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I cannot make enoug power to run my prison and i can only start one generator at a time how do i get moar!.
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donna1910 Feb 11, 2014 @ 2:27am 
Have you added capacitors around the side of your generator? They give you extra power and should be able to run a decent sized prison.
Ric666 Feb 11, 2014 @ 2:41am 
You may be trying to run 2 power stations on the same system. This doesn't work very well as it quite often causes both power gens to short circuit. 1 shorts the other when you switch one on after the other.

It's better to split your power grid into 2 or 3 completely seperate systems to eliminate the shortout problem.

As Duff has said, also place capacitors round your power gens. 12per generator max.

Look at any of my prisons on the workshops to see some power layout examples.

Hope this helps

edited for capacitor number.
Last edited by Ric666; Feb 11, 2014 @ 12:31pm
Originally posted by Ric666:
You may be trying to run 2 power stations on the same system. This doesn't work very well as it quite often causes both power gens to short circuit. 1 shorts the other when you switch one on after the other.

It's better to split your power grid into 2 or 3 completely seperate systems to eliminate the shortout problem.

As Duff has said, also place capacitors round your power gens. 9per generator max.

Look at any of my prisons on the workshops to see some power layout examples.

Hope this helps :prisoner:
9 capacitors? That is incorrect. you can have more than that as you have four sides plus the corners which is 16. Unless walls are in the way.
Last edited by Khan Boyzitbig of Mercia; Feb 11, 2014 @ 12:20pm
Ric666 Feb 11, 2014 @ 12:30pm 
^^ lol...I mean't 12, sorry.

Don't think having the ones at the corners do anything.
mikeydsc Feb 12, 2014 @ 12:09am 
I havent played this in 6 months and still the same issues from then now
Hentaisocial Feb 12, 2014 @ 4:13am 
Originally posted by mikeydsc:
I havent played this in 6 months and still the same issues from then now
If by same issues you mean lots of user error. 90% of the time when someone posts about power problems it turns out they're shorting out their circuits or not turning on capacitors.

Same thing with rooms failing, it always ends up being a case of extending the designation into a doorway or using walls instead of foundations.

Those are things for IV to consider in terms of intuitive UI design later on, but your post kind of makes it seems like you're insinuating that the game is broken.
Last edited by Hentaisocial; Feb 12, 2014 @ 4:14am
TheDude1972 Feb 12, 2014 @ 6:05am 
Originally posted by Ric666:
^^ lol...I mean't 12, sorry.

Don't think having the ones at the corners do anything.

Yes they do, Just build the 4 corners and watch the extra bars appearing on the powerstation ;)
12 is the limit, I tested it :p
Ric666 Feb 12, 2014 @ 6:13am 
Originally posted by TheDude1972:
Originally posted by Ric666:
^^ lol...I mean't 12, sorry.

Don't think having the ones at the corners do anything.

Yes they do, Just build the 4 corners and watch the extra bars appearing on the powerstation ;)
12 is the limit, I tested it :p

Lol...so it's 16 then. Re-read your message ;)

I've always used 12 & it works perfectly so i'll just continue with that. The corner ones look silly & shouldn't work imo, even if they do.

TheDude1972 Feb 12, 2014 @ 6:14am 
Originally posted by Ric666:
Originally posted by TheDude1972:

Yes they do, Just build the 4 corners and watch the extra bars appearing on the powerstation ;)
12 is the limit, I tested it :p

Lol...so it's 16 then. Re-read your message ;)

I've always used 12 & it works perfectly so i'll just continue with that. The corner ones look silly & shouldn't work imo, even if they do.

Doh! Yup... Sorry. 16 it is!

And your right, I only use them when I have to.
Last edited by TheDude1972; Feb 12, 2014 @ 6:15am
Ric666 Feb 12, 2014 @ 6:16am 
Apparently it's been like this since Alpha10(the corner ones working)

Been playing this too long, I'm used to all the old rules! lol..
Last edited by Ric666; Feb 12, 2014 @ 6:16am
TheDude1972 Feb 12, 2014 @ 6:17am 
Originally posted by Ric666:
Apparently it's been like this since Alpha10(the corner ones working)

Been playing this too long, I'm used to all the old rules! lol..

I've been playing a while as well.
But I still like the way the game is going, getting harder but definatelly more fun.
Ric666 Feb 12, 2014 @ 6:44am 
Originally posted by TheDude1972:
Originally posted by Ric666:
Apparently it's been like this since Alpha10(the corner ones working)

Been playing this too long, I'm used to all the old rules! lol..

I've been playing a while as well.
But I still like the way the game is going, getting harder but definatelly more fun.

Yup, definitely going in the right direction. Not played in ages either. I'll go back eventually. I always outplay my games when I first get them then take about a year off, lol.
Thanks all,i knew about the capacitors but i didnt know you had to have them on seperate power lines.
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