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Game crashes at startup after a few seconds in Windows 10. The executable file creates an error log file SC3U_stkdmp.txt in which phrases such as "Exception code: C0000005 ACCESS_VIOLATION", and "Fault Address: {{code|<game-installation-path>\apps\GZGraphicD.dll}}" is included.
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==Other information==
 
==Other information==

Revision as of 15:16, 28 October 2021

SimCity 3000
SimCity 3000 cover
Developers
Maxis
Linux Loki Software
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Release dates
Windows February 1, 1999
Mac OS (Classic) July 1999
Linux October 31, 2000
Taxonomy
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view, Isometric
Controls Point and select
Genres Building, Simulation
Themes Contemporary
Series SimCity
SimCity 3000 guide on StrategyWiki
SimCity 3000 on MobyGames
SimCity 3000 on Wikipedia
SimCity
Subseries of Sim
SimCity (1989) 1989
SimCity 2000 1994
SimCity 2000 Network Edition 1996
SimCopter 1996
Streets of SimCity 1997
SimCity 3000 1999
SimCity 4 2003
SimCity Societies 2007
SimCity (2013) 2013

Key points

Use the compatibility fixes to fix issues with the interface frame rate and windowed mode on modern versions of Windows.

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Original: SecuROM DRM for the original version
Windows
Mac OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
Unlimited: SafeDisc DRM[Note 1]
Windows
Linux
GOG.com
DRM-free
Unlimited Edition.
Windows
SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
Demo

Version differences

In May 2000, the game was re-released under different names in different regions, such as SimCity 3000 Unlimited (in North America and Oceania), SimCity 3000 Deutschland (Germany), SimCity 3000 Korea (South Korea), SimCity 3000 UK Edition (UK and Ireland) and SimCity 3000 World Edition (other countries), among others. This added, among other things, East Asian and European building sets, additional terrain colors and vegetation types, a snapshot feature, additional music, an improved version of the Building Architect Tool (a pseudo-3D design tool based on cubes), four additional disasters (such as locusts and space junk), additional landmarks (like the Seoul Tower and Helsinki Cathedral), new reward buildings, thirteen scenarios (along with an editor based on Microsoft Access) and a new FMV intro.

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Use -intro:off parameter[3]

Use the -intro:off command line argument.

Linux Python Installer

Requires the CD of Loki Software's Linux port.

The following python script allows you to install the game into the modern Linux system much easier, which can be found here. Works only with Ubuntu and Debian or any distribution based on these two.

Patches

  • The latest patch (v1.1) updates the base game and adds the Building Architect Tool. It is already implemented in Unlimited/World Edition.
  • A hotfix for the French version of the World Edition is also available.
  • The latest patch for the Linux version of Unlimited/World Edition is here.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Game\SC3.cfg[Note 2]
<path-to-game>\Game\sc3.ini
Mac OS (Classic)
Linux
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Cities\[Note 2]
Mac OS (Classic)
Linux
Cities (*.sc3) can be saved anywhere; this is the default location.

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy

Video

General settings.
General settings.

Windowed

The game must be running in 16-bit color mode (you can use the compatibility fixes to apply this).
Use launch parameters[4]

Use the command line argument -w -r800x600 (replace with the resolution you want).

Widescreen resolution

GOG had released a modified executable file on their support page to enable widescreen resolution. Only works on the Unlimited edition. See WSGF entry for original game fix.

Input

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Ambient Sound and Sound Effects.
Surround sound
Subtitles
No speech
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
DirectSound3D, EAX.[5] Possibly A3D.[6]

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Dutch
French
German
Italian
Retail only.
Japanese
Retail only.
Korean
Retail only.
Portuguese
Retail only.
Brazilian Portuguese
Retail - EA Brasil
Russian
Unofficial translation by «7 Wolf»
Spanish
Retail only. Download.
Swedish

Issues fixed

Slow interface movement

Use the compatibility fixes to fix issues with interface frame rates on modern versions of Windows. Computer running Slow

Missing Music in Unlimited edition

The Unlimited edition is missing the track "SIM Broadway". Tracks "Concrete Jungle", "City of Dreams" and "SimCity 2000 Theme" are both disabled in AUDIO.ini file.

Get missing tracks[7]
  1. Obtain the installation CD for the original game, or download the demo.
  2. Go to <game-installation-disc-folder>\Res\Sound\Music.
  3. Copy 3KG2.XA to <path-to-game>\Res\Sound\Music.
  4. Open AUDIO.ini in <path-to-game>\Res\Sound with a text editor.
  5. Search for "SIM Broadway" and remove the ; at the beginning of the line.
  6. To enable "Concrete Jungle" remove ; at the beginning of the line.
  7. To enable "City of Dreams" change 0x01 to 0x14.
  8. To enable "SimCity 2000 Theme" change 0,0,0,1 to 0,1,0,1.
  9. Launch the game and head into the Preferences.
  10. Look for a track in the list and play one to see if it works.

Game crashes at startup in Windows 10

Game crashes at startup after a few seconds in Windows 10. The executable file creates an error log file SC3U_stkdmp.txt in which phrases such as "Exception code: C0000005 ACCESS_VIOLATION", and "Fault Address: <game-installation-path>\apps\GZGraphicD.dll" is included.

Run the game in windowed mode
  1. Create a new Windows shortcut for the game executable file.
  2. Add "-w" without the quotation marks behind the content of the Target field.
  3. Click Apply and run the game with the modified Windows shortcut.

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
DirectDraw
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
Linux

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95, 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 166 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 230 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectDraw compatible
2 MB of VRAM

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] or Windows 11 and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. 2.0 2.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).

References