Skype crashes just after logging in

I now cannot load Skype on my Mac book Pro. I get logged in, I see the friends list, then bam, it dies.

I’ve reinstalled different versions
deleted preferences and plist files
removed application I had installed (battlefield 2142) just prior to it not working, but that didn’t help
logged in as a new user on MBP
logged into skype as different user
ran from DMG
deleted all contacts from Addressbook and turned off the option to load from it
started iChat and opened video preview, then started skype – nope.

Anyone seen this before?

Here’s the top of the crash log:

Process: Skype [22791]
Path: /Applications/
Version: (
Code Type: X86 (Native)
Parent Process: launchd [161]

Date/Time: 2008-05-08 11:56:20.452 -0500
OS Version: Mac OS X 10.5.2 (9C7010)
Report Version: 6

Exception Codes: KERN_PROTECTION_FAILURE at 0x0000000000000004
Crashed Thread: 0

  1. Ok found the fix over here:

    Apparently, it’s an apple bug and you simply need to remove the Alex voice from system/library/Speech/Voices. Move it to trash and all is well.

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