.
Walls and floors, skins and then objects. I check each stage - checking the
walls and floors show up in Homecrafter, the skins in Bodyshop and finally
the objects when I run the game. I could have a look at the objects with
SimPE but have just got into the habit of using the game to do it. I have a
lot on one of my neighbourhoods which is just a box shaped house and I test
all objects in there - and also walls and so on if I want to see what they
look like in the game. Using the design tool (looks like a swatch) in buy
mode to check out the recolours is really great - someone mentioned it on
this list last week and I've found it very useful. I also have all my stuff
sorted into sub-folders in Downloads - you can have sub-folders for:

walls
floors
objects
hacks (if you use them, I don't)
And anything else I can't think of.

Your skins needs to be in the Downloads folder loose (i.e. not in a
sub-folder) - BUT if you don't create your own skins, you can also put these
in the Saved Sims folder. If you do make your own skins, I wouldn't do this
as your own stuff will get mixed up with the skins and you won't be able to
find it.

I use Clean Installer to check out repeats in the Downloads folder and to
weed out any hacks that get past my vigilance (this doesn't happen often)
but I delete most stuff I don't want from inside the game (or Bodyshop or
Homecrafter).

Best wishes
Maxon

"Sage" <lbee@ix.netcom.com> wrote in message
news:_pIZd.4647$qW.1687@newsread3.news.atl.earthlink.net...
>
>
> I also dislike WinRar! Some sites say they use it because of Large Files,
> I'd like to know why they can't use .zip files, with large or small
files...
> I've never had a problem with it.
> Very good Idea about a folder to check what you have before putting it
in...
> I've gotten so confused with all the Junk in my download folder that I
> should just empty it and use SimPE before putting them back... Is there
> anything that I should be careful about? I don't know how to use SimPE
> really, just started using it when everyone else was talking about it.
> Sage
> >
March 17, 2005 12:27:26 AM

Archived from groups: alt.games.the-sims (More info?)

Hi Maxon... You're really a Big help, thank you!!!
I'm saving this post to refer to later. I'm not as careful as you are, I put
all of one site or creator in all at the same time. I'm not known for my
_patience_ and don't think we should have to go through this for the game.
This is my biggest disappointment with it.
I do use the design tool, which has been Very helpful and do have
sub-folders with the skins in downloads loose. I don't make anything myself
so that's one headache I can check off the list.
The one box type house is a very good idea, I'll do that from now on. I have
2 painting hacks and the Mirror hack, as well as the no-blur... they all
seem to work fine and I've had no crashes at all. Just this pesky download
problem and having some NOT showing up at all. I got ExtractNow and will use
that for any .rar files... Whew! I'm so happy not to _have_ to use WinRar...
Thank you so much!
Sage


"Maxon" <jen.magson@NOSPAMntlworld.com> wrote in message
news:blUZd.103$q92.39@newsfe2-gui.ntli.net...
> Hi Sage,
>
> I don't use SimPE except for emergencies. When I'm putting new stuff in,
> I
> take everything out of the Downloads folder then install stuff by type.
> Walls and floors, skins and then objects. I check each stage - checking
> the
> walls and floors show up in Homecrafter, the skins in Bodyshop and finally
> the objects when I run the game. I could have a look at the objects with
> SimPE but have just got into the habit of using the game to do it. I have
> a
> lot on one of my neighbourhoods which is just a box shaped house and I
> test
> all objects in there - and also walls and so on if I want to see what they
> look like in the game. Using the design tool (looks like a swatch) in buy
> mode to check out the recolours is really great - someone mentioned it on
> this list last week and I've found it very useful. I also have all my
> stuff
> sorted into sub-folders in Downloads - you can have sub-folders for:
>
> walls
> floors
> objects
> hacks (if you use them, I don't)
> And anything else I can't think of.
>
> Your skins needs to be in the Downloads folder loose (i.e. not in a
> sub-folder) - BUT if you don't create your own skins, you can also put
> these
> in the Saved Sims folder. If you do make your own skins, I wouldn't do
> this
> as your own stuff will get mixed up with the skins and you won't be able
> to
> find it.
>
> I use Clean Installer to check out repeats in the Downloads folder and to
> weed out any hacks that get past my vigilance (this doesn't happen often)
> but I delete most stuff I don't want from inside the game (or Bodyshop or
> Homecrafter).
>
> Best wishes
> Maxon
>
> "Sage" <lbee@ix.netcom.com> wrote in message
> news:_pIZd.4647$qW.1687@newsread3.news.atl.earthlink.net...
>>
>>
>> I also dislike WinRar! Some sites say they use it because of Large Files,
>> I'd like to know why they can't use .zip files, with large or small
> files...
>> I've never had a problem with it.
>> Very good Idea about a folder to check what you have before putting it
> in...
>> I've gotten so confused with all the Junk in my download folder that I
>> should just empty it and use SimPE before putting them back... Is there
>> anything that I should be careful about? I don't know how to use SimPE
>> really, just started using it when everyone else was talking about it.
>> Sage
>> >
>
>
Anonymous
March 17, 2005 1:38:03 AM

Archived from groups: alt.games.the-sims (More info?)

I did the sub-folder by site thing for a while, then happened to think about
certain things that have been put on 2 or more sites, like at modthesims2
and another site. Or at TSR and another site. So I rearranged my downloads
subfolders into function instead. Makes it a lot easier to find duplicates.

"Sage" <lbee@ix.netcom.com> wrote in message
news:2x1_d.6534$qf2.492@newsread2.news.atl.earthlink.net...
> Hi Maxon... You're really a Big help, thank you!!!
> I'm saving this post to refer to later. I'm not as careful as you are, I
put
> all of one site or creator in all at the same time. I'm not known for my
> _patience_ and don't think we should have to go through this for the game.
> This is my biggest disappointment with it.
> I do use the design tool, which has been Very helpful and do have
> sub-folders with the skins in downloads loose. I don't make anything
myself
> so that's one headache I can check off the list.
> The one box type house is a very good idea, I'll do that from now on. I
have
> 2 painting hacks and the Mirror hack, as well as the no-blur... they all
> seem to work fine and I've had no crashes at all. Just this pesky download
> problem and having some NOT showing up at all. I got ExtractNow and will
use
> that for any .rar files... Whew! I'm so happy not to _have_ to use
WinRar...
> Thank you so much!
> Sage
>
>
> "Maxon" <jen.magson@NOSPAMntlworld.com> wrote in message
> news:blUZd.103$q92.39@newsfe2-gui.ntli.net...
> > Hi Sage,
> >
> > I don't use SimPE except for emergencies. When I'm putting new stuff
in,
> > I
> > take everything out of the Downloads folder then install stuff by type.
> > Walls and floors, skins and then objects. I check each stage - checking
> > the
> > walls and floors show up in Homecrafter, the skins in Bodyshop and
finally
> > the objects when I run the game. I could have a look at the objects
with
> > SimPE but have just got into the habit of using the game to do it. I
have
> > a
> > lot on one of my neighbourhoods which is just a box shaped house and I
> > test
> > all objects in there - and also walls and so on if I want to see what
they
> > look like in the game. Using the design tool (looks like a swatch) in
buy
> > mode to check out the recolours is really great - someone mentioned it
on
> > this list last week and I've found it very useful. I also have all my
> > stuff
> > sorted into sub-folders in Downloads - you can have sub-folders for:
> >
> > walls
> > floors
> > objects
> > hacks (if you use them, I don't)
> > And anything else I can't think of.
> >
> > Your skins needs to be in the Downloads folder loose (i.e. not in a
> > sub-folder) - BUT if you don't create your own skins, you can also put
> > these
> > in the Saved Sims folder. If you do make your own skins, I wouldn't do
> > this
> > as your own stuff will get mixed up with the skins and you won't be able
> > to
> > find it.
> >
> > I use Clean Installer to check out repeats in the Downloads folder and
to
> > weed out any hacks that get past my vigilance (this doesn't happen
often)
> > but I delete most stuff I don't want from inside the game (or Bodyshop
or
> > Homecrafter).
> >
> > Best wishes
> > Maxon
> >
> > "Sage" <lbee@ix.netcom.com> wrote in message
> > news:_pIZd.4647$qW.1687@newsread3.news.atl.earthlink.net...
> >>
> >>
> >> I also dislike WinRar! Some sites say they use it because of Large
Files,
> >> I'd like to know why they can't use .zip files, with large or small
> > files...
> >> I've never had a problem with it.
> >> Very good Idea about a folder to check what you have before putting it
> > in...
> >> I've gotten so confused with all the Junk in my download folder that I
> >> should just empty it and use SimPE before putting them back... Is there
> >> anything that I should be careful about? I don't know how to use SimPE
> >> really, just started using it when everyone else was talking about it.
> >> Sage
> >> >
> >
> >
>
>
March 17, 2005 7:29:37 AM

Archived from groups: alt.games.the-sims (More info?)

"Bluegenie2" <me@fuil.com> wrote in message
news:mMydnedvJOgDZqXfRVn-hA@comcast.com...
>I did the sub-folder by site thing for a while, then happened to think
>about
> certain things that have been put on 2 or more sites, like at modthesims2
> and another site. Or at TSR and another site. So I rearranged my
> downloads
> subfolders into function instead. Makes it a lot easier to find
> duplicates.

I wish I'd done that.... I have too much stuff to go through now to find it
all and sort it, OR I'm just too lazy to do it. Should have done it when I
first installed Uni and lost most of my downloads. Instead, right away I
wanted Downloads Back!
I have used Sims2Pack Installer and wow, did it find a lot of duplicates.
Now that I've done that the folder doesn't look too bad. I want to thank you
BG, for suggesting ExtractNow, I really like it. With all the help I've
gotten from such great people like you, I'm not doing TOO bad now. I'm
Actually going to play a little bit tonight...WooHoo!
Sage
>
> "Sage" <lbee@ix.netcom.com> wrote in message
> news:2x1_d.6534$qf2.492@newsread2.news.atl.earthlink.net...
>> Hi Maxon... You're really a Big help, thank you!!!
>> I'm saving this post to refer to later. I'm not as careful as you are, I
> put
>> all of one site or creator in all at the same time. I'm not known for my
>> _patience_ and don't think we should have to go through this for the
>> game.
>> This is my biggest disappointment with it.
>> I do use the design tool, which has been Very helpful and do have
>> sub-folders with the skins in downloads loose. I don't make anything
> myself
>> so that's one headache I can check off the list.
>> The one box type house is a very good idea, I'll do that from now on. I
> have
>> 2 painting hacks and the Mirror hack, as well as the no-blur... they all
>> seem to work fine and I've had no crashes at all. Just this pesky
>> download
>> problem and having some NOT showing up at all. I got ExtractNow and will
> use
>> that for any .rar files... Whew! I'm so happy not to _have_ to use
> WinRar...
>> Thank you so much!
>> Sage
>>
>>
>> "Maxon" <jen.magson@NOSPAMntlworld.com> wrote in message
>> news:blUZd.103$q92.39@newsfe2-gui.ntli.net...
>> > Hi Sage,
>> >
>> > I don't use SimPE except for emergencies. When I'm putting new stuff
> in,
>> > I
>> > take everything out of the Downloads folder then install stuff by type.
>> > Walls and floors, skins and then objects. I check each stage -
>> > checking
>> > the
>> > walls and floors show up in Homecrafter, the skins in Bodyshop and
> finally
>> > the objects when I run the game. I could have a look at the objects
> with
>> > SimPE but have just got into the habit of using the game to do it. I
> have
>> > a
>> > lot on one of my neighbourhoods which is just a box shaped house and I
>> > test
>> > all objects in there - and also walls and so on if I want to see what
> they
>> > look like in the game. Using the design tool (looks like a swatch) in
> buy
>> > mode to check out the recolours is really great - someone mentioned it
> on
>> > this list last week and I've found it very useful. I also have all my
>> > stuff
>> > sorted into sub-folders in Downloads - you can have sub-folders for:
>> >
>> > walls
>> > floors
>> > objects
>> > hacks (if you use them, I don't)
>> > And anything else I can't think of.
>> >
>> > Your skins needs to be in the Downloads folder loose (i.e. not in a
>> > sub-folder) - BUT if you don't create your own skins, you can also put
>> > these
>> > in the Saved Sims folder. If you do make your own skins, I wouldn't do
>> > this
>> > as your own stuff will get mixed up with the skins and you won't be
>> > able
>> > to
>> > find it.
>> >
>> > I use Clean Installer to check out repeats in the Downloads folder and
> to
>> > weed out any hacks that get past my vigilance (this doesn't happen
> often)
>> > but I delete most stuff I don't want from inside the game (or Bodyshop
> or
>> > Homecrafter).
>> >
>> > Best wishes
>> > Maxon
>> >
>> > "Sage" <lbee@ix.netcom.com> wrote in message
>> > news:_pIZd.4647$qW.1687@newsread3.news.atl.earthlink.net...
>> >>
>> >>
>> >> I also dislike WinRar! Some sites say they use it because of Large
> Files,
>> >> I'd like to know why they can't use .zip files, with large or small
>> > files...
>> >> I've never had a problem with it.
>> >> Very good Idea about a folder to check what you have before putting it
>> > in...
>> >> I've gotten so confused with all the Junk in my download folder that I
>> >> should just empty it and use SimPE before putting them back... Is
>> >> there
>> >> anything that I should be careful about? I don't know how to use SimPE
>> >> really, just started using it when everyone else was talking about it.
>> >> Sage
>> >> >
>> >
>> >
>>
>>
>
>
Anonymous
March 17, 2005 11:51:35 AM

Archived from groups: alt.games.the-sims (More info?)

I agree with you - it's a bit much to have to manage a game to that extent.
I wouldn't do it myself except that I am rather obsessive about these
things. I WANT to know what all these things are doing.

Best wishes
Maxon

"Sage" <lbee@ix.netcom.com> wrote in message
news:2x1_d.6534$qf2.492@newsread2.news.atl.earthlink.net...
> Hi Maxon... You're really a Big help, thank you!!!
> I'm saving this post to refer to later. I'm not as careful as you are, I
put
> all of one site or creator in all at the same time. I'm not known for my
> _patience_ and don't think we should have to go through this for the game.
> This is my biggest disappointment with it.
Anonymous
March 17, 2005 11:51:36 AM

Archived from groups: alt.games.the-sims (More info?)

I sort my store by site - it really helps.

Best wishes
Maxon



"Bluegenie2" <me@fuil.com> wrote in message
news:mMydnedvJOgDZqXfRVn-hA@comcast.com...
> I did the sub-folder by site thing for a while, then happened to think
about
> certain things that have been put on 2 or more sites, like at modthesims2
> and another site. Or at TSR and another site. So I rearranged my
downloads
> subfolders into function instead. Makes it a lot easier to find
duplicates.
>
> "Sage" <lbee@ix.netcom.com> wrote in message
> news:2x1_d.6534$qf2.492@newsread2.news.atl.earthlink.net...
> > Hi Maxon... You're really a Big help, thank you!!!
> > I'm saving this post to refer to later. I'm not as careful as you are, I
> put
> > all of one site or creator in all at the same time. I'm not known for my
> > _patience_ and don't think we should have to go through this for the
game.
> > This is my biggest disappointment with it.
> > I do use the design tool, which has been Very helpful and do have
> > sub-folders with the skins in downloads loose. I don't make anything
> myself
> > so that's one headache I can check off the list.
> > The one box type house is a very good idea, I'll do that from now on. I
> have
> > 2 painting hacks and the Mirror hack, as well as the no-blur... they all
> > seem to work fine and I've had no crashes at all. Just this pesky
download
> > problem and having some NOT showing up at all. I got ExtractNow and will
> use
> > that for any .rar files... Whew! I'm so happy not to _have_ to use
> WinRar...
> > Thank you so much!
> > Sage
> >
> >
> > "Maxon" <jen.magson@NOSPAMntlworld.com> wrote in message
> > news:blUZd.103$q92.39@newsfe2-gui.ntli.net...
> > > Hi Sage,
> > >
> > > I don't use SimPE except for emergencies. When I'm putting new stuff
> in,
> > > I
> > > take everything out of the Downloads folder then install stuff by
type.
> > > Walls and floors, skins and then objects. I check each stage -
checking
> > > the
> > > walls and floors show up in Homecrafter, the skins in Bodyshop and
> finally
> > > the objects when I run the game. I could have a look at the objects
> with
> > > SimPE but have just got into the habit of using the game to do it. I
> have
> > > a
> > > lot on one of my neighbourhoods which is just a box shaped house and I
> > > test
> > > all objects in there - and also walls and so on if I want to see what
> they
> > > look like in the game. Using the design tool (looks like a swatch) in
> buy
> > > mode to check out the recolours is really great - someone mentioned it
> on
> > > this list last week and I've found it very useful. I also have all my
> > > stuff
> > > sorted into sub-folders in Downloads - you can have sub-folders for:
> > >
> > > walls
> > > floors
> > > objects
> > > hacks (if you use them, I don't)
> > > And anything else I can't think of.
> > >
> > > Your skins needs to be in the Downloads folder loose (i.e. not in a
> > > sub-folder) - BUT if you don't create your own skins, you can also put
> > > these
> > > in the Saved Sims folder. If you do make your own skins, I wouldn't
do
> > > this
> > > as your own stuff will get mixed up with the skins and you won't be
able
> > > to
> > > find it.
> > >
> > > I use Clean Installer to check out repeats in the Downloads folder and
> to
> > > weed out any hacks that get past my vigilance (this doesn't happen
> often)
> > > but I delete most stuff I don't want from inside the game (or Bodyshop
> or
> > > Homecrafter).
> > >
> > > Best wishes
> > > Maxon
> > >
> > > "Sage" <lbee@ix.netcom.com> wrote in message
> > > news:_pIZd.4647$qW.1687@newsread3.news.atl.earthlink.net...
> > >>
> > >>
> > >> I also dislike WinRar! Some sites say they use it because of Large
> Files,
> > >> I'd like to know why they can't use .zip files, with large or small
> > > files...
> > >> I've never had a problem with it.
> > >> Very good Idea about a folder to check what you have before putting
it
> > > in...
> > >> I've gotten so confused with all the Junk in my download folder that
I
> > >> should just empty it and use SimPE before putting them back... Is
there
> > >> anything that I should be careful about? I don't know how to use
SimPE
> > >> really, just started using it when everyone else was talking about
it.
> > >> Sage
> > >> >
> > >
> > >
> >
> >
>
>
Anonymous
March 17, 2005 11:51:37 AM

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Just wait til you accidently grab the same object from different sites tho
:( 

"Maxon" <jen.magson@NOSPAMntlworld.com> wrote in message
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> I sort my store by site - it really helps.
>
> Best wishes
> Maxon
>
>
>
> "Bluegenie2" <me@fuil.com> wrote in message
> news:mMydnedvJOgDZqXfRVn-hA@comcast.com...
> > I did the sub-folder by site thing for a while, then happened to think
> about
> > certain things that have been put on 2 or more sites, like at
modthesims2
> > and another site. Or at TSR and another site. So I rearranged my
> downloads
> > subfolders into function instead. Makes it a lot easier to find
> duplicates.
> >
> > "Sage" <lbee@ix.netcom.com> wrote in message
> > news:2x1_d.6534$qf2.492@newsread2.news.atl.earthlink.net...
> > > Hi Maxon... You're really a Big help, thank you!!!
> > > I'm saving this post to refer to later. I'm not as careful as you are,
I
> > put
> > > all of one site or creator in all at the same time. I'm not known for
my
> > > _patience_ and don't think we should have to go through this for the
> game.
> > > This is my biggest disappointment with it.
> > > I do use the design tool, which has been Very helpful and do have
> > > sub-folders with the skins in downloads loose. I don't make anything
> > myself
> > > so that's one headache I can check off the list.
> > > The one box type house is a very good idea, I'll do that from now on.
I
> > have
> > > 2 painting hacks and the Mirror hack, as well as the no-blur... they
all
> > > seem to work fine and I've had no crashes at all. Just this pesky
> download
> > > problem and having some NOT showing up at all. I got ExtractNow and
will
> > use
> > > that for any .rar files... Whew! I'm so happy not to _have_ to use
> > WinRar...
> > > Thank you so much!
> > > Sage
> > >
> > >
> > > "Maxon" <jen.magson@NOSPAMntlworld.com> wrote in message
> > > news:blUZd.103$q92.39@newsfe2-gui.ntli.net...
> > > > Hi Sage,
> > > >
> > > > I don't use SimPE except for emergencies. When I'm putting new
stuff
> > in,
> > > > I
> > > > take everything out of the Downloads folder then install stuff by
> type.
> > > > Walls and floors, skins and then objects. I check each stage -
> checking
> > > > the
> > > > walls and floors show up in Homecrafter, the skins in Bodyshop and
> > finally
> > > > the objects when I run the game. I could have a look at the objects
> > with
> > > > SimPE but have just got into the habit of using the game to do it.
I
> > have
> > > > a
> > > > lot on one of my neighbourhoods which is just a box shaped house and
I
> > > > test
> > > > all objects in there - and also walls and so on if I want to see
what
> > they
> > > > look like in the game. Using the design tool (looks like a swatch)
in
> > buy
> > > > mode to check out the recolours is really great - someone mentioned
it
> > on
> > > > this list last week and I've found it very useful. I also have all
my
> > > > stuff
> > > > sorted into sub-folders in Downloads - you can have sub-folders for:
> > > >
> > > > walls
> > > > floors
> > > > objects
> > > > hacks (if you use them, I don't)
> > > > And anything else I can't think of.
> > > >
> > > > Your skins needs to be in the Downloads folder loose (i.e. not in a
> > > > sub-folder) - BUT if you don't create your own skins, you can also
put
> > > > these
> > > > in the Saved Sims folder. If you do make your own skins, I wouldn't
> do
> > > > this
> > > > as your own stuff will get mixed up with the skins and you won't be
> able
> > > > to
> > > > find it.
> > > >
> > > > I use Clean Installer to check out repeats in the Downloads folder
and
> > to
> > > > weed out any hacks that get past my vigilance (this doesn't happen
> > often)
> > > > but I delete most stuff I don't want from inside the game (or
Bodyshop
> > or
> > > > Homecrafter).
> > > >
> > > > Best wishes
> > > > Maxon
> > > >
> > > > "Sage" <lbee@ix.netcom.com> wrote in message
> > > > news:_pIZd.4647$qW.1687@newsread3.news.atl.earthlink.net...
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >> I also dislike WinRar! Some sites say they use it because of Large
> > Files,
> > > >> I'd like to know why they can't use .zip files, with large or small
> > > > files...
> > > >> I've never had a problem with it.
> > > >> Very good Idea about a folder to check what you have before putting
> it
> > > > in...
> > > >> I've gotten so confused with all the Junk in my download folder
that
> I
> > > >> should just empty it and use SimPE before putting them back... Is
> there
> > > >> anything that I should be careful about? I don't know how to use
> SimPE
> > > >> really, just started using it when everyone else was talking about
> it.
> > > >> Sage
> > > >> >
> > > >
> > > >
> > >
> > >
> >
> >
>
>
Anonymous
March 17, 2005 6:15:31 PM

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You mean when lots have been packaged and objects turn up from other sites -
or do you actually mean stolen stuff?

I downloaded a pair of my own glasses from the Exchange a while back - from
someone else.

Best wishes
Maxon


"Bluegenie2" <me@fuil.com> wrote in message
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> Just wait til you accidently grab the same object from different sites tho
> :( 
>
Anonymous
March 18, 2005 4:21:41 AM

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No no no, I mean like some that post stuff at mts2 and on their own sites
too. Sometimes you don't realize you already have the object. So say you
got something made by Brianna at mts2, then got it again at WDS. You would
have the same object in different folders. :) 

"Maxon" <jen.magson@NOSPAMntlworld.com> wrote in message
news:nah_d.191$2Q.83@newsfe2-gui.ntli.net...
> You mean when lots have been packaged and objects turn up from other
sites -
> or do you actually mean stolen stuff?
>
> I downloaded a pair of my own glasses from the Exchange a while back -
from
> someone else.
>
> Best wishes
> Maxon
>
>
> "Bluegenie2" <me@fuil.com> wrote in message
> news:p _2dnYhqfutcx6TfRVn-iQ@comcast.com...
> > Just wait til you accidently grab the same object from different sites
tho
> > :( 
> >
>
>
Anonymous
March 18, 2005 6:34:09 PM

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Oh OK - yes, I do see what you mean. It's because MTS2 has Beta testing
forums which is really useful if you're developing a hack.

Best wishes
Maxon

"Bluegenie2" <me@fuil.com> wrote in message
news:sfydnSoRcZnl7qffRVn-sQ@comcast.com...
> No no no, I mean like some that post stuff at mts2 and on their own sites
> too. Sometimes you don't realize you already have the object. So say you
> got something made by Brianna at mts2, then got it again at WDS. You
would
> have the same object in different folders. :) 
>
> "Maxon" <jen.magson@NOSPAMntlworld.com> wrote in message
> news:nah_d.191$2Q.83@newsfe2-gui.ntli.net...
> > You mean when lots have been packaged and objects turn up from other
> sites -
> > or do you actually mean stolen stuff?
> >
> > I downloaded a pair of my own glasses from the Exchange a while back -
> from
> > someone else.
> >
> > Best wishes
> > Maxon
> >
> >
> > "Bluegenie2" <me@fuil.com> wrote in message
> > news:p _2dnYhqfutcx6TfRVn-iQ@comcast.com...
> > > Just wait til you accidently grab the same object from different sites
> tho
> > > :( 
> > >
> >
> >
>
>
Anonymous
March 18, 2005 8:36:22 PM

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"Maxon" <jen.magson@NOSPAMntlworld.com> wrote in message
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> Oh OK - yes, I do see what you mean. It's because MTS2 has Beta testing
> forums which is really useful if you're developing a hack.
>
> Best wishes
> Maxon
>
Tell me. What is the definition of 'a hack'?
is it an object that changes the normal running of the program?
Like the selection mirror?

So a 'cheat' is a key-board entered command that is included in the
programming by default.. Right...
And a download, then, is any object that you put into the game which may, or
may not be, a hack.
What about things you alter yourself in homemaker. What are they called?

Granny - confused - it's all those elephant guns firing right by my earhole.
Anonymous
March 18, 2005 9:30:48 PM

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"Granny Crabapple" <marrowjam@[reallywild]blueyonder.co.uk> wrote in message
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>
> >
> Tell me. What is the definition of 'a hack'?
> is it an object that changes the normal running of the program?
> Like the selection mirror?

I'd guess something that changes the coding/behaviour of the game, i.e.
hacks into the programming code.

>
> So a 'cheat' is a key-board entered command that is included in the
> programming by default.. Right...
> And a download, then, is any object that you put into the game which may,
or
> may not be, a hack.
> What about things you alter yourself in homemaker. What are they called?

Things you make in Homemaker. Well, 'additional content' or 'user-created
content', I suppose.
>
> Granny - confused - it's all those elephant guns firing right by my
earhole.

Best wishes
Maxon
Anonymous
March 18, 2005 10:34:54 PM

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Granny Crabapple wrote:
> "Maxon" <jen.magson@NOSPAMntlworld.com> wrote in message
> news:RxC_d.1384$er4.198@newsfe5-gui.ntli.net...
>
>>Oh OK - yes, I do see what you mean. It's because MTS2 has Beta testing
>>forums which is really useful if you're developing a hack.
>>
>>Best wishes
>>Maxon
>>
>
> Tell me. What is the definition of 'a hack'?
> is it an object that changes the normal running of the program?
> Like the selection mirror?
>
> So a 'cheat' is a key-board entered command that is included in the
> programming by default.. Right...
> And a download, then, is any object that you put into the game which may, or
> may not be, a hack.
> What about things you alter yourself in homemaker. What are they called?
>
> Granny - confused - it's all those elephant guns firing right by my earhole.

I consider a cheat to be what you enter via the cheat window.

A hack is an object that changes the normal program. My flamingos are
hacks that mess with Sims moods and aspiration levels. Hacks will also
let you alter the sims- like the inseminator mirror, or the mailbox that
lets you become friends with everybody in the neighborhood. These hack
into the game and mess with code.

The objects that have only been recolored and/or remeshed are just extra
objects. They are as the designers of the game intended them to be.

-georg
Anonymous
March 19, 2005 4:26:36 AM

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So you associate everything at mts2 as having to do with hacked objects?
Because of the beta testing forums is why we have new meshes in the game
now. And they also contributed to making SimPe work for making recolors
possible.
Maybe I should have used tsr as an example because that is where i actually
found the duplicates.

"Maxon" <jen.magson@NOSPAMntlworld.com> wrote in message
news:RxC_d.1384$er4.198@newsfe5-gui.ntli.net...
> Oh OK - yes, I do see what you mean. It's because MTS2 has Beta testing
> forums which is really useful if you're developing a hack.
>
> Best wishes
> Maxon
>
> "Bluegenie2" <me@fuil.com> wrote in message
> news:sfydnSoRcZnl7qffRVn-sQ@comcast.com...
> > No no no, I mean like some that post stuff at mts2 and on their own
sites
> > too. Sometimes you don't realize you already have the object. So say
you
> > got something made by Brianna at mts2, then got it again at WDS. You
> would
> > have the same object in different folders. :) 
> >
> > "Maxon" <jen.magson@NOSPAMntlworld.com> wrote in message
> > news:nah_d.191$2Q.83@newsfe2-gui.ntli.net...
> > > You mean when lots have been packaged and objects turn up from other
> > sites -
> > > or do you actually mean stolen stuff?
> > >
> > > I downloaded a pair of my own glasses from the Exchange a while back -
> > from
> > > someone else.
> > >
> > > Best wishes
> > > Maxon
> > >
> > >
> > > "Bluegenie2" <me@fuil.com> wrote in message
> > > news:p _2dnYhqfutcx6TfRVn-iQ@comcast.com...
> > > > Just wait til you accidently grab the same object from different
sites
> > tho
> > > > :( 
> > > >
> > >
> > >
> >
> >
>
>
Anonymous
March 19, 2005 2:33:34 PM

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mmm no - I was just citing that as an example of one of the things they do.

Best wishes
Maxon

"Bluegenie2" <me@fuil.com> wrote in message
news:feednXp1cYCCW6bfRVn-1g@comcast.com...
> So you associate everything at mts2 as having to do with hacked objects?
> Because of the beta testing forums is why we have new meshes in the game
> now. And they also contributed to making SimPe work for making recolors
> possible.
> Maybe I should have used tsr as an example because that is where i
actually
> found the duplicates.
>
> "Maxon" <jen.magson@NOSPAMntlworld.com> wrote in message
> news:RxC_d.1384$er4.198@newsfe5-gui.ntli.net...
> > Oh OK - yes, I do see what you mean. It's because MTS2 has Beta testing
> > forums which is really useful if you're developing a hack.
> >
> > Best wishes
> > Maxon
> >
> > "Bluegenie2" <me@fuil.com> wrote in message
> > news:sfydnSoRcZnl7qffRVn-sQ@comcast.com...
> > > No no no, I mean like some that post stuff at mts2 and on their own
> sites
> > > too. Sometimes you don't realize you already have the object. So say
> you
> > > got something made by Brianna at mts2, then got it again at WDS. You
> > would
> > > have the same object in different folders. :) 
> > >
> > > "Maxon" <jen.magson@NOSPAMntlworld.com> wrote in message
> > > news:nah_d.191$2Q.83@newsfe2-gui.ntli.net...
> > > > You mean when lots have been packaged and objects turn up from other
> > > sites -
> > > > or do you actually mean stolen stuff?
> > > >
> > > > I downloaded a pair of my own glasses from the Exchange a while
back -
> > > from
> > > > someone else.
> > > >
> > > > Best wishes
> > > > Maxon
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > "Bluegenie2" <me@fuil.com> wrote in message
> > > > news:p _2dnYhqfutcx6TfRVn-iQ@comcast.com...
> > > > > Just wait til you accidently grab the same object from different
> sites
> > > tho
> > > > > :( 
> > > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > >
> > >
> >
> >
>
>
!