The links to the manual patches for the Mac version of Sims 3 are all dead. If anyone has the digital version of the patch on their Mac PLEASE let me know, specifically the patch for the digital version of the game. It will be Region 17 and look like this:
The file with the .tar extension is the download, the file with the plumbob is the extracted patch.
I don’t yet know whether the game is still updatable through the Launcher. Again, if anyone has confirmation before I get a chance to test this myself please let me know. In the meantime I’m searching old drives for the patches myself.
UPDATE – The amazing Crinrict has found the file online. You can get it here.
If you are running macOS Sierra 10.12 on your Mac and have iCloud Drive enabled then you may be having an issue with your saves. Is the game like new again every time you start it up and all your previous progress is gone? This will be because when you set up Sierra – whether as an upgrade, brand new install, or set up a new Mac – you will have been prompted to set up iCloud Drive. If you just ploughed forwards without reading the prompts, accepting everything the setup assistant was asking you (god knows we all do!) you will have set up your iCloud preferences to move your Documents and Desktop folders to iCloud. So every time your game loads it is recreating a brand new Sims 4 user data folder because it cannot find the original.
You can get round this by going into System Preferences > iCloud > iCloud Drive then click on the Options button and uncheck the box next to Desktop & Documents Folders:
This means that your Documents folder will stay localised on your Mac and not be pushed to the cloud. Your game will then happily be able to load your previous save from your Documents > Electronic Arts > The Sims 4 folder.
The following links explain iCloud Drive in more detail:
Since the update to Origin (v. 10) last week which gave it a new look and moved things around some Mac Simmers are reporting that they cannot download Expansion Packs anymore. When clicking on the Download button nothing happens. The issue is currently under investigation so hopefully it will be fixed in an update soon.
Meanwhile, here’s the workaround you can use until EA fix it:
Here’s the problem – the EP is downloading fine but Origin is not automatically launching the installer so you are not getting the Copy to Clipboard option for your product code before the installation process. The installer is located in the Origin Library folder, in Application Support so it can be opened manually. However, you will need to contact Customer Support for your product codes. Here’s exactly what you need to do:
- Download the EP as usual
- Once it has finished downloading click on Origin > Preferences in the menu bar
- Now click on Installs & Saves then Browse Game Installers:
- In the Finder window that opens, open the folder with the most recent date modified then double click on the installer for the EP you have just downloaded. It will be a file type .dmg and may have the EP title and/or number in it.
- The installer will open and ask for your product code. If you have this from a disc copy that you had of the game just enter it and go through the installation procedure. If you do not have it then you will need to contact EA Customer Support who can verify your account and give you your product code to enter.
They’ve also added the link to my AHQ solution in Origin, for anyone who’s missed it: