View Full Version : Fix for black screen/crash on start-up

01-27-2011, 01:41 PM
I had a problem with this game for a while - whenever I started it up, it would display a black screen for a few seconds, then go to my desktop with no error message. If anyone else has this problem, here's a solution:

1. Go to C:\Documents and Settings\your name\My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3

2. Open the Options.ini file

3. Look for the line that says "fullscreen = 1", then change the 1 to a 0

The game should open properly now. The problem is that for some reason the game refuses to work in fullscreen, and everyone knows how good EA is at supporting their games after release. With this solution, you can play the game just fine, but you just have to do it in windowed mode. You can easily go to the video options and set the screen resolution to match that of your desktop (1680x1050 for me, for example).

Hope this helps someone.

01-27-2011, 04:50 PM
I noticed that when I first started it up it took 20-30 seconds before the EA logo popped up. For a moment I thought it had crashed as well but it just took a moment.