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Aperture 2.0 on a 12" PowerBook

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8th March 2008 | 22:37
mood: accomplished accomplished
music: Duran Duran / Duran Duran [1981] / 01. Girls on Film

I own a 12" PowerBook with a GeForce FX Go5200 graphics card. For whatever reason that I've yet to discover, Apple has declared the GeForce FX Go5200 ‘bad’ as far as Aperture 2.0 is concerned, and attempting to install it (the trial version, at least) results in the message: “Your video card does not meet the minimum requirements to run this software.” By the time I figured this out, a copy of Aperture 2 is already en route to my house…

Of course, there's always a workaround. The following instructions apply to the downloadable trial; I'll update it when my copy arrives retail version, and should let you install Aperture whatever the system hardware. I doubt Apple will provide support in this case though. I'll leave it to you to figure out how to do the same for the downloadable trial…

  1. Insert the DVD.
  2. Open Terminal.app, and type at the prompt:
    mkdir -p /tmp/aperture
    cp -r /Volumes/Aperture/{Aperture.mpkg,Packages} /tmp/aperture/
    open /tmp/aperture
    You should see Finder pop up with the contents of /tmp/aperture
  3. Ctrl-click on ApertureTrial.mpkg, select ‘Show Package Contents’.
  4. Navigate into the Contents folder, and open Aperture.dist using TextEdit.app.
  5. Search for ‘installation-check’; this should take you to the line:
    <installation-check script='installationCheck()'/>
  6. Insert a pair of <!-- and --> in the appropriate place:
    <!-- <installation-check script='installationCheck()'/> -->
  7. Save the file.
  8. Go back to /tmp/aperture and double-click on Aperture.mpkg.
  9. Profit.

You can now remove the install files by typing the following into Terminal.app: rm -rf /tmp/aperture

I wrote this entry after the fact, in the hope that others might find it useful. (Which is to say, I haven't actually tested my own instructions. I didn't even use the same programs: I'm much more comfortable with bash and vim…) Let me know how you get on.

*eagerly awaits his copy to pop through the letterbox*

Comments {8}


From: mwk
Date: 21st February 2008 08:14 (UTC)

Or you could buy a new MacBook? (I am one to talk, clutching my crusty, but trusty, 15" Powerbook to my bosom)

For real fun you want to try installing Logic Pro. Is there a bash/vim way of making me have the requisite 2 fupping Gb of RAM and a bazillionity Gb HDD space it needs to run? Or is that an emacs issue?

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Liyang HU

From: liyang
Date: 26th February 2008 08:24 (UTC)

New MacBook in the summer, hopefully. In the meantime…

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trial serial # will not work

From: anonymous coward
Date: 23rd February 2008 16:06 (UTC)

After trying your solution to installing Aperture 2.0 on a 12" Powerbook the program goes ahead and allows installation of the license agreement then it refuses to accept the trial serial number.

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Re: trial serial # will not work

Liyang HU

From: liyang
Date: 26th February 2008 08:17 (UTC)


I requested a trial serial number from Apple.com, and it worked for me. What exactly is it complaining about? From what you say I don't think it has anything to do with Apple's assertion that the GeForce FX Go5200 is inadequate for Aperture 2.0.

Check your serial number is actually valid…

(My copy of Aperture 2 has allegedly been dispatched. I'll update the entry in a couple of days.)

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cant save altered aperturetrial.dist file

From: anonymous coward
Date: 4th March 2008 16:24 (UTC)

cant save altered aperturetrial.dist file have you any suggestions as to why?
it wont allow me to delete the origional either do you know why this might be?

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Re: cant save altered aperturetrial.dist file

Liyang HU

From: liyang
Date: 8th March 2008 22:19 (UTC)

Did you copy the contents of the DMG to your hard drive? You may need to change the permissions to allow writing after copying it over: Ctrl-Click -> Get Info -> Ownership and Permission, change to Read & Write, then Apply to enclosed items.

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Tracking down the Hu


From: diet_coke_teddy
Date: 30th December 2008 14:02 (UTC)

Liyang - where are you? Can't seem to get hold of you!

Hope you had a good Christmas! Drop me a smoke signal, irc, email etc sometime :)


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