A very warm thank you, Leefishers! Graphics advice inside.
And thanks for all those tips! I happen to be getting a new PC soon, so this will come in handy if I manage to get Sims 2 installed on it. (Windows 8.1 - eek!)
ETA: Whoops! I found the "simpleterrian true" line - turns out I was searching with an extra "s" in there. Okay, excellent. Will certainly try that if I can. I'd never heard of that tweak before.
-Sorry about the misspelling on the "simpleterrain". That will alleviate your grass looking flat. It's a great tip I found on the web.
-Set this command to "false" in your graphics.sgr according to Simsample: boolprop dontMergeNHFlora false
It can also be put in your userstartup.cheat file. It prevents flora from disappearing in lot view for a better experience. It must be entered in neighborhood view, userstartup.cheat or in your graphics.sgr file.
-Also check your graphics.sgr file for "ceiling" - there is a setting to turn it on/off. I forced it on to see ceiling inside the game without controllers.
-I use modified camera files from the Gunmod mod on MTS - the last 4 entries in the neighborhood and live files - I have changed them to "-50" for each to turn off fade, as much as possible. Neighborhood objects will still fade if you spin around. I have not yet gotten my dream behavior of "fadeobjects off" like you could do in S3.
-Get neighborhood decor objects from MTS and elsewhere but do not use the pond mod that is on MTS - it breaks with later EPs and will cause a major pain for your water views.
The only thing I'm missing is improving the textures of the neighbor lots (walls/doors/windows) in lot view. Once that happens, I might just faint and I know there's a fix out there someday.
That's all I can think of for now!
Just for reference, this is my old S2 game before all these fixes became available due to our time in S3:
Believe me, I was in love with my game back then but NOW, holy mackeral is it mind boggling!
Knowing the utter selfishness of the "Illuminati" types, I am certain that there were those at the supposed top of the upside Elysium pseudo-world, who would have never stood for lousy graphics. IMO, they threw a lot of garbage our way and thanks to MTS and others, we can overcome. Seems to me, people like that thwart themselves Final Destination-style, while us royal plebeians enjoy the spoils of war sitting pretty on top of their dusty bones. LOL