Aperture 1.5.6 PowerBook G4 12″ installation hack

I bought myself during this Christmas a Canon Digital IXUS 860 IS compact cam (a personal review will come in further posts).

This my new hobby made me realize I need some photo management software. I own iLife 08 from Apple, which includes iPhoto 08 (simple for basic tasks) but I’m really considering use another app more powerful. I came across to the, yet sometimes flame war, discussion between LightRoom and Aperture.

While trying to install Aperture 1.5.6 (trial version, btw) I received the following message:

“Your video card does not meet the minimum requirements to run this software”.

Howcome is this possible, if the Aperture Compatiblity Checker app certifies successfully my laptop?

Looking into Aperture hardware minimum requirements I have ensured in Apple site that it should work on my laptop, which is a:

  • Powerbook G4 1.5 ghz
  • 1.25 Gb RAM
  • 80 Gb Disk
  • 12″ LCD display
  • Nvidia GeForceGo 5200 64Mb DDR

After tinkering around with the Aperture installer I have found a way to overcome the installation checks in order to install it on every Mac you own (I won’t guarantee your hardware can run Aperture, but at least you can now install it. :) ):

  • Copy the ApertureTrial.mpkg inside the .dmg image into your hard disk somewhere
  • Ctrl+Click in the ApertureTrial.mpkg in your hard disk and choose “Show Package Contents”
  • Go inside “Contents” folder and edit ApertureTrial.dist file with your favorite text editor
  • Delete the line containing: and save it
  • Now run the ApertureTrial.mpkg again.

Cool! You will be able to install Aperture without verifying hardware requirements first.

Poking into the installationCheck() script, the GeForceGo 5200 seams to be blacklisted by Apple (still don’t know the reason). Even thouhg it does not perform extremely fast, it works fine to me. No problems found yet.

Hope it helps :).

11 thoughts on “Aperture 1.5.6 PowerBook G4 12″ installation hack

  1. Thank you!! Worked like a charm. Searched for hours on other sites and no one had an answer that worked with the trial like this did.


  2. Thanks for this. It worked for aperture 2 on my 12″ PowerBook.

    I installed from the aperture 2 DVD. So I had to show hidden files using the app Onyx. Then copy all the files from the DVD to my hard drive. Then edit the hidden aperture.mpkg as described above.

    Aperture works well with my PowerBook, just that the programs interface animations are a bit jerky.


  3. This tip didn’t work for me. I get the error: “Install Failed. The installer could not locate the data it needed to install the software…”


  4. Same here: »Install Failed. The installer could not locate the data it needed to install the software« Anyone got an idea what this is about?


  5. for all those who encounters with problem, check whether it is aperture 2 or an newer version. anything released later than aperture 2 causes this problem.


  6. Yep, it’s because it’s Aperture 2.1.2 – at least the trial version available on apples webside..

    Anyone know what to do then?


  7. Okay. Now I found A version 2.0 (yes, I’m sure).. but it still doesn’t work.. ?

    “Install Failed. The installer could not locate the data it needed to install the software…”

    Hmm.. weird..


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