OOPs! Must be more serious than I thought. I had forgotten that I had AW was my install disk . . . but after digging it out and reinstalling the software, guess what? It still doesn't work. As before, the AppleWorks logo flashes on for about a half second; then, just as quickly, it disappears.
What could possily be the problem now . .. and what can I do to fix it?
Go to (user)/Library/Preferences/Appleworks and delete three of the prefs files, retaining the 'AppleWorks 6 button bars' if you have set any custom buttons. Then in the Preferences folder delete com.apple.appleworks.plist.
Then in your Document folder go to AppleWorks User Data: it has three folders, each of which has sub-folders. Delete the contents of the subfolders, not any folders themselves.
Thanks, Roger . . . but I'm still back to square 1.
I have removed all the files mentioned in the Library/Preferences/Appleworks folder . . . com.apple.appleworks.plist and subfolders in the 3 main folders within the document folder . . . several times.
Also have reloaded the original Appleworks application (from the original disks) several times. But the AppleWorks stillr efuses to open.
The only thing I haven't tried so far is shutting down and restarting the computer, which I will do in the morning (as soon as I have time to save a half dozen or so open Photoshop images in various stages of completion.
But on a positive note, at least I was able to recover the lasts 3 AppleWorks documents I had just drafted and was counting on using (but not finished editing) before AW died on me. Had to resort to Text Edit before I could open it in Word, so it took a while, but at least I have enough data to save my project.
Am not sure what I'll do with AW after that. Will have to see how I feel in the morning.
But thanks, anyway for your suggestions.