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Can't start FM 9 on Windows 7: "cannot initialize dictionaries"

Jan 7, 2014 11:43 AM

Tags: #framemaker_9

I am trying to move a copy of FM 9 from an old laptop to a new one running Windows 7 Enterprise. My IT guy reinstalled the software from CD and applied my license key. When I try to start FM, it gives this error during the "Core" startup: "FrameMaker cannot initialize its dictionaries. Either the LanguageDir entry specified in the initialization file is missing or incorrect, or the files in the LanguageDir are missing or corrupted."


I still have the old laptop, so I can compare and copy the files and directories directly. As far as I can see, the LanguageDir entry in the maker.ini is identical on both machines. Both have a dict folder, and I see the same number of files in both. Just for good measure I copied the old folder's contents across to the new folder, but that didn't help.

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    Jan 7, 2014 11:56 AM   in reply to ErnestScribbler

    Try renaming the "Linguistics" folder below C:\Users\...\AppData\Roaming\Adobe to any other name.

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    Jan 7, 2014 1:51 PM   in reply to ErnestScribbler

    Have you got full admin rights? Was FM installed with full admin rights?

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    Jan 9, 2014 12:00 AM   in reply to ErnestScribbler

    Very good that you found the cause. I remember now that it was recommended to copy the installation files to your hard disk. See the FrameMaker online help:



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