oceanassassin Nov 23, 2012 @ 10:02am
How to STOP the Crashes!
EDIT: Much easier way has been brought to my attention by the awesome Slovenian89: In your library section, right click on SimCity 4, click properties and then under the general tab click on Launch Options and then type -CPUCount:1

This does the exact same thing that I just described below. Thank you. :)

How to stop the CRASHES: (must be done everytime you launch the game unfortunatly)

-Start the game as usual. (This method can be done from anytime during the game but the sooner the better. Well let the game load at least first. lol)
-Alt tab out of the game and start the Task manager
-go to the Processes tab and find SimCity 4
-Right click on it and click on SET AFFINITY
-Make it so only one CPU is checked. ('They' say the game isn't optimized to run on a multicore system so setting it to use only one core makes it more stable)
-Press OK and go back to game.

I found this on a web site a long time ago and It has NEVER froze again for me unless I forget to do this. There was some reason about how the game isn't optimized to run on multicore processors or something. All I know is it works.

And YES, you have to do this EVERYTIME you run the game. It's a hassle but it's better than it freezing.
Last edited by oceanassassin; Dec 11, 2012 @ 12:02am
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slovenian89 Nov 23, 2012 @ 10:03am 
Setting the Launch Options to include -CPUCount:1 does the same thing, you won't have to set it everytime you play then.
oceanassassin Nov 23, 2012 @ 10:14am 
Originally posted by slovenian89:
Setting the Launch Options to include -CPUCount:1 does the same thing, you won't have to set it everytime you play then.

Thank you, I just edited my main post but left in my instructions just incase. lol
Grezz Nov 23, 2012 @ 4:46pm 
I've loved isometric strategy games since I was young, and was really looking forward to playing this, but it just quits while trying to load a map. I've tried both the above solutions multiple times, but still no luck. Can anyone offer help?
SoulDestroy Nov 23, 2012 @ 5:58pm 
My thanks to the first two posts. Wasn't much of a problem for me, but it does get annoying sometimes.
DJ Spirit Nov 23, 2012 @ 7:02pm 
Odd. I recently aquired the game and running on a quad core, not a single crash to date and i never had to do any of the above.. maybe a recent change in the Install files corrected it?
Twelvefield Nov 24, 2012 @ 2:25am 
I doubt that. You probably just have one of the lucky computer configs that doesn't confuse the game. My rig is the same way, it runs the game better than 10 years ago.
guitarwiz1 Nov 24, 2012 @ 6:47am 
I've tried every fix known to man, and it still crashes. It ran good for a couple of days, but once my population reached around 5000 it would start crashing again.

Sometimes it would crash to desktop. Other times it would just freeze, and I would have to hard start my computer. The worst ones though were the freeze and BSOD (blue screen of death.)

It's a shame too. I really liked playing this game when it first came out.
Lighthouse_Rockstar Dec 9, 2012 @ 7:12pm 
Just save often. I found that it's more likely to crash if it's not saved.
Bruno Dec 21, 2012 @ 11:11am 
Why aren't they patching this game if it's unstable?
BosniaFTW Dec 21, 2012 @ 11:25am 
Originally posted by Mad zoidberg:
Why aren't they patching this game if it's unstable?

Because it's ancient.
BasaraJP Dec 21, 2012 @ 2:55pm 
has anyone tried using it in a virtual windows XP? graphs are old enough that it might work ok there. Buying and if I have problems I will test it on VMWare
Heisenberg |RTP| Jan 18 @ 1:14pm 
Originally posted by slovenian89:
Setting the Launch Options to include -CPUCount:1 does the same thing, you won't have to set it everytime you play then.

when you do this, does the computer go back to using all the cpu cores after the program gets closed? I imagine yes, but just to be sure
Heisenberg |RTP| Jan 18 @ 1:15pm 
Originally posted by Lighthouse_Rockstar:
Just save often. I found that it's more likely to crash if it's not saved.

That's how i do it, i save often, but usually my first crash is my only crash, it comes pretty early on, and usually always when i zoom out and large parts of the city get shown it freezes up and shuts down without saying anything, then i can usually go for awhile without crashing, but nothing sucks more than making a street grid or subway/ water pipe grid, then losing all that data
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