Intel HD 6000 – MacBook Airs, 21″ iMac

This is the second part of a two part guide detailing how to make The Sims 3 work on Macs with incompatible graphics. For the first part, go here –

Affected Macs for this workaround:

  • Early 2015 11″ MacBook Air, Model Identifier: MacBookAir7,1 (Intel HD 6000, Broadwell)
  • Early 2015 13″ MacBook Air, Model Identifier: MacBookAir7,2 (Intel HD 6000, Broadwell)
  • Late 2015 21″ iMac, Model Identifier: iMac16,1 (Intel HD 6000, Broadwell)

There do still appear to be issues with this model Mac, this fix is not unfortunately working for everyone. Any and all feedback is greatly appreciated.

Firstly, we’re going to edit the GraphicsCards.sgr file that you should already have open. You will need your Device ID for this bit (I will be using a Device ID of 0x0000 as an example but you must enter your own Device ID):

        1. Scroll down to near the bottom until you see this: GCsgr
        2. Replace those highlighted lines with the following (using your own Device ID where I have put 0x0000):
          card 0x0000 “IntelHD6000”
          card 0x0000 “IntelHD6000”
          card 0x0000 “IntelHD6000”
          card 0x0000 “IntelHD6000”
          card 0x0000 “IntelHD6000”
          card 0x0000 “IntelHD6000”
          card 0x0000 “IntelHD6000”
        3. Click at the end of the bottom line you just edited and press Return to create a new blank space. In that space copy the following (using your own Device ID where I have put 0x0000):   card 0x0000 “Mobile Broadwell GT3”: HD6000
        4. Save the file, overwriting if prompted to.
        5. Open the GraphicsRules.sgr file with TextEdit, the same way you opened the GraphicsCards.sgr file.
        6. Hold down CMD and press F to bring up the search bar. Copy and paste the following text into the search bar:       elseif (match(“${cardName}”, “*IvyBridge*”)) GRulessgr
        7. Replace IvyBridge with IntelHD6000. The line should now look like this: Rules 6000
        8. Save the file, overwriting if prompted to.
        9. Now load up the game and set the resolution to one you’re happy with. If you can hear the game but not see it navigate to Documents > Electronic Arts > The Sims 3 and open the Options.ini file using TextEdit. Find the resolution setting and set it to:

resolution = 1400 900 0

You can change this later via the in game settings to whatever suits you but all affected Macs should support this resolution. Save if prompted.

If these instructions are not working, try substituting “IntelHD6000” for “HDGraphics6000”.

If you install Expansion/Stuff Packs and the game stops working again you could try the following. Please bear in mind that I have not yet had confirmation that this works so always make copies of the relevant files so you can replace them if necessary. This is just a theory at the moment (feedback would be great):

  1. Go to Applications > The Sims 3 then right click on your most recently released EP/SP installed. For example, if you have University Life and have not bought any subsequent EPs/SPs then right click on University Life.
  2. Select Show Original then right click on the highlighted EP/SP that shows up and select Show Package Contents.
  3. Now navigate through to Contents > Resources > transgaming > c_drive > Program Files > Electronic Arts > (your EP/SP) > Game > Bin
  4. In the Bin folder you’ll see another GraphicsCards.sgr file and another GraphicsRules.sgr. Make the same changes to those that you did to the base game files.

If it still isn’t working, follow the steps above for every EP and SP you have installed. There may not be a GraphicsCards.sgr file in every Bin location. I wouldn’t add one but if your game still isn’t working then it wouldn’t hurt to try!

A MASSIVE thanks to wendyp7 for helping out with testing on her MacBook Air. You can find her original post on the forums here. Also a massive thank you to CaterinaE for posting about the alternative HDGraphics6000 line. You can find her post here.


12 thoughts on “Intel HD 6000 – MacBook Airs, 21″ iMac

  1. Hello! I’ve been having an issue related to this: when I search for elseif (match(“${cardName}”, “*IvyBridge*”)), it doesn’t yield any results. The closest thing I can find is elseif (match(“${cardName}”, “*8800*”) or match(“${cardName}”. I’m not really sure what to do at this point. Any suggestions?


      1. does it matter where you add the lines in? I’ve been trying to lunch the game for the last 10 hours literally but nothing works


    1. Because most Macs released since 2013 or running macOS Mountain Lion or later aren’t supported in the game. I’ve stated this all over my site, and on the official games forum, and EA’s AHQ forum, and Twitter, and Facebook. If hardware and the OS are not compatible with the game there is no guarantee it will work.


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