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Modding and Troubleshooting The Sims 3

Problem: The violin skill bar doesn’t show while my sim is playing. It only flashes when my sim finishes.

Help! I purchased the Duke of Bows Renaissance Fair from the Sime 3 Store, but when my sim plays the Violin the skill bar doesn’t show up.

There are two separate issues with the violin, although the firts is not really an “issue,” as it means the violin skill is working correctly.

1. The skill bar doesn’t show while my sim is playing. It only flashes briefly when my sim finishes. 

This is not a bug. In this case, the violin skill is working correctly. The violin skill is not calculated continuously while the sim is playing the violin. Instead, the skill gain is calculated at the end of the interaction (either because you canceled the interaction, or because the sim finished playing), based on how long your sim was playing. Your sim gains 800 skill points per sim hour spent playing the violin. The advantage to coding the violin this way is that your sim will not reset if your ccmerged.package is corrupt or incomplete. Instead, the sim will play the violin like normal, but will not gain any skill.

2. My sim plays the violin for hours but never gains any skill.

If your sim does not gain skill points when you cancel the interaction, or when the interaction finishes (see point 1 above), this means the actual violin skill is not installed properly in your game. Your ccmerged.package is either incomplete or corrupt. To fix the issue, please read: DCBackup, ccmerged.package and Your Premium Content Items

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June 4, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , ,


  1. So… there’s no fix for this issue yet outside of “reinstall until you get scenario no. 1?”

    Comment by Jonathan | June 7, 2013 | Reply

  2. In skill journal the violin skill doesn’t have an icon, it it normal, or is it error?

    Comment by SF01 | September 4, 2013 | Reply

    • This is an installation issue. This issue can occur if you are not using a legal copy of the Violin from the store. If you did buy the Violin yourself and download it from the store, then it’s possible the icon wasn’t installed properly. Try re-installing the sims3pack (don’t uninstall it first). If that don’t work, you can try KT’s fix at MATY (requires mods framework).

      Comment by Nona | September 5, 2013 | Reply

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