In this article I’m going to show you some tips and tricks that would solve the crashing problem in sims 4. First and foremost your game needs to be under the required gaming specifications. Anything below the minimum requirements your game would not be able to start or would crash at the loading screen.
Shown below are the minimum requirements needed for Sims 4 to run.
The Sims 4 Minimum Requirements
|CPU:||Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 or AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+ (2.0 GHz Dual Core required if using integrated graphics)|
|CPU SPEED:PROCESSOR:||PROCESSOR: 1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 Dual-Core 4000+ or equivalent|
|OS:||Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8/ Windows 10|
|VIDEO CARD:||NVIDIA GeForce 6600 or ATI Radeon X1300 or Intel GMA X4500|
|FREE DISK SPACE:||10 GB|
If you do not know how to check the requirements properly click here to do an automatic safe detection to see if your game is compatible or not.
If you pass the test then you could try doing the below steps to see if your game can be fixed.
Causes of Sims 4 Crashing
- Origin Client Server Errors
- Crashing Outdated Corrupted CC/Mods – Most Common
- Unnecessary Background Applications
- Memory Errors – Most Common
- Compatibility Issues and Patch Levels
Origin Errors/Server Errors
Problems due to the Orgin game client would cause the game to eventually crash. Make sure you keep the software up to date so this won’t happen. If you suspect that the game client is the cause of your game crash then a server issue could be suspected.
Another fix that could be done would be to relocate the Sims 4 Screenshots folder to another location or deleting some images from the folder itself. Overloading this folder with images could keep the game crashing on startup or during the game.
The directory of the Sims 4 screenshots folder is shown below in the image
The Crashing Outdated CC/Mods
Custom content are one of the biggest causes that would make the Sims 4 crash. Incompatible outdated game mods would cause a conflict with the game patch level. For an example let’s say your game is patched to 1.33 but the game mod is patched to 1.33 BELOW then the game can crash.
Possessing a lot of mods in the mods folder would do the same thing. So make sure to remove the unnecessary ones , be particular about the game scripting mods as it could mess with the game settings.
It’s not that hard to detect which mod is making the crash occur sometimes it affects particular aspects in the game. For an example if the game constantly crashes while you are trying to woohoo two sims then it could be a woohoo mod that is causing the issue. So in this type of situations try to remove the conflicting mod or check the mod creator’s website for an update.
If you are seriously unable to detect the corrupted custom content that is affecting your game, there is a particular software that can detect conflicting mods called Mod Conflicts Detector that would automatically do the job for you.
A screen shot of this particular software is present below.
The rows that are denoted in red would be the conflicting mods and should be either replaced or deleted.
Unnecessary Background Applications
Don’t let other unnecessary programs consume your virtual memory. Don’t run download managers, Skype and other memory extensive programs when running Sims 4 that would most likely cause a crash.
Simply press CTRL+ALT+DELETE on your key board and select “Task Manager” and select any unnecessary program and click “End Task” This would terminate the program.
It is understandable that Sims 4 only uses 2 GB to run the game however it should be noted that when there are more expansions or if the save game file is increased this would need more memory than specified in the Sims 4 requirements. This issue is clearly present when you have a very large lot along with a lot of residents.
A solution would be to evict the residents (which most people like me won’t prefer) or moving the sims to a smaller lot (which also sucks). The other solution would be to provide more RAM for the game. You could buy a 16GB ram and insert into the PC but it might not still solve the problem, because the game is designed to ONLY use 2GB. Therefore, a method should be used so that the game could run using more than 2GB.
Increasing User VA is the most common solution that is done to handle this problem but should be attempted at your own risk. But it did solve the problem for me. However it did have many complications when i attempted in Sims 3 (read it here- Sims 3 Crashing to Desktop) but no issues were found in Sims 4.
Increasing user Va also helps battling Error Code 12 and other saving issues. Due to the risks, the method would not be available here. Instead the article would introduce you to some mods that would help fix the crashing issue.
Mods that Fix Sims 4 Crashing to Desktop
The truth is there is not any mod to fix the crashing itself- but use certain strategies related to such mods so you can either evict the house hold and maybe install the game again and start over. That usually solves the problem.
Compatibility Issues and Patch Levels
The Sims 4 could be played in any game OS regardless the game specifications. However, in some rare occasions an error would be shown that the game is not compatible. The solution would be to right click the TS4. exe and go to properties and select program compatibility and change it to another OS of your preference.
The patch levels should be checked and the game should be updated regularly to prevent crashing. Not updating the game would cause custom content conflicts where the CC would be updated to the higher level but your game is updated to the CC level.
In order to identify to which level you are currently patched in the game. You should go to the Sims 4 directory located in My Documents and select the game version file. Check the version it is updated to and simultaneously check the latest patch available on EA atm and download and install the latest patch.
The Finale and Useful Tips
Sims 4 is a great game but it’s developing and expanding and would have more errors like Sims 3 eventually. Make sure to save regularly and keep the game updated to prevent your data from being lost. Always back up your save game files before attempting anything.
Thanks for reading and Happy Simming! 😀