Origin Battlefield 3 Activation Possible Fix: Switch Your Default Browser

Those of you still struggling to get Origin to activate your copies of Battlefield 3 might have a work-around. It could be that your issue is Firefox (or Safari).

An intrepid user in our other Origin activation debacle post pointed out that after messing around in the resource management menus on his system, he found that Origin was sending out HTTP requests and using his default browser to field their responses. That browser was Firefox, which EA doesn’t recommend for Battlelog, Battlefield’s browser-based game-launching system.

After shutting down Origin entirely and switching his default browser to Internet Explorer, Game Front reader Waddock said he was able to activate Battlefield 3 no problem.

We haven’t had a chance to independently verify this solution, but it sounds like it might work given EA’s lack of enthusiasm for Firefox. Give Internet Explorer a go and let us know if it solves your issues in the comments.

And thanks to Waddock for figuring it out.

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4 Comments on Origin Battlefield 3 Activation Possible Fix: Switch Your Default Browser


On October 30, 2011 at 11:49 am

Again, Microsoft’s blackmail …
Internet Explorer is pathetic compared to Google Chrome, Firefox etc.
Millions of players who bought BF 3, can not legally play?
What a shame for such a reputable company that has plenty of experience …
The players are very frustrated and angry, while EA has earned money …
Me and my grandson every few hours try to activate BF3, but we get
retarded ridiculous response that we are offline?

Phil Hornshaw

On October 30, 2011 at 11:54 am


Chrome ought to work if this is the problem — EA recommends it for Battlelog, at least. It’s just Firefox (and Safari) that seems screwy. But I don’t think it has anything to do with Microsoft; more like bad QA or just unforeseen bugs on EA’s part.


On October 30, 2011 at 6:22 pm

The worst thing is that we can not even play single player?
This is Origin beta??? Origin pre-Alpha maybe!
And, what a paradox, Origin is intended as a protection against piracy,
and for just the opposite? Thousands of customers BF3, now cracked
original??? to be able to play SP, and work! hahaha …


On November 16, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Wow you published my fix… Thanks. Hope it helped people out.