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EXC_BAD_ACCESS error saving Office documents

Posted by info on May 5th, 2011

Yesterday I updated my old Dual Core mac to snow leopard. This was the last computer in the house with still 10.5 OSX
and got this crash every time I tried to save a document in all office2008 or office2011 documents:

Microsoft Error Reporting log version: 2.0

Error Signature:
Exception: EXC_BAD_ACCESS
Date/Time: 2011-05-05 06:52:12 +0200
Application Name: Microsoft Word
Application Bundle ID: com.microsoft.Word
Application Signature: MSWD
Application Version: 12.2.3.091001
Crashed Module Name: libobjc.A.dylib
Crashed Module Version: unknown
Crashed Module Offset: 0x00005ed4
Blame Module Name: libobjc.A.dylib
Blame Module Version: unknown
Blame Module Offset: 0x00005ed4
Application LCID: 1033
Extra app info: Reg=en Loc=0×0409
Crashed thread: 0

Looked at internet what to do.. did everything by removing off course the whole office package with all the prefs, application support files, receipts. But nothing helped. I allready thought I had to reinstall my whole system.
Finally I tried to disable other utilities. And it worked again. The culprit was “Default Folder”. Disabling Default folder and all office apps would save again. Enabling it and I get the same crash. (my version of DF was 3.0.6 because that was the last version I used before updating the system) I already had the newest version installed on my laptop (4.3) and never got problems. So updated ( last version is now 4.3.10) and everything worked again :-). Later I thought off course that is why I did not update before. Because at the time I first got snow leopard the new version of default folder was not yet out and I loved this utility so much that I did not wanted to update before.