I have installed Joomla 1.5.22 on a new hosting account, which doesn't have a domain yet, so it's public URL is http://cp-013.micron21.com/~annimac/

A message saying: XML Parsing Error at 1:1544. Error 4: not well-formed (invalid token). The source code for this message is:

<dl id="system-message">
<dt class="error">Error</dt>
<dd class="error message fade">
        <li>XML Parsing Error at 1:1544. Error 4: not well-formed (invalid token)</li>


There is nothing in /logs to indicate what the problem is.

I have uploaded the following folders from a freshly unzipped copy of Joomla 1.5.22:

  • administrator
  • components
  • includes
  • language\en-GB
  • libraries
  • modules
  • plugins
  • templates\ja_purity
  • xmlrpc

and the issue remains. I have no custom or additional plugins, modules, or components installed.

If I change templates, the problem remains.

What is the problem?

2 Answers 2


The problem seems to be in your "Custom Module" go to "Module manager" find your module that should appear in that position and edit&save it, or if that's not possible copy it's content from the old (working) host and paste it into NEW "custom component" in current one.


Your problem is with the templateDetails.xml file in your template. Here is the tutorial how to repair it: http://blog.jdlh.com/en/2009/02/08/joomla_xml_parsing_error/

  • I am not on Mac OS, I am on WinXP.
    – Steve
    Jun 11, 2011 at 7:59
  • (The problem listed in your link appears specific to Mac OS.)
    – Steve
    Jun 11, 2011 at 8:05
  • Try install other template to find out if your problem is in template or not. BTW, install latest version of joomla 1.5.23
    – Matop79
    Jun 11, 2011 at 8:17
  • Woops. Forgot to mention that the problem remains when switching to templates.
    – Steve
    Jun 17, 2011 at 11:49

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