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    Can't get SimCity 4 to run on 64bit Windows 7

    Even when we have to wait to be kind "EA" to create patches for this game? I purchased the product recently, and no adequate support to run on a 64-bit quad core processor ... The game is loading the territory falls. Troop of thieves!.

    bad company, there is no commitment to its customers. Become rich thanks to us and not create layers of patch updates.

    There are only excuses! work for us, for your customer!

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    Even when we have to wait to be kind "EA" to create patches for this game? I purchased the product recently, and no adequate support to run on a 64-bit quad core processor ... The game is loading the territory falls. Troop of thieves!.

    bad company, there is no commitment to its customers. Become rich thanks to us and not create layers of patch updates.

    There are only excuses! work for us, for your customer!

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    Hi Nativo,

    First let clear a few things up:

    1) your posts were delayed in being displayed to these forums because I premoderate all posts by new users to prevent spam from being posted here, hence you could not see your posts right away.

    2) These forums are not in any way associated with nor endorsed by EA games. I am the owner of these forums and I run them as a hobby. We're just a group of SimCity enthusiasts who have been playing the game for many, many years.

    3) To the best of my knowledge no one related to EA games participates in these forums.

    4) I did not approve all your posts because they all basically covered the same issue, which is installing SimCity 4 on Windows 7/Vista with a 64bit quad core processor.

    5) I am merging all your posts into one thread since they all cover the same issue.

    Now with all that out of the way....


    Your issue basically comes down to the fact that SimCity 4 is several years old and is not supported any longer (to the best of my knowledge) as it has been replaced with SimCity Societies. As you should do for ANY software you buy, if you just bought SimCity 4, you should have read the box FIRST to see if it claimed to support Windows 7, which it does not since it came out before even Windows Vista existed.

    SimCity 4 was designed for 32bit Windows XP. A 64 bit version of Windows Visita and/or Windows 7 is a significantly different architecture from 32 bit Windows XP and many programs, like SimCity 4, just can't run on it. At least they can not run on Windows 7 in native mode.

    I do not have either Windows Vista nor Windows 7 so I can only guess at solutions, however, I do believe there is some sort of 32bit emulator on Windows 7 (someone else would have to confirm this) that MAY enable you to run SimCity 4.

    Maybe some others can pipe in on this issue with suggestions. As much as I like SimCity 4 and would like to play it on Windows 7 when I buy a new computer, I seriously doubt EA Games is would come out with a patch given how old the game is. This is sad, because it will mean the end to a great game.

    As this will be a more common issue I hope someone can post a work around so that we can have our SimCity 4 and 64 bit Windows 7 to.
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    Wow, I have 64 bit Windows 7 and can run the game without any problem.

    I think it's the quad-core that's making all the issues. I have no idea how to solve that, however, but I think it is possible though.

    Btw, go check out my newest entry in the Journals section!

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    Thanks Builder, you just made me very happy.

    One comment I saw in another thread was to try and turn off the extra cores when playing SimCity. Maybe if Windows only has one or two cores running SimCity will function properly.

    Okay I'll check out your Journal.
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    Haha, no problem Ken. It's always a pleasure pleasing you.

    And that sounded really wrong :P

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    Windows 7

    I have windows 7 64 bit computer -- it runs sim city 4 just fine and dandy -- however -- it will NOT run sim cities societies -- seems weird since that is the later game -- I have been trying to find a solution -- it seems many people are getting the same error code -- windows site says the game is compatible -- perhaps not compatible with a higher level game card ??? anyway - if you are fans of sim city 4 which I really dont like -- then you should be fine -- - if you like societies and destinations -- well then it might be impossible.

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    Trial and error...

    I've had similar experiences with Simcity4-Deluxe on Windows7 x64 with a HD 5850, Phenom II 940BE & 4GB DDR2. Initially I installed SC4 and all was well. Framerates were fine, could run at 1600x900 via the shortcut mod with no problems. Clouds appeared a bit flickery but not too much of a distraction. Then I updated using this patch "UPDATE_SKU1_TO_P1_B638.EXE" and it all went nuts after that. Framerates dropped to the point that it was unplayable. :confused: I tried to tweak the .SGR files but it didn't make much difference. Could only run smooth in software mode.
    Eventually SC4 would not start at all. "This program failed...etc...". What I've realized after re-installing a fresh copy of SC4 is that it was already version "1.1.638.0". So what did this patch I used earlier do to my install?

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    windows 7 and sim city

    Dear Ken,

    I read your post and wanted to clear something up - - sim city 4 in fact runs fine on windows 7 64 bit -- i can run that one --- it is SIM CITY SOCIETIES AND DESTINATIONS the newer programs that will not run -- -so its NOT a matter of the age of the program it is some kind of designer flaw -- thanks for listening

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    Sim City 4 on Windows 7 64bit

    Follow these steps:

    1) Install Sim City 4. When the game starts on completion, exit.
    2) (Optional) Install Sim City 4 Rush Hour. When the game starts on completion, again exit.
    3) Install the Sim City 4 Rush Hour Update from this URL: http://simcity.ea.com/update/index_update.php
    4) You may use a custom resolution by adding this to the shortcut:
    "C\Program Files (x86)\Maxis\SimCity 4\Apps\SimCity 4.exe" -CustomResolution:enabled -r1920x1080x32

    Adjust as needed.

    5) Right click the shortcut again, and go to compatibility Check Run As Administrator, Disable Visual Themes, Run in Compatibility Mode for XP Service Pack 2
    6) CLOSE ALL OTHER PROGRAMS NOTHING ELSE CAN BE RUNNING ON THE TASK BAR
    7) Run the program. It may drop you back to the desktop at this point, or if it is still going hit CTRL-ALT-DEL go to TASK MANAGER then Processes. Find the Sim City Process. Right Click the process and select "Set Affinity..." Uncheck all but one processor, so that one processor only can run the Sim City process.
    Click back into the game on the taskbar. During the loading sequence ("EA, Challenge Everything") it may continue to drop you to the desktop... don't worry... once the game actually starts (Region View) you'll be able to play just fine!

    Hope this helps someone...
    Last edited by lysernix; 10-30-2010 at 09:40 AM.

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