Problems installing Sims 3

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by bsx00, Jun 2, 2009.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jun 2, 2009
    I just installed sims 3... The installer popped up, I finished it, but now I can't find the game? Every time I click the icon... the installer comes up again. Any idea as to what I should do?

  2. macrumors newbie

    Jun 2, 2009
    How frustrating! Sorry I can't be of any help.

    I have a relatively new MacBook Pro. I inserted the disk, double clicked the icon and clicked on the "Sims 3 Installer" button in the window and nothing happens. I've tried rebooting, talking nicely to it, etc., but nothing happens. I know that all my specs are up to speed. Anyone else having the same problem?
  3. macrumors regular

    May 1, 2008
    To find the game just type "sims 3" in spotlight. It may have installed somewhere other than your "applications" folder for some reason.
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 2, 2009
    I did, and the icon comes up... But it just pulls up the installer again, not the game
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2008
    Palo Alto, CA
  6. macrumors newbie


    Jun 2, 2009
    Middle of the USA
    I had the same problem, I looked at the system requirements and I think it may be that I'm running not running on Leopard. :mad:
  7. macrumors regular

    Jan 23, 2009
    Santiago de Chile
    10.5.7 (or future versions) only.. read the system requirements.. before buying something (or downloading it:( )..
  8. macrumors 65816


    Jun 30, 2002
    Rancho Cordova, CA
    I just installed it, it was fine other than the CD key wouldnt be accepted the first few times. So much for actually buying a game for once.
  9. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 2, 2009
    I have all of the requirements
    Why does it keep pulling up the installer?
    I already installed it, this is getting aggravating.
  10. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 2, 2009
  11. macrumors member

    Dec 7, 2004
    Yell at me later.

    Not knowing your expertise level, If the following insults you I apologize in advance.

    Double click on your Macintosh Hard Drive icon on your desktop.
    When that window opens double click on your applications folder.
    When that window opens scroll down until you see (hopefully) a Sims 3 Folder.
    Double click on that folder.
    You should see your game icon in there. You can double click from there to launch the game.

    BUT before you do, you should select the icon, and drag it down to your menu bar folder at the bottom of your screen and find a nice place for it.

    Then in the future you can launch the game from there.

    If you knew all of this and it really WAS a problem install.

    Yell at me now.

  12. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 2, 2009
    I knew that.
    There isn't any sims folder Just the picture I posted -- that's all that comes up.
  13. macrumors 6502


    Sep 19, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    Look in your 'Applications' folder for it. Or, when you search for it in spotlight, wait for it to finish searching, and see if in the list you find it. :apple:
  14. macrumors newbie

    Jun 4, 2009
    Sims 3 installation problems :(

    (I don't know much about computers.) I just got the Sims 3 I have a mac OS X 10.5.7 & it meets all of the system requirements. When I click on the installer it quits unexpectedly every time. Does anyone know how to fix this problem? Thanks!
  15. macrumors newbie


    Jun 2, 2009
    Middle of the USA
    I'm bummed that I haven't updated my laptop so I could play the game on it, I have to use my desktop instead. Ah well.

    Rose, have you tried looking at The Sims 3 forum? They have a mac section that is very helpful.
  16. macrumors newbie

    Jun 6, 2009
    I think I might have figured out a way to fix this problem, as strange as that sounds (total newbie's first post, and the work around seems odd at least to me). I was having the exact same problem. I'd bought a download through GameTree and after installing twice wasn't able to find the app anywhere, searching in Spotlight only came up with the installer. The third time I tried to install, I changed the installation directory to my desktop instead. For whatever reason, searching for "Sims" in Spotlight after that actually shows the icon to launch the game. I opened the folder up in Finder and just dragged the icon to my Applications folder, and now it works just fine.
  17. macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2009
    Download is sooooooooo slow!!

    Does anyone know why or how to make it faster?? It says 18 hours left for download!!
  18. macrumors newbie

    Mar 27, 2010
    same here

    i bought the game 2 days ago n it seems i have the same problem, since then i have been looking for a solution on the net but i have found nothing. I saw the picture that u posted n read all the posts n its exactly the same 4 me, please if u find a solution email at me...that would be really nice :rolleyes:
  19. macrumors newbie

    Apr 16, 2010
    what to do

    I have the same problem everyone else is having! :mad:
    I JUST bought the new 27 inch iMac and got Sims 3 to play and after I've installed it it won't run. I had trouble finding it too, but after I installed it a 2nd time the folder showed up in the Apps place. I click on the Sims 3 icon and the game manager screen comes on but if I click on the play button the application closes.:confused:

    Now, (don't tell), I am at work and don't have Internet at home just yet, hopefully soon, so, it was suggested the lack of Internet could be the problem. What do you all think?
  20. macrumors newbie

    Dec 5, 2010
    problem running sims 3 after downloading

    i keep running into an error message after installing the sims3 when i try and run it i have tried uninstalling and reinstalling several times and buying new disk. it ran fine for a short time then after i downloaded the sims3 worlds it missed it up. then i uninstalled it and reinstalled just the base game. any one know of any idea of why i keep getting an error message. if so please email me at my email address cause im at wits ends.
  21. macrumors newbie

    Feb 2, 2011

    Is your EA download manager installed?!?

    I previously had uninstalled my sims 3 and accidentally deleted my EADM so when i tried to reinstall only the launcher would work. you can install the EADM off the internet.

    give it a try and ifit doesnt work, then I have no cluee:confused:
  22. macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2009
    when i installed the ea downlod manager alot of stuff began to fail and which i believe it would fail on the mac version as well on the pc version if both fails just buy the dvd and run it from that
  23. macrumors newbie

    Apr 29, 2011
    Sims Ambition

    I downloaded Sims 3 and it worked. It also includes Sims Ambition pack. Both are downloaded in my Mac. When I started to play, it's asking me to put the Ambition pack CD. I find it weird because it's already downloaded in my pc. Can someone help me?

  24. macrumors newbie

    Jan 14, 2012
    Please help mee!!!!

    last couple weeks my mac has been a jerk and turns out that it need a new hard drive after more than 2 days worth the work put into fixing it. now my "the sims 3" wont install on my macbook. it goes through all the steps except it gets stuck at 206 out of 235 on the install page and i tried everything. theres no way its a faulty disk because it installed many times before. PLEASE HELP ME.
  25. macrumors newbie

    Jul 26, 2012
    Hey guys, I've just downloaded from Internet the sims 3. I have MacBook Air. I've already installed it on my Mac,everything works, but when I try to start the game, it requires a Sims 3 CD. But I have MacBook AIR(!!!) and I downloaded game from the Internet, so I just can't have a disk. What should I do? PLEAASE,HELP:O
    I want to play so so so so so much -.-

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