osx install error.

Discussion in 'macOS' started by willyfface, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. willyfface macrumors newbie

    Apr 16, 2009
    ok. at the start of this year i got the latest imac.
    i installed windows. but that isn't important.
    for some reason one day about ten of my programs stopped working.
    all showed a message "this is not supported on your architecture"
    so i searched it up on the internet, it said i would have to reinstall osx.
    so i got my two disks and popped them in.
    set it up and about halfway through "the hp printer drivers cannot be located"
    so i restarted the comp. both windows and osx have gone.
    so have NO operating system.
    and am too scared to tell parent.
    how do i install osx. shud i borrow someone elses.

  2. Eric S. macrumors 68040

    Eric S.

    Feb 1, 2008
    Santa Cruz Mountains, California
    Some more information, please.

    Your OS X programs or your Windows programs?

    Programs don't just stop working by themselves. What else changed on the system?

    Where did you find that information?

    These were the install disks that came with this iMac? Is there an HP printer on the system? If so, did you try disconnecting it?

    If you were using the install disks for your iMac, why do you think someone else's would work any better?
  3. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

    Jethryn Freyman

    Aug 9, 2007
    That error comes when a program is not supported on OS X. For example, trying to run an OS 9 program on an Intel or 10.5 Mac. Also happens if you try to run and Intel-only program on a PowerPC Mac, or vice versa.

    Which applications are they? Which version of OS X do they support? Have you run any "space saving" utilities, like Xslimmer? They can damage applications.

    Which version of OS are you using? Which model computer?

    Start up from the OS X CD/DVD.

    Try reinstalling, go to the menu where you select which packages to install, and deselect the printer drivers.
  4. willyfface thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 16, 2009
    fixed it

    i reinstalled but chose not to install printer drivers.
    thanks for your attempts to help me

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