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10.5: Run Spore in OS X 10.5.2 Apps
While Spore (the full game, not Creature Creator) states that it require OS X 10.5.3, it's possible to get it running on OS X 10.5.2. I thought that I'd try to get it to run under 10.5.2 first in case it was possible, so I wouldn't need to upgrade. Unfortunately, 10.5.3 and later breaks compatibility with Starcraft, Diablo and some other older games on Nvidia 8x00 graphics.

Here's how I got it running in 10.5.2:
  1. Insert the CD, then using Terminal or something that can see invisible files, copy the whole contents of the CD to your hard disk, to somewhere like /Spore/.
  2. Navigate to /Spore » SPORE(TM) Install.app » (Control-clcik and Show Package Contents) » Contents » Resources.
  3. Open tgInstall.plist in your favorite pure text editor. Comment out the $INSTALLVOLUME line, as shown below:
    <key>InstallVerify</key>
    <array>
    <!--<string>$INSTALLVOLUME/installer/INSTALLDATA.tgz=6352d7a8f78e9750444ba8aa26806a7201dd66fb</string>-->
    </array>
  4. Find and replace $INSTALLVOLUME throughout the whole document with /Spore (or the full path to wherever you copied the contents of the disc).
  5. Change the MinimumSystemVersion so that the "string" line reads 10.5.2.
  6. Install the game!
After installation, you've got one more change to make. Go to /Applications » SPORE » SPORE.app » (Control-click and choose Show Package Contents) » Contents and edit Info.plist. Change the MinimumSystemVersion "string" entry like so:
<key>MinimumSystemVersion</key>
<string>10.5.2</string>
It's working fine for me on 10.5.2 with an 8800GT video card, but your mileage may vary, of course.
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10.5: Run Spore in OS X 10.5.2
Authored by: gabester on Sep 10, '08 08:11:20AM

I assume that you could save yourself some steps by making a read/write disk image of the install media then just changing MinimumSystemVersion to 10.5.2.

Use at your own risk - either there may be some piece of code in the game that relies on a patch or bugfix or new feature available in 10.5.3; or the vendor only validated against 10.5.3 specifically.
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10.5: Run Spore in OS X 10.5.2
Authored by: ~Coxy on Sep 10, '08 04:59:42PM

I probably should have mentioned this already, but I tried several times to create a read/write disc image, to no success. Even attempting to create an image from the image still had the second-generation image show up as read only!

I assume this is either due to the ISO filesystem used on the original disc, or perhaps due to SecureROM.



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10.5: Run Spore in OS X 10.5.2
Authored by: Chibby on Sep 10, '08 08:11:45AM
a blizzard developer mentioned in their forums, that the 10.5.5 update will (hopefully) include new graphic drivers, that are 256-colors-compatible ..

you could also try this:
http://www.aptgetupdate.de/2008/07/01/diablo-2-unter-mac-os-x-1053-bzw-1054-loesung/
to get older games running

(yes .. it's german .. but it describes how to replace the graphics drivers with the ones from the leo-graphics-update1.0 - they support 256 colors)

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10.5: Run Spore in OS X 10.5.2
Authored by: mike3k on Sep 10, '08 08:29:44AM

Or you could simply upgrade. There's no good reason not to upgrade to 10.5.4.



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10.5: Run Spore in OS X 10.5.2
Authored by: spockboy on Sep 10, '08 08:59:50AM
RTFA. The original poster says:
Unfortunately, 10.5.3 and later breaks compatibility with Starcraft, Diablo and some other older games on Nvidia 8x00 graphics.
While that may be "no good reason" for you, it is for others!

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10.5: Run Spore in OS X 10.5.2
Authored by: ejensen on Sep 10, '08 02:21:50PM

I did something similar by copying the installer from the DVD to my Desktop, and then opening it up ("Show Contents") to find the appropriate .plist and change the version number. I also had to mess with the file permissions to let me make the changes. I then just ran the modified installer from the Desktop. I had to do similar changes on the application post-install. I have the Developer Tools installed, so I just used the plist editor to make the changes.

Does anyone know how to run Spore on a non-admin account? I can only get it working on my admin account. When I try on a non-admin account, I get an error "Cannot contact the license server". I would rather not have the kids on my account.



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10.5: Run Spore in OS X 10.5.2
Authored by: outaru on Sep 11, '08 03:27:37AM

Very usefull thanks for the hint..



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10.5: Run Spore in OS X 10.5.2
Authored by: mat79 on Sep 13, '08 11:50:37AM
the latest Starcraft fixes the 256 color problem:

Game now works correctly on versions of Mac OS X which do not support 256-color mode
http://us.blizzard.com/support/article.xml?articleId=21150

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