10230 Views 9 Replies Latest reply: Feb 3, 2010 7:42 PM by darias
I had the same problem w Parental controls and found I had to run in admin account - not good for kids for sure.. . Found I could get most ftns to wk by adding links to parental controls ttp://na.llnet.cdn.ea.com/
Bottom line for every ftn you need to run in admin account...
I am sorry if this caused you any trouble. Most of the EA games runs only on Admin account thus you will need admin account to run this game. If you do not wish to share your domain, you may create new admin account from your kids.
Creating a new user account:
1) Click on the Apple Menu select System Preferences.
2) From the View menu, select Accounts.
3) You may need to click the Padlock icon to allow changes.
4) Click the + icon to create a new account.
5) Log into the new user account and reinstall the game.
If there is anything else we can help you with please let us know.
There's no way I'm going to give Admin rights to a kid, just so that they can play a game. No, it will be "go over to your friends house and mess up his machine".
We used to have problems with issues like this in Win2000 where a person had to have admin rights just to burn a CD. Great, so we gave the admin rights, and then paid the repair bills and the costs of more security software because we had to run admin accounts. Admin accounts can install every version of crap and video codec malware that trashes machines.
I don't mind having to authenticate as an admin to install a program for a kid, but the only Admin on my machines is me.
Not going back, thanks for the tip about EA Games Admin requirements
I have a similar issue. I install Spore from the disc, and the first time it starts up it asks if I wish to download and install an update. If I say yes, the download begins but it won't install- it gets 95% of the way through the patching process and stalls. If I say no to the update (I have tried both!), the game crashes after the splash screen.
I do have parental controls turned on. Will try on an admin account and see if it makes a difference.
I'm having exactly the same problem: Got a brand new iMac with Snow Leopard, installed Spore, it downloaded all the updates, but than would not run - not even from my admin account. I uninstalled and re-installed again - same issues. Also wanted to know if it is a problem installing-uninstalling - I read about the draconian copyright restrictions EA has in place for this game, don't want to lock it. It is quite upsetting because my kids were looking forward to this for quite some time - we had the game for 6mo but it would not run on older macs.
I have successfully reinstalled Spore, C&C and GA since posting this. The way you download the patches has changed since SL and as no one said before, because we supposedly had to have the patches first, the patches are in the extensions.
First you have to properly remove the game with freeware here at Apple called AppCleaner. Delete Spore folder in My Documents, remove from dock, empty trash and clear history. More info on Sporums for backing up saved games and creations.
Creepy and Cute have patch 1 & 2. Galactic Adventure have patches 3 & 4. A Spore Master finally told me that Patch 5.1 have the prior patches also but won't put that key info in the notes as I have asked them to so I don't know if that is true or not.
The key is to not let it Auto Patch ever and if you do not have C&C or GA then install Spore and do not auto patch. Open and close the game then do a manual install of the patch 5.1.-do not auto patch.
I made a detailed post here. And so far is working for me.
I know it's been a while, and you may have completely given up, but I found a workaround for the kids "parentally controlled" account and Spore. If you give them admin rights, then start the game up using that account, it goes and gets all it's licensing doohickeys and starts up fine. Then go back and change the account from "admin" to "managed". The kids account should still be able to run Spore -- it seems it's just that first load that grabs something from the EA server that fouls things up.
(did this on a Mac Mini, Snow Leapord system).
I just installed Spore. I installed all the updates when prompted. The game won't start. I've read other posts that say to just skip the updates. This can't be right? If the updates are causing the problem, then why do they exist? I've seen people writing about this same issue from as far back as 2008. Is there an actual solution to this, like another update or something that I can do to avoid having to uninstall? I'm going frigging crazy here!