Sorry so vague... not a techie type, myself and just getting soooooo tired of this. I didn't think I would have problems such as this . . when I picked out this system.
Time of this report: 8/2/2013, 18:16:39
Machine name: PREMIER-PC
Operating System: Windows 8 64-bit (6.2, Build 9200) (9200.win8_gdr.130531-1504)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: TOSHIBA
System Model: Satellite P850
Processor: Intel® Core i7-3630QM CPU @ 2.40GHz (8 CPUs), ~2.4GHz
Memory: 8192MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 8082MB RAM
Page File: 2506MB used, 13767MB available
Windows Dir: C:\windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
DxDiag Version: 6.02.9200.16384 64bit Unicode
Card name: Intel® HD Graphics 4000
Manufacturer: Intel Corporation
Chip type: Intel® HD Graphics Family
DAC type: Internal
Device Type: Full Device
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0166&SUBSYS_FB011179&REV_09
Display Memory: 1792 MB
Dedicated Memory: 32 MB
Shared Memory: 1760 MB
Current Mode: 1366 x 768 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor Name: Generic PnP Monitor
Monitor Model: unknown
Monitor Id: LGD033A
Native Mode: 1366 x 768(p) (60.019Hz)
Output Type: Internal
Driver Name: igdumd64.dll,igd10umd64.dll,igd10umd64.dll,igdumd32,igd10umd32,igd10umd32
Driver File Version: 9.17.0010.3040 (English)
Driver Version: 188.8.131.5240
DDI Version: 11
Feature Levels: 11.0,10.1,10.0,9.3,9.2,9.1
Driver Model: WDDM 1.2
Graphics Preemption: DMA
Compute Preemption: Thread group
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Date/Size: 3/6/2013 03:02:12, 12615680 bytes
As for not saving.. it would just not move, except for that sectioned circle that rotates or whatever you call it.. the same with not transitioning from direct play to say, edit town... it just wouldn't 'go there'.
Once in a while I do get a box when the game crashes which says 'Sims 3 stopped working' and the only option being 'Close Program'. That's disappointing in itself, I try to remember to keep saving especially when I remodel/create/experience something significant in-game.
It's been DAYS now since I've been in the game and my memory capability has been cut dramatically since my cardiac event early last year. So, I don't remember more clearly any detail regarding the failure to save/transition.
I check 'Run as Administrator' and Compatibility for XP SP3 for all parts of the game, btw. I don't know if that really helps or not, I do know that the pieces weren't made to play on W8 nor W8 to run S3. It seemed to run fine before, tho'.
When I try to install it.. it'll get to the window that shows the regions then after I click 'Next' it disappears.. after some minutes tho', before... it would show the relative icon on the desktop, then I would know it installed. Now, after the regions window disappears, no icon appears. I'm trying to find out and resolve.. why it won't install, I don't know that part. No discs, all downloads from Origin.