HELP! Finder gone NUTS!

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  1. kwajo.com macrumors 6502a

    kwajo.com

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    okay someone has got to help me! my finder started quitting and launching about 5-10 times per minute. i managed to restart but still nothing. and i wanted to try repairing permissions but i can't get to the utilities folder to open anything! I have the programs i my dock accessible but that's it! someone help! :(
     
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    First thing to try is doing a Safe Boot (hold down Shift while the Mac starts up - if you did it correctly, "Safe Boot" appears at the Mac OS X loading screen). If the Finder behaves normally in this mode, you can then attempt maintenance tasks.
     
  3. Passante macrumors 6502a

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    Get your system disk and boot off of that. Repair permissions, repair the disk and be prepared to reinstall the system as a last resort.
     
  4. kwajo.com thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    i just restarted with the install disk and repaired the disk and permissions and it is still doing it, i guess reinstalling is my only option at this point
    :(
     
  5. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    If you repair permissions off the CD, please RE-repair them from Disk Utility after you login. The BOM archives that permissions repair uses on the Installer DVD/CD are (potentially) woefully out of date.

    I think reinstalling the OS is a last, last, last, last resort, plenty of other things to do first to troubleshoot.

    Another step to try is to boot into Safe Mode and remove your com.apple.finder.plist

    Boot into Single User Mode: restart holding down Cmd-S

    At the prompt type:
    fsck -fy
    (press return, once it's done and IF it says the equivalent of 'file system ok')

    Then type:
    mount -uw /
    (please note that is mount<space>-uw<space>/)(press return)

    Then type:
    mv /Users/shortusername/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist /Users/shortusername/Desktop
    (please note that is mv<space>/Users/shortusername/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist<space>/Users/shortusername/Desktop) (please note that "shortusername" needs to be replaced with your short user name)(press return)

    Then type:
    reboot
    (press return)

    Login as normal.. is the Finder still freaking out?

    Example (rebooted Single User mode and now at prompt):
    Code:
    localhost:/ root# fsck -fy
    ** /dev/rdisk0s9
    ** root file system
    ** Checking HFS Plus Volume.
    ** Checking Extents Overflow file.
    ** Checking Catalog file.
    ** Checking multi-linked files.
    ** Checking Catalog hierarchy.
    ** Checking volume bitmap.
    ** Checking volume information.
    ** The volume YellowRules appears to be OK.
    localhost:/ root# mount -uw /
    localhost:/ root# move /Users/yellow/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist /Users/yellow/Desktop
    localhost:/ root# reboot
    
     
  6. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    NOOOOOOO!!!

    Don't waste your time doing this.. not yet at least. Read my post above.
     
  7. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    One minor niggle...you're confusing Single User Mode (what you describe) with a Safe Boot (as I described in an earlier post in this thread).
     
  8. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    oops! noted and fixed. thanks for the correction.
     
  9. kwajo.com thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    thanks for the advice! I had thought about trashing the plist, but i first tried to mount the drive on another system on the network, get into the preferences and trash it from there. i restarted and bam, everything seems to work right so far :) thanks alot! :D
     
  10. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Your way is much faster :)

    Glad it worked. GLAD that you didn't have to reinstall!
     
  11. kwajo.com thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    i'll second that one: GLAD :cool:
     

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