This happens when some part of Photoshop is still installed. Make sure you have removed the application folder and emptied the Trash. Also verify that you don't have any external or secondary hard drives that might contain backups of Photoshop application files.
I do have Photoshop installed on separate backup volumes which are connected to the computer.
But, I also have Adobe Illustrator (CS2) on those same backup volumes: and Illustrator is NOT grayed out as is shown in the installation screenshot above.
Nonetheless, I'll try to remove any duplicate Photoshop Application CS2 application on other disks and/or disconnect the disks from my computer.
As for other files, the Photoshop application folder has been trashed. Also trashed are the various files in the Library/Preference-Preference Pane folders. I've gone through this carefully several times, unless I'm missing something....
Thanks for the info Brett, N.
I've followed the manual uninstall instructions (for both CS2 and Versioncue) that came on the original CS2 disks.
I'm a little busy now, but over the weekend I'll follow the instructions in the link you provided and report back.
PS:whether or not it makes any difference in the trouble shooting, here's a small clarification about Pshop's behavior as was reported in my OP, I reported incorrectly that Pshop shuts down almost immediately after luanching....in actuality the Abobe Photoshop credit screen appears and credits start scrolling as usual whereupon it automatically quits.
I deleted the files listed on the link provided above (thank you Brett, N.).
After which, I was able to get CS2 installed.
However, I got the ERROR message when I tried activating it. Gah.
I'm not sure what Adobe expects me to do now.
What a massive headache this is becoming.
Anyway, this saga continues with my thread here:
Do as instructed in post #1.
Because the Activation Server for CS2 has been deprecated, you need to download and use the installer in that link, as the one on your CD/DVD cannot be activated any longer.
The installer provided in that link leaves you with a specially designed Photoshop installation that does not call the mother ship and therefore needs no activation. You have to use the new serial number in that link as the one with your copy of CS2 does not work with the non-activated version.
Confusing? Yes. That's Adobe's way nowadays.
This has been a complete nightmare.
I finally got around to downloading and installing the CS2 Photoshop w/ Adobe's serial number as instructed.
After a successful installation I proceeded to open the newly installed Photoshop for the first time.
The exact same thing is happening as was happening with my previous Photoshop application and as explained in my first post to this thread. Photoshop begins to load, the credits screen appears and then a few moments later the application ABRUPTLY QUITS.
I'm ready to bang my head against the wall. Truly.
And I need to run Photoshop on this computer. ASAP.
Any ideas as to what is causing this?
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Would it be related to fonts? Here's a link http://www.justanswer.com/mac-computers/362x8-illustrator-cs2-running-os-10-4-suddenly-won -t-launch.html
If your crash log is showing problems with fonts, even though the topic is Illustrator it might work for Photoshop CS2.
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I'm not sure if the crash is or isn't related to fonts.
Deciphering the crash long is something I don't have any experience with.
I'm not even sure how the crash log is structured. I've downloaded two screen captures: one from the top of the adobe Photoshop crash log and one from the bottom. Perhaps someone more knowledgeable than I can discern what may be causing the crash?
Screen capture from the top of the Adobe Photoshop crash log:
Screen capture from the bottom of the Adobe Photoshop crash log:
Thanks a bunch.
Posting the actual text of the log would have helped.
But there's just enough to show that you crashed in your TWAIN scanner driver.
Disable the TWAIN plugin or the scanner driver until you can get a driver that works correctly.
Chris, I did as you advised and it worked!
I'm quite relieved.
It's bewildering as that plug in was installed 2.5 years ago and nothing inn my system image capture was altered. All of a sudden one day ... Pshop refuses to open.
Thank you all so much for your attention and efforts to help resolve this.