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Because for school I have to work with Excel, I installed Microsoft office 2010 with PlayOnLinux. Office is working great, except when I try to use the solver function in Excel. The moment I activate solver, Excel simply shuts down. When I restart Excel, it comes up with the following message:

Excel experienced a serious problem with the 'solver add-in' add-in. If you have seen this message multiple times, you should disable this add-in and check to see if an update is available. Do you want to disable this add-in?

  • Well, first of all, follow that tip and check if there is an update for this add-in ;-). – Gx1sptDTDa May 19 '14 at 13:14
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You can solve your equation with Wolfram|Alpha (click here - online service): insert the equation and it will solve.
You can also install Windows & Office in (example) VirtualBox and use them from here: they will function for sure in this virtualized enviroment, you only need extra resources.

The Ubuntu community can only offer support for Open Source software and Microsoft® Office® 2010 is Closed Source; playonlinux only offers a compatibility layer to execute Windows software but it can't do miracles if the source code is not public.
You should open a ticket in the Microsoft® support center and ask why the plug-in causes a crash in compatibility enviroments.
Have a nice day.

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It seems working with macros and solver in Excel has many times compatibility problems. Therefore, you can

  1. either install excel in virtual machine within Ubuntu, for example using virtual box
  2. or use libre-office calc solver

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