Intel mac and Preference Panel issues

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by frankm007, Feb 1, 2006.

  1. frankm007 macrumors regular

    Feb 1, 2006
    Since getting my intel iMac i can't seem to install programs like Flip2Mac, PowerController, even the driver for my Logitech MX 1000 mouse. When they install a pane in the preferences it tells me:

    Preferences Error
    You cannot open <name of program> preferences pane on this computer. Contact the developer of this software for a newer version.

    Does this have to do with intel compatibility?
  2. iMeowbot macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    Completely. Rosetta won't work for preference panes or device drivers, and things like browser plugins have to be for the same architecture as the parent program.
  3. frankm007 thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 1, 2006
    Oh no... so we must wait (hope) the developer will make a universal version eh?

    So what can I do about my Samsung ML-1710 printer driver? I can't even find it online anymore... that won't work either!?
  4. iMeowbot macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    Yep, that's the ugly part not many people like to discuss. Peripherals not supported out of the box by OS X, and not still for sale from the manufacturer, are quite possibly now boat anchors.

    For a printer, if you're lucky, you might find a CUPS driver that's reasonably compatible.
  5. mklos macrumors 68000


    Dec 4, 2002
    My house!
    You said it...those programs are not currently Rosetta compatible and/or not universal binaries. This will be an issue for probably the 6 months to a year you own your Intel Mac...

    Please be patient with this as developers get their software ported to both PPC and Intel, or working with Rosetta technology... There are a few apps out there that aren't Rosetta compatible. In time, everything will be back to the way it was on the PPC side...just plug it in and start using it.
  6. CharlesRobinson macrumors newbie


    Jan 27, 2006
    I'm starting to feel a little bit better about skipping out on that new iMac purchase. At the time, I hadn't considered compatibility issues such as these, but it seems to be an increasingly daunting task as developers aren't reacting as quickly as some end-users might want them to react regarding the new architecture.
    Hopefully Moore's law will kick in soon and this will no longer be an issue.

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