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Offline RockinRobin

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What to do if Your Game Slows Down (Clean Up Your Game)
« on: January 09, 2010, 05:26:48 PM »
Over the last week or so, my game has gotten so sluggish that it was almost painful to play it. I had tried numerous things to try and speed it up and I finally found the correct answer so I thought I'd share it.

The first thing I did was go through my hard drive and delete any unnecessary files to free up some disk space, but that didn't seem to help. Then I tried Pam's suggestion and move all my screenshots to a different folder to try and free up some space in the game. That didn't seem to help either. I felt like there HAD to be something, somewhere that was slowing down my game, so I started looking in all the game files. I knew I had not installed any new CC or any mods so it couldn't be that.

I came across the folder called DCbackup located in My Documents--> Electronic Arts--> The Sims 3--> DCbackup. I looked at those files and realized that they were just a bunch of backup files of all the package files ever used in the game. I did some checking to make sure it was ok to delete those and found out that it was fine. Once any CC is installed, it's there in your game, so you really don't need backups of it. But if it will make you feel better, you can always move all of those files to another folder somewhere other than your Sims 3 folder. But the best thing to do is just to delete all of those files in the DCbackup folder. In fact, it's probably a good idea to clean it out weekly or monthly....depending on how often you play.  If you have any premium content installed from the Sims 3 store, do not delete the ccmerged.package file within the DCBackup folder.  You will need to reinstall the items for them to once again be able to work properly if you delete this file

Once I deleted all of those files, I was amazed at how much better my game played! It's like brand new again! I think that folder basically acts as a cache to hold all the items that are used in the game for easier access. The problem is, just like with web browsing, once you get too much junk in there, it just slows everything down.

Edited to add the following from mtglady:

You can also delete your compositorCache file, CASPartCache, scriptCache, and your simCompositorCache file.  Just delete them all as they will regenerate when you start a new game.   They can be found in your 'Your Name' > Documents > Electronic Arts > The Sims 3 folder.  They are standalone files so if you sort the Sims 3 folder by name, they will appear toward the bottom.   If you delete the socialCache file, there is a good possibility you may lose all progress towards achievements and showtime Simport stamps so be careful about getting rid of this file.

And please do as Pam stated, restart your computer, close all unnecessary background files and try loading your game again.  Hopefully this will cure your problem for awhile.
I delete these two files every evening when I am done playing and my DCBackup files monthly.

Note:  For Windows Vista and Windows 7, look in Documents, not My Documents.

Edited by Pam on March 30, 2012 (added more cache files that can be deleted.)
Edited by Ricalynn on November 2, 2012 to include information about the ccmerged file

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Re: What to do if Your Game Slows Down
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2010, 06:01:55 PM »
That's a good tip.

And I've heard the same thing about that DCbackup folder; it's just useless junk really.

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Re: What to do if Your Game Slows Down
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2010, 07:01:18 PM »
Thanks so much for this tip! I find that sometimes my game is going at speed 1 even if it's supposed to be at speed 3. This should really help, especially with my legacy, when I get the house to be huge with a whole lot of stuff in there.
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Re: What to do if Your Game Slows Down
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2010, 09:14:30 PM »
You're welcome....yeah I thought it was too good a tip not to share. My game has been running slow for several days and it was making me crazy! LOL Once I read up on what the DCbackup does, it made me realize that's WHY my game was running so sluggish. I've been playing Sims 3 for about 4 mths and WA for about 2 mths, and I've never cleaned that area out, so it's no wonder it was slow. I had over 2 GB of useless junk in there! It does basically work just like web browsing. You know how your browser saves all the files you've looked at recently so that you can get back to them quicker? It's the same premise....so you just need to clean it out once in awhile.

I'm not sure about the other folder called DCcache...but I'm going to look into what that one does too. But it seemed that the main culprit was the DCbackup folder.

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Re: What to do if Your Game Slows Down
« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2010, 03:45:12 AM »
I'm moving this to the Technical Help board.
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Re: What to do if Your Game Slows Down
« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2010, 09:47:22 AM »
Just tried it, let's see if it works! Will come back to edit this post!
Edit: I deleted all of them except the most recent ones and it helped for several minutes of loading/saving time! Thank you so much!

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Re: What to do if Your Game Slows Down
« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2010, 10:58:09 AM »
Thanks for the tip! Is there a certain amount of files you should leave in? Or can you delete them all?

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Re: What to do if Your Game Slows Down
« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2010, 01:27:40 PM »
Sophie4563, you can delete them all.

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Re: What to do if Your Game Slows Down
« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2010, 03:31:18 PM »
So glad to see this post.  The last few days my game has been crashing about every 12-15 minutes (literally, I kept a log). I was at my wits end.  I cleared this folder and no crashes since.  Keeping my fingers crossed.

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Re: What to do if Your Game Slows Down
« Reply #9 on: November 08, 2010, 07:23:28 PM »
Original Poster,
I thank you, my sims thank you. Ahhhhhh so much more smooth!

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Re: What to do if Your Game Slows Down
« Reply #10 on: November 08, 2010, 07:59:11 PM »
Finally, a solution to the problems I've been having since WA! I'm going to test it out now!

EDIT: There were 165 of those files in there! :o No wonder my game was such a nightmare to play!

EDIT: It didn't work. My game is performing as terribly as before.  :(
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Re: What to do if Your Game Slows Down
« Reply #11 on: November 08, 2010, 11:00:39 PM »
Did you restart your game and computer after deleting those files, Simstar?
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Re: What to do if Your Game Slows Down
« Reply #12 on: November 08, 2010, 11:49:48 PM »
Simstar, you can also delete your compositorCache file and your simCompositorCache file.  Just delete them both as they will regenerate when you start a new game.   They can be found in your 'Your Name' > Documents > Electronic Arts > The Sims 3 folder.  They are standalone files so if you sort the Sims 3 folder by name, they will appear toward the bottom.
And please do as Pam stated, restart your computer, close all unnecessary background files and try loading your game again.  Hopefully this will cure your problem for awhile.
I delete these two files every evening when I am done playing and my DCBackup files monthly.   Good Luck!
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Re: What to do if Your Game Slows Down
« Reply #13 on: November 10, 2010, 11:44:55 PM »
Stuff in DCBackup <-- can be deleted safely. Do not delete folder tho.
Stuff in DCCache <-- Do Not Delete
Screenshots, exported items and the like <-- safe to move/delete

CASPartCache.package, compositorCache.package, scriptCache.package, simCompositorCache.package.
These are safe to delete, this will slow your game for a bit because it haves to create them anew, but for long-running games, or for people that go through custom content fast, this will remove an awful lot of clutter from them.

Legacy families are prone to neighborhood decay however, so if that's your problem, there's nothing much that can be done (other than playing with story progression turned off that is).

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Re: What to do if Your Game Slows Down
« Reply #14 on: November 11, 2010, 12:40:00 AM »
Ugh. I restarted my computer, but my game is acting exactly the same. In fact, I think it's even worse. I'm really thinking of giving up on the sims now. Please, someone help! :(
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Re: What to do if Your Game Slows Down
« Reply #15 on: November 11, 2010, 12:42:50 AM »
Ugh. I restarted my computer, but my game is acting exactly the same. In fact, I think it's even worse. I'm really thinking of giving up on the sims now. Please, someone help! :(

Don't you have a thread on this from awhile back?  If not, start a new one and give the specific details of your problem.  I know you've probably done it already, but we have new people now who might have some ideas.
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Re: What to do if Your Game Slows Down
« Reply #16 on: November 11, 2010, 12:59:38 AM »
Ugh. I restarted my computer, but my game is acting exactly the same. In fact, I think it's even worse. I'm really thinking of giving up on the sims now. Please, someone help! :(
There's several things i can think of that can cause slowdown. Are you willing to go through some troubleshooting?.
1) What patches do you have? (as in, what patch do you have of the base game and each expansion)
2) Does it happen with brand new neighborhood & sims?
3) What custom content do you have?

Mismatched patches can cause a lot of trouble (can happen if you patch manually or if the EADM did what it does best and failed to do it's job).
#2 would be a clear indicator of either bloated world cache or glitchy neighborhood.
#3 is the wildcard here, if you go through CC fast, deleting the caches would help, if you use a lot of little packages, merging them would greatly improve load times; If there's a bad apple amongst your mods, that one could be the cause. Ironically enough, the right mods can greatly alleviate neighborhood decay.

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Re: What to do if Your Game Slows Down
« Reply #17 on: November 11, 2010, 01:04:03 AM »
@TGBlank:  Please address this when Simstar makes a thread for her issue.  I don't want this information thread taken up with a specific problem that should have its own thread.  Thanks.
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Re: What to do if Your Game Slows Down
« Reply #18 on: November 11, 2010, 11:41:08 AM »
Ok, I revived my old thread about my problem.
http://www.carls-sims-3-forum.com/index.php/topic,1739.10.html
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Re: What to do if Your Game Slows Down
« Reply #19 on: November 15, 2010, 05:36:14 PM »
I unfortunately deleted my DCCache contents this morning, instead of the DCBackup contents. When I realized my mistake I reinstalled everything showing under "downloaded" in the launcher.

The contents of my DCCache are now:

dcdb0.dbc
dcdb0.ebc
missingdeps.idx

Is that everything, or is there something else I should do? I have all the expansions, many store items, some T-mobile and Dr. Pepper items.

edit: I found a dcdb1.ebc in my recycle bin too. I just replaced the above 3 files with the same-named ones from the recycle bin, plus added the dcdb1.ebc as well. Am I all good now?
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Re: What to do if Your Game Slows Down
« Reply #20 on: November 15, 2010, 05:57:44 PM »
Reinstalling everything under downloaded in the launcher should have done the trick. Do note that it is perfectly normal that the end result was different, particularly if you originally installed store items and such progressively (over different launchers/expansions/patches/dates).
Replacing things back shouldn't be necessary unless you find yourself a few items short. If so, re-downloading them is a better idea.

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Re: What to do if Your Game Slows Down
« Reply #21 on: November 15, 2010, 06:56:31 PM »
@TG: Whoops, I'll delete and re-install them then. It's good to know not to expect the same end-result.

You've been a really big help to me with your posts recently!  :)
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Re: What to do if Your Game Slows Down (Clean Up Your Game)
« Reply #22 on: November 30, 2010, 06:39:56 PM »
What are the instructions for this on the new windows 7 on a dell inspiron? Because I can't find my documents and the other folders.

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« Reply #23 on: November 30, 2010, 07:06:05 PM »
Look under Documents instead of My Documents.
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Re: What to do if Your Game Slows Down (Clean Up Your Game)
« Reply #24 on: December 01, 2010, 10:39:59 AM »
1258 files in the DCBackup map just because I couldn't find this topic back. I must be blessed with the fact my game was still able to run. Howly cow! :O