1 Reply Latest reply on Jan 2, 2014 1:57 AM by sjpt

    Error message (activation server) occurs when trying to activate computer.

    Hockley7

      I am unable to complete the activation process and get returned to "try again" or "cancel."  Anyone know what's going on or how to resolve this? (Adobe Digital Editions)

        • 1. Re: Error message (activation server) occurs when trying to activate computer.
          sjpt Level 4

          Not sure, but a few things to try.

           

          ADE doesn't like passwords with special characters, even though the Adobe website allows you to set them.

          ADE doesn't give sensible error messages when it encounters such passwords.

          If you have special characters in the password, log in at the Adobe website and create yourself a less strong password.

           

          Two generic suggestions ...

           

          1) ~~~~~

          Sometimes ADE gets its registration/activation confused and in a semi-authorized state.

          Uninstalling and reinstalling does not help.

          Unfortunately, it often then gives misleading error messages about what is wrong.

          A common incorrect message informs you that the ID is already in use on another computer and cannot be reused.

          Another is  "E_AUTH_NOT_READY"

           

           

          This can often be resolved by completely removing any authorization using ctrl-shift-D to the Library screen on ADE (cmd-shift-D if on Mac).

          Restart ADE, and then reauthorize with your (old) Adobe ID.

           

           

          In extreme cases on the mac, the following extra step has helped some people.  Navigate to /Users//Library/Application Support/Adobe/Digital Editions and drag the activation.dat file to the trash. If you are using 10.7, see Access hidden user library files | Mac OS 10.7 Lion. http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1265248?tstart=0

           

           

          2) ~~~~~~~~~

          There are lots of bugs in ADE2.0 (and 2.0.1).  Try replacing ADE2.0 with the older but more reliable v1.7.2.

          (You can have them both installed at once if you like.)

          Version 1.7.2, it is a little difficult to find, available on Adobe site for Windows and for Mac.

          http://helpx.adobe.com/digital-editions/kb/cant-install-digital-editions.html

          The forum software is sometimes corrupting the link above.  There shouldn't be a blank in 'editio ns.html'.  The following redirects to the same page: http://tinyurl.com/diged172

           

           

          Some people have found ADE trying to upgrade automatically. 

          It appears (not 100% sure) that if you install ADE2.0 as a new install (not as an upgrade) that your 1.7.2 will continue to run.

          Probably best to say no if 2.0.x installation asks if you want to migrate your library.