Visual effects not showing up
Your graphic rules is ok - your special effects are definitely turned on.
So yeah, Boiling Oil is correct - it's settings for your graphics card. If you run a dxdiag, you'll see whether your 'particle effects' has been disabled. Have you recently updated the graphics driver? That may have turned it off for you.
Is your driver up to date?
Does the game resolution match the native display settings on your laptop?
Alternatively, try running with the integrated card.
Here's my DxDiag.txt file, in case it's helpful.
DxDiag.txt (Size: 82.15 KB / Downloads: 41)
Also, how do you run the game with the integrated card? And wouldn't that hinder graphics performance in other areas?
As far as I know, running on the integrated card *might* (emphasis on *might*) hinder performance in other areas: the integrated card would use system memory to run. If system memory was limited, that would constitute a problem. You do not want your graphics to use 1 GB from a 2 GB computer, but from an 8 GB system like yours, it shouldn't hurt.
I have no idea whether this will do anything at all. But it's worth a try.
With your video card - the name is different between the card and the database. It's still recognised as found, because the actual device number is the same. What I've done - is made you a card with the correct card name for the database.
We know that Windows 10, does have some features that muck up the game when the video card isn't recognised - so this *may* be one.
Download Video Card - Radeon - 6841
I know with NVidia there's a choice in the Graphics Card manager selection thingy. I don't know about Radeon.
For me, on my machine - the way I use the Intel card, is to unplug the monitor from the PC, with the Large radeon connector, and connect it into the spot with the small intel connector.
I'll google it and see what I can come up with - what sort of machine do you have?
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Information we need
-config-log.txt from the Logs folder in the My Documents\EA\The Sims2\ Click "full editor" below to attach a text file.
- Your operating System.
- What the problem actually is - that will be a picture to show the problem (optional), and accompanying text files that turn up (optional), and a detailed description of what happened, and what you expected to happen.