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Sim3 for Mac Installation Error

My Macbook Pro meets all the Sims 3 system requirements. However, the installation goes through the process and gets hung up on file 206 before locking up. I know it's downloading something somewhere, because I went from having 60 GB free, to having 54.21 GB free after two install attempts. But no folder ever gets created, no files appear, I can't find any trace of what it downloaded to erase it. My system is as follows: Leopard 10.5.7, Intel Core Duo, 2 GB RAM, Radeon X1600. Kat Delong

Mac Sims 3 Requirements

Let's make sure that your computer meets all of the Sims 3 requirements. Leopard 10.5.7 is required, so that part of it looks fine. In addition, your computer must have at least 2GB of RAM and 6.1 GB free hard drive space as well as an additional 1GB for saving games and customizations. Computers running either Intel GMA 950 class of integrated cards or Power PC processors cannot run Sims 3. Electronic Arts has an online system requirements checker that you can run to be sure that your system is fully compatible. Once you're sure that your computer has meets all requirements, let's move on to the next steps.

Install from the Desktop

Since you have the CD, you can try to load it onto the desktop and install it from there. Insert the disk and right click on it to open it. A new window should pop up. Right click on Sims3 Installing and Show Content. Copy and paste the contents to the desktop. Open the contents folder on your desktop, go into the MacOS folder and install from there. Many people have found that the "hang" problem goes away - at the very least they can find out the reason for the corruption by using this method.

It's also possible that you have a bad CD or something on your Macbook is interfering with the installation. For example, programs such as Roxio Creator and external devices like iPods and iPhones can interfere with disc authentication as can numerous CD emulator programs such as Daemon Tools, Clone CD, and Nero Image Drive. The Sim3 Support Web site details known software conflicts with the game. Try installing the program with all other applications shut down and all external devices disconnected.

Uninstallers for Mac

Do you have an uninstaller program for your Mac? You may need to remove the bad installation and try installing again. AppTrap is a free uninstaller tool for Macintosh. It may be able to remove your partial installation so that you can try again.

Other Tips and Workarounds Once Sims 3 is Installed

Other users have reported success with Sims 3 installations after renaming the Sims 3 folder and the application. By inserting an underscore (_) into the name, the program was able to be launched.

Is it at all possible that the program is installing but you can't find it? If so, the next time you try an installation, change the installation directory to the desktop. Then you can search for "Sims" in Spotlight to show the icon and launch the game.

Something may be missing in the Sims folder structure. We suspect that this is preventing Sims3 from running. If Sims 3 is on your system, try this: Right-click "The Sims 3" (under Applications) to Show Package Contents. Now, go to Contents and MacOS. Double-clicking the word "cider" should open a window where you can then launch Sims 3.

Because this is a new launch with some bugs in it, the Sims3 MacForum might be a good resource as things pop up. Hopefully, one of these solutions worked for you, but let us know if you're still having problems.

If you think you have a defective disc, you can contact Electronic Arts for a replacement.

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7 Responses to “Sim3 for Mac Installation Error”

  1. 001   Typhanie

    Thanks for your advice. AppTrap seems like a great program so far.

    Unfortunately, it didn't work. It got hung up on the same file as before. Also unfortunately, I can't get any specific help from the forum because my brother installed the game on his PC (to see if it would work) and registered the number, so I cannot access the Sims3 mac forums. It really is an inconvenient policy of theirs to not allow those of us who need the help to get it, but there's nothing I can do about it.

    Thank you for attempting to help me. Hopefully this will benefit someone else out there who is having a similar problem.

  2. 002   Italo

    I have the same problem, the installer will get stuck in the file 206.
    I did everything you said but I can not fix the problem.
    but my biggest problem is that the files are installed on my computer and I can not find them to delete
    please help me find the solution to this problem!

  3. 003   tj

    well my download stops at 286, but it works perfectly then suddenly stops for no reason! i've tried these steps countless of times and i still can't find the solution!!!
    HELP PLEASE!! :'(

  4. 004   whit

    I'm having the exact same problem with the install getting stuck on file 206 and did you what you said...what's the next step ? Should I buy another cd or what do you advise??

  5. 005   jeff daryl

    heyy.. why i cant open my sims 3 ?? .. if i open my sims 3 in game launcher .. it say's that "please insert disc labelled sims 3" and when i open it on .. "The Sims 3/Contents/MacOS/cider.. it has an error says "Service Initialization failed (0x039e8474)..


  6. 006   Pipolin

    This thing is annoying me I bought the freaking gamee and everything was perfect, installed it and played it a lot, then I uninstalled it because I didn't play anymore, now I try to reinstall it and bum it gets stuck on 206, I even formatted my mac and the freaking game still gets stuck on 206, if anyone finds a solution pleaseee post it here. THANKS!

  7. 007   alina

    I was having the worst time cause I'd tried all sorts of patches and for some reason this thing still said that I needed to insert the disc.. but I went for the cider thing as you said and it went right in.. Thanks.. I'm going to see if I'll still be able to save and stuff

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