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andrew maclaurinAE won't start: after effects error: couldn't find main entry point for AEDriver.plugin
by on May 5, 2011 at 8:39:34 am

Help!
out of the blue AE (cs3 pro mac pcc) doesn't want to open. i get a series of messages which i've copied below. i don't think i've changed anything on the computer since i last opened AE. no new plugins no system update.
can anyone help me? what should i do?
i'm on a PowerPC G5 with osx 10.4.11

after effects error couldn't find main entry point for AEGPDriver.plugin
after effects error couldn't find main entry point for PS Layer Export.plugin
after effects error couldn't find main entry point for PS Layer Import.plugin
after effects error couldn't find main entry point for EasyEase.plugin
after effects error couldn't find main entry point for ExpScale.plugin
after effects error couldn't find main entry point for Sequence.plugin
after effects error couldn't find main entry point for TRKeys.plugin
( 48 :: 72 )
after effects error: Tracker_Register:missing suite (1::0)
after effects error can't continue: Failed to register built-in motion tracker


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andrew maclaurinRe: AE won't start: after effects error: couldn't find main entry point for AEDriver.plugin
by on May 5, 2011 at 2:13:20 pm

weird. it's started working again!


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Dave LaRondeRe: AE won't start: after effects error: couldn't find main entry point for AEDriver.plugin
by on May 5, 2011 at 2:44:31 pm

Sounds like Mac OS weirdness to me. When was the last time you fixed permissions on that machine?

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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andrew maclaurinRe: AE won't start: after effects error: couldn't find main entry point for AEDriver.plugin
by on May 5, 2011 at 2:59:54 pm

thanks for commenting.
i'm not entirely sure what you mean by 'fixing permissions' so probably never or a long time ago!


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Kevin CampRe: AE won't start: after effects error: couldn't find main entry point for AEDriver.plugin
by on May 5, 2011 at 3:08:02 pm

[andrew maclaurin] "i'm not entirely sure what you mean by 'fixing permissions'"

go to applications/utilities and open an app called disk utility.

from there, select your main drive in the left side column and then click the button for repair permissions.

after that, you might just go ahead and click repair disk too, just to see if there are any disk errors.

Kevin Camp
Senior Designer
KCPQ, KMYQ & KRCW


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andrew maclaurinRe: AE won't start: after effects error: couldn't find main entry point for AEDriver.plugin
by on May 5, 2011 at 5:51:41 pm

thanks.
does this mean i'll be asked to reinstall programs or look out all my dvds and serials?
i've just moved and most of that stuff is in hidden away in big boxes in my attic until i get my shelves etc built. looking them out would be very tedious!


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Kevin CampRe: AE won't start: after effects error: couldn't find main entry point for AEDriver.plugin
by on May 5, 2011 at 6:54:55 pm

nope, nothing like that. it just goes through and corrects permissions for files based on what i'll call a permission database (it may be somewhat different than that, but that's the gist).

it may take a good 10 minutes to run it, though. and it is generally recommended to repair permissions after system installs and updates, and i might run it after any large software install, like an adobe suite.

Kevin Camp
Senior Designer
KCPQ, KMYQ & KRCW


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andrew maclaurinRe: AE won't start: after effects error: couldn't find main entry point for AEDriver.plugin
by on May 5, 2011 at 8:57:43 pm

thanks kevin. i'll try it


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