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One fix for PowerPC apps that won't launch on Intel Macs Apps
If you can't get a PowerPC application to launch on an Intel Mac, try this odd-sounding workaround: hold down the Command, Shift, and Escape keys together as it's launching. In my case, I was not able to launch PowerPoint v.X successfully. I tried the solution documented in this article on Apple's site, but it didn't work for me. The odd keystroke combo, however, got PowerPoint up and running.

[robg adds: I have no way of confirming this, as I've never had an issue launching Office v.X (and I do have Motion 2.1 and Final Cut Pro 5.1 installed, two apps listed in the Apple article). If anyone can confirm or refute this hint, please comment!]
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One fix for PowerPC apps that won't launch on Intel Macs
Authored by: simX on Apr 30, '08 01:16:00PM

I think this hint should be removed until there are documented sources for where this information comes from. This seems like just a rumor about a keystroke combo that doesn't actually do anything.



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One fix for PowerPC apps that won't launch on Intel Macs
Authored by: dkiechle on Apr 30, '08 01:55:04PM

Well, the original poster claims that it worked for him; are you calling him a liar? That seems a tad unkind... I never experienced the problem, but just in case it might help someone it should remain. Worst case is, it doesn't work for every person. That doesn't seem a good enough reason to remove it.

Daniel




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One fix for PowerPC apps that won't launch on Intel Macs
Authored by: leamanc on May 01, '08 07:49:51AM

I don't think the hint should be removed, but like Rob says, if anyone else can verify, please do so.

And yes, it would be nice if the hint poster mentioned where he found this keystroke combo.

Perhaps his cat was walking on the keyboard and Office vX suddenly decided to launch. :-)



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One fix for PowerPC apps that won't launch on Intel Macs
Authored by: gxw on Apr 30, '08 06:23:40PM

Cannot speak to the key combo ...
I have had power pc apps fail to start on me (on 10.4.x I think). Found I could start power pc apps after killing the Rosetta process.
Symptom was click on an app in the dock, the icon would bounce a couple of times then the app would quit.



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One fix for PowerPC apps that won't launch on Intel Macs
Authored by: steveb98 on May 02, '08 09:27:28AM

That is weird, but thanks.

I have not been able to run Photoshop Elements since moving from my PPC Mac Mini to a Intel Mac Pro. That key sequence did it wish I knew what it is doing to understand why it works???



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