If you or any Mac users you support applied the recent Java for Mac OS X 10.5
update 8 or 10.6 update 3 and are running SPSS (or PASW) 18, several features of
SPSS 18 will no longer run and will give the error "JVM cannot be started."
Affected features include the ability to create graphs of any kind and importing
from Excel .xlsx files.
SPSS is aware of the problem and has supplied me with a fix. This fix involves
manually replacing a file within the SPSS 18 application via the terminal
application. Many Mac users who are not confident of their command-line
abilities may feel uncomfortable applying this fix and may need assistance.
Feel free to send them to me if you prefer.
The fix and instructions for applying the fix can be found here:
Alan B. Howard
Statistical Software Support & Consulting Services
115 Bailey-Howe Library - University of Vermont
538 Main St. - Burlington, VT 05405-0036
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