Restoring Chinese Input on Mac OS X v10.1.4 From Another Working System

Recently I upgraded my primary machine, a PowerBook G4, to Mac OS X v10.1.4. There is an issue with this upgrade if you use one or more of the lesser input methods, such as Korean, Chinese, or one of the other newer ones. If you need this functionality, you must install your language input method after upgrading to 10.1.3, but before 10.1.4. (No, there is no freekin’ documentation anywhere on Apple’s website or Software Update on this…)

In my case, I need Traditional Chinese input capability. I also had a hosed system and needed to bring it back by means of backing up my data (god bless my LaCie FireWire drive), wiping the hard drive, and reinstalling from scratch. I of course flew through the installation and, despite a warning from my Chinese Language Mac-Using Bretheren, I blew past 10.1.3 without installing my precious language input method support for the Traditional Chinese character set.

Thankfully, I had Yingwen’s iMac, which was purring like a Chinese kitten. (The iMac, not Yingwen…)

To restore or add Chinese input method capability to a 10.1.4 system from another of the same version number, you need to do the following:

1. Go to the working system and copy all the files that start with “TCIM” or “SCIM” from /System/Library/Components/ to a temporary location on the system that needs to be restored. Specifically, these files (for Traditional Chinese) are called TCIM.component, TCIMTool, and TCIMUIServer.

2. Now that these files are on the system to be restored, copy them to that system’s /System/Library/Components/ directory. To do this, you will need to use the “sudo” command in Terminal. Entering a command like “sudo cp TCIM* /System/Library/Components/” should do it.

3. Optionally, you can copy the Asia Text Extras folder from the good system’s /Applications/Utilities/ directory to it’s mirror on the other system.

4. If you don’t have any Chinese fonts, you will need to get some. These can again be copied from the good system. You will at least need the Taipei font, and you can find out how to get more fonts here.

5. When you’re ready, reboot your computer. You should now be able to add a keyboard for Chinese from System Preferences > International > Keyboard Menu.

That’s it! You may now enjoy a well-deserved beer in your new Chinese Input-Enabled Mac OS X v.10.1.4 environment.

Now the question is, how many people out there will find this information helpful? The answer is: the same number of people that have stumbled across this page that have upgraded to Mac OS X 10.1.4 without installing Chinese input method support but would like to do so. Or in other words, probably noone. BUT… if this does prove helpful to you, please let me know. For no other reason than satisfying my morbid curiosity on how truly futile this information post really is…