Photoshop: Why doesn't Photoshop 7 run on Mac OS 10.6.8?

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I recently upgraded the OS on my MacBook Pro to OS 10.6.8 Now I can’t even open Photoshop7. The error window says: “An unexpected and unrecoverable problem has occurred because of a program error. Photoshop will now exit.” I’ve recently done an automated software update, which I presume means my version of Photoshop7 is up to date too. Please could anyone help me resolve this?
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Kathryn Hughes

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Jeffrey Tranberry, Chief Customer Advocate

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Photoshop 7 was designed to run on OS 9.2 and OS X 10.1. What OS did you upgrade from to 10.6.8? One thought is might have PS set to boot into Classic?
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i have the same problem now as Kathryn. I just upgrade OS to Mountain Lion 10.6.8

Any suggestions?
Thanks,
Brian
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Chris Cox, Sr. Computer Scientist

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Mountain lion is 10.8.2 - which does not include classic, cannot run PowerPC code, and is 64 bit only. For that OS version, you would need to upgrade to a current version of Photoshop.
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Interesting thought (about Classic), but unfortunately my understanding is my MacBook Pro can't/doesn't run Classic. It's the first of Apple's laptops with Intel Core Duo. I think I'm resolved to upgrading. Thanks for the reply though. I appreciate it. Was a lot more positive than I got from the Apple Forum!
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Yeah. It's not a combination we/or other users see often - so it's hard to troubleshoot what's going on.