Platform IO IDE error: Compatible PlatformIO Core not found

Hello, I have been trying to install PlatformIO (via VSCode 2022 latest version) and keep getting the below error. I am doing this on a Mac, which is running Monterey 12.05.

I’ve tried uninstalling and reinstalling VSCode, but that did not work…

the error is:
Error: Error: Compatible PlatformIO Core not found. Reason: PlatformIO executable not found in /Users/eitangerson/.platformio/penv/bin at /Users/eitangerson/.vscode/extensions/platformio.platformio-ide-2.5.2-darwin-x64/node_modules/platformio-node-helpers/dist/index.js:1:5308 at ChildProcess.o (/Users/eitangerson/.vscode/extensions/platformio.platformio-ide-2.5.2-darwin-x64/node_modules/platformio-node-helpers/dist/index.js:1:4691) at ChildProcess.emit (node:events:390:28) at ChildProcess.emit (node:domain:475:12) at maybeClose (node:internal/child_process:1064:16) at Socket.<anonymous> (node:internal/child_process:450:11) at Socket.emit (node:events:390:28) at Socket.emit (node:d...

thanks again for any help. If anyone knows how to fix this, and/or interpret this traceback error that would be helpful.
Thank you!

Could you try to remove /Users/eitangerson/.platformio/penv folder and restart VSCode?

Hi Ivan,
I did and the error stays the same.