Apps won't open

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by bob rose, Sep 25, 2005.

  1. bob rose macrumors newbie

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    Just bought an iMac yesterday and am new to Apple. The apps and Icons won't open when I click on them. I can open menus on finder and the Dock. Did i shut something off? Thanks
     
  2. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    what does happen when you click on an app in the dock? or what happens when you try to open one from the application's folder?
     
  3. yenko macrumors 6502a

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    Did you try double-click! :D :D
     
  4. bob rose thread starter macrumors newbie

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    When I double click on the icons nothing happens. On Finder I'm able to shut down
     
  5. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Is it only the apps that won't open? Are the folders opening?

    Is it all apps?
     
  6. bob rose thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Nothing on the Desktop will open including the HD
     
  7. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Since it's a new computer, I suppose the best way of getting rid of this problem (and maybe others that you haven't discovered yet) is to reinstall OSX from the supplied Restore disks.

    It doesn't take very long. :)
     
  8. bob rose thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have spent the weekend moving files from my PC and setting up various preferences. Will I lose all that? Don't have a back-up disk drive
     
  9. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    If it's not feasible, we can work on another solution but this seems like a pretty strange problem. I'd recommend reinstalling everything at this stage. However, you will lose everything that is not backed up.
     
  10. yenko macrumors 6502a

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  11. bob rose thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Finally called Apple support and they tried a lot of things. Said they had never seen the problem before. Re-imaged with the archive disk and that fixed the problem
     
  12. KittenKrusher macrumors regular

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