Sims 4 DLC Packs now repairing properly in Origin

Origin Technical Preview (beta) was updated at some point this week and it seems like they’ve finally addressed the issue of repairing the game only repairs the base game and not all Expansion, Game and Stuff Packs (and Kits).

Hope this makes it into the general release whenever that happens, I think a week or so after the technical preview is released? Great news though, it now means we don’t have to manually force a re-download of a pack to fix pack corruption.

Sims 4 audio crackling or system freezing on Macs with M1 chip

The shiny and beautiful Mac with the M1 chip can run the Sims 4 beautifully even though the game isn’t native and requires Rosetta to run. There are two small niggles though which I’ve been a bit tardy about reporting here – sorry!

Freezing resulting in Mac restarting
I posted about this last November but just reiterating again. If you are experiencing freezing whilst playing, usually in CAS, just enable vsync in the game options at the main menu or open the Options.ini file in your Sims 4 folder using TextEdit, find the line for verticalsync and change the value to 1.

In-game audio crackle
This is pretty irritating and there doesn’t seem to be a fix apart from muting the sound. There is a thread here at Answers HQ so it’s worth subscribing to it if you want to see any updates.

Crashing caused by Origin avatar


This article relates to a specific Category ID in the lastCrash report. These IDs can change after a patch. Patch number and relevant Category ID are clearly listed below.


Patch 1.73.57.1230, Category ID 0xf29580

Of course, there are many reasons why the game can crash – out of date CC/Mods, corrupted save, gameplay bug, low spec. machine, Origin in-game enabled, lots of different reasons. One of the current reasons since the December patch is down to the user’s Origin avatar. We have had this before but it was fixed a few months ago. It is also a common cause of Gallery crashes for Mac users.

If you have a lastCrash.txt file in your Documents > Electronic Arts > Sims 4 folder open it up using TextEdit and look for the category ID. If it is the same ID as above it means your crashing is caused by your Origin avatar.

To fix it open Origin, click on your profile in the bottom left corner then click on the orange button saying Edit on EA.com next to your profile image in the main window. In the browser window that opens click on your profile picture and choose a new avatar. You can upload your own or choose one from the avatar gallery.

Once you have changed it quit Origin and restart and you should be good to go.