This hack should let you run aperture on a 12″ Powerbook with CPU faster that 1.25Ghz and more than 1GB of RAM. It fools Aperture into thinking that it’s running on a supported video card. It will not help if you don’t have the RAM or CPU required.
The procedure consists of two steps. First we have to actually install Aperture. Next we have to modify the executable to make it ignore the fact that our graphics card is unsupported. I should warn you that this is something that Apple definitely does not support. Should anything go wrong don’t blame me! Your computer may explode. More realistically it will corrupt all your image files and then you’ll be sorry.
Once you have the Aperture DVD in the drive, you have to get the contents of the aperture package. The folder with the packages is hidden in Finder. You can get to it trough command line, or in Finder, in the “Go” menu, the “Go to Folder…” item. Enter “/Volumes/Aperture/Packages/” or at least that’s where it was for me.
First install the “ProAppRuntime” package. That should happen without any coimplaints. Now right-click on the “Aperture” package. Choose “Show Package Contents”. Now click the “Contents” folder and you should see a file called “Archive.pax.gz”. Copy it to some temporary folder on your hard drive. Go to that folder and double click, it should unpack. In this folder a new directory called “Applications” would appear with “Aperture” in that folder. Step 1 is complete.
Step two involves right-clicking on the Aperture application icon, choosing “Show Package Contents”, then going to the “Contents” folder and then “MacOS” folder. Now backup the Aperture executable. Open it in your favourite editor (I used emacs). Search for the string “5200”. You should see “NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra OpenGL Engine” followed by “NVIDIA NV34MAP OpenGL Engine”. Replace every single charcter in the above strings by say number “1”. Including spaces. Save the file, close the editor. And that should be step 2 done.
Now you should be able to run Aperture without getting any complaints. It may crash, delete all your photograps and your 12″ PowerBook might explode.. You’ve been warned.
Please let me know if you had any luck with the above procedure. It has worked for me and Aperture is importing my image library as we speak. Check out this photograph, showing my 12″ PB with Aperture running. It wass taken with a mobile phone so the quality isn’t brilliant.