The question is... stay up late or try and get out of bed around 2am to start the D/L. i want that bad boy finished by 5pm friday, the servers are going to be overloaded to the extreme, so i figure giving it 18~ hours should be enough
garvani: hmmmmm to try that or not!
Heres the instructions for any keen enough!
0: First, you need Origin, EA's distribution platform. Download it here.
1: Launch Origin.
2: Check your Origin settings (click the 'cog' icon near the top right of the Origin screen and select 'settings' from the drop-down menu).
3: In the settings, note the directory for 'downloaded games'. By default it is "C:\Program Files\Origin Games" or "C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games" depending on the version of Windows you have.
4: Close Origin by clicking the cog icon and selecting 'exit' from the drop-down menu. You need to exit entirely, not just minimise the program.
5: Extract the archive contents to the directory you identified at step 3.
6: Once the extraction is complete, rename the 'Battlefield 3 Open Beta' directory to 'Battlefield 3 Beta' (if it's not already).
7: Check that the archive extracted properly. You should see a directory C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\Battlefield 3 Beta (or similar, depending on step 3) that has 6 files including bf3.exe and 4 sub-directories including Core and Data.
8: Start Origin and log in. You should now see Battlefield 3 as 'Ready to Install'. Click on that orange 'Ready to Install' button.