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Creator: InvisiChem Upload Date: 2016-01-28
Last Update: 2016-01-30 File Type: CAM files
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There is a lot of myths about CAM out there. For a beautifully written article about what CAM is really about, see the blog by Tarkus here The CAM (Colossus Addon Mod) – Separating Fact From Fiction. This article also give a great idea on some great starter buildings.

NOTE: If you have merged your SimCity_1.dat file with the original CAM 1.0 file, restore your original SimCity_1.dat file before running this installer.

Welcome to the Colossus Addon Mod (CAM). CAM changes the way cities and regions develop. This is possible through the use of Growth Stages(Read in Basics of the Manual). This causes the game to progress from small stores, single houses and farms/small factories to Commercial Office towers, Residential High Rises and Large industrial factories less rapidly and much more realistically.

 

The altered growth also allows the player better control their cities through the use of zoning density. If the player wanted a nice rural town, zone only light density, with some medium in larger areas. On the other side, the skyscrapers and other large buildings become more balanced and possible with very developed regions. Use of high density zoning will allow these to grow when ready.

 

As with any new software or mod, be sure to read the Readme’s and this guide before installing or using the mod. Page 4 of the manual contains the specifics of installation.

Description of new Styles

Install Types:

•        IR Fix Only – Will only Patch the SimCity_1.dat file. This will cause IR to be included in the totals for industry for regular SimCity 4. It will also allow normal industrial connections to work for IR. All other install types include this already. Original SimCity 4 files are backed up in the folder \Documents\SimCity 4\Original SimCity Files\

•        Extended (InvisiChem) – This is CAM 2.1.0 Standard with extended stage ranges for larger regions. The growth I feel is more balanced and lifelike.

•        Standard – Just like CAM 1.0 stages, just the curves have been smoothed out and the range slightly extended.

•        Rural – Stages are set for smaller, rural style growth. Stage 15 can happen, it just will be in very large regions and very infrequently.

•        Midrise – Stages are set to place an emphasis on growing midrise stages. This is similar to the way European cities grow.

•        Skyscraper – Stages have been set to allow Skyscrapers to grow quickly, even in one city regions.

 

All stage settings, except for the Extended version, are the values that were originally developed by RippleJet. All the new CAM 2.1.0 fixes have been included in all versions. The only difference between types is the stages for specific play style.

Feel free to add comments here or in the CAM General Discussions Board. I will be starting Several threads just for this version.

Cheers everyone, 

InvisiChem.

Edited to remove the EXE version update. It was corrupting the SafeDisc read for the Disk version of SimCity 4. It now uses a Registry Key read to check if the patch had been installed. Installer checks for SC4 Dat Packer failure and adjusts, eliminating the loss of SimCity_1.dat from the install directory. An option has been added in case the Registry check for the IR Patch was set without patching the SimCity_1.dat file or if the file needs to be repatched.

Comments

Zeratai Installer keeps poping message could not find the install path 2020-05-02
zainkool My Virus Protector (Webroot) picked up a threat during the install. it's flagging as malware w9xopen.exe I don't know how to force to install as it stops it from being placed. I hope it works, but i doubt it. 2020-04-06
MysticPsychonaut But I keep getting the error 'Couod not find SimCity 4 install path. Please help. Cam1.0 works fine 2020-01-13
J_Motto17 Excelent mod! i just love it, i always thought farms should be an important part of the industry. Hope you guys keep doing amazing things! 2017-08-04
Giovanne Thanks for the mod, but I have experienced a problem since I installed CAM. The income from the taxes of my cities plummeted to very few simoleons (from 500k simoleons to 50k in one of my major cities), and now I'm having financial problems with my cities. What should I do? 2017-05-27
Shawnthrawn For those having issues running the win installer because the Dat Packer will not run during the install process here are the following steps that made it work for me (keep in mind that this is for win 7 and above and was also posted by CT14 in a support post for CAM 2.1.0. I'm running win 10):<br /> <br /> 1) Download SC4DatPack: http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=26 (Make sure to save it to a location you will be able to find it again ie: Desktop)<br /> <br /> 2) As mentioned by CT14 you will need to download the missing DLL's and copy and paste them into your "C: / Windows / System" sub folder. Simply copy and paste the 3 DLL's (no need to install or register as was mentioned by CT14) After you have copy and pasted the 3 DLL's you can close the "System" sub folder (You will not have to go back in there after this step)<br /> <br /> The DLL's download links are here: <br /> https://www.dll-files.com/mfc71.dll.html<br /> https://www.dll-files.com/gdiplus.dll.html<br /> https://www.dll-files.com/mvcp71.dll.html<br /> <br /> 3) Now run the SC4DatPack installer (If you have tried installing SC4DatPack before and received errors then adding the 3 missing DLL's to the "System" sub folder from step 2 should have resolved this) After the SC4DatPack install has completed you can close the program and the read me that comes up for it as you wont need to use it.<br /> <br /> 4) Now download CAM 2.1.0, if you haven't already done so, and go ahead and run it.<br /> <br /> CAM 2.1.0 can be found here:<br /> http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=3335<br /> <br /> Following these steps should have resolved the dat packer not running during the CAM 2.1.0 install process on modern Windows OS's (Win 7, Win 8, Win 8.1, Win 10) Hope this helps. Happy gamming! 2017-05-04
AsimPika3172 I hope next version of CAM will fix everything plus some more new functions soon! To Tarkus, please remove duplicated comments here. 2017-02-23
venz1998 May I have a hand here? I cannot install the mod because it says that I need version 1.1.638.0 or higher for it to work but I already have a 1.1.640.0 Somebody pls help me 2016-10-14
venz1998 May I have a hand here? I cannot install the mod because it says that I need version 1.1.638.0 or higher for it to work but I already have a 1.1.640.0 Somebody pls help me 2016-10-14
InvisiChem Baylor, please start a thread at http://sc4devotion.com/forums/index.php?board=185.0 and include some images. This will help greatly for me and the community to help solve the pollution issue. With a population only at 3000, it is expected that the growth stage is still low. Using a medium map, you will need to fill out quite a bit more to get large buildings. CAM is a realism mod, so it changes the growth to more realistic out growth before up growth. 2016-04-20
InvisiChem Baylor, please start a thread at http://sc4devotion.com/forums/index.php?board=185.0 and include some images. This will help greatly for me and the community to help solve the pollution issue. With a population only at 3000, it is expected that the growth stage is still low. Using a medium map, you will need to fill out quite a bit more to get large buildings. CAM is a realism mod, so it changes the growth to more realistic out growth before up growth. 2016-04-20
baylor33 Trying to figure out why all housing says high pollution when I checked the pollution graph there is none indicated.Strange.<br /> Also I have 1/3 of medium map built up and only 3,000 people and all housing stays small houses and do not seem to get higher.Have tried different stages:standard,extended etc..Thanks for your help. 2016-04-12
baylor33 Trying to figure out why all housing says high pollution when I checked the pollution graph there is none indicated.Strange.<br /> Also I have 1/3 of medium map built up and only 3,000 people and all housing stays small houses and do not seem to get higher.Have tried different stages:standard,extended etc..Thanks for your help. 2016-04-12
InvisiChem Sounds like it is installed perfectly. :) You are welcome and enjoy the game. It is all of us keeping this alive. 2016-03-27
johivas I installed all the mods I downloaded and built a medium dirty ugly city with the intent of copy pasting it 4 times around the big one i'll build for beauty. It is made of only medium density zoning and I attained almost 200,000 pop of poor people, I think this was not possible with the normal game, so something should be working right. At some point I zoned a spot of high commercial and construction on a Chrysler building immediately started, in parentheses it was written "level 8", so i guess things are working. I installed the Census repository you talked about, the simcity graph showed 28 farming jobs, the Census showed 28 jobs too, and the total of all industry fit perfectly all calculations. As a side note, I installed OOM (ordinance overhaul mod), it seems to work perfectly and it shows all the effects of every ordinance. Thank you very much, 10 years ago I made a super city and I lost it in a hard drive accident, I sweared I would play this game again someday, 10 years later here I am, and the game is even better, in 1080p, and it can run 8 hours in a row without a crash, which is a rare thing these days, particularly for a heavily modded game... 2016-03-26
InvisiChem To check for sure, install the Census Repository Facility by RippleJet. Plop down the Census Repository Vault. Query it. If the IR totals are included in your regional industry totals without doubling the numbers, the patch worked correctly. CAM does not mess with any of the ordinances at all and NAM only changes one, quite successfully and with no problems reported. The ordinances generally do not have much details from what I remember. Only in the Prima guide and online. :) 2016-03-25
johivas SC4 Dat Packer did the trick i think, I unchecked everything, and I had to move the source files to the pre-selected folder (it wouldn't let me select a different folder) then I ran it and it gave me a .dat file a few bytes bigger. I deleted all other simcity_1.dat files (kept one as a backup somewhere else) renamed it and moved it to my simcity folder. Started the game and the loading screen seems to say it is installed, I immediately installed NAM too. Did I do things right until now? But before I continue, i want to be sure about something I noticed, it seems there is no detailed information about a lot of things, like ordinances for an example, i get a description, but no detailed effect, I don't remember if it was like that, or maybe it's a problem with the french version? Thanks for the help.<br /> 2016-03-23
InvisiChem No, nothing wrong with the computer. The tools have not been updated in a long time, so they are not playing very nice with the new computers. Along with updates, I am planning on writing a new version to handle this that plays nice with new systems. <br /> <br /> The last method is to use SC4 Dat Packer installed on your system outside of the installer. Use the same manual method, just replace the JDat Packer step with SC4 Dat Packer. If this method does not work, it is okay to leave the patch file in your plugins folder. The only bug will be a doubled industry until I can get the new tool fixed. 2016-03-22
johivas I tried your suggested manual method, but the jdatpacker thing did not put anything in the pluginscompressed folder. It's possible there's something wrong with my computer, it's been 7 years since my last windows install, i think it's been through all the ugly terrifying failures one can imagine... 2016-03-22
johivas Thanks for your answer, sorry for me being late, this site doesn't update responses on the fly... I tried to find the forum relating to this mod specifically but I failed, and i'm kind of lazy when I have to sign-up just for a question.... Nevertheless, i must say this is still the ultimate city game and i'm happy there is still a community appreciating it. As for the mod, i'm sure i'll really enjoy it, once i get it working...Thank you.<br /> 2016-03-21
InvisiChem Thank you Tarkus. I think I need to start checking these more frequently. I am correcting this issue currently. Until I get it fixed, the workaround can be found here. http://sc4devotion.com/forums/index.php?topic=17318.msg507329#msg507329 2016-03-21
Tarkus johivas: It's not because you have a French version, and there is no reason to re-purchase the game. Stop by the support forums--you'll be able to get more detailed help than on this comment thread. 2016-03-19
johivas I'd really appreciate some help about my problem, it's been something like 10 years since I touched this game, I'm growing impatient with all those mods... Is it because I got a french version? I updated it like I should, didn't work, reinstalled fresh, didn't work, downloaded an english version, didn't work, downloaded GOG version, didn't work. What should I do? Buy a steam version? I'm growing frustrated with this "buy the steam version or my mod will not work" thing, i just bought deus ex 1 a second time for a mod... 2016-03-19
johivas Hi, I get this error when installing your mod; "SC4 Dat Packer failed to update your simcity_1.dat file. Continue?"<br /> This is what's in the log<br /> Traceback (most recent call last):<br /> File "datPacker.py", line 1, in ?<br /> File "datPackerApp.pyo", line 1, in ?<br /> File "wx\__init__.pyo", line 45, in ?<br /> File "wx\_core.pyo", line 4, in ?<br /> File "wx\_core_.pyo", line 12, in ?<br /> File "wx\_core_.pyo", line 10, in __load<br /> ImportError: DLL load failed: The specified module could not be found.<br /> Traceback (most recent call last):<br /> File "datPacker.py", line 1, in ?<br /> File "datPackerApp.pyo", line 2814, in ?<br /> pywintypes.error: (2, 'RegOpenKeyEx', 'The system cannot find the file specified.')<br /> 2016-03-18
wes4 thanks and always we look forward to new at sim city 4 2016-02-12
Bluenube Thank you very much<br /> 2016-02-07
InvisiChem Zeratai, explain a little more. What kind of machine, does it not try to start at all, do you get an error message? My first thought would be windows 8 or 10. You will get a warning, have to click more information then okay. Other than that, Hit me up at the SC4Devotion CAM General Discussion threads, specifically CAM 2.1.0 uploaded and I will coach you through things a lot easier. 2016-02-02
Zeratai Finally work on the CAM.... but the .exe won't run in my machine any thoughts? 2016-02-02
InvisiChem Anytime and you are welcome. Any questions can be posted here, CAM 2.1.0 thread in the CAM General Discussions or you can PM at the main SC4Devotion site. Once I am not at work, I'll be more than happy to help in any way I can. Enjoy the game and the new options. 2016-01-30
thorntot Perfect. Thanks! 2016-01-29
InvisiChem Thorntot, there was an original bug that doubled the workforce. This ultimately doubled the number of Industrial and Commercial jobs reported regionally. The way this was fixed was to use either a patch file by Z, which was not widely distributed, or use SC4 Dat Packer to merge the files together. Easy way to tell is to just install this file and use the Cesnsus Repository Facility. Look at the workforce numbers under the Residential. If the regional workforce is doubled, then you had a merged file. If not, everything is good. 2016-01-29
thorntot "NOTE: If you have merged your SimCity_1.dat file with the original CAM 1.0 file, restore your original SimCity_1.dat file before running this installer." I have no idea what this means. I use CAM from a download a long time ago, love the buildings, etc. Seems to be a lot of "warnings" attached to the above description. Is there a dumbed-down version of who should use this and who shouldn't use this mod for us game players out here who are not technically gifted? Thanks in advance. 2016-01-28