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Question: Application Launch Failure error when launching various apps

When trying to open several different apps, an error message "Application Launch Failure" displays. The text of the message is:

The application "Flash Professional" could not be launched because of a shared library error: "<Flash> <CarbonLib> <CFMPriv_OpenScripting> "

The application listed depends on the one I am trying to launch. For example, when I try to launch Word the message is:

The application "Word" could not be launched because of a shared library error: "<Word> <CarbonLib> <CFMPriv_OpenScripting> "

I have not made any recent changes to my system and do not know how to resolve. Any suggestions?

Thanks!

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.3)

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For whatever reason, it looks as though your Carbon library is not working.

I suggest that your download the [OSX Combo Update for 10.5.3|http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/macosx1053comboupdate.html] and see if that provides satisfaction. After downloading, reboot into "safe mode" to do the installation. Don't run any applications whilst the update is proceeding.

If that doesn't work, you may be up for an Archive & Install.

Regardless, make sure that you have a current back up before you do anything.

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Jun 15, 2008 8:54 PM in response to Shawn Puyear In response to Shawn Puyear

For whatever reason, it looks as though your Carbon library is not working.

I suggest that your download the [OSX Combo Update for 10.5.3|http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/macosx1053comboupdate.html] and see if that provides satisfaction. After downloading, reboot into "safe mode" to do the installation. Don't run any applications whilst the update is proceeding.

If that doesn't work, you may be up for an Archive & Install.

Regardless, make sure that you have a current back up before you do anything.

Jun 15, 2008 8:54 PM

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Jul 8, 2008 2:05 PM in response to RodneyW In response to RodneyW

I am having the same issue with my Mac Power PC G4. "The application Excel could not be launched because of a shared library error: 2<application><CarbonLib><CFMPriv_LaunchServices>"

I was reading your advice above. I don't have Leopard yet, so I was hoping there was a way to fix this problem with out moving to Leopard.

Also one more thing. This problem started after I did the newest Safari update. Not sure if that has anything to do with it, just thought you might need to know that.

Any help you could give me would be great!

Jul 8, 2008 2:05 PM

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Aug 24, 2008 2:15 PM in response to CiphaRadio In response to CiphaRadio

Hi there,
Did you get this problem fixed as I have the same kind of error message for all microsoft applications: The application "word" could not be launched because of a shared library error "1<microsoft word><carbonlib><CFMPriv_carboncore>". Unfortunately I have now tried downloading a combo update but it won't let me install it so I seem to be stuck... this is a nightmare as I have a thesis to hand in at the end of September. Any help would be appreciated, I'm having a meltdown here!
Suzie

Aug 24, 2008 2:15 PM

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