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Title: NAM 40 Now Available
Post by: Tarkus on April 01, 2021, 02:06:40 AM
The NAM Team is pleased to announce the official public release of the 40th edition of the Network Addon Mod, NAM 40.

(https://simtarkus.files.wordpress.com/2021/03/nam40-promo.jpg)

Download Link

SC4D 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_Version40.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



INSTALLATION AND GENERAL NOTES
To install the mod, if you are on Windows, open NetworkAddonMod_Setup_Version40.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_Version40.jar 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_Version40.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. In Case F, the solution is simply to install the EP1 Update 1 patch (SKU 1-5), which can be downloaded from Simtropolis here (https://community.simtropolis.com/sc4-maxis-files/) or SimCity 4 Devotion here (https://sc4devotion.com/forums/index.php?page=16).

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

For Cases H, I, and J, it is recommended that you purchase a digital copy of SimCity 4 Deluxe (NOT from Origin).

New Features for NAM 40
 

DOCUMENTATION

For more information about NAM installation and this release, please see the "Read First" document, enclosed in the download (0-read-first.html) and available online (https://sc4devotion.com/namdoc/0-read-first.html).

The remainder of the documentation can also be consulted online at: sc4devotion.com/namdoc (https://sc4devotion.com/namdoc/)


Please note that NAM 39 and earlier have been discontinued, and are no longer eligible for any form of technical support.

Thank you all for your continued support--hope you enjoy!

-The NAM Team
Title: Re: NAM 40 Now Available
Post by: Haljackey on April 01, 2021, 08:26:58 AM
Just a note for all- this is not, I repeat NOT, an April Fools joke like the Arthur Berkhardt Expressway Project (https://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/26050-arthur-berkhardt-expressway-project-windows).

NAM 40 is legit and launched today.

Enjoy!
Title: Re: NAM 40 Now Available
Post by: ulp2.0m3600 on April 01, 2021, 08:32:47 AM
Funny I just got the old one working yesterday.  After figuring out how to get the game to run on windows 10.

Title: Re: NAM 40 Now Available
Post by: AsimPika3172 on April 01, 2021, 09:20:10 AM
Thanks for updates!  :bnn: &apls &apls :thumbsup:

Title: Re: NAM 40 Now Available
Post by: grossmanbr on April 01, 2021, 12:40:18 PM
Hey, I am struggling here.  No changes to my computer which has had the previous 2 versions of NAM, but I can't seem to get the installer to run.  The patch says to have been applied, but then nothing after.  Any idea's as to what I am missing?

edit 1030pm -- Completely out of ideas.  The black box which says to press any key is all the farther I can get this to go.  I have read and tried everything I could find.  Fresh downloads, individual download.... I will definitely need support to make this useable.  NAM 37,38,39 worked with no issues on this computer. 
Title: Re: NAM 40 Now Available
Post by: Tarkus on April 02, 2021, 05:00:48 AM
grossmanbr, are you opening NetworkAddonMod_Setup_Version40.bat or SimCity4_4GB_Patch_Script_V3.bat?  If it's the former, it's supposed to call Java and load up the installer, but if it's the latter, the intended behavior is indeed to close out afterward.  I'll note, it's specifically calling the Java Runtime Environment files out of the SysWOW64 subfolder of the Windows directory, which on 64-bit Windows, is where those files should be, unless there's something unusual with your Java installation.

In any case, the main reason we have people open NetworkAddonMod_Setup_Version40.bat instead of NetworkAddonMod_Setup_Version40.jar now is to eliminate the common complaints of people thinking they installed the 4GB Patch but didn't.  The .jar file is still the method for Mac users, and if you know for a fact that you're set up with the 4GB Patch (or if know to use a custom-compiled Controller or the new "Low RAM/No RHW" one if you're on a low-spec system and/or 32-bit Windows), then you can skip the .bat file and install NAM 40 just as you did NAM 39 and the other earlier ones with this installer package.

If it's still not working with opening the .jar, then there's something strange up with your Java Runtime Environment installation, and I'd recommend reinstalling it.

-Alex
Title: Re: NAM 40 Now Available
Post by: ackalbo on April 02, 2021, 11:32:31 AM
Looking forward to this and downloading now  :bnn:

I play on an laptop - 64bit, i7, nvidia and 4GB RAM - I have had absolutely no problems with a full instal of NAM39 but reading the following kinda "concerns" me a little bit....

Quote
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

Does this mean that I may not be able run future versions of NAM with my current 4GB RAM?  I would be sooooo sad....

Keep up the excellent work people  &apls
Title: Re: NAM 40 Now Available
Post by: 911Diva on April 02, 2021, 01:50:27 PM
This is so great!!  I want to thank you to all who participated in bringing this to us!!  AWESOME!!
Title: Re: NAM 40 Now Available
Post by: Tarkus on April 03, 2021, 06:06:42 AM
Looking forward to this and downloading now  :bnn:

I play on an laptop - 64bit, i7, nvidia and 4GB RAM - I have had absolutely no problems with a full instal of NAM39 but reading the following kinda "concerns" me a little bit....

Quote
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

Does this mean that I may not be able run future versions of NAM with my current 4GB RAM?  I would be sooooo sad....

Keep up the excellent work people  &apls

I put that in there mostly to hedge our bets.  If you're able to run a full install with 4GB RAM, then that should always remain true, and I can take the "more than" bit out.

-Alex
Title: Re: NAM 40 Now Available
Post by: grossmanbr on April 03, 2021, 08:31:51 AM
Thanks a ton!  Got it working.  I never did get the automated process to work but was able to unpack the jar and select as needed. 

Thanks again and great work!

Brian

grossmanbr, are you opening NetworkAddonMod_Setup_Version40.bat or SimCity4_4GB_Patch_Script_V3.bat?  If it's the former, it's supposed to call Java and load up the installer, but if it's the latter, the intended behavior is indeed to close out afterward.  I'll note, it's specifically calling the Java Runtime Environment files out of the SysWOW64 subfolder of the Windows directory, which on 64-bit Windows, is where those files should be, unless there's something unusual with your Java installation.

In any case, the main reason we have people open NetworkAddonMod_Setup_Version40.bat instead of NetworkAddonMod_Setup_Version40.jar now is to eliminate the common complaints of people thinking they installed the 4GB Patch but didn't.  The .jar file is still the method for Mac users, and if you know for a fact that you're set up with the 4GB Patch (or if know to use a custom-compiled Controller or the new "Low RAM/No RHW" one if you're on a low-spec system and/or 32-bit Windows), then you can skip the .bat file and install NAM 40 just as you did NAM 39 and the other earlier ones with this installer package.

If it's still not working with opening the .jar, then there's something strange up with your Java Runtime Environment installation, and I'd recommend reinstalling it.

-Alex
Title: Re: NAM 40 Now Available
Post by: eggman121 on April 03, 2021, 06:33:23 PM
This post is just for a patch that was found with NAM 40

If you are using the REW NAM #37 please use this patch to restore the functionality.

There was a bad character in the code the muted everything below. Should be fixed with this patch but if errors still exist please let us know.

-eggman121