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Discussion in 'macOS' started by LawHog, Nov 3, 2005.
After the 10.4.3 update and several hard freezes/reboots.
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.
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?
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.
Is that a type of theme you are using, as your desktop looks rather different to mine? Maybe that is conflicting in some way?
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.
Just looks like the standard graphite theme to me.
Looks different from mine:
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
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?
I think it's always been a feature. It seems to be a popular setting amongst designers who appreciate a more neutral theme.
Its here in Panther, don't know about previous releases though.
<edit>(shouldve reloaded before posting- munkle answers both our questions)
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.
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.
If I've already used the delta update, is there any reason why downloading and installing the combo update would be a bad idea?
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!