This is so easy to do, yet has such a positive effect on the game aesthetic. You will need TwistedMexi’s T.O.O.L. Mod and MOO enabled. I made a quick guide on how to place the… More
EA updated the Sim 4 back in April to comply with Apple’s notarisation policy. This resulted in all DLC (Expansion, Game and Stuff Packs) being installed outside of the Sims 4 app and in a standalone folder called The Sim 4 Packs in the same location as the game app is installed to, by default the User Applications folder, Users > User > Applications.
If you open the Sims 4 Packs folder you can see the game files for each pack. This is the contents of the Eco Lifestyle folder:
Since this update, repairing the game only repairs the base game and ignores all DLC. It also means that when you uninstall the game through Origin the Sims 4 Packs folder is ignored so you need to manually trash it.
This shouldn’t normally present an issue but removing or altering files within this folder, or if any files become corrupted, can impact your game and cause error messages. The Game Data Incomplete error message is triggered by the SimulationFullBuild0.package file and the ResourceSimulation.cfg file missing or corrupted.
The Pack Download in Progress error message is triggered by the ResourceClient.cfg file missing or corrupted.
A missing or corrupted thumbnails.package causes the llama missing icons error:
Simply repairing the game in Origin will not fix this. You need to trigger a re-download of the pack to replace the files causing the error. The easiest and quickest way to do this is to trash the relevant pack folder (see earlier screenshot above). This will prompt Origin to notify you of a pack available for download.
Download the pack and you should once again see the folder in the Sims 4 Packs folder with all relevant files present and hopefully not encounter anymore errors.
If you’re unsure which pack number your affected pack is you can check in the System Requirements page here for each pack – https://bluebellflora.com/system-requirements/
With Eco Lifestyle came a brand new style of planter, a vertical design. Not all plants can be planted in them though so I thought it helpful to compile a list of all plants and where they can be successfully planted to harvest. I tested all of these myself with MOO off in a clean game. If you are after more information about the plant and what it can do, head over to Carl’s excellent Sims 4 Gardening Guide.
|Harvestable||Single Planter||Large Planter||Vertical|
|Bird of Paradise||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|False Morel Mushroom||Yes||Yes||No|
|Sixam Mosquito Trap||Yes||Yes||No|
The DiP_STAGED error that can show up when trying to patch your game seems to be caused when a user tries to update the game in a different user account on their Mac than the one where the game is installed to. Let me explain:
- You have two Applications folder available to you when you are logged in on a Mac:
- Macintosh HD/Applications (the system Applications folder)
- Macintosh HD/Users/[your user account]/Applications (your specific user Applications folder)
- Origin will normally install by default to Macintosh HD/Applications
- The Sims 4 will normally install by default to Macintosh HD/Users/[your user account]/Applications
- If you are logged into a different user account on your Mac to the one that the game is installed to, you will still be able to play it as Origin is installed in the System Applications folder and the game is played through Origin. However, if you try to update the game in the different user account you will probably encounter the DiP_STAGED error.
Make sure you are logged into the user account the game is installed to and update the game there. Occasionally this issue can completely break the game and unfortunately the only answer is to completely uninstall and reinstall the game.