1. The Combo only Updates Apps it finds I believe, so I don't think you want to trash them first.
2. Almost sounds like you didn't choose the whole app, but the Package contents???
Hmmm, just used Pacifist to extrat AB from the 10.4.11 PPC Combo, it was only 4.4 MB, so it just replaces parts of AB.
And from the Combo...
I tried two different approaches, BDAqua:
1. I used Pacifist to extract the wanted app. from the App. Folder inside the install package. What it extracted was an incomplete version of the app. When I Iooked again (in Pacifist) at the App. Folder in the package, I saw that all or most of the apps. had the generic 'broken or incomplete' icon. If you look carefully at the lower part of your picture, you will see that this was so in your case, too. That is why the extracted app. was broken or incomplete.
2. I double-clicked on the installer package and followed instructions through. As you say, this updated those apps.that it found in my own App. Folder. But it updated them with one of its broken or incomplete apps.
So my question remains: why are the apps. in the 10.4.11 installation package broken or incomplete?
Hmmm, are your 10.4 Install Discs more than one?
Just tried my Mac Mini, 10.4.2 Install Discs which is a 4 or 5 set, and indeed AB was a generic icon & small, I believe more resides on other Discs in the set, likely #2.
Have you considered...
If all the above fails, then it appears to be time for a relatively painless Archive & Install, which gives you a new/old OS, but can preserve all your files, pics, music, settings, etc., as long as you have plenty of free disk space and no Disk corruption, and is relatively quick & painless...
Just be sure to select Preserve Users & Settings.
Thanks for the information about Archive & Install. I shall keep it handy in case I need it in the future. What I have learnt from all this is that there is a fundamental difference between install disks and the update packages that one can download from Apple. The latter have incomplete applications, the former have the complete ones.
The install disks that came with my eMac are prehistoric, but the ones that came with the Mini that I have recently acquired aret more recent and I was able to extract a working iCal from them, which indicated that the trouble with iCal I am still having as a result of trying Missing Sync with my Palm handheld instead of the Palm software — see my question in the iCal community — seems not not to be due to a faulty iCal application but something to do with its connection to the databases, because the trouble persisted when I used the version of iCal I had extracted from the Mini install disks..