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POWERPC APP no longer supported

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M&Emom Calculating status...
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Nov 27, 2011 10:23 PM

I just upgraded from Snow Leopard to Lion and I had installed in my MacBook Pro the Prentice Hall - TeacherEXPRESS lesson planner and exam view, now I can not open or reinstall even thou in the back of the box it says OS X (10.2 or higher) - Any suggestions in how I can make it work again? Is it possible to downgrade and get my money back? I need the TeacherEXPRESS more than I need Lion, after all the community toolbar issue did not got resolved with the upgrade so I am at a lost and very annoyed.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Cattus Thraex Level 4 Level 4 (1,715 points)
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    Nov 27, 2011 10:55 PM (in response to M&Emom)

    It seems to be one of those older apps, which cannot run in Lion, at least for the time being. The issue has been much discussed over the last days, e.g. Quicken etc. Lion has dropped support for PPC code (Rosetta is required for that, SL being the last Mac OS X to include it). Perhaps you should ask the software company what are their plans for the future. There are many apps in this situation.

  • Network 23 Level 6 Level 6 (11,530 points)
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    Nov 27, 2011 10:59 PM (in response to M&Emom)

    There's no way to make it run in Lion because the PowerPC code is simply not there. The reason the back of the box didn't warn you is because back when the software was written, it was not known that this would be happening several years down the road. Unfortunately, the only ways I can think of to run it are:

     

    • If you backed up your entire Mac before upgrading to Lion, clone that Snow Leopard backup to the Mac again so you can roll back.
    • If you have a spare hard drive or volume, install Snow Leopard on it, and then start up the Mac on it just for running TeacherEXPRESS.
    • Get a cheap used Mac old enough to run Snow Leopard and use it for TeacherEXPRESS.
  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,140 points)
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    Nov 27, 2011 10:59 PM (in response to M&Emom)

    Lion does not support PowerPC apps; if you wish to return to Snow Leopard and have the install DVD, you can do so.

     

    Please note that you must erase your hard drive, so you need to make sure to have a complete backup. After that, insert the install DVD, hold the C key while restarting, go to Disk Utility in Utilities and erase the drive. Then reinstall Snow Leopard. After that, use Setup Assistant to port your files back (or do it manually) and update Snow Leopard.

     

    Another option would be to install Snow Leopard on another partition/external drive and use your apps there (while keeping Lion as is).

  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,235 points)
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    Nov 27, 2011 11:00 PM (in response to M&Emom)

    You could always restore you Snow Leopard backup/clone and continue to run your lesson planner. See Kappy's going back to SL from Lion for details.guide.

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  • sgasser406 Calculating status...
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    Dec 27, 2012 10:40 AM (in response to baltwo)

    I am getting this message and I just installed snow leopard.  How can I get Word back?

  • Cattus Thraex Level 4 Level 4 (1,715 points)
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    Dec 27, 2012 10:50 AM (in response to sgasser406)

    In Snow Leopard you can still run PPC apps by installing Rosetta, a tiny utility, which allows PPC apps be functional. This is optional upon first install, now run again the install DVD, and check Rosetta.

  • sgasser406 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 27, 2012 1:17 PM (in response to Cattus Thraex)

    I have run that twice.  When I finish installing I get a message saying "You may have installed Mac OS X software that is older than your current version of Mac OS X, and may not work properly.", and Word still doesn't work. 

  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (62,145 points)
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    Dec 27, 2012 3:33 PM (in response to sgasser406)

    If Word is your only problem, just get LibreOffice.  It is free.

  • MlchaelLAX Level 4 Level 4 (1,560 points)
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    Jan 3, 2013 8:42 PM (in response to M&Emom)

    M&Emom wrote:

     

    I just upgraded from Snow Leopard to Lion and I had installed in my MacBook Pro the Prentice Hall - TeacherEXPRESS lesson planner and exam view, now I can not open or reinstall even thou in the back of the box it says OS X (10.2 or higher...

    In addition to the other, excellent options suggested to you in this thread, if you need to run Lion concurrently with TeacherEXPRESS, consider installing Snow Leopard (with Rosetta) into Parallels:

     

    Lion-Snow+Leopard.jpg

                                  [click on image to enlarge]

     

    Full Snow Leopard into Parallels installation instructions:

     

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1365439

  • stevejobsfan0123 Level 7 Level 7 (30,505 points)
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    Jan 3, 2013 8:46 PM (in response to sgasser406)

    You have a 9-year-old version of Office. Version 2008 or 2011 works fine in Lion.

  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (62,145 points)
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    Jan 4, 2013 5:04 AM (in response to M&Emom)

    MichaelLAX is correct.   Software that is for 10.2 or higher is likely not 10.7 or later compatible.  The reason why, is that Apple did not introduce its Intel Macs until the release of 10.4.4.    10.7 requires Intel Mac compatible applications.  There was no reason to develop Intel Mac compatible applications until 10.4.4 was released.  Even then 10.4.4 through 10.5.8 could run on PowerPC Macs.   10.6 was the first operating system that had to run on Intel Macs. Thus only applications that require 10.6 or later are likely to be able to run on 10.7 or later.  Just because something runs on 10.6 doesn't mean it will run on 10.7, as it may be using the Rosetta environment within 10.6 to support its old PowerPC code.  So one of two options, use the original disks to install 10.6.8 or earlier on a 10.6.8 or earlier Mac, or use his option to virtualize 10.6.8 or earlier on a Mac with 10.7 or later to run any application that says it requires 10.2 or higher.  Even 10.4 or higher Apps may not be Intel Mac compatible.

  • MlchaelLAX Level 4 Level 4 (1,560 points)
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    Jan 4, 2013 12:27 PM (in response to sgasser406)

    sgasser406 wrote:

     

    I have run that twice.  When I finish installing I get a message saying "You may have installed Mac OS X software that is older than your current version of Mac OS X, and may not work properly.", and Word still doesn't work. 

    Are you saying that you restored your Mac to Snow Leopard (twice with the option for Rosetta checked) and you are getting this message when you attempt to run Microsoft Office 2004?

     

     

    sgasser406 wrote:

     

    I am getting this message and I just installed snow leopard.  How can I get Word back?

     

     

    How did you restore Snow Leopard to your Mac?  Or are you suggesting you upgraded to Snow Leopard from Leopard or Tiger?

     

    Tell us more about which Mac you have and please tell us you have a legitimately licensed copy of MS Office 2004 with a proper serial number.

  • MlchaelLAX Level 4 Level 4 (1,560 points)
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    Jan 13, 2013 7:57 AM (in response to M&Emom)

    TeacherEXPRESS running in Snow Leopard (with Rosetta) installed into Parallels in Lion:

     

    Teacher Express.png

                                  [click on image to enlarge]

     

    Full Snow Leopard into Parallels installation instructions:

     

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1365439

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