desktop disappearing, finder not running and flashing

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by djgafi, Oct 9, 2003.

  1. macrumors newbie

    May 30, 2003
    i'm desperately seeking advce for issue regarding my system.

    at fresh restart of system, my entire desktop disappeared, even top finder tool bar.
    the only thing that i can access with a roll of the mouse, is the dock.

    in the dock the finder is not active, and if click over it, nothing happens.
    on a right click, a message "finder not running" appears.

    i was advised to trash the prefs, so i did, booted in 9, trashed pref, rebooted in X (10.2.6) .

    Now the finder tool bar along with a finder window with my drivers in it (i've partitioned the HD in 4) is flashing on my screen.

    I still can't access anything on the desktop, nor see anything still.

    what else can i do? what is this problem related to?

    please help
    thanks in advance
  2. macrumors 68020


    Aug 12, 2003
    At home
    me too!

    I have a very similar problem yesterday - got bored trying to fix it and so reinstalled my system. I did remember that I was running at least one haxie when I upgraded to 10.2.6 (a bad idea). Haxies can be cool and useful but do need turning off when upgrading the macos.
    Good luck
  3. macrumors 68020


    Aug 12, 2003
    At home

    Also try the macfixit forums - they can be useful if you don'thave membership.
  4. macrumors 65816


    Apr 14, 2002
    Sydney, Australia
    Just cleanly reinstall. Yes it's not the most exciting job to do but it sure beats Windows reformatting.

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