I tried running Google Earth today for the first time since I upgraded to Leopard. It quit unexpectedly without an error message. I tried re-installing from the original .dmg image but did not resolve the issue. Apparently I’m not the only one with this problem.
According to Google, version 4.2 of Google Earth is compatible with Leopard. Downloading and installing this version resolved my problem, but there are others for which this solution did not work. According to one poster on the Google forums, the following may help:
- Delete the entire ~/Library/Application Support/Google Earth/ folder
- Delete the ~/Library/Preferences/com.Google.GoogleEarthPlus.plist file
- Restart Google Earth
If you delete these files, be aware that you’ll need to reload your myplaces.kml file from a backup. (The myplaces.kml file is saved in the “Google Earth” folder listed above).
After giving out about the new 3D Dock introduced in Leopard, I came across this hint to reinstate the 2D dock. Open a terminal window and type:
defaults write com.apple.dock no-glass -boolean YES; killall Dock
The Dock will restart with the 2D look, albeit with the blue luminous application indicators still in place.
With any new OS there’s bound to be a few problems. Now that hype is dying down a bit, and as Leopard users get down to using the new OS, the bugs are beginning to surface. The biggest one reported to date involves data loss when moving files between different file systems.
So until Apple release a fix, if you have to move files, then stick to copy and delete.
Apple’s new OS, codenamed Leopard, has barely had time to cool down after coming off the presses, and already some enterprising individuals have managed to get it running on a PC. The method is a bit tortuous, but it can be done. The Register, and OSX86 Scene Forums have more.