Silverlight thinks my Intel Mac is a PPC and won't install.

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Downloaded the Silverlight installer from (Silverlight.2.0.pkg), but when it checks my system it gives the error:

Microsoft Silverlight Browser Plug-In cannot be installed on this computer.
Silverlight 2 may not be installed on PowerPC.

My computer is an iMac with a 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo running Mac OS X 10.5.5

Netflix streaming for Mac is coming, and I just heard that they are using Silverlight. Missed out on the Olympics coverage from NBC because of the Silverlight issue. Hoping to correct it for Netflix.
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Silverlight isn't making any allies by not providing PPC support and also for creating this confusing installer. OUch.

I'm not going to recommend Silverlight for ANY of my upcoming web development projects. Too much risk of end-users running into complications and not being able to access content.
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Silverlight refused to install on my laptop, Netflix support told me it was just because my laptop is running a copy of OS X (a LEGAL disc I bought in person from the APPLE STORE) which was apparently manufactured on a Power PC. My actual laptop meets the stated system requirements for Silverlight in every way.

I wasted a lot of time trying to get a solution from Microsoft, only to have them tell me that they didn't support Silverlight on Macs at all. Wait, what?

This below is finally what solved my problem -

1. Download the Silverlight 2.0 DMG file from Microsoft

2. Mount the DMG file (double click it)

3. Copy the pkg file ( Silverlight2.0.pkg ) to your desktop.

4. Right-click (or ctrl+click) on the .pkg file on your desktop and choose “Show Package Contents”

5. Browse to: Contents > Resources and then Right-click on “InstallationCheck” and choose to “Move to Trash”

This removes the CPU check that prevents the install.
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supercybersanta: i did that process and when i go to netflix on my mozilla browser i get the "thanks for installing, restrat you browser to watch movie" line.... when i try netflix on safari i get a blank page.

I have seen this issue addresseed nowhere online and its definitely frustrating to pay for something you cant access.

I have OS 10.4.11 also. What can i do? Am i stuck?