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The SIMS Hot Date (Unpirated)


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Howdy. I remember back a number of years ago, I purchased and attempted to install The SIMS Hot Date, but it kept asking me for data2.cab which did not seem to exist anywhere on either my The SIMS installation CD (Unpirated) or Hot Date expansion CD. This was back when Maxis seemed to support this particular game, and I do remember them helping me solve the problem, but now that it is how ever many years later, I can't remember what the solution was. I think data2.cab is actually stored within data1.cab, but am uncertain.

Can you please help? Just a reminder that both of these are legally obtained unpirated copies.

Edited by Sirach, 16 April 2007 - 10:18 AM.

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Hi and Sirach and welcome to G2G!

Try manually installing it.
http://support.ea.co...amp;p_topview=1
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I just finished trying that, but I get the same issue. It still can't find data2.cab
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Do you have a different CD/DVD drive you can try?
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No I do not.
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Have you tried changing the transfer mode of your drive to PIO only mode?
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How do I go about doing that?
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Go into device manager > click the + sign to expand the tree on DVD/CD-ROM drives > double click your DVD drive and it should give you the location. See picture 1.

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The Location for the device will either be 0 or 1.

Close that window > double click Primary IDE Channel > change the transfer mode of the corresponding device.

Location 0 = device 0 and location 1 = device 1. See picture 2.

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If the corresponding device is greyed out check the Secondary IDE Channel.
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Same problem.
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ea support has nothing related to this in the knownledge base. You may have to contact them. Please note they may charge you a small fee for help.

Googled online and the only info I found was related to pirated versions of this game having this same issue.
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I know EA helped me with this before, with my original CD. I am now using my backup as my original was kindly destroyed by the cable guy (He dropped his staple gun on it.) Even though the message is telling me it can't find data2.cab, there actually is not supposed to be any such file. The install is trying to read data1.cab, but is not seeing what it expects, so it assumes the file it is looking for is in the next sequencial .cab file. I seem to remember EA directing me to an InstallShield patch which seemed to solve the issue. It's been so long, that I just don't remember.
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Thanks for all your help. I finally decided to look at the data1.cab file and noticed it is quite a bit smaller than it probably should be. I have a bad backup. I sure wish I had verified my backup instead of assuming it burned correctly.

Thanks again for all your help. Without a good data1.cab, there is nothing that can be done.

Cheers!
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You know theres a Sims 2, right?
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Yes, would you like to purchase me a copy? Until then, I'm happy with the original.
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