Hello, I just downloaded the Mac version of the History of Mario screensaver from Club Nintendo and have been running into a lot of problems. First off I'm using a Macbook Pro from '07, latest version of OSX, never really had a problem with anything honestly.
I downloaded the file, opened it, and installed the screensaver, however when going into System Preferences to choose the screensaver, a white screen only shows up where Mario things should be happening on the little preview screen to the right. When I test the screensaver, all I get is that same white screen, however it now freezes my computer basically until I have to either restart it, or click enough buttons and wait long enough for my computer to kinda glitch back out of the blank white screen and back to my computer. I've tried re-installing the screensaver and restarting my computer, and neither of those seem to help. I have gotten the screensaver to start running ONCE, but even then I had that blank white screen for a good minute before anything started to actually happen, and when it did the screensaver was moving at the speed of a snail. Any help would be greatly appreciated as I would really love to see this working.
Further testing, whenever it does go into screensaver mode and I've selected the Mario screensaver, I get the white blank screen after the screensaver "starts", and if I try to wake up my computer, it freezes for quite a while. Sometimes I can just wait it out for a while, sometimes I have to restart completely. When I try and delete the actual screensaver from my list of "Other" screensavers in system preferences, it freezes up my System Preferences application and I have to force quit. Upon entering back into my System Preferences application however, the screensaver has been successfully removed. Hope I can get some help soon as again, I would love to use this screensaver and don't want to have wasted 10 coins!!
I am having the EXACT same problem, and my MacBook Pro is brand new with much higher specs than what are required for it. I'd also like to know what the deal is because I do not want to have wasted 10 coins...
It's fun that you put that up, because I experienced the same problem. I have an iMac with i5 processor and spec way higher than recommended and the screensaver freeze when I go into my screensaver configuration and I select this browser. It's not working. And now I can't download back the file since I closed my Mac and they ask to pay again on the nintendo club when it's written that I paid for the product.
Please someone, help
I am also having the same problem. I am running a late 2009 iMac i3 with OS 10.6.4. After installing the screensaver and opening the system preferences, I navigate to the new screensaver and all I see in the preview window is white. If I actually click to test the screensaver, my whole screen goes white which I was only able to escape by re-starting my computer. Please help.
Ditto. Brand new mac mini with a 4G ram upgrade. Should handle this fine, but it goes all white. From activity monitor it almost seems like it's a conflict with the flash player. Hard to really pinpoint though since it basically kills everything.
Same exact problem here. I'm using a brand new Macbook, everything on it is completely up to date. It's obviously not our problem, the screensaver just doesn't work period on the Mac. Here's hoping they fix it but I won't get my hopes up.
I'm in the same boat as you all. I couldn't even unzip the file at first, as Archive Utility was giving me "Error 0." I repaired and verified my system permissions in library and downloaded the file again. It now unzips fine, but the screensaver only shows up as a white screen that forces me to reboot. My machine is from late 2006 (Intel), but has been upgraded to Snow Leopard with the memory maxed out. I don't know what I need to do to fix this. It sounds like it's not even on our end.
I have a mid-2010 MacBook Pro that is maxed out and this screensaver doesn't work for me either. I get the white screens and then have to wait quite a long time to get my system back. It also locks up System Preferences when trying to access options.
It has to be a Snow Leopard compatibility issue. Has anybody tried the screensaver on Leopard or Tiger?
While I have not been able to try the screensaver on Tiger or Leopard, I have to agree that this could very well be a Snow Leopard problem. My Mac is also unable to run the screensaver, a 2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo MacBook running Mac OS X 10.6.4.
I can't get mine to work either it wouldn't even unzip at first, I had to open it with a different unarchiving tool than my default. Now there's a mario hat icon on my desktop, but again, it will not open. I found a .saver file in the contents of that mario icon, but it just installed a "screen saver engine"...I don't even know what that is.
I'm having the same issue using a 3 month old MacBook Pro running on an i7 with 4GB of RAM. However, if I switch over to Windows 7 on Bootcamp the screensaver works just fine. So, the system itself isn't the issue, it just seems to be incompatible with the OS (running Windows and Mac OS on the same system). Just seems like another PC to Mac compatibility issue.
If I'm not mistaken after the whole apple adobe spat, Apple no longer has flash installed with the latest OS X installs. the screen saver requires Flash to work. I would recomend trying to install the latest version of flash and try again.
Installing Flash 10 does not fix the problem. I too have a super powerful iMac but it freezes up every time I try to do anything with this screen saver in system preferences. It's a pity, because that looked like a really cool screen saver. Someone needs to figure this out. Clearly, it is not an isolated incident.
P.S. my iMac is running snow leopard too.
Has anyone heard any kind of response from Nintendo? I know a new Super Mario Galaxy 2 screensaver was just relaesed and I'm wondering if that one has the same problems as this one does. I'm also wondering if anyone even bothered to test these things!
The SMG2 Mac screensaver will run.
Though when you go back to using your Mac, it will freeze up returning back to the desktop screen and cause your system to glitch.
My Mac is only a year and a half old.
I just downloaded the SMG2 screensaver for Mac on my 27" iMac. I don't have a freezing issue, it's just REALLY slow loading/playing it (it's like a slide show maybe 1-2 frames every five seconds). When I go to the screensaver panel and let it load/play the preview, it seems to be fine but when it kicks in the screensaver full screen... slideshow time. Not too pleased right now.
I am having the same issue. I have a new macbook pro '15 and I downloaded the mario anniversary screensaver but whenever I try to enable it, the screensaver window locks up and I either have to force quit it or restart the system.
I have a solution but it isn't trivial. If you are afraid of the guts of your system turn back now.
For those of you still here:
The screentime screensaver creator this is based on doesn't work well with Snow Leopard 64 bit. But you can run the screensaver in 32bit mode which will allow you to run it without any issues.
Step 1: This will rename your screensaver application from Apple. Open terminal and type:
sudo mv ScreenSaverEngine ScreenSaverEngine-orig
Step 2: You need to execute the screensaver using arch -i386 to tell it to run in 32bit mode. This script does that:
In terminal type:
sudo nano ScreenSaverEngine
Put the following text in the text window:
Press ctrl+x and when prompted type Y to save the new file.
Step 3: Change permissions on the new file you created so it will run for all users:
sudo chmod 755 ScreenSaverEngine
Thats it, it should now just magically work.
If I'm understanding what your workaround is doing then ALL screensavers will be running in 32-Bit mode. Before others try this, have to check what affect this has on the rest of the screensavers, especially those that ship with Snow Leopard?
I do commend you on your discovery and workaround. Perhaps Nintendo will see this have it recompiled in 64-Bit mode and offer it to Snow Leopard users.
OK, I tested your workaround and all other screensavers worked fine. I'm not sure if it was because the screen saver engine was running in 32 bit mode or the flash-based screensaver itself, but my Mid-2010 I7 16GB MacBook Pro's processor shot up and the fans were loud as heck (they are usually almost silent).
BTW, I did notice that running the screen saver engine in 32-bit mode didn't solve the fact that when you select the Mario screen saver in preferences, in most cases it locks up preferences and you have to force-quit.
If Nintendo releases a Snow Leopard compatible 64-bit version, I may download, but until then, it is deleted and my screen saver engine is back to 64 bit.
I'll add my two cents also. I'm running a MacBook, Snow Leopard (10.6.4), plenty of memory and hard drive space for the specs of the screen saver, and I get the same issues as others who have posted here. I ran Disk Utility to verify the hard drive, and it tells me that my hard drive is corrupt and I need to boot from the original disk. Has this screen saver really screwed up my entire computer???
I'm another mac user that this doesn't work for. I'm running Snow Leopard on a 2009 macbook pro. I've purchased both the Super Mario Galaxy 2 screensaver and the history of Mario one. Both play fine in the preview screen, but go white when activated. I have to push the volume up/down or the screen dim/brighten buttons on my comp in order to exit the white screen. Nintendo really needs to solve this problem. Especially since it's affecting so many people.
I would sure love to see Nintendo acknowledge this problem and offer us a fix. I've had this screensaver for a while now and have yet to get it to run on a Mac that's only about 6 months old.
I don't think Nintendo made this screensaver compatible with Snow Leopard. However, I have a leopard and it works just fine. My brother has snow leopard and he has the same exact problem. I hope Nintendo fixes this glitch, because my brother does not want to waist 10 coins.
I am having the exact same problem. Running Snow Leopard (10.6.7) on a brand new iMac w/3.4 GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 4GB RAM, and an AMD Radeon HD 6970M w/1 GB memory. A screensaver shouldn't be bringing it to its knees. Help!