How to Fix the "Sims 3" Startup Problem

By Suvro Banerji

"Sims 3" is a strategic life simulation video game created by Maxis, a subsidiary of Electronic Arts. One of the common errors that you may receive during Sims 3 startup says "Unable to Start Game. Device 0 cannot run this title." You can troubleshoot this error by following certain techniques. Note that some steps will require administrative rights.

Step 1

Verify that you meet the system requirements for Sims 3. The system requirements are printed on the back side of your CD-ROM cover. If you do not meet the requirements, you will have to upgrade your computer to be able to play the game.

Step 2

Update your drivers. Click the "Start" menu, type "Run" (without the quotes) and press the "Enter" key. Type "devmgmt.msc" (without the quotes) and click "OK." This will launch Device Manager. Scroll down and double-click to expand "Sound, video and game controllers." Right-click each of the devices listed under this particular section and select "Update driver software." Follow the on-screen prompts to complete installation. If this doesn't help either, go to the next step.

Step 3

Click the "Start" menu and select "Documents." Double-click the "Electronic Arts" folder. Double-click the "Sims 3" folder. Right-click the "" file and choose "Open With..." from the context menu. Select "Notepad." This will open the file in Notepad. Press the "Ctrl" and "F" keys to launch the "Find" tool. Type (without the quotes): "fullscreen = 1." Replace the number "1" with the number "0." Make sure the line reads "fullscreen = 0." Try playing the game. It will launch in window mode, as opposed to full screen.