As of Oct 28, 2001 SimFreaks.com has been a subscription
site. We chose to do this as a last resort due to the
high costs of bandwidth because of the enormity of our
site. We have not been the first to select this method
of survival and will not be the last.
If you cannot subscribe, do still visit us to download
our freebies. We offer at least one new freebie with
The first thing you need is a zip file extractor like
These files are compressed and you can uncompress them
in this manner.
For instructions on using WinZIP, visit SimsPlus!
and view the help section.
Assuming you accepted the default path settings on installation
and installed it on your C Drive.
C:\Program Files\Maxis\The Sims\GameData\Walls
C:\Program Files\Maxis\The Sims\GameData\Floors
Extensions: .cmx .skn .bmp
C:\Program Files\Maxis\The Sims\GameData\Skins
Insert skins with .skn, .cmx, and .bmp extension in
Note: not all .bmp files
go in here, only if they are skins. If they say Pic
in the name, they are probably not a skin. You may wish
to open it first before inserting. Inserting should
not cause problems. Skins Usually begin with something
like B001FAfitdrk_blahblah or C311MAfatlgt_blahblah
or something of that nature, unless they go with an
attachment such as hats, glasses, purses.
Extensions: .iff .far
C:\Program Files\Maxis\The Sims\Downloads\
Do not install these.
.sif files contain text you may read with your text
editor regarding copyrights
.sig files are infomation regarding the digital signatures
houses & dowtown lots:
C:\Program Files\Maxis\The Sims\UserData\Houses\
or with Livin' Large:
C:\Program Files\Maxis\The Sims\UserData#\Houses\
Extension: .fam .dtl
You will need to install the telecom patch from TheSims.com
if you don't have it already.
C:\Program Files\Maxis\The Sims\UserData\Imports
Mac Users: seek help from other Mac Users in our Forum.
Your file extension is associated with the wrong program.
Go to My Computer - View - Options - File Types
Scroll through and look for the file extention, such
as IFF, WLL, FLR, ZIP.
Then go open it with the program of your choice. If
you want to associate it with a program, right click
on the file and choose, "Open with..." Then
find the program you want to open with and it will then
Some programs won't open files in this manner. In those
cases, just open the progrma
If you are having problems with it still, please contact
Microsoft support or seek help elsewhere, we do not
handle these questions.
If you don't have Livin' Large, House Party or Hot
Date, the limit for custom walls is 90. The limit for
custom floors is 63.
If you load more, you will see your selections being
replaced by Maxis® custom floors. Tip: You can add walls
and floors after gameload. Just hit ALT-Tab to minimize
your game. Then drag and drop you new walls and floors.
Unfortunately, you can't remove them in the same manner.
You must close down your game to remove these files.
WALLS & FLOORS: Using the tool: HomeCrafter (aka
HomeMaster) from thesims.com,
I've used various methods to complete these decorative
pieces. I mass produced the Solid Walls With Baseboards,
Solid Stucco and Carpets using a texture fill. I'm not
pleased with the Stucco and am working on a replacement.
The Old Bathroom Tiles were created by hand very slowly,
then I created an overlay to change the color. I would've
done this differently if I'd known I wanted to make
more changes in the future. I'm now working on adding
a larger color range in this category.
The Cupertino Castillo Collection involved me running
around my house looking at walls and floors to create
this seemingly poorly matched collection.
The rest are based on real life ideas.
SKINS & MESHES:
Creating quality skins is a difficult task. Some people
just slap a block of color on a body and don't take
the effort to create shading or texture. Programs that
aid in creating skins and meshes may be found at various
places. SimShow - thesims.com, Simposeium, CMX editor
from Kelahn, and various others that I'm too lazy to
get the URLs for at this moment.
Meshes are a lot more difficult and I really don't
have a clue. I've tried and failed. You can find some
tutorials and explanations at Jerome's
We use transmogrifier by Don Hopkins from LushCreations.com.
Read tutorial at Lush Creations, Jenny's Sim Stuff or
7 Deadly Sims.
We also have a few tutorials in our Creation
Tips & Tricks section
6. NO. Don't call
us, we'll call you.
Sure, just take the picture and send it to me in BMP
or JPG format. Don't worry about file size, the bigger
the picture the better detail I can get. I have DSL,
so no picture will take to long for me to receive.
If you are mean and cruel, go ahead. It wouldn't be
the first time someone tried that. However, I never
open any emails with files attached to them, unless
I can identify the extention as safe. So if you want
to send me any .exe files, active X controlled viruses
or any other virus using a scripting language, don't
waste your time.
I started creating these pieces for myself, then thought
"Why not share my stuff with others." The
rest of the team I'm sure enjoys making stuff as much
as I do.
you have ICQ or AOL IM?
YES. Do NOT Contact me, please. I just don't have time
for idle chit-chat. I block unknown contacts automatically.
Yes. See our "About
Us" page to see what other things we work on.
Sims speak their own language. Don't beat yourself
up trying to figure it out. Enjoy the pure universal
simplicity of their language. I'm sure what they had
to say wasn't that important anyway, like most of the
people I've met. This question would've been answered
if you just read the manual.
No. People who give out their serial numbers may find
their account locked at thesims.com.
and view the help section to find out how to extract
the serial number from your legal copy of The Sims.
$60 per hour.
You can find your answer to this one at TSR (thesimsresource.com)
I believe. Also I have a list of cheat codes, but some
are dangerous to your system. You've been warned. (dangerous
list). Please do not send me more cheats. I will
not be updating this section.
information regarding permissions on the files. Although
the base object (the object without the images) may
always be cloned, the images are copyrighted by the
original artists. Those items may not be cloned, modified
or redistributed in any form including but not limited
to the internet, ftp sites, CDs, floppy disks
or any other type of media.
files are digitally
signed files indicating the date the file was last modified
and uploaded. We do this as a protective measure should
anyone decide to redistribute or modify our art.
Both are viewable with your any text editor.
The Sims accesses your virtual memory all of the time,
so if you don't have your virtual memory set to a specific
number, it has to wait while your computer determines
a safe amount.
Now you must determine what is a safe amount for you.
First check to see how much Hard Drive space you have
left on your machine. If you have a huge Hard Drive
with over several Gigabytes of space, then you are probably
safe setting your virtual memory to 500MB like I did.
Start - Settings - Control Panel - System - Performance
- Virtual Memory - Let me specify my own virtual memory
Now I have about 19GB of Hard Drive space left, so
I set mine min and max to 500. That's 500MB.
The trick here is to set the numbers to the same amounts
for your minimum and maximum.
If you only have 1 GB or less, you should NOT set it
to that high of an amount. You want to make sure you
aren't going to leave yourself without Hard Drive Space
to use for virutal memory...or you might have serious
problems, so do keep that in mind when setting your
Have you gone on a download frenzy to pick up everything
imaginable? You may want to be a little more choosy
with your downloads and weed some of the garbage out.