How to Fix: Google Earth “Please leave or end your current meeting”

How to Fix: Google Earth “Please leave or end your current meeting”

I recently upgraded to an Macbook Air, running OSX 10.8. As it had been a while, I decided to take this opportunity to reinstall all my applications from scratch instead of restoring from Time Machine in Migration Assistant.

One of these apps was Google Earth. Upon launching I got this error message immediately:

“Please leave or end your current meeting before starting or joining another meeting”

I followed a variety of troubleshooting steps in the Google Earth Forums but continued to get this error message. Apparently part of the problem is that Google released a new 7.0 Beta version, but the download doesn’t really tell you this. Some suggestions in the forums say to unplug the computer from the Internet and change some preferences. Another suggestion told how to download the older 6.2 version of Google Earth for Mac. My issue ended up being a Combination of these problems.

First I downloaded and installed the 6.2 version. This can be found by going to the download page:

Uncheck the box that says “Include Google Chrome, a fast, free browser made for the modern web.” Then right above the “Agree and Download” Button is an arrow that says “Customize your installation of Google Earth with advanced setup.” Click and open this. Click on “Previous Version (6.2)” and then click on the “Agree and Download.”

Install Google Earth as normal by opening the .dmg file and copying the Google Earth App to the Applications Folder.

Launch it and see if the error goes away. If not, you may have to do this next step.

Disconnect the computer from the Internet. Open Up Google Earth. If should open fine. Go into Preferences (under the Google Earth menu option in the top left corner,) and then choose 3D View. I had to change “Texture Colors” to “High Color (16 bit) “Anisotropic Filtering” to Off, and checked the box “Use Safe Mode” under “Graphics Mode” before Google Earth was stable enough for me to use.

Once I did this, I was able to update my list of Oregon Ghost Towns again!

One thought on “How to Fix: Google Earth “Please leave or end your current meeting”

  1. Bill Reply

    Someone suggested this blog after reading my comments about this problem in Google Groups. Thanks for your ideas. Now, my follow-up:

    1) When you go to the download page ;you linked, there is no longer an option to download ver. 6.2. Your only choices are 7.1 (default) or Previous Version 7.0.

    2) I had a link that someone else had posted to download ver. 6.2 and I still had that file in my Downloads folder, so I installed it again. I’d previously tried installing this version and it didn’t work, but I wanted to try your second suggestion.For your second suggestion, you said to disconnect from the Internet and Google Earth should open just fine. It did and I tried changing the Preferences. However, I could not change any 3D options as they were all grayed out and inaccessible. I decided to reconnect to the Internet and after doing that, those 3D options were available. I changed them all to what you said and restarted Google Earth. I also turned off Tips since I’d seen that suggestion earlier by someone else. I thought everything was gong to work, because GE opened and actually started up. That was more than I’d been able to achieve previously. I could navigate around and all was going well until I put a destination in the Search box. As soon as I clicked on Search, I got the “current meeting” notice and Google Earth crashed as soon as I clicked on OK, which was the only option.

    I guess I’ll keep looking for ideas and use Google Earth on my virtual machine in Fusion.

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