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Novel Adventurer

I installed the newest version of skype on my mac. Not only does it stop working, also I am no longer able to make the older versions working either.

The message says:


Process: Skype [2620]
Path: /Applications/
Version: (
Code Type: X86 (Native)
Parent Process: launchd [182]

Date/Time: 2012-06-29 09:22:52.867 +0200
OS Version: Mac OS X 10.6.8 (10K549)
Report Version: 6

Interval Since Last Report: 2158 sec
Crashes Since Last Report: 15
Per-App Crashes Since Last Report: 6
Anonymous UUID: D712ABF7-E0C2-4569-88FB-AD2268D9590A

Exception Codes: KERN_PROTECTION_FAILURE at 0x0000000000000077
Crashed Thread: 0 Dispatch queue:

Thread 0 Crashed: Dispatch queue:
0 0x0052151c 0x1000 + 5375260

Thread 0 crashed with X86 Thread State (32-bit):
eax: 0x00000000 ebx: 0x00001fd8 ecx: 0x00000000 edx: 0x00000008
edi: 0x00000013 esi: 0x0000001d ebp: 0x0000241c esp: 0xbffff870
ss: 0x0000001f efl: 0x00010246 eip: 0x0052151c cs: 0x00000017
ds: 0x0000001f es: 0x0000001f fs: 0x00000000 gs: 0x00000037
cr2: 0x00000077

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And if I run the skype in terminal, it says: Bus error.

Can someone please help me out on this? Thx!

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Accepted by Claudius (Community Manager)
‎28-08-2015 11:00

Hi everyone,

there seems to be a lot of confusion around this. First, let me assure you that no-one is locking you out from using Skype on OS X 10.5–10.8 and there is no need to upgrade to Mavericks or (the new OS X now in dev preview) Yosemite if you don't want to.


All OS X 10.6–10.8 users can head over to and get version 6.15. This is a very solid release and you can still use all of the main features without any problems (i.e. group video, group chats, screen sharing etc).

Note that you should only use the link above, it serves you with a correct update for your OS version, direct links (to DMG files) can work, but are not guaranteed to do so.


10.5 users can also go to the main download page and will be served 6.3.


Please have a look at this FAQ if you have trouble downloading the correct version:


That said, we still encourage you to stay up to date, meaning upgrading to Mavericks and getting the latest Skype.


Hope this clarifies things a bit.

If you have problems updating, please let us know in this thread and I'll try to help you.




[Modified by Nick on 2 September to add 10.5 info an the FAQ link.]

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Novel Tourist

I am having same issue I downloaded the newest version and once i open it it will not work it just locks up and that is it. I don't even get an error screen just a application unresponsive and I have to force close.


What can I do to fix this?

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Novel Tourist

My old version kept freezing up on me so I decided to uninstall it and try downloading the newest version and it tells me Skype_5.8.0.1027(1).d not recognized when I try to open it from downloads =[

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Casual Tourist

I am having exaclty the same problem, I have restarted my mac, deleted skype & re installed still the same problem, skype will not work

I need HELP!!


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Novel Adventurer

Any body found out how to fix this yet? HELP!

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Novel Adventurer

Here is a way to fix problem; it might not be the best way. Just do an update to mac os x 10.7 Lion. As far as, I know I never had any problem ever since.



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Honorary Adventurer

Have you triewd going as far back as 2.8 (available from the banner about Leopard plus at the top of the Mac download page)?


On a Mac (& not Windows or Linux) you can instal several versions of Skype, by putting them in their own folder in the Applications folder, and dragging to the Dock from there.  This was so useful a while ago when Skype went through a buugy period about v2.3?  When one version failed, qui & launch an older version...

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Novel Adventurer

Have all reddy got update instaled-Skype started to got wrong when i linked the facebook contacts,at the moment it is unusible on the MacBook

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Honorary Adventurer

v2.8 still works on Mountain Lion, you don't have all the latest features, but a better user interface.  At least you will have a working Skype, with audio in preference to video conference calls.


v2.8 is available from the Skype needs 10.5.8 warning at the top of the Skype Mac download page.  If you want to run both 2.8 & 5 (theoretically you can by putting one of the Skype applications in a separate folder in the Applications folder), however, v2.8 & v5 handle chat/IM data differently, going from v2.8 to v5 will mangle the datestamps on every chat / IM in v2.8. Ideal & faff solution is to have a separate user account on the Mac to preserve chat data....

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Novel Adventurer

Same for me !

Fortunately i keep the old release who is working fine on 10.6.8.

I deleted first the user/librairy/preference/ Then i launch Skype and directly on Skype preferences i turn off the "Always keep Skype up to date".

There are a bug with the Skype 6.1 running on 10.6.8. I think it could be solved in a future release.



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