The levels of frustration I've experienced trying to install LeapFrog applications on my computer have been UNRIVALED. ...Well, perhaps the levels of frustration I felt when a baby cried jusssst as I was dropping off to sleep after the third feeding of the night, MAYBE that rivaled it.
I am not kidding when I say I have spent TWO SOLID HOURS trying to set up the Leapster 2 we got Henry for his birthday. I installed Connect, and it informed me that I need to install Adobe Flash Player, and then when I said "okay" it got those two installations tangled so that they were rapidly flickering between two error messages and I had to force the computer to shut down.
Then, when I tried installing the flash player FIRST and THEN doing the Leapfrog thing, it has told me that another user is running Connect, and I need to have that user log in and close the application. THERE ARE NO OTHER USERS ON MY COMPUTER. Okay, actually there are two other users, so that my dad and Paul can get into the computer if they need to---but neither of them DO get into my computer, and certainly neither of them has tried to install Connect, and I couldn't have accidentally installed Connect as them because I don't know their passwords.
I searched the error message and found instructions for fixing it---but the things I am supposed to remove from a folder are NOT THERE. Neither is the folder. I did a system-wide search for the folder and the items; not there.
I tried deleting ALL Leapfrog stuff from my computer and starting over. TO NO AVAIL.
The Leapster 2 told me I needed to click Eject to disconnect it, but there is no Eject until Connect is installed, which it will not do because another user is supposedly using it. AIIEEEEEEEEEEE.
It lost my tabs and re-sized my browser window. Meanwhile, Henry is crying because I told him he could play his new birthday Leapster, and he is now 4 years old so he is a very big boy and very patient, but even a very big and patient 4-year-old can only wait SO MANY HOURS.
I've done ZERO work this morning: no baby name post, and it's lucky I already wrote my Milk and Cookies post but I do still need to proof it and post it [edit: okay, posted it, so now you can tell me what face moisturizer to try]. The children are not dressed. The dishes are on the table. Because I have spent ALL MORNING on this, and it is still not even CLOSE to being done. I am about ready to kill someone with my bare hands. Perhaps the Application Installing Please Wait lady:
Her hands are in NO WAY at the correct angle to be typing on that keyboard, and she would NOT be smiling if she was installing that Leapster 2.
Edited to add: FOLLOW-UP. Holy dice on a cracker. Okay, the key turned out to be this help page, which contained this information in case you can't see it or the link no longer works or whatever:
I'd been searching for these documents and couldn't find them. Then I noticed my search settings were on "this Mac" instead of "[name of my Mac]," or possibly the other way around, but anyway it was like I had two entire computer systems, and one of them had this set of documents and the other didn't, and so I deleted them and everything worked fine---if by "fine" you mean "it still took another hour of sweating, swearing, and entering wayyyyyy too much personal information."
I'd decided to just have him play with it WITHOUT doing the initial connecting to the computer (it's not that it needs to be connected every time---just the first time to set it up), but then it nagged him every time he turned it on, and two of the four functions couldn't be used. So I guess I'm glad I persevered but JEREMY PIVEN that was an ordeal.
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