Good afternoon all,
I just got off the phone with a very helpful and knowledgeable customer support tech (despite what I've heard about in the past), who unfortunately, was UNABLE TO HELP SOLVE THE PROBLEM.
Alas, though all attempts at getting my Direct2Drive version of Spore to install correctly were made, the end result was the same. "CRC error: The file F:\Program Files\Electronic Arts\SPORE\Data\Spore_Audio2.package doesn't match the file in the setup's .cab file. The medium from which you are running the setup may be corrupted; contact your software vendor."
1) Disabling firewall and antivirus
2) Disabling background processes
3) Booting to a "clean" Vista 32 boot
4) Deleting game cache in EADM and installation
5) Redownloading (3 hour long process!!!)
6) Installing with Adminstrator access
Every attempt failed. So, at this point, I am going to have to try to see if a physical copy of the game will install correctly. Once I've purchased the game (AGAIN), I'll call back and have EA refund my money for the Direct2Drive version.
Programming Team - the problem as I see it is this. The package files for the installation process are 1 GIG in size. That's huge ... no matter what kind of internet connection one has. If there is a problem in a 1 GIG package file transfer, that means the CRC process has to conduct a 1 GIG file correction!! There is a simple solution -- make the transfer packages *small*, no matter how many you have to transfer. That way, when a file transfer hiccup occurs, the file correction doesn't have to work so hard.
Best to all,