3 Replies Latest reply: Nov 24, 2012 8:13 PM by MlchaelLAX
littlefifi Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

What does this message mean: you can not start because power pc applications are no longer supported?

MacBook Air, iOS 6.0.1
  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (91,910 points)

    Welcome to the Apple Support Communities


    OS X Lion and Mountain Lion can't use programs designed for PowerPC, a processor architecture used in pre-2005 Macs. Update your applications to the most recent version

  • steve359 Level 6 Level 6 (12,330 points)

    Seversl programs were built for PowerPC processor.  When Apple moved to Intel processors they provided  program called Rosetta to still use those applications, but have stopped including it since Lion.  You must now upgrade the applications to those designed for Intel or find alternates.

  • MlchaelLAX Level 4 Level 4 (1,975 points)

    Here is a post that I assembled for another who needed to continue to run his PowerPC applications in Lion/Mt. Lion:



    Unfortunately you got caught up in the minor miracle of Rosetta.  Originally licensed by Apple when it migrated from the PowerPC CPU platform that it had used from the mid-1990's until the Intel CPU platform in 2006, Rosetta allowed Mac users to continue to use their library of PPC software transparently in emulation.


    However, Apple's license to continue to use this technology expired with new releases of OS X commencing with Lion (and now Mountain Lion).  While educational efforts have been made over the last 6 years, the fact is that Rosetta was SO successful that many users were caught unaware UNTIL they upgraded to Lion or Mountain Lion.




    1. If your Mac will support it, restore OS X Snow Leopard;


    2.  If your Mac will support it, partition your hard drive or add an external hard drive and install Snow Leopard into it and use the "dual-boot" method to choose between your PowerPC software or Lion/Mt. Lion;


    3.  Upgrade your software to Intel compatible versions, or find alternative software that will open your data files;


    3.  Install Snow Leopard (with Rosetta) into Parallels:



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    Full Snow Leopard installation instructions here:




    NOTE: STEP ONE of the instructions must currently be completed on a Snow Leopard or Lion Mac and the resulting modified Snow Leopard.cdr install file can then be moved over to your Mountain Lion Mac for completion of the remaining steps.


    NOTE 2:  Computer games with complex, 3D or fast motion graphics make not work well or at all in virtualization.