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Spore won't start up (SOLUTION)
« on: September 04, 2008, 01:05:47 pm »
I've read some threads and it seems people can't log in. My problem is worse than that, though.. the game won't start, at all! I've installed it, and I don't know if it's Vista or the game is bugged, but when I try to play it, nothing happens. Screen doesn't even go blank or anything, no indication of having clicked the shortcut at all, except the computer starts making a lot of noise.

Anyone know what could be causing this? I mean, even if the servers are down I should still be able to play offline or at least get to the login screen, right?

Thanks in advance.

EDIT: So, what I had to do to get it to work was go to SporeApp, click properties and just check the box to run it as administrator. There have been several other solutions for fixing this problem, though, like creating new user accounts or running Spore in safe mode.
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Re: Spore won't start up
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2008, 01:08:41 pm »
Hmm, did you install the EADM or not?

May have to try official support o.O

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Re: Spore won't start up
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2008, 01:10:10 pm »
I did install it just fine. Last I checked the official site was down, too :/

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Re: Spore won't start up
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2008, 01:14:14 pm »
Could be a program conflict. Did you remember to uninstall the creature creator before installing spore?



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Re: Spore won't start up
« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2008, 01:17:06 pm »
I don't know if it's the Mac I played on or what, but it took a good minute to start up and there was no "loading screen" or swirly pinwheel. Have you tried restarting the computer, telling it to run, and then letting it sit for a minute or two? (restart to make sure it's not already trying to run - or find it in your task manager)

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Re: Spore won't start up
« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2008, 01:20:15 pm »
1. Yeah, I uninstalled the CC before installing.

2. I've restarted the machine and re-installed the game multiple times, even let the computer sit for a good while after clicking the icon and so far nothing works. The offical support page just tells me to update my drivers, and they are already up to date..

Edit: Getting kind of desperate here, after having waited since the faithful 2005 GDC for this thing and now it refuses to work :p Ugh..
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Re: Spore won't start up
« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2008, 01:24:55 pm »
After you click the icon, and it starts doing nothing, are you seeing the program in your computer's task manager? (Ctrl-Alt-Del)



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Re: Spore won't start up
« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2008, 01:26:27 pm »
Nope :(

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Re: Spore won't start up
« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2008, 01:32:59 pm »
I'm on a laptop btw, in case that makes a difference.. And I do exceed the minimun requirements by a LOT.

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Re: Spore won't start up
« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2008, 01:34:38 pm »
try running the program as administrator
simply right click and that option should be available if you are admin


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Re: Spore won't start up
« Reply #10 on: September 04, 2008, 01:38:10 pm »
Hmmm, ok, I did a little searching on the net, and I found a guy with a similar problem. His worked fine, and then after he changed his screen resolution settings it wouldn't work anymore. He had to uninstall, say yes to deleting all the files, then reinstall to get it to work. Another person got it to work by running it in safe mode.
So, I reccommend first going to the shortcut, and editing the command line. Just right click, go to properties, and edit the command line to add -safe.
If that doesn't work, uninstall everything, selecting yes when it asks you if you want to delete all files. Then change your screen settings, reinstall and give it a whirl.
Let me know if it works out. :)



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Re: Spore won't start up
« Reply #11 on: September 04, 2008, 01:44:09 pm »
So I'd have to change my screen settings and ruin the awesome 18"4 display? :P

Anyway, thanks for all the help, I'm going to grab some dinner now and will report back with the results (that doesn't mean I don't want you to keep posting suggestions while I'm away for the 10-15 min though ;D)

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Re: Spore won't start up
« Reply #12 on: September 04, 2008, 01:55:54 pm »
Uh, I'm sorry but I'm terrible with all sorts of technical mumbo-jumbo, what command line? o.O

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Re: Spore won't start up
« Reply #13 on: September 04, 2008, 02:07:38 pm »
Thats alright, it took me awhile to learn all this stuff too, usually by trying to get various video games to work. lol. ;D
The command line is the line that tells the computer what to do, specifically start the spore game by running the execution file, probally something like Spore.exe (I don't know, I don't have the game yet) The icon for the spore game on your desktop and in your start menu isn't the actual execute file, its just a link. So when you click on it, the command file tells the computer where to look for the file, which is in the Spore program files, and which file to run, i.e. spore.exe.
I use Vista at home, but I'm working with XP here at work, so I'm not sure exactly what the terminology is, but going by XP:
You right click on the icon, choose properties. You should get a box with several tabs, look for one that says shortcut. On that tab will be information about the file the icon runs. On XP the line you want is Target, and if we're lucky its the same on vista. Scroll to the end of that line, which will be in "", and add -safe. Can't remember if its supposed to be inside or outside of the quotation marks though. Hmmm. Might have to try it both ways.



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Re: Spore won't start up
« Reply #14 on: September 04, 2008, 02:30:17 pm »
Thanks a bunch. I tried it but it really didn't do anything. I also tried reinstalling the thing and deleting all the files, again, nothing. I'm messing with my screen settings next :l

Edit: Actually, seems that changing the resolution really isn't a good idea with this screen. Everything becomes unreadable if it's anything else than 1920 by 1080 :S
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Re: Spore won't start up
« Reply #15 on: September 04, 2008, 02:42:47 pm »
It's probably better to keep it at the same resolution of your screen. I find that any other resolution setting causes the CC screen to distort.

1920 by 1080 is pretty damn big, what are you using for a monitor???

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Re: Spore won't start up
« Reply #16 on: September 04, 2008, 02:44:48 pm »
Haha, it's actually a laptop believe it or not :P For some reason quite light, though.

Anyway, does anyone else have any suggestion or should I try to contact customer service somehow?

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Re: Spore won't start up
« Reply #17 on: September 04, 2008, 04:49:29 pm »
I've read some threads and it seems people can't log in. My problem is worse than that, though.. the game won't start, at all! I've installed it, and I don't know if it's Vista or the game is bugged, but when I try to play it, nothing happens. Screen doesn't even go blank or anything, no indication of having clicked the shortcut at all, except the computer starts making a lot of noise.

Anyone know what could be causing this? I mean, even if the servers are down I should still be able to play offline or at least get to the login screen, right?

Thanks in advance.



Do you have the CC, they said it had a vital part that you needed to play (thats what i heard go get the trial)

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Re: Spore won't start up
« Reply #18 on: September 04, 2008, 06:58:57 pm »
Could be a program conflict. Did you remember to uninstall the creature creator before installing spore?


It is impossible to install spore without uninstalling the CC first, the Spore installer even fires up the CC uninstaller program when installing Spore.
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Re: Spore won't start up
« Reply #19 on: September 05, 2008, 04:07:43 am »

Do you have the CC, they said it had a vital part that you needed to play (thats what i heard go get the trial)
Yes, but the Spore installation requires for the CC to be uninstalled first, so I doubt that's the case.

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Re: Spore won't start up
« Reply #20 on: September 05, 2008, 06:46:24 am »
-What laptop brand and model is it (the whole model number, not just the series. Often found on a sticker underneath the PC if you don't know)

-What graphics card do you have?

-Have you tried killing all but essential processes? Soem laptop manufacturers bog down the PC's with so much crud it's unbelievable.
If you don't know how:
Reboot and allow it to start fully but don't do anything except the following.
Right-click the Task Bar and select Task Manager (TM). In TM go to the Processes tab and right-click and choose "End Process" on every single one (except explorer.exe svchost). Some of them it wont allow you to end, those are essential so that's fine.
Then try running spore and give it a good few minutes to try and start - don't keep double clicking the icon just because it doesn't start straight away.

If this works then it's likely your PC has either a program running which conflicts with spore, or your resources are taken up by too many running processes. Which one it is can be tested by rebooting and trying again, one process at a time, launching spore between each. It's a slow but easy way to diagnose it. Though not the most accurate it's an ok way to do it if you're not a PC wiz.

PS: when you write -safe in the shortcut it should be outside the quotations.

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Re: Spore won't start up
« Reply #21 on: September 05, 2008, 07:22:44 am »
Well my dvd drive would not read the disc.

After several tries with just moving the disc around then reinserting it...the drive finally accepted it and ran the game.

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Re: Spore won't start up
« Reply #22 on: September 05, 2008, 02:00:12 pm »
Ooooh the irony! I have the same issue now :P
Spore started fine the first time, no problems launching it. I had the login issues everyone else is having, and then decided to just play offline. I proceeded to the settings as I always do first when I get a game, and set everything to max (like I did in the CC, my PC can handle it) and resolution to my monitors native: 1680x1050. Then I exited spore to allow the effect to take place.
I relaunched spore... nothing happened. The process is running in the background, but nothing came up. I waited a few minutes (first launch only took 20 sec or so).
I killed the process and relaunched spore; again nothing happened. I tried with spore in safe mode; nothing happened.
I rebooted and tried again (both with and without safe mode); nothing happened.
So I basically got it to launch once fine but now it wont.

I still have a few things to try so I'll keep you posted, feel free to add comments though.

UPDATE 1
I just found this in the readme file: "It is not recommended that you run at fullscreen resolution if your monitor resolution has a height or width of 1600 or larger.", what the heck??
Could that be it?

UPDATE 2
I tried using the switches -r:1024x768 and -w (first just resolution, then both) but it still doesn't launch, so it doesn SEEM like it's just the resolution that buggers it up.

UPDATE 3 (final)
Ok I found the problem.
I went to the game folder then Sporebin and right-clicked on SporeApp.exe. Went to Properties, then the tab Compatibility and ticked the checkbox "Run this program as Administrator". It worked fine after that :)
I'm a bit puzzled though. There were no error messages to indicate it didn't have the right privileges, no pop ups, no nothing. And the first launch worked fine without it.

In any case, there's a solution if others are having the problem. Could the OP try it and see if it works for him?
If it does, then please change the title of the thread to include "(solution inside)".




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Re: Spore won't start up (SOLUTION)
« Reply #23 on: September 05, 2008, 05:34:12 pm »
Oh, how I love you ;D I thought I'd done that already, but apparently not. It now runs with the silky precision of a crab.

I've also heard of some other solutions for this, none of which worked for me, but some might be interested in. Some guy got theirs to work by creating a new user account each time he played (kind of sucks tbh). The others were pretty much mentioned on this thread already.

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Re: Spore won't start up (SOLUTION)
« Reply #24 on: September 06, 2008, 03:27:46 am »
Oh, how I love you ;D I thought I'd done that already, but apparently not. It now runs with the silky precision of a crab.

I've also heard of some other solutions for this, none of which worked for me, but some might be interested in. Some guy got theirs to work by creating a new user account each time he played (kind of sucks tbh). The others were pretty much mentioned on this thread already.

You're welcome ^^ Glad I could help you (and me :P)

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Re: Spore won't start up (SOLUTION)
« Reply #25 on: September 08, 2008, 12:33:19 am »
this is great for people with vista...but if you have XP there is no "play this as" button....so now what do we do???

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Re: Spore won't start up (SOLUTION)
« Reply #26 on: September 08, 2008, 06:30:28 am »
I don't have XP so I can't explore the issue for you, but are the symptoms EXACTLY the same?
Because to be honest this seems like a problem specific to Vista due to the way it handles the administrative rights of programs. XP doesn't have the same authentication layer so while the issues may seem similar I doubt they have the same background.

The only thing I can think of if this IS the same problem in XP, is if your user account is not of the Administrator type. Make sure that the one you try it on is.

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Re: Spore won't start up (SOLUTION)
« Reply #27 on: September 09, 2008, 11:18:16 pm »
Sorry to spoil all the success, but I have the same problem and more :(.  Mine also won't run, and when I went to check the "Run as an Admin" box it would not let me check it and is in grey print...come on what is up with that?

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Re: Spore won't start up (SOLUTION)
« Reply #28 on: September 09, 2008, 11:49:08 pm »
I also have XP, am the administrator on my computer, have more than adequate hardware, up to date drivers, am begrudgingly running only one GPU (what's up with THAT?), and I've tried these things so far:
  • Starting in Safe Mode
  • Started the game and walked away and let it run for a while
  • running without EADM, and while signed in and out of EADM
  • Reinstalled the game 3 times, and restarted numerous times

And yet absolutely nothing happens when I start the game.  "SporeApp.exe" runs in the background, and if I try and run it again i get error "Another instance of this game is already running [1000]" which makes sense.

The *only* reaction I've gotten is when I right click on the Spore icon, go to "Run As..." and select "Current User" and leave the "Protect my computer and and data from unauthorized program activity" I get a pop-up from Spore saying "Could not write license data.  Contact customer support".  However, if you uncheck the program activity box, it runs the program and nothing happens as usual (except for the background task).

Has anyone with XP been able to work around this?  I haven't contacted EA support yet, but that'll be my next move and I'll report back if they can give me a functional workaround.


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Re: Spore won't start up (SOLUTION)
« Reply #29 on: September 10, 2008, 02:48:35 am »
Sorry to spoil all the success, but I have the same problem and more :(.  Mine also won't run, and when I went to check the "Run as an Admin" box it would not let me check it and is in grey print...come on what is up with that?

What if you make a shortcut to the exe file and and do it inside that shortcut instead?

I also have XP, am the administrator on my computer, have more than adequate hardware, up to date drivers, am begrudgingly running only one GPU (what's up with THAT?), and I've tried these things so far:
  • Starting in Safe Mode
  • Started the game and walked away and let it run for a while
  • running without EADM, and while signed in and out of EADM
  • Reinstalled the game 3 times, and restarted numerous times

And yet absolutely nothing happens when I start the game.  "SporeApp.exe" runs in the background, and if I try and run it again i get error "Another instance of this game is already running [1000]" which makes sense.

The *only* reaction I've gotten is when I right click on the Spore icon, go to "Run As..." and select "Current User" and leave the "Protect my computer and and data from unauthorized program activity" I get a pop-up from Spore saying "Could not write license data.  Contact customer support".  However, if you uncheck the program activity box, it runs the program and nothing happens as usual (except for the background task).

Has anyone with XP been able to work around this?  I haven't contacted EA support yet, but that'll be my next move and I'll report back if they can give me a functional workaround.

Barring an actual bug, the only thing I can think is the original suggestion that something might be blocking or interferring. Just for the sake of it have you tried stripping msconfig of all non-microsoft service and all startup programs, rebooting and trying?

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Re: Spore won't start up (SOLUTION)
« Reply #30 on: September 10, 2008, 08:26:46 am »
i had a simular problem, in when it failed to respond at start up, i had to uninstall move the files from the disk into my electronic arts folder and then install ontop of that

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Re: Spore won't start up (SOLUTION)
« Reply #31 on: September 10, 2008, 11:27:10 am »
I've read some threads and it seems people can't log in. My problem is worse than that, though.. the game won't start, at all! I've installed it, and I don't know if it's Vista or the game is bugged, but when I try to play it, nothing happens. Screen doesn't even go blank or anything, no indication of having clicked the shortcut at all, except the computer starts making a lot of noise.

Anyone know what could be causing this? I mean, even if the servers are down I should still be able to play offline or at least get to the login screen, right?

Thanks in advance.

EDIT: So, what I had to do to get it to work was go to SporeApp, click properties and just check the box to run it as administrator. There have been several other solutions for fixing this problem, though, like creating new user accounts or running Spore in safe mode.


Ok i searched everywhere and couldn't find someone with the same problem as me until i got here! you install it but theres no evidence of that right? then when you insert the disc or try to run it you cant cuz nothing happens... I got mine to work so try clicking through this : (My) Computer> Hard Drive (usually (C:)> Program Files> Electronic Arts> SPORE> sporebin> then double click the "SPORE APP" file and wait a minute it should run. good luck!

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Re: Spore won't start up (SOLUTION)
« Reply #32 on: September 10, 2008, 12:09:02 pm »
I also have XP, am the administrator on my computer, have more than adequate hardware, up to date drivers, am begrudgingly running only one GPU (what's up with THAT?), and I've tried these things so far:
  • Starting in Safe Mode
  • Started the game and walked away and let it run for a while
  • running without EADM, and while signed in and out of EADM
  • Reinstalled the game 3 times, and restarted numerous times

And yet absolutely nothing happens when I start the game.  "SporeApp.exe" runs in the background, and if I try and run it again i get error "Another instance of this game is already running [1000]" which makes sense.

The *only* reaction I've gotten is when I right click on the Spore icon, go to "Run As..." and select "Current User" and leave the "Protect my computer and and data from unauthorized program activity" I get a pop-up from Spore saying "Could not write license data.  Contact customer support".  However, if you uncheck the program activity box, it runs the program and nothing happens as usual (except for the background task).

Has anyone with XP been able to work around this?  I haven't contacted EA support yet, but that'll be my next move and I'll report back if they can give me a functional workaround.

Perhaps the problem is SecuROM? Try right clicking the SporeApp exe and look for an option that has SecuROM in its name. It's something to diagnose problems or something like that, IIRC. See if something like that is there and, if it's there, see if it says anything useful. It might be able to spam a complaint, er, I mean send a report, to Sony (the makers of SecuROM), too. (I read about this in another thread on another forum the other day but don't remember the specifics, sorry)

Or, if that's not useful, to see if the problem is SecuROM, you could try using a "patch" to remove it from Spore. I haven't seen anyone here say whether it's legal, or where it's safe to go to get one, however (as in, where you won't also be in danger of getting a trojan on your computer if you're using IE and/or haven't got the latest windows updates, etc).
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Re: Spore won't start up (SOLUTION)
« Reply #33 on: September 10, 2008, 06:47:59 pm »
I have that issue myself. I figured out a little bit about it that might be of help. When I would run the game (even in admin mode) it wouldnt actually load. It would just hang. So I opened task manager (cntl alt del) and found the processes running. I found that sporeapp.exe would get to about 14000 K and just stop. It actually needs to get to 28000 (or more, I havent paid that close attention) before it actually loads. So, I would run the game, watch the task manager and see where spore hangs. I would then end that process and start it again. Usually 2-3 attempts will allow it to work.

Further issues may have been caused by conflicts with my AV software. SecuROM and TrendMicro dont seem to like eachother much. TM has been going crazy since I installed spore and spore has been having issues starting up when TM is running. I have added sporeapp.exe to exception list, but that doesnt seem to help. Now, forwhatever reason, the game runs with the AV software, but I'm not sure what I changed to "fix" it.

Also, I am running spore in windows xp sp2 compatibility mode. It seems to run better that way.

I hope this helps.

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Re: Spore won't start up (SOLUTION)
« Reply #34 on: September 10, 2008, 07:27:31 pm »
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Perhaps the problem is SecuROM? Try right clicking the SporeApp exe and look for an option that has SecuROM in its name. It's something to diagnose problems or something like that, IIRC. See if something like that is there and, if it's there, see if it says anything useful. It might be able to spam a complaint, er, I mean send a report, to Sony (the makers of SecuROM), too. (I read about this in another thread on another forum the other day but don't remember the specifics, sorry)

Or, if that's not useful, to see if the problem is SecuROM, you could try using a "patch" to remove it from Spore. I haven't seen anyone here say whether it's legal, or where it's safe to go to get one, however (as in, where you won't also be in danger of getting a trojan on your computer if you're using IE and/or haven't got the latest windows updates, etc).

I think you're referring to Right click-> Launch Analysis.  This appears to create a log file of your system specs that you're supposed to email to support@securom.com.  I'll try sending them an email, and I'll send one to EA detailing my problems.  There seem to be a lot of people having at least some problem with Spore, so it's any bodies guess as to when they'll actually get back to me.

 

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Re: Spore won't start up (SOLUTION)
« Reply #35 on: September 10, 2008, 11:34:14 pm »
Hi, all.

I had the same problem with my game, and I happened across this forum. I run XP Pro SP3, again with more than adequate specs, and this issue happened *after* I had run the game a few times, which I thought was pretty weird.

I tried all the usual fixes, as have been elaborated here already, but then I noticed the 'run as admin' that Necrox posted the other day, and after some minor poking, discovered how to do that in XP, and that it works for me.

What you need to do is right-click on the Spore shortcut, go to Properties, and under the Shortcut tab there should be an Advanced button. When you hit that, it'll open up a window with two options (the second one is grayed-out in mine). The first option, though, is to 'run with different credentials'. (Alternately, you could just right-click on the shortcut and select Run As...) Even though I'm an admin, when I run the program 'with different credentials' and log in as myself, it works every time, though I have to use the second option, to run as 'the following user', and put in my username. Don't ask me why it works this way, but it does.

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Re: Spore won't start up (SOLUTION)
« Reply #36 on: September 11, 2008, 12:02:00 am »
I figured out why I couldn't play, and I feel dumb because I should have realized this before.  While I *am* the admin on my computer, I didn't use a password to sign on.  Every time I tried to do the "Run As" a user or start the same way ambahr suggested, I couldn't run it as the admin or my logon since I didn't have a password.  Finally I entered one and sure enough Spore started up just fine.  I'm a tad annoyed that I need to enter a password now, but it's way better knowing that I don't have a systemic issue preventing me from playing.

Necrox, since you already have a post addressing issues regarding the "Spore won't start" problem in the sticky thread, would you mind adding this to your post as a potential XP fix?  I think that thread would be best served with a small number of posts. 

Thanks to everyone for their help, and I hope anyone else with this problem can find an answer here.

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Re: Spore won't start up (SOLUTION)
« Reply #37 on: September 11, 2008, 05:33:48 am »
Yep I will do :)

I've only just read this now, it's good to know it works in XP too, though really it shouldn't happen. This IS a problem with spore I hope the devs are looking at. There should be no reason for it demanding to run as an admin.

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Re: Spore won't start up (SOLUTION)
« Reply #38 on: September 16, 2008, 03:40:30 am »
While I *am* the admin on my computer, I didn't use a password to sign on.  Every time I tried to do the "Run As" a user or start the same way ambahr suggested, I couldn't run it as the admin or my logon since I didn't have a password.  Finally I entered one and sure enough Spore started up just fine. 

i have the same problem with my spore. ive tried every suggestion here, yet no change. i think its the run as solution as it makes the most sense. but, i dont have a password for my Administrator account. i have a password for my standard account (my name), which is an administrator account, yet this standard account has no effect on spore. is there a way to find the Administrator account and put a password to it? ive been all through User Accounts looking for a solution. i cant even create a new admin account called "Administrator" as it says there is one existing.

thanks

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Re: Spore won't start up (SOLUTION)
« Reply #39 on: September 16, 2008, 03:58:29 am »
Well assuming you have XP the admin account is available when you log into safe mode (reboot > F8 after POST > Safe Mode), you should be able to add the password from there.
I'm not certain if it will solve anything but worth a shot I guess.... just don't ever freakin' forget that password. Dead serious here.

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Re: Spore won't start up (SOLUTION)
« Reply #40 on: September 16, 2008, 04:14:43 am »
yeah, sorry forgot to mention i had XP, not Vista. i just tried it, safe mode, and put a password to the Administrator account. nothings changed. however i also forgot to mention b4 that i have tested this on 2 other PC's at my Uni and it works fine. it does not work on either my laptop or pc both running XP SP2, same as the Uni PC's.

oh its taking up about 32,000K while idle in the processes tab. a little different to previous responses.
« Last Edit: September 16, 2008, 04:20:50 am by jestah »

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Re: Spore won't start up (SOLUTION)
« Reply #41 on: September 16, 2008, 04:31:55 am »
yeah, sorry forgot to mention i had XP, not Vista. i just tried it, safe mode, and put a password to the Administrator account. nothings changed. however i also forgot to mention b4 that i have tested this on 2 other PC's at my Uni and it works fine. it does not work on either my laptop or pc both running XP SP2, same as the Uni PC's.

oh its taking up about 32,000K while idle in the processes tab. a little different to previous responses.

Just don't install it anywhere else now. Remember that the DRM limits you to install it on 3 different machines, so if it's been launched and activated on the 2 Uni ones you only have one install left for a home PC.
(if you weren't aware of that then please don't start a DRM derail here, there's a million threads for that)

Is EADM launching OK as well? And is it connecting? Maybe your firewall is blocking something?
Could be worth stripping startup programs from MSCONFIG to see if it's a software conflict/blocking since it works fine elsewhere.

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Re: Spore won't start up (SOLUTION)
« Reply #42 on: September 16, 2008, 04:54:02 am »
ok thanks. ill try stripping back programs, see if there is a conflict. the EADM works and connects. just the sporeapp.exe doesnt launch for the program. ive even tried it on a machine with no install and just the system files (a la portable) at Uni as a test. Worked there, but nothing at home.
thanks for your quick responses.

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Re: Spore won't start up (SOLUTION)
« Reply #43 on: September 16, 2008, 05:09:47 am »
No prob mate, let us hear how it turns out.

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Re: Spore won't start up (SOLUTION)
« Reply #44 on: September 16, 2008, 05:38:56 am »
i got it workin! i just turned off all the services that arent required. i wont worry about finding out which one it is. ill just turn them all off when i want to play. thankyou for your advice with MSCONFIG. probably a last resort solution though, as it disables anything non essential, but a solution none the less!

thanks again

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Re: Spore won't start up (SOLUTION)
« Reply #45 on: September 16, 2008, 05:56:33 am »
You're welcome :)

I had a feeling this might be the case, as I've heard several reports like this. I'm wondering if it's your security software that's interferring or something else. It could be valuable to know for Maxis if we knew what kind of software can cause the conflict.
And if you wanted to find out what it is that's causing it you can use the method of elimination. Try one by one. It's slow but gets the job done and is more workable in the future for you ;)

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Re: Spore won't start up (SOLUTION)
« Reply #46 on: September 17, 2008, 06:41:17 am »
ok i went through all my services and found out the problem. apparently the Plug and Play service was interfering, which is quite bizzare. but it works now. sorted.

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Re: Spore won't start up (SOLUTION)
« Reply #47 on: January 01, 2009, 12:31:07 pm »
ok i have a prob thats kinda the same

so like when we got we installed it just fine and everything worked, but then it wouldnt start , sometimes it would just not do anything and others it would put up an error message that said "spore has encountered and error and needs to close sorry for the inconvienience" so basic most generic thing possible. then we tried a couple of different things and watched with the MSCONFIG thingy and it got to 49000 and then dropped the program "sporeapp.exe" so we put up the download manager and it got to 51000 then dropped. we completely removed the download manager and it got to 53000. we tried installing the newer version but it wouldnt download anything
it just sat there not doing anything at all ??? it didnt even get to one percent. very annoying >:(

we have a windows xp desktop system pack3 home edition version 2002 AMD athlon (tm) XP 2500+ 1.83 GHZ and 1 gb of ram. PLENTY of free space and we have done basicaly everything already stated and made a new admin account and installed it again on there

please help


if u need anymore info then i will happily supply it

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Re: Spore won't start up (SOLUTION)
« Reply #48 on: February 04, 2014, 07:13:24 pm »
i got the game(game disk) it said installed but the start up just wont happen the icon for the game didnt appear either
where do i find the game itself so i can create icon for it
im using a dell laptop and i dont have cc
plz someone respond soon

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Re: Spore won't start up (SOLUTION)
« Reply #49 on: February 05, 2014, 10:13:05 am »
Computer > Local Disk C > Program Files > Electronic Arts/EA > Spore > Bin > SporeApp.exe
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