Hey, I have windows XP and when I tried to intsall The Sims, nothing happened :(. I opened the CD-ROM folder and double clicked the setup file, still nothing. All that happens is the "loading hourglass" appears for a few seconds and then nothing. After that I set the compatibility for the setup file to Windows 98, still nothing. Then to Windows 95, nothing. I tried disableing my anti-virus software and closing all non-essential programs, still nada :mad: . WHY WON'T IT INSTALL????? I really miss the Sims please help.
I had a problem similar. Try loading another CD in the drive. If another CD in the drive works then you have all technical problems knocked off. You disk might be scatched. You might also have some kind of virus. Before I reformatted disks wouldn't auto-run, and some wouldn't run at all. I reformatted, and its all good now. [ Remember: Reformatting is a LAST RESORT ]
All my other CD-ROMs work fine and my Sims disk is flawless. I has all virus defintions updated and I scanned for viruses two weeks ago but I'll try again. I don't think it's a virus because other then The Sims, my computer has been functioning normally. I really don't want to reformat the hard drive because I just finished transfering all my files to this computer from my old one. Any other suggestions?
Have you checked to make sure that everything on the computer is running properly. There's no reason to go as far as reformatting your computer, especially when I sense that it's fairly new.
I do know that clearing up background properties are a must and turning off the anti-viral software helps. I also found not being connected to the internet helped in uploading the game because it caused a background interference.
But it might not even be your computer, the disk might be faulty. If it's within its warranty limit you can send it off to EA and get a new one.
Have you checked for Spyware? Not saying it's a cause but it might help unwanted background activity that even the computer doesn't see.
I found what was wrong, a program called "rundll32.exe" has been acting screwy and it was preventing the installation. I closed it and the Sims installed :p . Now to find out what rundll32.exe is.
Tenacious MattI found what was wrong, a program called "rundll32.exe" has been acting screwy and it was preventing the installation. I closed it and the Sims installed :p . Now to find out what rundll32.exe is.
Microsoft "Run a DLL as an App". RUNDLL32 is the Microsoft Windows program that loads DLLs into memory so that they can be used by specific programs or by Windows.
Try the Enditall program for future installations and general gameplay. It works well, by closing all the background programs to help eliminate slow game performance in games aswell as errors during program installations.
I have the same problem. I put in my makin magic disk to load it and the hourglass appears for a few seconds and then nothing. I have just bought the game brand new, did a checkdisk and scan disk and disk cleanup and nothing... i also have xp and have recently installed unleashed with no problems. after reading about the dll32 on the pc i had a look to see if I had it. I dont think it is running but do you think i can delete it? do i need it? KARen
No you need that DLL to run your computer. Microsoft made rundll32 extremely faulty, but it as all other dll's is your computer's memory library, deleting them would cause problems.
thanks for your reply. But what can I do now? I dont really know enough about computers and i cant understand why it wont load. i have 3.6 gb of hard drive spare. is that enough do you think? all the games i now dont use will not be deleted as it says it may cause other programmes not to work. helppppppppppppppppppppppp KAren
You should have enough space on your computer, depending on the amount of games, because the three that I have take up 1.3gb or less. You might want to find a friend or someone else who knows a bit more about computers to remove the games you don't want to play since you are not comfortable doing so, to give the computer more memory space.