View Full Version : How to Fix Custom Major?
18th May 2008, 9:58 AM
Recently, my game suddenly crashedwith that common error message: "The application has crashed. The application has now terminated." I was on a college lot, and playing only one sim. After a lengthy process of deleting cache files, moving hacks, and finally, using the 50% process to eliminate every single one of my downloaded custom content to find the guilty culprit, it turned out to be the Art of Seduction major which I had created myself in SimPE for playing in my game (don't worry, its not uploaded anywhere online or anything!).
Having isolated the files and removed them from my Downloads folder, I opened them up with SimPE in order to ascertain what the problem was, thinking that perhaps I had accidentally missed filling out a skill in the Behaviour Constants or some such. New GUID was there, my custom class title were there, with the default language button pressed, all the behaviour constants were exactly as I had designed the degree. I touched nothing else when making the major so I didn't look at any of the other files.
I'm at a total loss. I really want to play the cool custom majors I've designed, but I cannot for the life of me find out what is the problem with this thing. Can anyone who's a more experienced creator help me out?
20th May 2008, 6:50 AM
Any custom career / custom major should not be a new one, but overwrite an existing one. I would suggest you remove your new GUID and set the old one back in, because this might already be the source of the crash. Don't change the group numbers to 0xFFFFFFFF, but leave them as they are/were. Set a filter on that group number and compare if you indeed have modified every single resource, including OBJD and NREF etc. Make sure all the entries for career outfits and cars in the car pool point to existing objects.
Other than that, I don't know where else to look.
20th May 2008, 9:16 AM
Okay thanks, I'll go try that and report back. Are you sure about the GUID stuff though? When creating my custom majors I always follow whiterider's Major Creation: The Definitive Tutorial, posted up on this very site, and it says to get a new GUID using SimPE'S Register Object function.
20th May 2008, 9:37 AM
As I understand it, every new career needs a new GUID. That applies to any custom content where there is an OBJD resource in the package. It's only if you specifically want your creation to *override* the original that you keep the old GUID. This is the first time I have come across the view that all custom careers should be overrides. Mine are not!
Game crashing to desktop, as opposed to popping up an in-game error message or sims "jumping", is usually caused by a glitch in the scenegraph chain - eg a mesh missing or wrongly named, or a sound missing.
20th May 2008, 12:16 PM
So I went back into the Major using SimPE and went over all the files that I'd changed in order to create it with a fine tooth comb. Nothing appeared to be wrong at all. Nevertheless, I decided to completely rewrite the Skills Required BHAV files, just in case it was those, then I saved and put back in my Downloads folder so I could open up my game and see if it fixed it. It didn't. Every time I try to click on my Sim's career button so I can look at the stast for her degree, how well she's doing and if I need to make her do more assignments and stuff, it crashes, and generates the very same error message: "The application has crashed. The application will now terminate." I know its my custom major that's causing this, I just can't figure out which bit of it. For the moment, I'm leaving it in the game so I can get my Sim through college and not have to leave her in Sim limbo land, but I'm just not clicking that career button at all.
I have uploaded my custom major to the internet so that maybe one of you far more experienced creators can download it and take a look at it yourselves in SimPE, because I'm darned if I can find what's wrong with it. These links go to a free upload/download site, I have used it many many times and it should not in any way mess up your computer, and is safe to visit.
If an experienced creator could take a look at it, it'd be much appreciated, because I just can't find what is wrong with this major - but I'm a pretty new creator, so someone more experienced might be able to discover the problem and tell me how I can fix it.
20th May 2008, 12:55 PM
I'd look at it but I am not going to any dodgy free file site just on the recommendation of one person I don't know very well :D Please attach to a post here in the normal way then I will look.
21st May 2008, 9:43 AM
I didn't know we could attach files. Sorry. Here we go:
... oh no, hang on I can do it. they're not image files and I don't know how to make rars or zips.
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