Sims 3 Mac players – I need your help!

The graphics card issue is still grating away at me. I’m not affected by it and I don’t play Sims 3 anymore but it’s still irritating me because so many users are affected. I’ve always flirted with the idea of editing the .sgr files myself and uploading them but not having an affected Mac makes testing a little difficult. So, this is where you lovely Mac users come in! I need people willing to test the files for me, to download and put them in their game folders and see if we can get all of those pesky Intel chips finally recognised in the game.

This is a (hopeful) graphics fix only. If you are getting Found:1 Matched:1 and still encountering errors you need to read my Sims 3 help page for more help. If you have Late Night/Ambitions/Fast Lane/Outdoor Living installed you need to carry out additional fixes – getting the packs to show up in the Launcher and adding the relevant folders to the game files.

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Description of problem and how it is solved
Information needed
Files ready for downloading and testing
Files confirmed as successful in launching the game


Description of problem and how it is solved:
Macs with AMD graphics cards are not affected as badly, this is the only type of card that throws up the unrecognised video card error in the game but will play anyway. Unsupported Intel chips just point blank refuse to load, as do some NVIDIA GPUs.

As a test I played around with adding lines to the GraphicsCards.sgr and GraphicsRules.sgr files for the AMD GPU in my current 2017 15″ Touch Bar MacBook Pro. It has an integrated Intel 630 chip and a discrete/dedicated AMD Radeon Pro 560, the game uses the AMD so we can safely ignore the Intel. After testing a couple of different lines the following text was recognised by the game and we finally had a recognised card!

For the GraphicsCards.sgr file:
card 0x67ef "AMD Radeon Pro 560"

For the GraphicsRules.sgr file:
match("${cardName}", "*Pro 560*")

Checking the DeviceConfig.log file confirms that the game has found and matched the card:

The graphics in my game really pop now. I added the card to the Uber settings as it has 4Gb VRAM so can happily handle super high settings.

Information needed:
If you’d like to help yourself and fellow Mac users, miserable at not being able to play their game properly, PLEASE let me know. Leave a comment on here, contact me on Facebook or on Twitter. I will need the following information from you though, in full:

  1. Exact model of your Mac. You can find this by clicking on the Apple in the menu bar then About This Mac. Please provide everything shown here:  You may not think all that detail is important – it is!
  2. Device ID – Click on System Report > Graphics/Displays and look for the Device ID:
  3. If you have a 15″ MacBook Pro with an additional NVIDIA or AMD graphics card please provide the Device ID of that card together with the VRAM figure.

I’m confident that I already have the correct Device IDs for all unsupported Macs, giving me this information is just for verification. It also helps determine the graphics level your Mac is capable of.

Files ready for downloading and testing:
If your Mac has the listed graphics below please feel free to download and copy and paste the text from the files I have already uploaded. I have included a readme file in the download with full instructions on what to do, please read it! You must edit your GraphicsCards.sgr AND GraphicsRules.sgr files, not just one of them. These files have not been confirmed as 100% accurate yet, they are for testing, PLEASE comment below if they worked or not. Once I have confirmation that the files work and the game loads successfully, yielding both a Found and Matched positive result, I will post in a separate list.

AMD Radeon Pro M380 2GB
AMD Radeon Pro 570 4GB
Intel Iris Graphics 540
Intel Iris Graphics 550
Intel HD 5300
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655

Files confirmed as successful in launching the game:
You can download the files below and add the details to your game, they have been confirmed as working. Instructions are included in the download:

AMD Radeon R9 M295X 4GB
AMD Radeon Pro 560 4GB
Intel HD 6000
Intel Iris 5100
Intel Iris Graphics 6100
Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650

20/08/2018
I have to post this because I cannot believe how utterly selfish some people are. This fix depends on YOU, the user having issues, to leave me feedback and informing me whether the Found and Matched values are 1 or 0 after you have copied and pasted my text into your sgr files. You’ve taken the time to post here with your details, why not help others and post back, it will take 20 seconds of your precious time. And for those not bothering to follow the instructions properly, you’ve only got yourselves to blame when it doesn’t work. I don’t believe in spoon-feeding people to the nth degree.

And to all those who have posted back with their Found and Matched values….. thank you so, so much. You’re helping others and making the Mac Sims community a better place ❤

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156 thoughts on “Sims 3 Mac players – I need your help!

  1. I have OS X El Capitan
    Version 10.11.6
    iMac (Retina 5k, 27-inch, Late 2014)
    Processor 4 Ghz Intel Core i7
    Memory 32 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
    Graphics AMD Radeon R9 M295X 4096 MB
    Device ID: 0x6938

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  2. I have a macOS High Sierra
    Version 10.13.6
    MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
    Processor 3,1 GHz Intel Core i5
    Memory 16GB 2133 MHz LPDDR3
    Graphics Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650 1536 MB
    Device ID 0x5927

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      1. Thank you so much for the fast reply! I followed all the instructions. The unknown error message still pops up but it says Found:1 in the deviceconfig.log file.

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        1. That’s SUCH good news that it recognises it! We’re halfway there. I’ve uploaded the GraphicsRules.sgr file to the same folder and also updated the readme with additional instructions. It’s the same process just different file. Let me know how you get on! 🙂

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          1. Thanks a lot for your help! 🙂 Sadly, even though it says matched: 1 now, the game still doesn’t work. If I try to open it with the launcher the unknown error message still pops up and if I bypass the launcher and open it, the blue screen with the green sims logo appears, but then error 0x0175dcbbb occurs and I have to quit it. 😦 (I open it through origin btw, if that’s relevant at all)

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          2. Great that it shows Matched:1 but not great that you’re still getting the error 😦 Just to clarify, you have a completely clean game with no CC/Mods and you have just the base game or packs too? If you have packs installed which ones?

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  3. Soo, I just got this macbook last week and I installed the base game, late night and High End Loft stuff via origin. Nothing worked and I couldn’t deinstall it with the deinstaller, because when it asked me to choose which game to deinstall, none of them showed. So, I just deleted everything from my Mac that had to do with sims and now I only reinstalled the base game, which also doesn’t show in the deinstaller 😦

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    1. Ok. So Late Night, Ambitions, Fast Lane and Outdoor Living are all problematic but can work (we’ll get onto that in a minute…). For now, can you please manually uninstall any remnants of the game that are still on your Mac. You need to follow this guide to look in the Library folders. Next, download and install a fresh copy of just the base game then apply the 1.67 super patch. Now do the graphics cards stuff we’ve just done so you get the Found and Matched stuff showing correctly. Then try to launch your game again. FYI, once you’ve downloaded the game through Origin you do not need Origin at all to play, you can safely launch the game from within your Applications folder 🙂

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  4. I have macOS High Sierra 10.13.6
    MacBook Pro 15-inch, 2017
    2,9 GHz i7
    16 GB RAM
    GPU Intel 630 1536 MB(0x591b) and Radeon Pro 560 4096 MB(0x67ef)

    I tried added your GraphicCards.sgr file info, shows 1 found in the DeviceConfig log. However the GraphicRules file makes me confused…

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      1. Found 1 and matched 1 in DeviceConfig.log and after deleting Options.ini, no messages about unrecognised video card. Thanks!

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  5. macOS High Sierra
    Version 10.13.4
    MacBook Pro (Retina, 15 in, Early 2013)
    Processor 2.7 GHz Intel Core i7
    Memory: 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
    Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M 1024 MB
    Intel HD Graphics 4000 1536 MB

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  6. High Sierra ver. 10.13.6 (17G65)
    MacBook Pro (13 inch, 2016, two thunderbolt 3 ports)
    Processor 2 GHz Intel Core i5
    Memory 8GB 1867 MHz LPDDR3
    Graphics Intel Iris Graphics 540 1536 MB
    Device ID: 0x1926

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      1. Hello,

        I’m using Mojave 10.14.1, but other than that, my MacBook has the same specs as Rika’s.
        I have tried this, but the Name (database) still shows “Found: 0”.

        I hope this is still helpful to you!

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  7. Hi there,
    I have recently bought The Sims Medieval and keep getting the “Service Initialisation Failed (0x0175dcbb)” error when I try and play on my MacBook. I went searching on how to troubleshoot and fix this so I can play and came across your thread.

    Here are my specs:

    macOS Sierra
    Version 10.12.6
    MacBook Pro (Retina, 13 inch, Early 2015)
    2.9 GHz Intel Core i5
    8 GB 1867 MHz DDR3
    Intel Iris Graphics 6100 1536 MB
    Device ID: 0x162b

    If you could please help me, I would really appreciate it, thank you! 🙂

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  8. macOS High Sierra
    iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, 2017)
    3.8 GHz Intel Core i5
    8 GB 2400 MHz DDR4
    Radeon Pro 580 8192 MB
    Device ID: 0x67df

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  9. macOS High Sierra
    MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports)
    2.3 GHz Intel Core i5
    16 GB 2133 MHz LPDDR3
    Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 1536 MB

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  10. hi!
    EA sent me to your link here!

    Here are my device details:
    MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
    Processer:
    2.9 GHz Intel Core i5
    Memory: 8gb 2133mhz
    LPDDR3
    Graphics:
    Intel Iris Graphics 550 1536 MB

    At this time I can’t even launch the main game. Could you help me?

    Thanks!

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  11. Hiya, I have these details:

    MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
    2.9 GHz Intel Core i5
    8 GB 2133 MHz LPDDR3
    Intel Iris Graphics 550 1536 MB
    Device ID: 0x1927

    Base game, WA, A, LN, P, UL, S, ITF & G installed. Can’t launch or get passed “Unknown Error”

    Thanks!

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  12. MacOS High Sierra
    version 10.13.4
    iMac (Retina 5k, 27-inch, Late 2015)
    Processor: 3.2 GHz Intel core i5
    Memory: 8GB 1867 MHz DDR3
    Startup Disk: MacintoshHD
    Graphics: AMD Radeon R9 M380 2048 MB
    Device ID: 0x6640

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  13. Hi, My mac is bit old and encounter this problem
    MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012), Processor 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5, memory 4 GB 1600 MHz DDR3, graphics Intel HD Graphics 4000 1536 MB,
    Device ID: 0x0166

    Thank you very much!

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  14. I have the same model as someone originally posted but it hasn’t worked for me. Details are:
    MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports) on HighSierra version 10.13.6
    3.1 GHz Intel Core i5
    8 GB 2133 MHz LPDDR3
    Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650 1536 MB
    Device ID 0x5927

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    1. If Found and Matched are showing 0 instead of 1 then you have not properly copied and pasted the text from my files into yours. If they are both showing 1 then your issue is separate to this one.

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  15. Hi, I keep on having the “Unknown Error” problem without even downloading any of the EP. My Mac is kind of old though.
    iMac (27-inch, Mid 2011) running on macOS High Sierra version 10.13.6
    Processor: 2,7 GHz Intel Core i5
    Memory: 16 GB 1333 MHz DDR3
    Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 6770M 512 MB
    DeviceID: 0x6740

    Thank you for being a hero and helping us all 🙂

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  16. I have a macbook pro 13″ with intel iris 6100. I was having the “unknown error” message. After downloading your files and following the instructions as well as adding my packs for ambitions, late night, outdoor living and fast lane, my game is now playable! Thank you sooooo much. I tried sims 4 and didn’t like it and all I wanted was to play my sims 3 and now I can. You (and all the other simmers smarter than me) rock!

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  17. Please help!! 🙂

    I have macOS High Sierra
    Version 10.13.6
    Mac (21.5 inch, Late 2013)
    Processor 2.7 GHz Intel Core i5
    Memory 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
    Graphics Intel Iris Pro 1536 MB
    Device ID: 0x0d22

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  18. Hiya
    I have a macOs High Sierra
    Version 10.13.4
    MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015)
    2.7 GHz Intel Core i5
    8 GB 1867 MHz DDR3
    Intel Iris Graphics 6100 1536 MB
    Device ID: 0x162b

    I’ve tried all the things I could read on here and nothing has worked!

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        1. I’m not sure I understand what you’re asking…. I have given clear instructions in the article on how to find the details I ask for and how to copy and paste the correct text into your sgr files.

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  19. Hello! I have:
    MacBook Pro 13-in, 2018
    MacOS High Sierra 10.13.6
    Processor: 2.7 GHz Intel Core i7
    Memory: 16 GB 2133 MHz LPDDR3
    Graphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 1536 MB
    Device ID: 0x3ea5
    I have the Supernatural and Pets expansion packs also (Supernatural on a disc and Pets is a download from Amazon), and I was also wondering if I should download those before or after fixing the game.

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          1. My game file got corrupted trying to play from Origin, so I have to start over. I might just have to use Bootcamp and try to download and play it that way. 😦

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  20. Hi, we talked on Answers HQ. Here’s my info:
    macOS High Sierra
    Version 10.13.4
    iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, 2017)
    Processor 3.4 GHz Intel Core i5
    Memory 8 GB 2400 MHz DDR4
    Graphics Radeon Pro 570 4096 MB

    I’m not sure if it would be okay by my family to disclose the computer’s ID. Supposedly, it can be used to do some scary stuff, but I’ll update you with it if my dad says it’s okay to share.

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    1. Jamiesmile—Bluebellflora isn’t asking for your computer’s serial number. That’s something that you should in fact never post online. What she wants is the device ID on your graphics card, as described above. This is not a unique identifier, it’s just the ID by which every card of a specific model is known. More relavantly, it’s the ID by which TS3 can be told to identify and use that card. For example, Bluebellflora and I have identical graphics cards in our laptops, so our cards have the same device ID. That means she and I could use the same .sgr file text to force TS3 to recognize our cards. But the serial numbers of our computers are different.

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          1. In the article, and the read me instructions you downloaded, I explain what they are. If the values are 1 the fix has worked, if one or both values are 0 it hasn’t. If they are 0 I need to know as the text isn’t correct so we need to try something else.

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          2. Ok, thanks for clarifying. In that case, either one or both are 0, because I’m still not able to load the launcher and the Unknown Error Occurs

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          3. No, that’s not the case. They are not 0 or 1 as something else is causing your game not to load which is why they Sims 3 folder is not being generated. You need to understand that you are trying to get a game which is not supported on your Mac to play. It is not compatible because the hardware in your Mac is not supported and the operating system you are running is not supported. The workarounds that I, and other experienced Mac Simmers and helpers suggest, are just that, workarounds. This graphics fix is a graphics fix, it is not a magical fix for the game. It is one of three steps you have to take to try and get your game to load (the others being applying the manual patch and adding the problematic packs, if you have them, to the launcher and the game files).

            It’s probably best if you completely get rid of everything Sims and Transgaming related off your Mac and start again. To save me having to list everything here, please read my article on the Unknown Error message with just the base game installed – https://bluebellflora.com/unknown-error-message-sims-3-base-game-only/

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        1. Hi BluebellFlora, I downloaded the files and followed all your instructions, and I’m still getting the Unknown Error message before the launcher even opens up.

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  21. Hi BluebellFlora. You may see this two more times. It’s just, I didn’t know where to post. But I was wondering if my computer can play sims 3 at all. I hope so. I really miss the game

    macOS High Sierra

    Version 10.13.1

    Mac Book Pro (Retina, 15-inch, mid 2015)

    processor 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7

    memory 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3

    Graphics Intel Iris Pro 1536 MB

    Device ID: 0x0d26

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    1. Please click on the link to your graphics near the bottom of the article, Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200, download the files and follow the instructions. PLEASE report back with your Found and Matched values. In addition to this graphics fix you will also need to do this and this.

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  22. Okay, I’m confused about two things. One, in your graphiccardssgr files there’s only two lines of information. Is that correct? Then in the steps it says do everything again for graphicsrules.sgr. I’m confused though on where to paste it. Are we suppose to paste it in EA’s graphicscards.sgr the same place we put yours?

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      1. This fix is not about fixing the game in one go, it is about getting the game to recognise your graphics chip. As you can see at the end of the instructions you have downloaded, I ask about the Found and Matched values in the deviceconfig file – what are yours?

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  23. Hi BluebellFlora,
    I followed your recommendations for the AMD Radeon Pro 560. I only have the base game on my Mac currently but the program is newly installed and has never been successfully launched. I just receive the “Unknown error occurred” message whenever I try to open it.

    Here are the specs:
    macOS High Sierra (version 10.13.6)
    MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2018)
    Processor 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7
    Memory 16 GB 2400 MHz DDR4
    Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 630 1536 MB

    Device ID
    1. Intel UHD Graphics 630 (0x389b); VRAM (1536 MB)
    2. AMD Radeon Pro 560X (0x67ef); VRAM (4096 MB)

    I looked for the DeviceConfig.log file in the directory folder but there wasn’t one, probably because the game has never completely launched.

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  24. Hello! I’m so happy to have found this thread. I’ll get right on it this coming weekend since work’s hectic. Will let you know how it goes. Cheers for helping us!!

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  25. hello, i have a Macbook Pro 9,1 15inch mid 2012, High Sierra, intel HD 4000, i installed my sims 3 ONLY BASE GAME and it opened tottaly fine and i was able to play, but only once. Second time i tried to play the game – unknown error occured, tried reinstalling it twice and nothing changed. Im super frustrated bc i was so excited to play sims again and i had no idea that a problem like this existed. Thank you so much for any reply.

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  26. Hi! This is my info:
    OS X Yosemite
    Version 10.10.5
    MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015)
    Processor 2.7 GHz Intel Core i5
    Memory 8GB 1867 MHz DDR3
    Graphics Intel Iris Graphics 6100 1536 MB
    Vendor: Intel (0x8086)
    Device ID: 0x162b

    I tried to edit the graphics files myself using the instructions you put out, but I was unsuccessful. Every time I tried to start the game, I got a message saying, “Cannot start the process while the game is running. Please quit the game and try again.” I downloaded what you’ve offered here for “Intel Iris Graphics 6100,” and followed the instructions, but the problem persists. I restarted my computer, and that error message went away, but then I got stuck in the loading screen, and now that I’ve tried to close the game and re-open it, I’m back to the same error I’ve always had. I can’t even make it to the town chooser screen to do steps 13 and 14. Any thoughts you may have would be greatly appreciated! I hope this might help you figure out what works. Thank you for doing all of this!

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    1. Also possibly worth mentioning that I don’t have a DeviceConfig.log file even though I haven’t been able to get further than step 12 yet.

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          1. Hi! Thank you so much. I purged RAM, and nothing changed. Like I said, the deviceconfig file is nowhere to be found for me. Is that probably just an error on my part? I’ve followed your instructions and looked a few times now.

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          2. Urgh, ok. If you downloaded my files and copied and pasted the text from them into your .sgr files correctly then I’m afraid I don’t know. Maybe try it again? You aren’t just replacing your .sgr files with mine are you?

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  27. Hi, I have a macOS High Sierra MacBook Air 11″ Version 10.13.6 and would like to test these steps as well! I saw above that another person had the same version as me, does that mean I can use the same link? Or will I need a separate one specific to my differing mac properties?
    MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2013)
    Processor 1.3 GHz Intel Core i5
    Memory 4 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
    Graphics Intel HD Graphics 5000 1536 MB

    Thanks!

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    1. At first my game worked perfectly (including numerous expansion packs) but just today I tried installing Ambitions and I came up with the Unknown Error notification. So i uninstalled everything and now even my base game doesn’t work upon reinstalling it. Now no matter what I do, it won’t work. What should I do?

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  28. MacBook Air (13-inch, 2017)
    macOS High Sierra
    Version: 10.13.3 (17D47)
    Processor: 1.8 GHz Intel Core i5
    Memory: 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
    Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 6000 1536 MB
    Device ID: 0x1626

    I attempted to fix my game using the Intel hd graphics 6000 file, I patched my game first like reccommended but i’m still getting the ‘unknown error occured’ message when i try to start my game, could i have messed it up? i was quite certain i followed your instructions to the T so i’m just a bit confused…

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  29. Okay here is my info:
    macOS Sierra version 10.12.6
    MacBookPro 13”, 2017, 2 thunderbolt 3 ports
    Processor 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5
    Memory 8 GB 2133 MHz LPDDR3
    Graphics Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 1536 MB
    Device ID 0x5926
    Thank you so much! I really hope this works it just keeps getting stuck on the blue screen with the plumbob and after a while says “could not connect to the server, check your internet connection and try again” but obviously my internet connection is fine I could load and post to this page just fine.

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  30. Hi there. Thank you so much for your hard work on this fix. I’m so happy to report that it works! First, here’s the relevant info:
    High Sierra version 10.13.5
    MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015)
    3.1 GHz Intel Core i7
    16 GB 1867 MHz DDR3
    Intel Iris Graphics 6100 1536 MB
    Device ID: 0x162b

    When I upgraded my 2012 model computer earlier this year, I followed your instructions to edit the graphics files myself. Although it got the game to open, the entire map would appear grey in Edit Town, save for the map tags. The game would then freeze immediately upon selecting a household to play. I was certain to follow your instructions correctly, and I’ve successfully troubleshooted other Mac-related issues in the past, but it just wasn’t working. I am so excited that it is finally working and graphics loading as expected! I see that my graphics card hasn’t yet been officially confirmed as working, so if you need any other additional info from me, please let me know.

    One other issue I encountered, which I’ll detail here for the benefit of anyone else having the same issue: after I applied your fix and started up the game, I noticed that changes to the graphics options were not sticking. I upped a couple options, saved and restarted the game, to find that they were all back on the default (which is “low” for everything). I searched around and saw that some PC users had the same issue after updating their graphics drivers. I was able to solve it by deleting the Options.ini file in Documents/Electronic Arts/The Sims 3 and letting the game generate a new one upon starting. This works for me because I know all the settings I like, but if you want to use your original Options.ini file, this forum post has instructions that may work: https://forums.thesims.com/en_US/discussion/comment/16213394/#Comment_16213394

    Again, thank you SO much for this fix! I’ve always played on a Mac, and your resources have been invaluable on many occasions over the years. I’m so excited to be able to play TS3 again.

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    1. And thank YOU for leaving such a detailed response and confirming it worked! It’s always so helpful when people take the time to let me know something worked and it helps the whole Mac community too 🙂

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  31. Hi,
    I have a Macbook (retina,12-inch,2017)
    macOS High Sierra version 10.13.4
    Processor 1.3 GHz Intel Core i5
    Memory 8GB 1867 MHz LPDDR3
    Graphics Intel HD Graphics 615 1536 MB
    Device ID 0x591e

    I tried using this link (https://bluebellflora.com/intel-hd-5300-12-macbook/) to change the files with my device info and it worked perfectly! I got the game to run but once I tried installing an expansion pack it wouldn’t work, no matter how many times I tried to re-do it. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you!

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    1. Update- I managed to get the game running (I had to do a complete uninstall of what I had leftover from the first time I tried to download and it fixed it) but when I play, the map is just a grey screen and none of the graphics settings (or any settings for that matter) will save. Any idea on what to do? I have my graphics info in the .sgr files but that doesn’t do anything

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      1. What line did you add to the GraphicsCard.sgr file? I reckon it should be something like:
        card 0x591e "Intel (R) HD 615"
        And the GraphicsRules.sgr file should have:
        elseif (match("${cardName}", "*IntelHD615*"))
        seti cardLevel $cardLevelMedium
        seti isCardMatched true

        I wouldn’t set the graphics any higher than medium using that chip.

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  32. Please! 😦
    macOS Mojave
    Version 10.14
    Mac Book Pro (Retina, 13-inch, mid 2014)
    processor 2.6 GHz Intel Core i5
    memory 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
    Graphics Intel Iris 5100 1536 MB
    Device ID: 0x0a2e

    I need your help. I can not play the sims 3, I’ve tried to fix it but I did not get it.

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      1. Hi! I’ve tried as you said in the read me text… I instaled the game, followed your instructions, the launcher went fine but the game got stuck in “The Sims 3” screenplay. What should I do? ): An EA message showed up as well, saying that my internet connection was off, when it was actually fine.
        Thank you so much!

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          1. I Literally own you my life. THANK YOU so much for making my game work. You are the best! Sorry for not replying sooner, I was OBSSESED playing all night long 😀

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  33. Thanks so much for all your help. I am running into the issue that I cannot paste or even delete any code of the .sgr files because it says the file is locked, is on a read only volume and cannot be unlocked. Any clue?

    Thanks!

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  34. Aaaaaaand I’m officially going insane. I’ve spent hours trying to solve this problem… PLEEEASE! Any help would be much appreciated…

    macOS High Sierra
    Version 10.13.6
    MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016)
    Processor: 2.7 GHz Intel Core i7
    Memory: 16GB 2133 MHz LPDDR3

    Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 530
    VRAM (Dynamic, Max): 1536 MB
    Vendor: Intel
    Device ID: 0x191b

    &

    Graphics: AMD Radeon Pro 455
    VRAM (Dynamic, Max): 2048MB
    Vendor: AMD (0x1002)
    Device ID: 0x67ef

    I also don’t have “DeviceConfig.log”…

    If you require anything further, please let me know.

    Thank you so much! 🙂

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  35. Hi! I just installed the base game on Mac and am unable to launch the game. I get the error “Unable to start game” and “Service initialization failed (0x0175d824)”. I am attempting to edit the sgr files for my graphics card but can’t find any guides.

    macOS High Sierra
    Version 10.13.6
    MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Late 2013)
    Processor: 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7
    Memory: 16GB 1600 MHz DDR3

    Not posting my integrated graphics specs since that’s not what the game is using. Dedicated graphics are as follows:
    Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
    VRAM (Dynamic, Max): 2048 MB
    Vendor: NVIDIA (0x10de)
    Device ID: 0x0fe9

    I was able to manually edit the GraphicsCards.sgr file so my DeviceConfig.log now says GeForce GT 750M [Found: 1, Matched: 1] instead of Found: 0, Matched: 1, but I’m not sure how to edit the GraphicsRules.sgr file. I tried to figure it out based on guides for other graphics cards but no luck.

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  36. Hello! I would be so appreciative if you were about to help me! My information is:

    macOS Mojave
    Version 10.14.1
    MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
    Processor 2.9 GHz Intel Core i5
    Memory 8 GB 2133 MHz LPDDR3
    Graphics Intel Iris Graphics 550 1536 MB
    Device ID 0x1927

    I already tested the files that you provided and they did not work for me. I still receive the unknown error when I attempt to launch the game.

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      1. i’ve tried all of the things mentioned in the article. i have no expansion packs installed, and i have completely deleted my sims 3 and redownloaded multiple times and nothing has worked.

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  37. I have a:
    MacOS High Sierra
    Version 10.13.6 (17G65)
    MacBook Pro (13 in, 2017, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
    Processor: 3.1 GHz Intel Core i5
    Memory: 8 GB 2133 MHz LPDDR3
    Graphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650 1536 MB
    Device ID: 0x5927

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  38. I can’t play the base game at all. I am running the OS Sierra Version 10.12.6 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5 Intel HD Graphics 3000 384 MB, Mac Book Late 2011 13-inch Device ID 0x0126. I was able to get the Pets and Into the Future to install in origin but the Dragons and the Roaring Heights would not install in origin. I can the launcher up and sign in but I can’t see any content needed to be downloaded. I have applied the super patch. I have currently just the base game installed. What can I do? I was considering boot camping it but I don’t have a windows 8 disc or key. So upset 😦

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  39. I have a:
    macOS High Sierra
    Version 10.13.6 (17G65)
    MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014)
    Processor: 2.6 GHz Intel Core i5
    Memory: 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
    Graphics: Intel Iris 1536 MB
    Device ID: 0x0a2e

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  40. Absolutely gutted that with the upgrade to Mojave it won’t work anymore 😦 I just get the “unknown error”

    My specs are:

    MacOS Mojave
    Version 10.14.1 (18B75)
    iMac 27 inch Late 2013
    Processor: 3.5 GHz Intel Core i7
    Memory: 8GB 1600 MHz DDR3
    Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce FTX 780M 4096MB
    Device ID: 0x119e

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  41. Hi BlueBellFlora, I’ve been a reader of your blog for years. I’m now in grad school and have had to purchase a new Macbook pro. It’s the MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2018). I’m not really sure why there are two graphics cards listed.

    I’m dying to play the sims 3 again, please help me out so I can help out others with my laptop model.

    macOS High Sierra
    Version 10.13.6 (17G65)
    MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2018)
    Processor: 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7
    Memory: 16 GB 2400 MHz DDR4
    Graphics: Radeon Pro 555X 4096 MB
    Intel UHD Graphics 630 1536 MB
    Device ID (radeon): 0x67ef
    Device ID (intel) 0x3e9b

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    1. Your Mac has integrated and dedicated/discrete graphics. The game will use the dedicated AMD. You shouldn’t need to edit the files as it is the Intel chips that are the issue. What you should do is read the Unknown Error fixes, you can find the links under the Sims 3 drop down menu near the top of the page 🙂

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      1. I’m really sorry to bother you with this, but I really appreciate your help. I only have the base game installed (and manually patched), I downloaded this through origin (though I do have the physical CDs lying around somewhere, but no disc drive lol). I own all of the EPs and SPs on origin as well but none have been installed yet. I tried purging my RAM and I still get the unknown error message. When I edit the info.plist file to bypass the launcher it changes to “Service initialization failed (0x0175dcbb)” I’m really at a complete loss but am super bored.

        I have taken a couple of computer science courses so if you have any ideas for me to try I’d love to. Thank you so much!!!!

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  42. Hi,
    I have a 2017 Retina 5k 27 inch iMac running High Sierra version 10.13.6. My graphics are Radeon Pro 570 4096mb, Vendor is AMD (ox1002) and the device id is 0x67df. I had this issue, so I did a clean uninstall and reinstalled the base game and patched it. I was able to launch it and did not get the unknown error message so I proceeded in installing my EPs. That’s when the unknown error came back and I landed on your page.

    I followed the directions for AMD Radeon Pro 570 4GB based on finding someone else with my same specs in the comments. However, I’m unable to get to the launcher and am still getting the unknown error. But will reiterate that my base game launched without issue before I installed the EPs. Any ideas? Appreciate it. And thank you for figuring all of these things out!

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      1. I give you the highest of fives! Thank you! I had to do both things and it fixed it. Much appreciated as I really didn’t want to switch to the Sims 4. 3 is definitely the best of them.

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  43. Hey! Help please! I really would love for The Sims 3 to work on my Macbook Pro. I also have a lot of expansion/stuff packs (Pets, Supernatural, University Life, Late Night, Ambitions, Into The Future, Generations, Showtime, High End Loft Stuff). Once all of them are downloaded, Into The Future is icon that normally pops up and it says “UNKNOWN ERROR.” Can you please help me with what I need to do? PLEASE 🙂

    MacOS Mojave
    Version 10.14.2
    Macbook Pro (15-inch, 2018)
    Processor 2.2GHz Intel Core i7
    Memory 16GB 2400 MHZ DDR4
    Graphics Radeon Pro 555X 4096 MB
    Intel UHD Graphics 630 1536 MB

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  44. I remembered doing this through my Bootcamp partition a year ago but so many graphics issues with windows update made me uninstall it again. Got a sense of some Sims 3 nostalgia and didn’t want to go that route so I’m happy I ran across your site this time. I’ve only installed the base game at the moment (I’ll try and update to see the effects after the rest have been installed, wanted to leave this here for those that only had the base game). I had not received an ‘unknown error’ but did receive the incompatible graphics card issue, obviously.

    I noticed my specific graphics card wasn’t listed as confirmed but there was a fix for it listed so I wanted to share that your files did help out, DevicesConfig showed up as Found 1, Matched 1. Thanks! Haven’t run across any other problems so far. Now to the manual installations bit, oh joy… 🙂

    MacOS Mojave
    Version 10.14.2
    iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, 2017)
    Processor 3.4 GHz Intel Core i5
    Memory 8 GB 2400 MHz DDR4
    Startup Disk Macintosh HD
    Graphics Radeon Pro 570 4096 MB

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  45. Please please help me!! Sims 3 keeps saying “unknown error occurred” after I just downloaded a new expansion pack. I have university life, pets, generations, seasons, and now ambitions. I have downloaded the super pack and tried your resolution for fixing the .gsr files and it still hasn’t worked for me. Im so hoping there is some way to fix this or maybe I did something wrong but any advice would be great because I love this game. My specs are

    MacOS Mojave
    Version 10.14.2
    MacBook Air (12 inch, early 2015)
    Processor 1.6 GHz Intel core i5
    Memory 8 GB 1600 Mhz DDR3
    Startup DIsk Macintosh HD
    Graphics Intel HD Graphics 6000 1536 MB
    Serial Number C02SRkRPH3QD

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  46. Thank you for all you are doing to help the sim hopeless amongst us!
    I have successfully modified your AMD Radeon Pro 570 download to suit my AMD 550.
    My system is a 2017 iMac 3 GHz intel core i5, 8BG Memory
    Graphics are Radeon Pro 555. the script edit I did was: for .the graphics card sgr:

    vendor “ATI” 0x1002
    card 0x67ef “AMD Radeon Pro 550”
    end

    and in the Graphics Rules I searched for Pro 570, then duplicated this line:
    or match(“${cardName}”, “Pro 570) and replaced 570 with 550. I followed all of your instructions for copying the edited text into the original scripts, and it worked.
    When I go now to DeviceConfig, I get 1 & 1. Prior to doing the edit I got 0 & 0, although the game still ran.

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  47. forgot to mention above, running Mojave.
    I have used your guides for installation:
    https://answers.ea.com/t5/The-Sims-Mac/READ-FIRST-Sims-3-Mac-Help-Guides-and-Troubleshooting/m-p/6984929#M13578
    uninstalling individual expansions,
    https://bluebellflora.com/manually-uninstalling-an-expansion-or-stuff-pack-in-the-sims-3-for-mac/
    because I kept goosing the LN and AMB expansion pack thing, had to figure out how to manually uninstall then reinstall numerous times, and the ea games guide to installing:
    https://answers.ea.com/t5/The-Sims-Mac/READ-FIRST-Sims-3-Mac-Help-Guides-and-Troubleshooting/m-p/6984929#M13578

    It’s taken over 20 hours. But it’s nearly finished and it’s working – all I have to do redownload and reinstall GEN and IP, and I can play this game again. I’m never getting a new computer. But thank you for the wisdom, thank you.

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  48. Hey I’m also having an issue with unknown error even before the game loads. help would be greatly appreciated!
    Device info
    MacBook Pro 13 inch 2016
    Mojave 10.14.2
    Device ID: 0x1927
    processor: 3,3 GHz Intel Core i7
    memory: 16 Gt 2133 MHz LPDDR3
    startup disc: Macintosh HD
    graphics: Intel Iris Graphics 550, 1536 Mt

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  49. Hi! I am trying to install The Sims 3 base game only on my Macbook Pro and none of the fixes posted on here work. I’m getting really frustrated and have no clue what I am doing wrong. I have uninstalled my game 5 times now (following your clean uninstall instructions) and have changed the GraphicsRules.sgr and GraphicsCards.sgr files as instructed. I have also tried replacing my GraphicsRules.sgr and GraphicsCards.sgr with the files provided for Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 Macbook Pros and it didn’t work either. I have patched my game with the patch provided here before I play around with the Graphics files too. Can you please help me? I feel awful for asking because you’re probably swarmed with help requests, but I really want to play my game 😦

    Computer specs:
    MacBook Pro 13 inch 2017, 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports
    Mojave 10.14.2
    Device ID: 0x5926
    Graphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, 1536 MB
    Processor: 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5
    Memory: 8 GB 2133 MHz LPDDR3

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  50. I have macOS Mojave
    Version 10.14.3
    MacBook Air (Retina, 13-inch, 2018)
    Processor 1.6 Ghz Intel Core i5
    Memory 16 GB 2133 MHz LPDDR3
    Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 617 1536 MD
    Device ID: 0x87c0

    Would be so gratefully for your help!!

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  51. I have a MacBook Air8,1 n Intel UHD Graphics 617. It’s a new Mac, I tried installing Sims from Origin and did literally everything but it won’t work. What frustrates me most is how EA doesn’t even care to fix this for Mac users.

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  52. Hi, i would really appreciate your help, marvellous that you’ve provided so many people with assistance at the embarrassment of EA!

    ‘unknown error’ on base game launch, i have got the expansion packs purchased (most of them) but just trying to even get the base sorted now. Have done a clean uninstall using cleanmymac3 (as well as remove the EA doc files in documents). Downloading via Origin. Have patched it using a thing i found somewhere…

    My Spec:
    macOS: Mojave (10.14.3)
    iMac (retina 4k 21.5 inch, late 2015)
    Processor: 3.3 GHz intel core i7
    Memory: 16GB 1867 MHz DDR3
    Graphics: Intel iris pro graphics 6200 1536 MB
    Device ID: 0x1622

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  53. I am experiencing “unknown error” message on launch from Origin. I only have base game installed as of right now and I have confirmed my game is up to date using the super patch. I have tried using the link for “Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655” that you have provided but I still get the same error message.
    I am unsure if I am using the wrong link but I figured I would give that one a try since that is the graphics card I have.
    Just to be thorough, I was confused on one of the steps. When it says NOT to save the new .sgr files we copy from you, I get confused because when you go to close the window, it is considered edited and only gives the options “revert changes”, “cancel” or “save” so I did click save as it seems to be the only option that makes sense. If I was supposed to do something different or I’m using the wrong links, please let me know so I can help you figure this graphics issue out!
    My computer specs are below:

    macOS: Mojave (10.14.3)
    Model Name: MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2018, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
    Model Identifier: MacBookPro15,2
    Device ID: 0x3ea5
    Processor: 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5
    Graphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 1536 MB
    Memory: 8 GB 2133 MHz LPDDR3

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    1. ALSO, I have used your guide on how to bypass the game launcher by changing text in the info.plist file thinking the problem might have been trying to launch from Origin. This allows the game to launch to a blue screen with the blumbob but also gives the message:
      “Unable to start game
      Service initialization failed (0x0175dcbb)”
      When I click “OK” it closes the screen. Unsure what this means or if it is related.

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