Sims 3 issue connecting to server – Workaround

Update 16/10/18
We have an unofficial workaround for this issue now. The problem is caused by a Windows file, paul.dll, buried inside the Cider installation of the base game. I copied over the dll file from an install on an old Mac into the new installation and the game successfully loaded without any server connection issues. It’s with BIG thanks to a fellow Hero at AHQ, Henalexandre, for this workaround as he posted of another user on the French forums who was experiencing the same issue and figured out what was causing it. That user was beerxced79000 and you can find his thread here (go give him some XP, he’s amazing).

If you would like to do the workaround you need to download my paul.dll file from here and replace your existing one with it. To get to the file:

  1. Go into Applications > The Sims 3, right click on the Sims 3 base game icon and select Show Package Contents from the menu that appears.
  2. Navigate to Contents > Resources > transgaming > c_drive > Program Files > Electronic Arts > The Sims 3 > Game > Bin > Packs > TS3 where you should see four files.
  3. Trash the paul.dll file in that TS3 folder and drag my file into there from your Downloads folder.

PLEASE bear in mind that this fix is unofficial. Hopefully EA are working on an official fix 🙂 BIG thanks to puzzlezaddict who, thousands of miles away, spent last night testing this issue with me 💚


A new issue that’s arisen in the last few days with Sims 3 on macOS. The game will not load as it cannot connect to a server. This only affects new installs of the game. If you already have the game installed then you will not run into this specific issue.

You may also get multiple app icons bouncing away in the Dock:

At the moment we have no workaround but if you are suffering from this, PLEASE post in this thread at AHQ and click the Me Too button in the opening post – https://answers.ea.com/t5/The-Sims-Mac/Sims-3-quot-There-is-a-problem-connecting-to-the-server-quot/m-p/7104362

I don’t believe this is a user issue, it seems like an issue on EA’s end so we need to make them aware.

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Origin ‘Permission Helper Tool’ error – EA are requesting information

EA are requesting information from Mac users experiencing the Permission Helper Tool error that has been around since Origin was launched for macOS:

This error is down to incorrect permissions on the user’s Mac in relation to the installation of Origin and there is no apparent fix at the moment for those suffering from it.

If you are experiencing this issue please do the following:

  1. Download and run the script from EA – https://download.dm.origin.com/download/Origin+Installation+Troubleshooter.app.zip
  2. Go to this thread at Answers HQ, login with your EA account/Origin account details, post a new comment and attach the .txt file generated by the script to your post. For good measure please tag me, EA_Jason or EA_Tom in your post by putting @ and then typing our names.

You will see the following dialog box with instructions when you double click the script to run it:

Disabling Origin in-game is the way forward

EA_Tom over at Answers HQ has posted that Origin in-game will no longer function in Mojave. This is due to the increased functionality in the macOS System Integrity Protection.  Tom’s post is here and you should definitely go and read it – https://answers.ea.com/t5/The-Sims-Mac/Origin-In-Game-and-the-macOS-Mojave-Update/m-p/7053780#M14299

There are detailed instructions in the post on how to bypass System Integrity Protection in order to get Origin in-game to work. If you decide to do this you MUST re-enable it again immediately after closing Origin. This OS feature is an integral part of your Mac security. Disabling and re-enabling it requires restarting your Mac.

For the record, I won’t be doing this and will simply have Origin in-game disabled (as I do now). My suggestion would be not to do it either as it can seriously compromise the security of your Mac. Google disabling System Integrity Protection if you want more opinion.