Category Archives: The Sims 3 on a Mac

Adfly is nasty, nasty, nasty

Now I’m a CC junkie, I’m having to deal with the inevitable Adfly rubbish that some creators think they’re entitled to. It’s a shame that a lot of creators hide their links behind it. Maybe I should start hiding my help pages behind links too (that will never happen). I’ll click through the links though to get to what I want to download. I’m not stupid and know bullshit malware when I see it. But so many don’t and end up with crap on their computer all because someone thinks they’re entitled to payment for creating some pixels. Yes, a lot of those pixels are very pretty and take a long time to make but let’s be honest, you’re probably creating and uploading because you like the adoration and attention, that’s why you use the Adfly links.

As a Mac user the ads always seem to tell me that my Flash player is out of date and then very helpfully downloads a new version for me (if you get this too NEVER OPEN IT). Today I got a new and exciting advert telling me my Mac was horribly infected and the pop up looked like the print options. Quite clever actually:

And doesn’t it look like Apple’s site too? It eventually disappeared and I downloaded the CC from the creator’s Mediafire page.

So yeah, a little rant post about greedy CC creators who potentially put other peoples’ computers at risk from infection. And you know what pisses me off even more? Active CC creators who don’t update their content when it breaks due to a patch, or don’t link to a mesh needed, but still have the links up to download from. And then when you message them asking about the item they ignore you but happily respond to their fans gushing over their amazing talents. I swear, I’m going to start naming and shaming soon.

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Sims 3 ‘Unknown Error’ fix – El Capitan, Sierra, Late Night & Ambitions related

This is the biggest Mac/Sims 3 issue at the moment, apart from the unsupported graphics cards issue which EA STILL haven’t fixed after nearly 4 years…

The Unknown Error is a magical mix of Late Night and/or Ambitions trying to be installed onto a Mac running macOS 10.11 El Capitan or 10.12 Sierra. It’s that simple. We have a thread running over at AHQ where people are posting about it and yesterday a rather super person called coreylamalva414 posted a solution which appears to actually work (go and show him some love if it works for you 💚). His instructions can be found here.

Thanks to Imay who has confirmed in the comments below that if you also have Outdoor Living and Fast Lane installed you should repeat the steps for these SPs too.

Edit – coreylamalva414 has uploaded a very helpful video to walk you through the fix:

Edit: I have to just make one thing clear here, this Unknown Error issue is very specific to El Capitan/Sierra/Late Night/Ambitions, there are plenty of other reasons why you may be getting the Unknown Error issue. If you do not have El Capitan or Sierra, or Late Night and/or Ambitions installed then please do not ask me for help on this page as it is irrelevant. There have always been issues running the game on a Mac and if you have a post-2013 Mac with unsupported Intel/AMD graphics then the game is not technically compatible so getting the game to actually run smoothly would be a miracle.

EA/Maxis confirm they are working on updating Sims 3 for Mac

If this is really happening then wow. Just wow. It’s hope for all those who can’t currently play anymore.