Sims 3 error code 12

What is Sims 3 error code 12?

Sims 3 error code 12 is an error that usually occurs when you don’t have enough memory to save the game data.


How can you fix Sims 3 error code 12?

Some of the solutions to this error include upgrading your random access memory (RAM) and deleting bad save files.


Please see our in-depth walk-through solutions below.

Ariane Staff Asked on August 29, 2017 in PC Games.
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Solution 1. Upgrade RAM/Memory and Increase Virtual Memory

Sims 3 error code 12 commonly appears when your memory is full or running at full load. Please add more RAM/memory or increase your virtual memory, it may fix the problem. See instruction below or watch it here on YouTube.

Increase Virtual Memory

  1. Click Windows Start search box and then type in Advanced system settings

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  2. Go to Settings >> Advance Tab >> Change.
  3. In Virtual Memory window, uncheck Automatically manage paging file size for all drives.
  4. Enable Custom Size, then set your Initial size and Maximum size.
  5. Click Set then Ok.
  6. Restart PC to apply the changes done.
  7. Run Sim 3.
Gino Genesis Marasigan Staff Answered on August 30, 2017.
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Solution 2. Delete bad saved files

Sims 3 error code 12 may also occur due to bad saved files. Check your Sims 3 Saves folder to check corrupt saved files and delete them. Please see the guide below.

  1. Go to C:\Users\USERNAME\Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Saves. 
  2. Delete folder with a file name “.bad.”
  3. Then run Sim 3.
Gino Genesis Marasigan Staff Answered on August 30, 2017.
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