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Origin ID in connection with the Sims 3 and expansion packs

Quick question I have one Origin ID I can log in on both computers I have. Now if I were to purchase a Sims expansion pack would that carry across because it was bought with the same account? And If I ...
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Sims 3 Won't Launch from Origin

Error message received: The Sims 3 Unable to start game Service initialization failed (0x0175dcbb) I go to my games on Origin and click play on The Sims 3. I have no expansions downloaded onto my ...
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Am I able to add my copy of The Secret World to Origin?

I purchased The Secret World shortly after it came out via The Secret World website. The Secret World is published by Electronic Arts and is available to purchase through Origin. Is it possible for me ...
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Why is Dead Space 3 using the webcam?

Whenever I start up Dead Space 3 it starts using my webcam. I have checked all of the settings menus inside of the game as well as Origin (which I am running it through) and cannot find any settings ...
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Backup Steam and Origin Games before full system format

I'm planning to do a full format of my system this month in order to install Linux for programming purposes. But I have 4 games installed, Skyrim from Steam and Mass Effect from Origin. Both of them ...
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Punkbuster keeps kicking me for weird reasons. 'Invalid Memory Image'; how to resolve?

So on top of getting kicked from Battlefield 3 games because of a 'lost connection to EA online' error I just recently got this gem; Game disconnected: you were kicked by PunkBuster. Stated reason: ...
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Origin account association on PS4

I had to create a new Origin account on my PS4 (there was no option to login) for the Ultimate Team feature. It created the account and associated it with an email no longer in use (it didn't even ask ...
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Does Amazon.com download code work everywhere?

I have a gift coupon at amazon.com (not redeemable in the Indian website), and I want to buy Fifa 14 with it. However, I live in India with an Indian origin account, so will the download code I get ...
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Is there a way to get Sims 3 from my Steam account to work on my Mac?

I previously had a PC and Steam account. Now I have a Mac and I really want to play Sims 3. I read somewhere that I could download Origin and transfer my codes or something, but how would I go about ...
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Is it possible to launch Battlefield 3 or 4 campaign without Battlelog

I was wondering whether it is possible to launch the singleplayer campaign for either BF3 or BF4 without the use of the browser. This is useful when: You don't have an internet connection at that ...
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Can I use Origin to download games I own on new computer, while playing a game on another?

I have two computers and would like to download and install the games from my origin account on my new one, which will take days. While this is happening am I able to play the games on the old ...
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Do EA Origin PC downloadable games require a client?

I want to buy Need for Speed Most Wanted for PC, and it is available for $9.99 on Origin. Would I need to install a client to play the game if I buy from there? If yes, how big/bloated/bulky is the ...
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Can I remove a game from origin and then use the code on another origin account?

Can I uninstall a game from origin and use the code on another account? I'm kind of new to Origin and I'm trying to play Crysis 3 online, but I can't because I don't have a email address connected to ...
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Can I play two Origin games on the same account at the same time?

I have Battlefield 3 and The Sims 3 on my Origin account. My girlfriend wants to play The Sims on her PC at the same time I'm playing BF3 online on my PC. Is this possible?
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Is it possible to install games to different hard drives?

I normally use Steam, but after purchasing the latest Humble Bundle I acquired several Origin games. My main hard drive is a 128GB SSD, but it's is almost full. I like to keep a few games I'm playing ...
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How is Multiplayer and achievement tracking done with Steam and Origin?

I bought a bundle (the HumbleBundle), and it provided me with codes for the game on both Steam and Origin. I activated all the codes successfully on both clients, but I was wondering: If I play a ...
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Does Origin really delete games you haven't played for a while?

It's a bit of a silly question, but I want to be sure. My friend keeps insisting that Origin deletes games (both F2P games and paid ones) from your account if you don't play them for a while. Is ...
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How to get my free Origin copy of Battlefield 1942 to run

Origin accounts have a free version of Battlefield 1942 available to download and play through their software but when I try to run it I get the Microsoft circle of patience (mouse circle showing ...
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Can I install only 1 of Origin games to another drive?

I'm getting a bit tired or waiting for ages for my PC to start up, so I'm planning on purchasing an SSD to boot my windows with it. Then I thought that it might be nice to have BF3 installed on it ...
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How do I change my account email?

I am playing Need For Speed: Most Wanted 2012 on my PS3. However, I want to change the account to which the PS3 is linked. When I try to do this from Settings ---> Account Management ---> Account ...
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What is the purpose of Origin Points?

As of May 28, Origin has introduced "Origin Points", which purportedly helps track your achievements in some of EA's games on PC. From EA's help center: Origin Points help you track your ...
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Amalur can't see saves after Origin update

I was happily merrily playing Kingdoms of Amalur until a recent Origin update. This update reseted Amalur settings and saves. Strangly, I can see saves on my hard drive just fine: . How do I make ...
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How to use different Origin accounts for different Windows users

Similar to this question I want to force Origin to log in with different accounts when logging in with different Windows users. My wife and I share the same gaming PC, each having an own Windows user ...
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How to remove or disable super weapons in C&C Generals Zero Hour

I would like to play skirmish and co-op games with a friend against multiple AI players. Disabling SW will allow us to war against more AI using conventional weapons. I would like to disable all ...
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Battlefield 3 Network Problems (Lag)

So a few weeks ago, I was playing BF3 as usual when everything suddenly stopped moving, everything froze and the game was shut down. I also got a blank error message on Battlelog which did not help ...
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How can I unlock dogtags for Battlefield 3 if I own other games in the series?

The BattleField 3 knowledgebase says: Will veteran ranks and status earned in previous BF games grant bonuses in Battlefield 3? Yes, you will have unlocked a silenced M1911 pistol. Also you will ...
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Should I install steam/origin on SSD and map some games to HDD or other way around?

Well the topic explains it all. I just reinstalled my PC. Now that I have a larger SSD I want to have some games on my SSD and some other games on my HDD. I wonder if I should install Steam and ...
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Is a copy of SimCity bought via PC download on Origin automatically activated on install?

I bought my copy of SimCity on March 5th via PC download on Origin. When I install the game is automatically activated, right? Or do I have to do anything else? Because in order to claim the EA Free ...
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How do you take a screenshot in SimCity?

How can I take a screenshot? When I press Print Screen to take a screenshot while in the game, the image on my clipboard is the Windows Desktop.
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How can I gift a game via Origin? [duplicate]

I would like to buy a friend of mine a copy of the new SimCity game before it is released next month on Origin, however I cannot find a way to purchase a game for a friend on Origin like you can on ...
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Does buying Battlefield 3 Premium Edition force you to use the 'Multiplayer Head Start Kit'?

The Battlefield 3 package available on Origin including both Battlefield 3 and a Battlefield 3 Premium upgrade also includes the "Multiplayer Head Start Kit". This kit unlocks a variety of items in ...
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Is there a way to gift Battlefield 3?

Is there a way to purchase Battlefield 3 and/or Battlefield 3 Premium online and be able to give that copy to a friend? (buy it online without binding it to your own account) For instance, just get ...
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Can I play SimCity on two computers at the same time?

I'm not familiar with Origin's DRM (or the one that will be used on the next SimCity), but if I got the game, would I and my girlfriend be able to play it at the same time, each on their own computer ...
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Can games purchased from a North American account be played on a Europe account?

I am from Europe and I bought something from Origin. What I've seen is that in the USA store the games are the same prices, but in dollars (which makes them cheaper, due o the exchange rate). If I ...
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Mass Effect in Origin Client doesn't work (win 7 64 bit)

Apparently today I made a huge mistake: I sold my Mass Effect games for Xbox360 to buy the digital trilogy for PC (I'm relocating and wanted to bring Shepard with me in the journey, just in case of ...
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Does Origin support Spore?

I came across my old Spore account last week, and contacted EA about if it works on Origin. They asked for my verification and I gave it to them, they verified that my Spore account was valid. The ...
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Can I use DLC from Origin with the base game from Steam?

I have never played Mass Effect: Pinnacle Station, but it no longer appears to be available on Steam. This DLC now only appears to be available on Origin, from what I can see. I own Mass Effect on ...
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Battlefield 3 Download Stuck at 95%

I got BF3 Premium Edition through Amazon and started downloading through Origin, and now whenever I get to 95% it stops and says error code 262145:5 and just stops. It'll download maybe 100 kilobytes ...
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If I buy games via the Origin store do I need to install it?

I wanted to buy Dead Space 2 as a digital download (because I want to play it ASAP and because it is cheaper). The official site does not allow you to buy the game but I can get it via the Origin ...
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Battlefield 3 Origin Install issues - error 262145:5

I recently picked up Battlefield 3 in a physical copy but have had issues with installing it. Install steps so far: Inserted disk 1, created an Origin account, and installed Origin. No issues. ...
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Do Origin Cloud saves work properly with Steam?

I have Origin and Battlefield 3 and prefer to launch BF3 via Steam. The game runs fine, but when I launch Origin occasionally gives a warning that Cloud Saves can only be used when launching via ...
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Unable to play Battlefield 3 because of an update but game is completely up to date

I'm trying to play BF3 but it won't let me. Whenever I click play it says to update the game, but when I click on update it just brings me back to my Origin application with all my installed games. ...
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Battlefield Premium: Gifting Back To Karkand to someone else

Having failed to find any means of contact someone relevant at EA.... I'm interested in getting Battlefield Premium, but I already have the base game which included the Back To Karkand DLC (limited ...
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How do I get my Mass Effect 3 save files back after Origin cloud sync ate them?

I appear to be running a beta copy of Origin (I have no idea why, I'm not sure I asked for it) which offered to sync my Mass Effect 3 save games to the cloud. Unfortunately, after a 12 hour playing ...
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Can I trust Origin the same way I trust Steam?

I would like to get the same type of answers this question got. Can I trust this "Origin" DRM (Digital Rights Management) software platform? Has anybody done any independent verification ...
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Does Origin track game play time?

I can't find this option in the interface; but am wondering if maybe behind the scenes the data is available somewhere, or in some hidden corner of the UI. I was curious how much time I've spent in ...
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Problem with Origin and Mass Effect 2

So far Origin has been working fine. I have installed both Mass Effect 1 and Mass Effect 3 in a folders I specifically chose because my main drive doesn't have enough space. When I try to install Mass ...
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Is theBattlefield 3 skin for Mass Effect 3 only available on same system?

I have Battlefield 3 for PC and Mass Effect 3 for Xbox 360. I'm signed with the same account on Origin, but I can't get the Battlefield 3 multiplayer skin for Mass Effect 3 (though I have the N7 ...
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How do I associate my physical copies of Mass Effect 3 with my Origin account?

How is it done? Do the discs come with an activation code? If I can, do I need the physical copies of Mass Effect 3 or can I download the game through Origin from that point on?
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DirectX setup Internal Error when installing Mass Effect 3

When trying to install Mass Effect 3 on my Windows 7 machine I got the following message at 99% installed: I have made sure that i have the most resent version of DirectX form the web installer. I ...