Game Help:Crash workarounds
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If your game is crashing for no apparent reason, this page explores the hardware causes of crashes. If you haven't done so already, follow steps 1-3 on the link above (eliminate software problems first).
Data Execution Prevention
Data Execution Prevention (DEP) is a security feature that can help prevent damage to your computer from viruses and other security threats. Harmful programs can try to attack Windows by attempting to run (also known as execute) code from system memory locations reserved for Windows and other authorized programs. These types of attacks can harm your programs and files.
DEP can help protect your computer by monitoring your programs to make sure that they use system memory safely. If DEP notices a program on your computer using memory incorrectly, it closes the program and notifies you.
Insufficient Memory Crashes
Even though The Sims 3 was patched to be large address aware, crashes may still occur due to insufficient memory. Detailed information is found on the link above.