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SimCity 4 Devotion Custom Content Showcase => Network Addon Mod (NAM) => Topic started by: Tarkus on December 24, 2021, 08:58:47 AM

Title: NAM 43 Now Available
Post by: Tarkus on December 24, 2021, 08:58:47 AM
The NAM Team is pleased to announce the release of the 43rd edition of the Network Addon Mod, NAM 43.

(https://simtarkus.files.wordpress.com/2021/12/nam43-promo.jpg)

Download Link

LEX (Cross-Platform) (https://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=851)

RELEASE NOTES
Before you run off in excitement to install the new NAM version, please make sure to read this (short) document first, to ensure the best Network Addon Mod experience.
Note that without the 4GB Patch being properly applied to the game by Windows (and Linux/WINE) users (or the use of the "Low RAM/No RHW" Controller option for users on lower-spec systems/32-bit operating systems), the game will crash to desktop. The installation for the NAM on Windows has changed, as there is now a batch file (NetworkAddonMod_Setup_Version43.bat) that users should run to begin installation, which will automate the 4GB Patch process. macOS users should continue to use the .jar file, and since the macOS version is a 64-bit application, the 4GB Patch is not required on macOS.


REQUIREMENTS


  New Features for NAM 43
 
INSTALLATION AND GENERAL NOTES
Before beginning the installation process, if you have used a previous version of the NAM, make sure you remove it before proceeding further.
To install the mod, if you are on Windows, open NetworkAddonMod_Setup_Version43.bat to begin the installation process. This will begin with the process to install the 4GB Patch on the game, and then move onto the actual NAM installation process.

On macOS, open NetworkAddonMod_Setup_Version43.jar to begin installation.
On Linux, open NetworkAddonMod_Setup_Version43.sh to begin installation.

Note that the NAM is packaged in an installer, and simply dumping the contents of the download into the Plugins folder will not install the mod. Doing so will only slow the game down, and none of the NAM's menu additions will appear.

Note that the NTCore 4GB Patch is REQUIRED if you are running the Full NAM Controller ("4GB Full" options in the installer), which is required to use the RealHighway (RHW) system. If the installation procedure is begun via NetworkAddonMod_Setup_Version43.bat, as is the new recommended procedure, the 4GB Patch should be automatically applied to the game. Otherwise, the patch can be found inside the download, or downloaded directly from NTCore here (https://ntcore.com/?page_id=371), where further instructions on use of the patch can be found. Also due to this installer change, the NAM Controller Compiler is no longer run as part of the installation process.

Users will have an option to install one of two pre-built NAM Controller options, the Full "4GB" option, which has a substantial size and requires the 4GB Patch and a 64-bit operating system, or a "Low RAM/No RHW" version that does not require the 4GB Patch, and does not include the code for the RealHighway (RHW) system, the most expansive feature in the mod. The "Low RAM/No RHW" version should be used by those with 32-bit operating systems (i.e. Windows XP), less than 4GB RAM, and/or by those not using the RHW. Users wishing for further customization of NAM Controller size can still run the Controller Compiler manually, as it is available in the download.

Users wishing to simply use the NAM's Traffic Simulator improvements should skip the main NAM Installation and instead load up the Traffic Simulator Configuration Tool (TSCT), which is in the folder of the same name. The tool itself is "TSCT.jar", though may be easier to open using the batch file ("TSCT.bat"). Note that the TSCT also requires the Java Runtime Environment.

COMPATIBILITY

The Network Addon Mod, in its current form with the full slate of installation options, is designed to run on systems with a 64-bit operating system and more than 4GB RAM. Most modern PCs should be able to comfortably run the mod. It is possible to run the NAM on 32-bit operating systems, and/or systems with 4GB or less RAM, by selecting a smaller feature set (minus the RHW) and the "Low RAM/No RHW" NAM Controller option, or manually compiling a smaller NAM Controller using the Controller Compiler.

At least 1.2GB of hard drive space is required, in order to fully unpack the installer, but actual installation size may run from as little as 1.7MB to as much as 850MB, depending on the options chosen and if one selects to manually run the Controller Compiler after installation.

The Network Addon Mod is compatible with the following versions of the game:
 

The Network Addon Mod is NOT compatible with the following versions of the game:


 
What should I do if the NAM installer rejects my copy of the game?


The new NAM installer (introduced with the NAM 37 Release Candidate) no longer runs a version check. However, it is strongly recommended that users check the version they are running, as unpatched copies can be unstable. Version 1.1.610 and Version 1.1.613 are NOT supported. In Case F, the solution is simply to install the EP1 Update 1 patch, which can be downloaded from from Simtropolis here (https://community.simtropolis.com/sc4-maxis-files/) or SimCity 4 Devotion here (https://sc4devotion.com/forums/index.php?page=16). To determine the correct SKU version for your copy of SimCity 4, find the installation directory, and look in the subfolder named sku_data. Alternatively, one can simply try all the SKU versions of the patch, until one works.

For Case G and H, see the section about Origin here (https://www.sc4devotion.com/namdoc/0-read-first.html#originon/0-read-first.html#origin).

For Cases I and J, it is recommended that you purchase a digital copy of SimCity 4 Deluxe (NOT from Origin).
Title: Re: NAM 43 Now Available
Post by: TJ1 on December 24, 2021, 09:52:52 AM
OMGGG INCREDIBLE CHRISTMAS GIFT!!!!!   :bnn: :bnn: :bnn:
Title: Re: NAM 43 Now Available
Post by: AsimPika3172 on December 24, 2021, 07:25:49 PM
Thanks for update.... Including best gift ever!!!!  :bnn: :thumbsup: MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Title: Re: NAM 43 Now Available
Post by: dyoungyn on December 25, 2021, 10:46:00 AM
Wonderful and a fabulous Christmas surprise; thank you to the entire NAM Team.
Title: Re: NAM 43 Now Available
Post by: roadgeek on December 30, 2021, 11:24:15 PM
Is there a video tutorial for the sc4d 230 FLEX Turn Lanes? It doesn't want to place the correct intersection.

EDIT: I figured it out, after an enormous amount of frustration, but I suppose it is helpful to understand that the RHW has to be drawn away from the Flex intersection, toward the 230 Flex piece.
Title: Re: NAM 43 Now Available
Post by: Tarkus on December 31, 2021, 01:16:46 AM
Is there a video tutorial for the sc4d 230 FLEX Turn Lanes? It doesn't want to place the correct intersection.

EDIT: I figured it out, after an enormous amount of frustration, but I suppose it is helpful to understand that the RHW has to be drawn away from the Flex intersection, toward the 230 Flex piece.

If you draw the RHW fully into FLEX intersection, it will work as well.  You'll only really run into issues if you stop the RHW drag, and it kicks in the autoconnect.

And to remind anyone who's having issues with the Type 230s, as noted in the Feature List, and on the tooltip text in-game, the center tile needs to be drawn with the RHW tool, not the Road tool.  This is to provide higher capacity.  It's not possible to use DIPs to boost the capacity beyond the Type 130, so using an alternate network was the only solution to actually make the Type 230 provide the necessary capacity boost.

-Alex
Title: Re: NAM 43 Now Available
Post by: Jack_wilds on December 31, 2021, 04:34:32 PM
liking the latest nam version 43 so far...  :bnn:

however, did survive a few crashes, but no idea what it was over... as it loads good now... albeit it takes a long while for the game to load up...

then when game is loaded and city is open its brown boxes of a certain tree, tres or specific pine tree... no idea what it maybe is there a way to determine what tree its asking for?... when thrugh all lots dependencies and saw all is in the bsc dependencies props/texues folder; therefore shouln't be any brown boxes... using CP/jeronji columbus terrain mod. have all dependancies installed... its puzzling... as nam vr42, 43 this happens... no tree boxes when running 41 ... any guesses? %confuso

which also leads to zooming to lowest/ cloest level and it also crashes... i do not go that level very often, yet its a mystery... you have a few obvious issues ideas what it could be?...  ()what()

and then.... where can on get Sim City 4 deluxe now.... as i did have it on amazon but they took my orders list away [no ryhme nor reason; had to make a new account]...   &mmm  but they do not have sc4 deluxe to buy or download now... where else can a copy be had that will work with the NAM....  &ops 

Happy New Year    :popcorn:      &hlp     :bnn:     :satisfied:
Title: Re: NAM 43 Now Available
Post by: mgb204 on January 01, 2022, 03:31:38 AM
The best places online to get hold of SC4 are probably GoG or Steam, I personally recommend the former, because it's DRM-Free (use the Offline Installer Option) and includes some extras which make life easier. However functionally speaking, the Steam version is also perfectly fine and both retailers have sales a few times each year so if you are patient, you can get a new copy for around $5, rather than $20.

Brown boxes with Tree Props really doesn't sound like anything the NAM could affect. Generally speaking the NAM doesn't include anything that alters trees or such detail. It's also been a rule that the NAM will always be dependency free, so there is no chance of users not having needed files for it to work properly. I would guess that the problem comes from elsewhere, but happened around the same time you upgraded NAM. If you want some help with this, I'd start a new thread in the appropriate forums here, a screenshot showing the boxes may help us to determine what could be missing. It's probably just a case of tracking down a missing dependency.

Regarding your CTD/Instability problem, again this is probably unrelated to the NAM, although the additional size of the NAM's Controller (RUL Code), will increase the resources needed to run SC4. I have to say, usually CTDs when zooming/rotating the display suggest you need to restrict SC4 so that it only runs on a single core of your CPU. Check the shortcut you are using to launch SC4, right click it and select Properties, you should have the following command in the Target Line:

-CPUCount:1

You can confirm this is working by opening the Task Manager whilst SC4 is running, right click the SimCity 4.exe here and select Set Affinity. If everything is working properly, only one of the CPU# boxes will be ticked, it doesn't matter which, provided only one is selected and the rest are not.

Another thing to check is that you installed the 4GB Patch, unless you have less than 4GB RAM or run a 32-bit OS. Even if you are using the LowRAM-NoRHW controller, if your system supports it, applying this patch can prevent instability by giving the game access to more RAM. This is mandatory for using RHW (Full Controller), but it's not only the NAM that needs RAM, the more Plugins you have, the more resources the game uses. As such, we recommend everyone who's system supports it, patches the game's main .exe.

A BAT file exists in the downloaded .zip for NAM that will automatically find and patch your game for you, SimCity4_4GB_Patch_Script_V3.bat.
Title: Re: NAM 43 Now Available
Post by: Mana-chan on January 16, 2022, 05:11:51 PM
Hi
I don't understand how the new train system works.  :( :( :(

and I have a little problem with a railway junction
Title: Re: NAM 43 Now Available
Post by: Mana-chan on January 16, 2022, 05:40:52 PM
other problem :'( :'( :'(
the red line is a train and appears as a highway
Title: Re: NAM 43 Now Available
Post by: ulisse99 on January 16, 2022, 06:43:24 PM
other problem :'( :'( :'(
the red line is a train and appears as a highway

These parts are not of the RRW (Normal Railway) But of the HRW (Hybrid Railway) You can find the instructions here (https://www.sc4devotion.com/forums/index.php?topic=18867.0). Also I see that there is a bug. You can also do the report on the web page that I have indicated