How to play The Sims 3 on a MacBook Air without a disc?

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by Wilder, Jul 24, 2011.

  1. Wilder macrumors member

    Jun 28, 2011
    I have just brought a MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2011) and I want to play The Sims 3 without using the External SuperDrive. I've seen online retailers selling The Sims 3 as a download, i.e. no CD, so I know it is possible.

    It may be worth mentioning that I have installed all the Expansion Packs and Stuff Packs.

  2. Dustbunny macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2011
    under the bed...
    The creator of this mod (and many others) Trallan is simply brilliant.

    What you are looking for directly is The NoCD Mod.

    You didn't hear it from me... ;) don't ask for tech support here. Read everything, follow the instructions. It works. :D
  3. StephTheMuggle macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2011
    You shouldn't need any mod, The Sims 3 website let's you download them. When you add them to your cart it gives you the instant download option! :)
  4. Dustbunny macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2011
    under the bed...
    @StephTheMuggle: I believe that the OP has already purchased and installed the game + EPs and SPs, and so is looking for a way to simply use what he/she already has in place, rather than (re)purchasing the game as a digital download.
  5. HamroGirl macrumors newbie

    Dec 6, 2011
    Same Problem...

    I have the same problem and was wondering if there was any work around to get EA's Origin on a Mac...?

    BTW, if you do find the Origin work around and was wondering how to get games on there, just go to and it will automatically allow you to download it.

    If you already activated it on the Sims 3 website, you just have to buy whatever the newest expansion pack, activate it at the above URL before the website, and it should work.

    Thanks in advance.
  6. Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
    Origin is PC-only. You might have luck running it in something like Crossover, though.
  7. Dr Nick macrumors newbie

    Dec 12, 2011
    TS3 smooth running on MBA?

    Was thinking of buying TS3 for my 13 inch mba only bought in sept 2011, does it run smoothly on them? just worried I'll fork out the money and then find out it's glitchy and lag-gy!
  8. HarryPot macrumors 6502a

    Sep 5, 2009
    The Sims 3 is an old game. It should work fine.

    It might slow down when a lot of actions is going on, but aside from it, I'm sure you can play it smoothly.

    Mac OS X 10.5.7 Leopard or higher
    Intel Core Duo Processor
    2 GB RAM
    ATI X1600 or Nvidia 7300 GT with 128 MB of Video RAM, or Intel Integrated GMA X3100.
    At least 6.1 GB of hard drive space with at least 1 GB of additional space for custom content and saved games
    This game will not run on PowerPC (G3/G4/G5) based Mac systems, or the GMA 950 class of integrated video cards.

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