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Every time I try to open any of the Microsoft 2004 Apps - Word,

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Every time I try to open any of the Microsoft 2004 Apps - Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Updater, Entourage - they crash horribly before starting up. Reinstalling, trashing the com.plist files or microsoft directory in /Users/me/Library/Preferences does not help. Nor does restoring the LaunchCFMApp from TimeMachine. Nor any of the fontcachedb or duplicate font suggestions also found on the web. Crashes also when logged in as a brand new, freshly created temporary user. The crash report looks like this:

Process: LaunchCFMApp [18663]
Path: /Applications/Microsoft Office 2004/Microsoft Word
Version: 11.5.6 (11.5.6 (090722), © 2004 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.)
Code Type: PPC (Translated)
Parent Process: launchd [206]

Date/Time: 2010-02-02 11:16:25.628 -0500
OS Version: Mac OS X 10.6.2 (10C540)
Report Version: 6

Interval Since Last Report: 256529 sec
Crashes Since Last Report: 42
Per-App Crashes Since Last Report: 8
Anonymous UUID: 0A25893F-1D77-41A7-8C55-E56E7AFF13DD

Exception Codes: KERN_INVALID_ADDRESS at 0x00000000298a23c1
Crashed Thread: 0 Dispatch queue:

Thread 0 Crashed: Dispatch queue:
0 ??? 0x85cf336f 0 + XXXXXXXXXX

Thread 1:
0 libSystem.B.dylib 0x800c58da mach_msg_trap + 10
1 libSystem.B.dylib 0x800c6047 mach_msg + 68
2 LaunchCFMApp 0xb819448f CallPPCFunctionAtAddressInt + 206155
3 libSystem.B.dylib 0x800f2fbd _pthread_start + 345
4 libSystem.B.dylib 0x800f2e42 thread_start + 34

Thread 0 crashed with X86 Thread State (32-bit):
eax: 0x298a23c1 ebx: 0xb8145656 ecx: 0x80802e00 edx: 0x85c063bc
edi: 0xb81f86f4 esi: 0xb81f86d0 ebp: 0x8081e780 esp: 0xb7fffacc
ss: 0x0000001f efl: 0x00010297 eip: 0x85cf336f cs: 0x00000017
ds: 0x0000001f es: 0x0000001f fs: 0x00000000 gs: 0x00000037
cr2: 0x298a23c1

Binary Images:
0x80000000 - 0x8006afe7 libstdc++.6.dylib ??? (???) /usr/lib/libstdc++.6.dylib
0x800c5000 - 0x80269feb libSystem.B.dylib ??? (???) /usr/lib/libSystem.B.dylib
0x802e9000 - 0x802ecfe7 libmathCommon.A.dylib ??? (???) /usr/lib/system/libmathCommon.A.dylib
0x8fe00000 - 0x8fe4162b dyld 132.1 (???) /usr/lib/dyld
0xb8000000 - 0xb81defff LaunchCFMApp ??? (???) /System/Library/Frameworks/Carbon.framework/Versions/A/Support/LaunchCFMApp
0xffff0000 - 0xffff1fff libSystem.B.dylib ??? (???) /usr/lib/libSystem.B.dylib

Translated Code Information:
Rosetta Version: 22.23
Args: /System/Library/Frameworks/Carbon.framework/Versions/A/Support/LaunchCFMApp /Applications/Microsoft Office 2004/Microsoft Word
Exception: EXC_BAD_ACCESS (0x0001)

Thread 0: Crashed (0xb7fffacc, 0x85cf336f)
0x8fc1580c: /usr/lib/dyld : ImageLoaderMachOClassic::doInterpose(ImageLoader::LinkContext const&) + 376
0x8fc0e00c: /usr/lib/dyld : ImageLoader::recursiveApplyInterposing(ImageLoader::LinkContext const&) + 148
0x8fc0dfdc: /usr/lib/dyld : ImageLoader::recursiveApplyInterposing(ImageLoader::LinkContext const&) + 100
0x8fc0dfdc: /usr/lib/dyld : ImageLoader::recursiveApplyInterposing(ImageLoader::LinkContext const&) + 100
0x8fc028c4: /usr/lib/dyld : dyld::initializeMainExecutable() + 52
0x8fc07a8c: /usr/lib/dyld : dyld::_main(macho_header const*, unsigned long, int, char const**, char const**, char const**) + 3016
0x8fc0174c: /usr/lib/dyld : dyldbootstrap::start(macho_header const*, int, char const**, long) + 872
0x8fc01064: /usr/lib/dyld : __dyld_start + 60
0x00000000: /System/Library/Frameworks/Carbon.framework/Versions/A/Support/LaunchCFMApp : + 0

PPC Thread State
srr0: 0x00000000 srr1: 0x00000000 vrsave: 0x00000000
cr: 0xXXXXXXXX xer: 0x00000000 lr: 0x8fc1580c ctr: 0x8fc143bc
r00: 0x8fc46604 r01: 0xbfffd2b0 r02: 0x418570c0 r03: 0xa02ab000
r04: 0x00000001 r05: 0xa02b066c r06: 0x80808080 r07: 0x00000062
r08: 0x00000069 r09: 0x000009e0 r10: 0x0009e4c4 r11: 0x91e84538
r12: 0x8fc143bc r13: 0x8fc3ec28 r14: 0x000021ec r15: 0x8fc3f660
r16: 0x00000000 r17: 0x00000012 r18: 0x8fc34ab4 r19: 0x00000012
r20: 0x8fc456a0 r21: 0x8fc34ab4 r22: 0x8fc3f4f0 r23: 0x8fc456a0
r24: 0xa02ab000 r25: 0x8fc41ae4 r26: 0x99157ea4 r27: 0x298a23c1
r28: 0x8fc3f624 r29: 0x991575f4 r30: 0x8fc45dac r31: 0x8fc156a0

Model: MacBookPro5,1, BootROM MBP51.007E.B05, 2 processors, Intel Core 2 Duo, 2.8 GHz, 4 GB, SMC 1.33f8
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT, NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT, PCIe, 512 MB
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 9400M, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M, PCI, 256 MB
Memory Module: global_name
AirPort: spairport_wireless_card_type_airport_extreme (0x14E4, 0x8D), Broadcom BCM43xx 1.0 (
Bluetooth: Version 2.2.4f3, 2 service, 1 devices, 1 incoming serial ports
Network Service: Ethernet, Ethernet, en0
Serial ATA Device: ST9320421ASG, 298.09 GB
Serial ATA Device: MATSHITADVD-R UJ-868
USB Device: Hub, 0x05ac (Apple Inc.), 0x1008, 0x24100000
USB Device: Hub, 0x05ac (Apple Inc.), 0x9132, 0x24110000
USB Device: hp LaserJet 2300 series, 0x03f0 (Hewlett Packard), 0x0b17, 0x24113000
USB Device: Apple Cinema HD Display, 0x05ac (Apple Inc.), 0x9232, 0x24112000
USB Device: Built-in iSight, 0x05ac (Apple Inc.), 0x8507, 0x24400000
USB Device: Apple Internal Keyboard / Trackpad, 0x05ac (Apple Inc.), 0x0236, 0x04600000
USB Device: IR Receiver, 0x05ac (Apple Inc.), 0x8242, 0x04500000
USB Device: BRCM2046 Hub, 0x0a5c (Broadcom Corp.), 0x4500, 0x06100000
USB Device: Bluetooth USB Host Controller, 0x05ac (Apple Inc.), 0x8213, 0x06110000
FireWire Device: FreeAgent FW, Seagate, Up to 100 Mb/sec

You are running Snow Leopard 10.6+, which does not by default have support for PPC-binaries. The crash report above indicates that Microsoft Office 2004 is a PowerPC native binary, not an Intel one, and therefore requires you to install the optional Rosetta system.

Insert the Snow Leopard 10.6 disc, and double click on the optional installs ("OptionalInstalls.mpkg"). Follow the instructions, and make sure you select Rosetta. It will most likely require a restart.

That should solve your problem.

In addition, make sure you download all the latest updates for Microsoft Office 2004 from the Microsoft for Mac website.
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
I forgot to mention that I did that too; all MS apps still crash. Ah, but I had not rebooted following the Rosetta re-install. Everything seems ok again, and you have saved me an upgrade to MS Office 2008, cool!
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