Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Sims 3 Error Code 12

Sims 3 is a very interesting game where you control little people and help them maintaining their social lives. Kids inside the game go to school and youngsters go for work- all under your control. Hoever, sometimes users encounter some errors while playing the game.  

Sims 3 error code 12 has started occurring after the introduction of ‘World Adventures’ expansion pack. Players often complaint this error when they try to save their session. It appears when one hits the ‘Save’ button and waits patiently for the operation to finish.

Pause and Save the Session with a Different Name
Pause the game, click Save As instead of Save button. Type a new name and confirm. It has worked for a number of users. However, there is no technical reason for it.
Remove Problematic Custom Contents
Delete Custom Contents
The recently added Custom Contents may be not functioning well. Remove all problematic custom contents in order to solve Sims 3 error code 12.
  1. Close The Sims 3.
  2. Open My Computer, browse any of the following directories:
  3. C:\Program Files\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\GameData\Mods
  4. C:\Users\<User Name>\My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Mods
  5. Press Alt key, click Edit | Select All. Press Delete key of your keyboard and confirm by clicking Yes.

Disable Data Execution Prevention
Data Execution Prevention (DEP)
Make an exception in the working of Data Execution Prevention (DEP). Add Sims 3 to its exception list and restart it to fix Sims 3 error 12. Here’s how:
  1. Close The Sims 3.
  2. Right click My Computer desktop icon, select Properties.
  3. In the new page, click Advanced System Settings. (On the left hand side corner)
  4. In the new dialog, Advanced tab shall be opened automatically. From Performance frame, click the Settings button.
  5. In the parent dialog, click Data Execution Prevention tab. Select Turn on DEP for all programs and services except those I select option.
  6. Click Add, browse any of the following file depending on your system configurations:
For 32 bit Users:
C: -> Program Files -> Electronic Arts -> The Sims 3 -> Game -> Bin -> TS3.exe
For 64 bit Users:
C: -> Program Files (x86) -> Electronic Arts -> The Sims 3 -> Game -> Bin -> TS3.exe

      7.  Click OK | OK.
      8.  Now restart the game.

Correct Registry Problems
Registry configurations are responsible for the smooth functioning of an installed game. When these registry keys are improperly changed, deleted or renamed, you started getting Sims 3 error code 12 and similar errors. 
The solution is easy. Download a Registry Cleaner software, scan your PC and fix all errors that exist. Restart the PC when you are done.

Uninstall and Reinstall the Sims 3
There can be problems with the installation of game that are causing Sims 3 error code 12. Uninstall and reinstall it to overcome this issue.

Control Panel
1.       Click Start, select Control Panel. Click Programs and then Uninstall a Program.

2.       Select The Sims 3 and click Uninstall button. Follow it and restart your machine.

3.       Download a fresh setup online and reinstall it once again.

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