Re: the activation code.... you shouldn't have to worry about activation until you get CS2 up and running, which you don't seem to have been doing.
........uhmmmmmm nope.. not quite yet..
Are you upgrading an existing installation or installing a new version?
.....I am installing this on top of CS, which is on top of 6.0. 6.0 is the first version I have, and the only "full" version I have.. The rest have been those â‰ˆ 150.00 $ upgraqdes..
Assuming you're trying to upgrade (which, judging from your message seems reasonable) I think, if it were me, I'd erase all mention of Photoshop... delete all the program files and do a registry sweep to clean it up as much as possible.
.....Yep! Good idea! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
Then, install a PREVIOUS version of Photoshop, say 7.0. Once you have that up and running ok, then attempt to install the CS2 upgrade. We had a similar problem (though a different consistent error was reported) installing CS2 on a colleague's laptop. A fresh install of 7.0 (you SHOULD be able to upgrade ANY previous version of Photoshop - 7.0 was what was on her laptop previously and we knew it would run) did the trick.
.....Cool! Oh boy....I was just thinking... I have a new OS,(10.3) that doesn't support the "classic" OS 9.. and CS2..or even CS don't run on OS9.. I hope I don't have to upgrade to a "full" CS2.. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img]
Then, when you're up and running, you get to play with the Activation Gods. heh heh heh
(My guess is that something got munged up in the registry point where CS2 is looking for data to determine whether you've got a legitimate previous version, thus making you eligible for the uprade)
Thanks for the help and suggestions,... I think I am just going to pay the piper here, and buy a "question".. or however it works with them.. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]