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Post by rachiiemay on Sat 22 Sep 2012, 22:44

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For the past few days, I have done excessive research, reading multiple posts on how to properly install Sims 3 and get through all the errors. After reinstalling sims 3 + Expansion Packs multiples of times, I have finally gotten Sims 3 to work on Mac with Expansion Packs! So to try and help other people out, I just wanted to share my instructions on how I downloaded & installed Sims 3 from beginning to end.

PLEASE FOLLOW ALL OF THESE INSTRUCTIONS. (DO NOT SKIP A STEP.)

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EP - Expansion Pack

BEFORE BEGINNING INSTALLATION, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A SUFFICIENT AMOUNT OF SPACE IN YOUR COMPUTER.

Things you will be downloading/installing/needing:
-Sims 3 Reloaded ( http://goo.gl/KMISv )
-Expansion Pack(s) ( www.games4theworld.org/downloads.html )
-Torrent Program (bit torrent, utorrent, etc.) (Can be found on Google.)
(This will be used to download Sims 3 Reloaded & EP's)
-Sims 3 Ultimate Mac Fix ( www.games4theworld.org/fixes.html )
-Stuffit Expander ( www.stuffit-expander.en.softonic.com/mac )
-Disk Utility (comes with the Mac.)

(just copy and paste addresses into address bar/google. Should show up as first search result.)
Before starting this, I suggest you to download/torrent/prepare all of the stated above first.

*NOTE* You do NOT have to use Sims3 Reloaded. AS LONG AS you find a base game that is mac-compatible & can update, feel free to use it.

(The Sims 3 provided on games4theworld.org does not properly work for mac & you will receive a service initialization error.)
1. Torrent "Sims 3" Reloaded (or whatever version of sims 3 you downloaded) & (if you would like,) other EP's.

2. After torrent has finished downloading, to find where you've downloaded the torrent, right-click it and click "Show In Finder".

3. Open up "The Sims 3 - Reloaded" folder. Double-click "rld-sim3.iso", Sims 3 installer should automatically pop-up.

4. Once you've hit the Serial Number page of the installation process, Go back to "The Sims 3 - Reloaded" folder.

3. Unzip "The Sims™ 3 CRACK + Serial Mac.zip" file. (to where ever you want.)

4. Open up the folder that you've just unzipped. Inside should be 3 files named: "info.plist", "INSTRUCTIONS + Serial", "TS3.exe". Click "INSTRUCTIONS + Serial".

5. Open "INSTRUCTIONS + Serial" and copy & paste the serial number that was provided in the document into that serial number page.

6. Now you have completely installed The Sims 3 base game.
---For those who would just like to ONLY have the Sims 3 base game:
(You will be replacing two files.)
6a. Copy the "TS3.exe" file that was also provided in "The Sims™ 3 CRACK + Serial Mac" folder.
6b. Navigate to where you installed your Sims 3 base game .app & right click it.
6c. Click "Show Package Contents" > Contents > Resources > transgaming > c_drive > Program
Files > Electronic Arts > The Sims 3 > Game > Bin
6d. MAKE SURE YOU ARE INSIDE THE BIN FOLDER AND NOT IN A FOLDER WITHIN THE BIN FOLDER. Then Paste and replace the "TS3.exe" file into the Bin folder.
6e. Go back to "The Sims™ 3 CRACK + Serial Mac" folder, copy the "Info.plist".
6f. Navigate back to your Sims 3 base game .app. Right click > "Show Package Contents" > Contents > "Paste" > "Replace"
6g. You're finished! Smile have fun!

7. After you have installed The Sims 3 base game, UPDATE IT FIRST before installing EP's. (just click "yes" and "okay" to all questions asking if you want to update) *NOTE* update WILL take awhile.
KEEP IN MIND: I've found out that when I minimize the update, it stops updating (which is weird), so maybe you should avoid that as well.

8. While that's updating, if you would like to cut time, I suggest you to already make your DMG's for your Expansion Pack installations. BUT if you know your computer will freeze while you're doing excessive amount of loading and unloading files, please don't do it.
*NOTE* REFER TO BOTTOM INSTRUCTIONS

9. After completely finishing the update, If you haven't do so already, refer to and follow the bottom instructions on how to create an empty DMG for your EPs.

10. Mount (which can be done double-clicking) desired EP unto disk utility. Double-click & open the "{EP's Name} Installer", which is inside the EP DMG that you just created.
*NOTE* MAKE SURE THE EP IS BEING INSTALLED INTO THE SAME FOLDER AS THE SIMS3 (BASE GAME/RELOADED) APP.

11. Once you've hit the serial number page of the installation process in any of the EP installations, inside the EP EMG, you'll see a file named "# Instructions", open it. There are multiples of serial #'s to choose from. Choose one.

12. After you have successfully installed ALL your desired EPs, unrar "The Sims 3 Mac Crack.rar" (which you should have downloaded from games4theworld.org) & open the folder that was unrared.
*NOTE* (In the future/soon) If you ever decide to install additional EPs after you've completely installed everything (completing all steps 1-11), just install it like you normally would (following steps 10-11), then repeat steps 12-17. (In other words, recopy the files from the #crack folder into the "bin" folder AFTER EACH TIME you install a new EP.)

13. ONLY FOCUS ON THE "# crack" FOLDER. Open that folder. Copy BOTH of the two files (the only two files inside that folder). (should end with .exe & .dll)

14. Navigate BACK to the Sims 3 (BASE GAME). *VERY IMPORTANT*

15. Right click the Sims 3 (BASE GAME) app & Click "Show Package Contents".

16. After right clicking, click Contents > Resources > transgaming > c_drive > Program Files > Electronic Arts > The Sims 3 > Game > Bin

17. COPY THE TWO FILES INTO THE FOLDER "BIN" (and make sure it's in the BIN folder, not a folder IN the bin folder)

*IMPORTANT NOTE* to prevent other mistakable errors.
If you change the folder name where your Sims 3 (base and EPs) is located AFTER you've installed everything, you will receive an error. so DON'T DO IT.
Name the folder you want it to be BEFORE you install all sims 3 games and stick with it.

(From past experience, this also applies to almost all game-related things.)

18. You're finally done! Smile HAVE FUN!

If you have any questions, please don't be afraid to ask! I'm still human, so I may have accidentally left a detail out or may not have been clear on some parts. I hope this guide helped you out! Good luck & have fun!! Very Happy cheers



HOW TO MAKE A DMG FROM THE .RAR FILE DOWNLOADED FROM GAMES4THEWORLD.ORG:

*Please Note*: This is for EACH of the Expansion packs. In other words, you will need to repeat this whole process for EACH INDIVIDUAL Expansion Pack that you downloaded.

1. Download/torrent the desired EP from the games4theworld.org downloads page. (if you haven't done so already)

2. Unrar it using ONLY STUFFIT EXPLORER to where ever you want. (desktop is fine.)
-This is to ensure that all the files you will be needing is unrared into one folder. Other "unrar" programs don't do that. So to prevent further frustration, just do it.

3. As that's unraring, open up "Disk Utility" which can be found in the utilities of your applications folder OR you can click (cmd + space) and type in "Disk Utility", it should show right up.

4. In "Disk Utility", click "New Image". This should open up some sort of "Save as" type window. Navigate to where you would like your DMG (desktop is fine here, as well).

5. In the "Save As" & "Name" title bar, i suggest you name it the EP's name. (just so you won't get confused)

6. In "Size", just to be safe, I've used the "8.3 (DVD+R DL)" so that all the files that will be pasted in here later will be able to fit. Then kept everything the same.
-Format: Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
-Encryption: none
-Partitions: Single partition - Apple Partition Map
-Image Format: read/write disk image

7. Press "Create". Wait for it to finish. Congrats! You've created an empty DMG. but you're not finished yet.

8. Now, going back to your EP that was unraring, once it's finished it should've turned into a folder to where ever you unrared it to.

9. Open that folder and copy ALL the files WITHIN the EP folder. DO NOT just copy the whole folder itself. You can use the shortcuts: (cmd + a) then, (cmd + c).

10. Navigate back to the empty DMG file you created in step 7. Open it.
*NOTE* You can open it from your desktop if it shows up just double-click it. If it isn't there, open up "Finder" and it should be under "devices", BUT if it's not under "devices", click "_____'s Macbook" and it should be in there.

11. Once you're inside your empty DMG file, paste the files you copied from the EP folder in step 9. You can use the shortcut: (cmd + v).
*NOTE* may take awhile.

12. Repeat steps 1-11 for all Expansion Packs that you have downloaded.

13. When finished, you will now able to access all the files that you will need for installation. (go back to step 10 on main instructions.)


Last edited by Admin on Fri 24 May 2013, 18:32; edited 13 times in total (Reason for editing : Added new link for the torrent Sims 3 Reloaded)

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Re: How to install Sims 3 with or without EP's on Mac + DMG creating. (Mac final)

Post by vlmarq on Sun 23 Sep 2012, 02:10

Hi, I downloaded the base game but it doesn't allow me to update the game because it's recognized as a "non-final, unauthorized copy." What should I do?
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Re: How to install Sims 3 with or without EP's on Mac + DMG creating. (Mac final)

Post by rachiiemay on Sun 23 Sep 2012, 02:24

If you had a different sims installed before you tried sims reloaded, did you completely trash all the files related to that? that could be the reason.

but if you haven't,
I searched this problem up and found that maybe clearing your internet's cache, history, and cookies could probably help you. If you use multiple of internet browsers, clear out each of their cache, history, and cookies.

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Re: How to install Sims 3 with or without EP's on Mac + DMG creating. (Mac final)

Post by vlmarq on Sun 23 Sep 2012, 06:06

I emptied out my trash bin and just cleared both my Safari and Google Chrome's cache, history, and cookies but still nothing...is there really no other base game torrent that'll work as a substitute?
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Re: How to install Sims 3 with or without EP's on Mac + DMG creating. (Mac final)

Post by rachiiemay on Sun 23 Sep 2012, 08:26

I can't really say for sure or not because I have only tried this method with the sims 3 reloaded. I have read in the forum the sims 3 reloaded was recommended. But if you would like, you can try out another sims 3 base game. There should be other base games that'll work with the update. If you do find one, let me know! so that, if you don't mind, I could add it to the guide.

Good luck!

EDIT:
I changed the torrent website for the sims 3 reloaded, not sure if it will help any. Hope it does, though!

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the sims 3 reloaded

Post by jonohashmo on Sun 23 Sep 2012, 11:08

i copied the link that you posted for the sims 3 reloaded torrent but it doesn't work for me for some reason... is there any other place where i can download it from?

thank you soooooo much for your help!!Smile
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Re: How to install Sims 3 with or without EP's on Mac + DMG creating. (Mac final)

Post by rachiiemay on Sun 23 Sep 2012, 12:23

Hi! The link itself doesn't work? or the torrent doesn't work?

If the link doesn't work, just search it on google and it should show up, but as for another torrent website, I can look it up for you and let you know.

No problem! Smile

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Re: How to install Sims 3 with or without EP's on Mac + DMG creating. (Mac final)

Post by jonohashmo on Sun 23 Sep 2012, 17:05

thanks alot!!Smile the link is fine but there are no seeders what so ever...Sad

let me know!Very Happy
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Re: How to install Sims 3 with or without EP's on Mac + DMG creating. (Mac final)

Post by rachiiemay on Sun 23 Sep 2012, 20:26

okay! because I can't find any working links, i've decided to just upload the sims 3 reloaded that I had. I guess the sims 3 that I downloaded from long ago was put down.. I'm doing that right now!

EDIT:/ Okay. Unfortunately, it wouldn't work. I'll just put the previous website that I had up. There may be a solution on the forum somewhere on how to fix the update problem, but at least the torrent works.

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Re: How to install Sims 3 with or without EP's on Mac + DMG creating. (Mac final)

Post by jonohashmo on Sun 23 Sep 2012, 21:21

wait so where is the link?

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i found a new link
is this one good aswell?
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Re: How to install Sims 3 with or without EP's on Mac + DMG creating. (Mac final)

Post by rachiiemay on Sun 23 Sep 2012, 22:07

Yes, that one should work fine. Let me know how it works out for you!

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Re: How to install Sims 3 with or without EP's on Mac + DMG creating. (Mac final)

Post by jonohashmo on Sun 23 Sep 2012, 22:37

i aslo have a nother question:
i tried your method of mounting using the disk utility on my imac and what i got is just a blank window... so i coppied and pasted all the files from a file i wanted to fun and now i have a white page with the things inside... problem is thyere till .exe so i still cant open them.... have a suggestion maybe?Smile
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Re: How to install Sims 3 with or without EP's on Mac + DMG creating. (Mac final)

Post by rachiiemay on Mon 24 Sep 2012, 00:04

Is this for the sims 3 or a totally different game?

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Re: How to install Sims 3 with or without EP's on Mac + DMG creating. (Mac final)

Post by jonohashmo on Mon 24 Sep 2012, 00:55

different game but i dont think it matters its a folder that i tried to turn into a .dmg file so that itll work on my mac
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Re: How to install Sims 3 with or without EP's on Mac + DMG creating. (Mac final)

Post by rachiiemay on Mon 24 Sep 2012, 01:21

.dmg files don't necessarily make .exe files completely compatible with macs. It's kinda like a CD that just holds things together. You have to have something within the .dmg that is mac-compatible, just like how the expansion packs available for games4theworld have an installer that is mac-compatible. I hope that made sense Smile

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Re: How to install Sims 3 with or without EP's on Mac + DMG creating. (Mac final)

Post by jonohashmo on Mon 24 Sep 2012, 02:02

ya it did... thanks alot!Smile
lol it means that the file i got has no hope... thanks anyway and ill keep you posted on the download i found
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Re: How to install Sims 3 with or without EP's on Mac + DMG creating. (Mac final)

Post by Adwomin on Mon 24 Sep 2012, 17:30

Hello,

Yes, if the game/file is not Mac compatible in the first place, it's not going to work.
The Sims 3 is for PC and Mac.

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Re: How to install Sims 3 with or without EP's on Mac + DMG creating. (Mac final)

Post by jonohashmo on Tue 25 Sep 2012, 13:03

ok i have downloaded the sims 3 reloaded from the link i posted and installed it now i open up the sims 3 and it says on the game launcher
"you are playing a non-final, unauthorized copy of the sims 3"
and then it goes on about purchasing and registering and official copy of the sims... and no update window poped up... i tried manually updating it but it says there are no patches available for download... what should i do?

edit/
i also tried clicking on play and obviously nothing happened... just closed the launch menu...

edit//
scratch all of that i downloaded the sims 3 from the same place did everything as it should be just clicked yes to all the patch and version updates and now the launcher opens up fine i click the play and it asks for the expansion pack's disc!!! what do i do now???
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Re: How to install Sims 3 with or without EP's on Mac + DMG creating. (Mac final)

Post by rachiiemay on Tue 25 Sep 2012, 19:29

did you put the Ultimate Fix into the sims 3 bin folder AFTER you've installed everything?

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Re: How to install Sims 3 with or without EP's on Mac + DMG creating. (Mac final)

Post by jonohashmo on Wed 26 Sep 2012, 04:13

ya i think so... what can i do to check?
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Re: How to install Sims 3 with or without EP's on Mac + DMG creating. (Mac final)

Post by Pinkman on Wed 31 Oct 2012, 18:30

Update doesn't seem to work for me. I replaced info.plist and the other file, and when I open the launcher, it says the game is offline. I clicked update anyway and it says no updates are available. Does that mean there are actually no updates available, or that the files that trick the game in to thinking it's authentic are also blocking the uploader?

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Re: How to install Sims 3 with or without EP's on Mac + DMG creating. (Mac final)

Post by t2sink on Thu 01 Nov 2012, 06:08

@Pinkman, can you re-post this post in your topic, so this topic doesn't get cluttered with replies to your post.

Here is your topic.
http://games4theworld.bestgoo.com/t7937-brain-fried-after-trying-to-install-expansions-patch-multiple-times-can-someone-run-me-through-it
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Re: How to install Sims 3 with or without EP's on Mac + DMG creating. (Mac final)

Post by RiverTam on Sat 10 Nov 2012, 12:11

I have the same problem Pinkman has (which i don't think is off topic here), i installed the base game and substituted the TS3.exe and Info.plist to check if the base game was working (it is). However, when i launch the game it says i'm offline, so i can't update it (current version is 1.0.615.00107).

- EDIT: i managed to install it on Mountain Lion, instead of substituting the TS3.exe and the Info.plist to launch the game and update, i downloaded and applied this patch http://games4theworld.bestgoo.com/t3597-can-t-update-the-sims-3-to-v142-fix-manual-patch-updated and then installed all the expansions and did everything the guide in this topic suggested.

Thank you rachiiemay!

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Re: How to install Sims 3 with or without EP's on Mac + DMG creating. (Mac final)

Post by diehard on Mon 19 Nov 2012, 21:14

I tried doing sims 3 into a dmg file as said by you. But the installler says error reading certain files. WHat do i do. The files its getting an error w its
$INSTALLVOLUME/Support/Readme/cs/ctimne.txt

Pls tell me what i should do. second time i have installed it

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Re: How to install Sims 3 with or without EP's on Mac + DMG creating. (Mac final)

Post by BluenanaH on Wed 05 Dec 2012, 13:20

Hello!
This post seems detailed and easy to follow. I still don't want to mess it up!

I do want to install an EP, so I thought I shouldn't do step 6. I wanted to update it as instructed in step 7 but a message popped up "There are no patches avaliable for download." I don't want to ignore a step and act on my own, I'm being extra careful.

Should I get back to step 6 or proceed?
Thank you.

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