Check out this Spotlight mess

Discussion in 'macOS' started by LawHog, Nov 3, 2005.

  1. LawHog macrumors member

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    After the 10.4.3 update and several hard freezes/reboots.
     

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  2. munkle macrumors 68030

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    Odd as 10.4.3 made Spotlight a lot faster (therefore a lot better) for me.

    Obvious question to ask is have you got any conflicting third party apps? And I'll throw in a repair permissions as well for no good reason.
     
  3. LawHog thread starter macrumors member

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    No 3d party junk touching Spotlight or graphics, and I did two post-upgrade permission repairs, along with all the cron scripts, etc.

    I failed to mention that I can't reproduce the problem, so maybe it was a one-time glitch. Anyone else having Spotlight problems?
     
  4. munkle macrumors 68030

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    If it's a one off, I would just keep my fingers crossed and hope it doesn't happen again.

    Start being worried if it happens regularly.
     
  5. ebally macrumors regular

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    Is that a type of theme you are using, as your desktop looks rather different to mine? Maybe that is conflicting in some way?
     
  6. Soulstorm macrumors 68000

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    There is an 80% chance that downloading the combo update 10.4.3 and installing it will fix this problem. For some, the combo update is better than the delta update. I had the same problems with the update from 10.4.1 to 10.4.2.

    Also, after each update, ALWAYS repair permissions!

    Do these 2 things, then let us know how it goes.
     
  7. munkle macrumors 68030

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    Just looks like the standard graphite theme to me.
     
  8. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    Looks different from mine:
     

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  9. munkle macrumors 68030

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    Because that's the aqua theme.

    Open up System Preferences/Appearance and change the appearance setting from "Blue" to "Graphite". Then it should look the same
    :)
     
  10. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    Sweet. I had no idea. I like the Blue Aqua theme better though. Has this always been a feature of OS X? Or is this new with Tiger?
     
  11. munkle macrumors 68030

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    I think it's always been a feature. It seems to be a popular setting amongst designers who appreciate a more neutral theme.
     
  12. crap freakboy macrumors 6502a

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    Its here in Panther, don't know about previous releases though.
    <edit>(shouldve reloaded before posting- munkle answers both our questions)
     
  13. whooleytoo macrumors 603

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    I've had lots of problems with Spotlight, but of a different nature.

    After typing 4 or 5 characters, it can become unresponsive for 10-20 seconds before it accepts any more input or shows any results. (This on a dual G5).

    Also, it's surprisingly unreliable for me. I have an application on my Desktop, been there for months, but Spotlight still can't find it, even if I copy and paste its name into the Spotlight search box. And finding by name should be the easiest/quickest search of all! It's actually missing lots of files, it's so poor at finding results I just don't use Spotlight any more - hence most of my Macs are still running Panther.
     
  14. munkle macrumors 68030

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    Pressing esc will cancel a search. If you can't input any more characters that might not be too helpful though.

    From my experience Spotlight has been unbelievable (and now even better with 10.4.3). Maybe it's worth forcing Spotlight to reindex your HD again.

    To do this open up terminal.app

    Type in: sudo mdutil -E /

    Then enter the password when prompted.

    This could take awhile so you might want to do it overnight.
     
  15. LawHog thread starter macrumors member

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    If I've already used the delta update, is there any reason why downloading and installing the combo update would be a bad idea?
     
  16. whooleytoo macrumors 603

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    I can't even escape out of it - I can switch to other applications, but the Spotlight search box & menu just stays there until it starts responding again.

    Cheers, wasn't sure how to do that!
     

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