First time playing the game with mods and there are a lot of incompatibility due to version. I've read a bunch of the tutorials (some are rather old) which mention version 1.24.3 or above but mods still won't work (game crashes at second load screen). "Sims 3 has stopped working". I've been reluctant to patch to far for fear of no return and losing the ability to mod the game. I don't know how old the tutorials are but most seem rather outdated. Some have you putting your packages in the Documents sub directories while others have you putting them into the Programs(x86) sub's. so there are quite a few discrepancies, these are just a few.
any light that can be shined on this would be greatly appreciated.
How far can I patch and still have a mod-able game?.
I suppose that greatly depends on which mods you're using. Modthesims and sexysims2 (and 3, don't let the name fool you) tend to keep their stuff updated quickly, while some others may not. Earlier in the thread, I gave instructions on how to fix the "Sims 3 has stopped working" error. It's a bit crude, but I know of no other way.
Also, why do any of your mods say to go in Program Files (x86)? They should all go in your documents.
C:\Users\Owner\Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Mods\Packages.