Intel HD 5300 – 12″ MacBook

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 12″ MacBook, Model Identifier MacBook8,1 (Intel HD 5300, 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 “IntelHD5300”
    card 0x0000 “IntelHD5300”
    card 0x0000 “IntelHD5300”
    card 0x0000 “IntelHD5300”
    card 0x0000 “IntelHD5300”
    card 0x0000 “IntelHD5300”
    card 0x0000 “IntelHD5300”
  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” (Substitute GT3 for GT2 if after testing it is still not working): 5300
  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 IntelHD5300. The line should now look like this: 5300GR
  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 “IntelHD5300” for “HDGraphics5300”.

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!



6 thoughts on “Intel HD 5300 – 12″ MacBook

  1. I have a 2011 Macbook Pro & am having some issues getting sims3 (and the expansions) to work. Is there anyway you can help me?

    At first I was having issues with the sims game loading. It was just showing the blue screen. I tried your fix “Intel HD 5300 – 12″ MacBook” and it worked until I downloaded the expansions. I uninstalled everything and reinstalled just Sims 3, did the fixes as shown above and now it’s still not working.


    1. Your Intel HD 3000/AMD Radeon graphics are supported in the game so this fix is irrelevant. You can see the lines for them in the GraphicsCards.sgr file. If you have CC/Mods then move them out. Purge RAM regularly and don’t run anything else on your Mac whilst you play. There are a lot of issues currently running the game in El Capitan and Sierra.


  2. Hi, I have MacBook, retina, early 2015 edition, and I have just recently downloaded the Sims 3 through origin. My game, like many others keeps getting stuck at the launcher and will not let me play the game because it “Cannot start the process when the game is running. I followed all your steps, but I got stuck because I do not have the GraphicsCards.sgr file. If someone could please help me that would be great.


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