Now that Sims 3 has been released and since Sims 3 needs a more powerful video card and more RAM, I wanted to start this thread as a source of information for those who are interested in playing on a laptop.
If you've purchased Sims 3 and played it for more than 1 day, please let us know whether your laptop is successful at running Sims 3 or whether it isn't. Because we'd like to say on topic if you would, before you start please copy and paste the template below and answer these questions before diving into your Sims 3 review so we'll know what you're working with! :-)
Laptop Make and Model (ex: HP Pavillion dv7-1275dx): Operating System (ex: XP, Vista, Mac OS X v10.5 "Leopard"): Processor Speed (ex. 2.0 mhz, 2.5 mhz): RAM (ex. 512 mb, 1 gb, etc): Video Card (Make, model and memory size):
Laptop Make and Model (ex: HP Pavillion dv7-1275dx): Dell XPS M1530 - Windows Vista Service Pak 1 Processor Speed (ex. 2.0 mhz, 2.5 mhz): Dual Core 2.20 GHz, 2.20 GHz RAM (ex. 512 mb, 1 gb, etc): 4gb Video Card (Make, model and memory size): 512 NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT
I had no problems installing or playing the game until I started saving custom content to inventory. I played for a week, had low game load times (less then 30 seconds to load the game - considering the house on the lot was very big), and didn't encounter any major game glitches. Once I started saving custom content to inventory, the game would crash upon saving and you could no longer access the saved game.
That's interesting LooHoo....clearly both your processor and video card are great for this game.... so do you think that it's due to the amount of RAM that you have?
Luckily your laptop can be upgraded up to 4gbs so if you do that, you may be alright! Not that you would want to pay additional money just to play the game but with how long you'll probably play the game (years rather than just a few weeks) and the fact that they'll eventually come out with expansion packs, it might be worth a try.
I wish you luck and thank you for the detailed reply!
I've been really looking forward to getting the Sims 3, but I don't want to buy it until I'm positive I will be able to get it to work. My PC is too slow to be able to handle it, but I'm not sure if my laptop can take it either- I tried to download the Sims 2 onto it once, but it just never finished downloading for some reason.
I'm not at all technical like everyone here seems to be, so could someone dumb it down for me, please? :) My computer is only three years old, and it's a Dell Inspiron B130, but that's about all I know.
It runs sims3 fine. I haven't tried sims2 on this laptop, I used to run it on my old laptop though and I'm half tempted to try and load it on this one and see if it can handle all the expansions and cc I have for sims2.
Laptop: MacBook Pro Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo, 2.8ghz with 6mb of L2 @ Processor clockspeed RAM: 4gb DDR3 Video Card: 512mb Nvidia 9600M GT
Cuts through the game like butter, even with maximum settings and a 16 lot vision setting. No crashes. Shaders seem to be a little dark on this video card, you need more lights in a room---but that might just be programming as lights now are occluded by objects in front of them.
I did start having crashes once I loaded the Awesome mod which fixes story progression, pathing AI, and spontaneous baby generation. However the crash is minor and only happens in the first few seconds of loading the game up, maybe one out of five times. I've never had a crash in game even with mods.
Nice idea for a thread, JaineBlaize. However, there is one important thing missing from the template: Operating System. Btw, where are the specs for your system? I'd post mine but I only have desktops.
LooHoo & Literary Lady: Holding off on installing SP2?
You already have the make and model (Dell Inspiron B130) so try these things to get the rest: 1. Click Start > Control Panel and switch to Classic View if it's not already there. 2. Double-click System and you should see the operating system (probably Windows XP Home SP2 or SP3), the processor and its' speed (ex. Pentium 4 1.8 GHz) and the RAM (in MB or GB) listed there. 3. Doing the above should have you on the General tab. To get the video card, click on the Hardware tab (I'm assuming XP is the operating system) and choose Device Manager. Click on the + to the left of Display Adapters and it should show your video card which could be Intel, Nvidia, ATI or something else.
Hi Amber Vaesca! Our first MAC user! I've been thinking about how this game would work on an MacBook. Mainly because I'm interested in a serious video card and the Nvidia 9600 is standard in a MacBook.
Thanks for letting us know how this works outside of the land of PC.... *embarrassed look* sometimes we tend to forget and in doing so, we lose out! Take care!
You're definitely right Chris! I'm not even sure how I missed that one. As I told Amber, sometimes I am limited in my thinking on these things because I noticed that when I added examples, I completely left out the Mac users. It was like I forgot about them. The same thing with OS's. I guess I was thinking that everyone either had XP or *sigh* Vista when that's not the case at all.
I've recently added this to the template though. Thanks for noticing!
M Nelson - Sounds like Sims 3 and its' expansions will run great on your laptop seeing as though you have more than met the requirements for it. I had an old laptop that only had a 1.8 ghz processor, an ATI Radeon Xpress 200M and 512 mb of memory. I had Sims 2 and 4 expansions on it and it ran flawlessly. I figure, if it can run on that relic (well, it was a relic for me) then it can definitely run it on yours! :-)
Emily - Try going to systemrequirementslab dot com to see if your laptop will run Sims 3. We have the same processing speed (GHz thing), and that is what dinged me on it recommending whether it could run for me or not. I'm not into the technical stuff either, but I've been trying to figure out whether my laptop will run Sims 3 too... and it said that my processing speed wasn't enough.
I would go ahead and try it for your specific laptop to make sure... but I wanted to reply since I saw that our speeds were the same on that.
JaineBlaize- It has added the Sims 3- It's listed under T for 'The', instead of S for Sims.
Edit: After running this, it appears my computer passes in many areas, but fails in three; My CPU, CPU Speed (I have 1.7 and it needs 1.8) and video card did not meet requirements..... My computer is literally JUST under the line for each of the minimum requirements- sheesh.
I think Sims 3 would run "okay" on a MacBook, but it's hard to say. With the MacBook Pro I can switch the machine to using the integrated 9600 video card, and with that configuration the game runs fine with lower settings. However this isn't quite emulating a MacBook due to other factors. I had one of the older first generation MacBooks (plastic) and was rather disappointed with it for games, but the new metal ones are an entirely different breed.
Thanks Jaine, I may just have to try that then since I've basically taken up residence on the couch and getting to my normal computer is such a hastle right now (I'm 8 months pregnant, and my computer is up a flight of stairs and with a not so pregnancy-friendly chair). So having this laptop is really wonderful for me, especially since it's running games so much better than I thought it would.