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Installing SimSig
Windows (all versions)
Installing SimSig
Installing simulations
Adding Timetables
Uninstalling SimSig
Mac OSX
Linux

Installing SimSig

Windows (all versions)

Installing SimSig

You must be logged in to the SimSig website before you can download any files. To create a user account, click the 'Don't have an account?' button on the Login page . It's free to register, and you only need to provide your name, a username of your choice, a password of your choice, and a functioning Email address. Once created, please place a quick post introducing yourself in the Introductions Thread . A Moderator will approve your account (usually within a few hours), allowing you to download simulations and add-on content (timetables; sounds; etc.), and to continue posting messages on the Forum .
Windows XP & Vista are no longer supported by Microsoft, and SimSig no longer officially supports it. Please see this article for more information.

System Files

If you've not used SimSig before, you'll need to download the (system files ). This contains:

  • Files needed to run SimSig- mainly the fonts containing the specialist symbols.
  • The

    SimSig Loader , which is used to run SimSig simulations.

These must be installed in order for simulations to work correctly. After running the downloaded file, click 'next' at the first screen. You are then taken to the screen below.

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Select the folder to install the files into. You can use the default by simply clicking next, or alternately, click on browse to choose an alternate location. Click next when you have selected a folder.

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Select a location for the shortcut folder. Click 'next' to continue.

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Finally, click the install button to complete the process.

Installing simulations

Please see Starting a simulation for simulation installation instructions.

Adding Timetables

In addition to the supplied timetables, there may be additional timetables available for the simulation, written by the SimSig community. These can be found here . Timetables can be written by anyone, and can be real or fictional. The only requirements are that the uploaded zip file follows the naming convention, and that the description is an honest reflection of the timetable's contents. See this page for details on writing timetables.

Download the .zip file. If you used the default location, copy the .WTT and (if included) .WTR files to the following location: C:\Users\Public\Documents\SimSig\Timetables\<simulation name>\ If you installed to a non-default location, please see the SimSig Loader page for details on custom installations.

Uninstalling SimSig

To uninstall the SimSig installation, click 'Start', 'Control Panel', 'Uninstall a program'. Highlight the program named "SimSig V[version number] on the list, right click and select 'Uninstall'. Click 'yes' when asked to confirm, and the entire SimSig installation will be removed from your computer.

Mac OSX

There is a way to run SimSig directly in Mac OS X without a windows installation on your Mac by using compatibility layer software. Use a search to find a suitable solution. Install the solution given by the search engine results,

go to the download page (System Files ) and download the SimSig System files. These must be installed in order for the Sim to work correctly. It only needs to be installed once.

Fire up Crossover, select the "Insert an install CD" option and select "install unsupported software".

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Go to "other existing bottle" and press continue.

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Select "Choose installer file" and browse to the SimSig installer files you just downloaded.

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Now the .exe file will be fired up in OS X.

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Follow the installer instructions, and install it to C:\program files\SimSig.

Don't question it... just do it.

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Well done... you can now fire up SimSig directly in OS X.

You can also use a free compatibility layer named Wine. As it is made for Linux, it is a bit harder to install. Look at http://www.winehq.org/ to download (download the source) and http://wiki.winehq.org/MacOSX/Installing to install.

A DMG file is in beta on the install page. It may not work yet.

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Linux

Wine

Running SimSig on Linux is possible using Wine. It's proved to run on Fedora, Mint and Ubuntu. Even the old (Didcot paged, Liverpool Street, Stafford, Swindon paged) installers run fine on 64-bit systems. On Mint (Gnome version) there are some problems running SimSig out of the menu, you can use desktop shortcuts instead, or use the Gnome menu instead of Mint's one.

Wine can be downloaded at http://www.winehq.org . With that, you can install everything as you would do using Windows (see above). It is, however, preferred to install Wine from your distro's repository. When joining an Edinburgh multiplayer game with Wine 1.3.9, SimSig will lock up shortly after loading if ARS or ACI is on. With Wine 1.3.28 Bristol, maybe other sims as well, fail to install.

Wine's stable 1.2 versions usually work well. Wine needs to be built with libxml2 support.

Registry fix

When the tracks look like rows of letters, you need a registry file for Wine. Download (from Downloads/Uploads on the left) and unzip it. Open Regedit (menu → Wine → Regedit or $ wine regedit), click Registry file → Import registry file. Browse to the downloaded file and open it. Nothing seems to happen, but the tracks look OK.

Paged sims

Sometimes you need to hide the panel, or turn of Compiz desktop effects, before starting a paged sim. Else you might get the panel displayed on top of the message box, causing the latest message to be unreadable.

Downgrading Compiz on Ubuntu 11.04 (running without Unity) or Mint 11 might also help: http://www.webupd8.org/2011/05/how-to-downgrade-to-compiz-086-in.html

KWin (KDE's desktop effects) can cause a flickering screen on paged sims, and to a lesser extent scrolly sims on slower computers. The only work-around is to turn off KWin.

Timetables

The timetables of trains look like a mess, this can be fixed by using Winetricks to install the Microsoft core fonts.

In terminal, execute:

$ wget http://winetricks.org/winetricks to download it (recommended to do this in the ~ folder as you don't need cd then to use Winetricks a next time)

(Ubuntu users might already have Winetricks downloaded)

$ sh winetricks corefonts

Now the installers for some Windows-specific fonts will be run, after that your timetables look OK. Do not copy these fonts from Windows; Windows versions of these font files may look very strange on Linux.

Some Linux distros have a ttf-mscorefonts package in the repository which can also be used.

Telephone calls

For the telephone calls to be readable, you need to install the MS corefonts as described above. You might also have to change the font size. This can be done via main menu → Wine → Configuration → Graphics tab. Just try which 'dpi' value (at the bottom right) is good for you. 96 is the default value which should be OK for most sims and people; it's also the default value of Windows.

XML timetables

If XML .wtt timetables are not appearing in the list for the relevant simulation when attempting to start it, first check that you have installed the timetable to the correct folder and that you have set up the loader to look in the correct folders by opening the Folder Options on the loader’s intro screen. If these are correctly set, then you may need to install msxml3. This can be done with:

$ winetricks msxml3

or via PlayOnLinux’s configuration menu (if using PlayOnLinux). (See Saving timetables under WINE topic on the forum.)

XML train list (F2)

If, when opening the Train List (F2) window, you receive a “Can't find <body> element” error, then you may need to install Internet Explorer 8 into your wine prefix. This can be done with:

$ winetricks ie8

or via PlayOnLinux’s configuration menu (if using PlayOnLinux). Alternatively, you can revert to the Legacy Train List in the Display tab of the Options (F3) window. (See Train list broken in wine topic on the forum.)

Notes

  • Don't use ‘show all windows on taskbar’. Windows will hide behind the main view if you check this option.
  • If you accidentally hide a dialogue box behind the main window and you cannot reach its titlebar to return it to the foreground, it will look like the simulation has crashed. Do not panic – you can bring it to the foreground again by pressing Alt+<spacebar> and clicking Always On Top from the menu that appears.

Last edited by Steamer on 27/06/2020 at 10:40