help me reinstall OS X

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  1. bep207 macrumors 6502

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    my girlfriends macbook is acting very strange.
    it has windows xp on it with boot camp

    it has ran fine but is now acting up.
    about 3 times a day OS X becomes very slow and when you try to launch a program that is not already open, it says Application Cannot be launched. this is always fixed after a VERY LONG restart

    i want to try to reinstall OS X. I have an external HD that can back up all the files and docs.

    When i reinstall OS X. I am going to format the OS X partition. TWO QUESTIONS:

    1. How do i get rid of all the extra languages in OS X to save on space during install?

    2. How do I put the files and preferences back on the MacBook after reinstallation? Is there a way to keep my safari preferences and passwords? or do i need to pretend like theyve never been saved before?

    Thanks for you help
    Blake
     
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    You don't use a nuclear bomb to squash a roach. Have you done any routine maintenance? Run Disk First Aid from within Disk Utilities. Download, install, and run OnyX. If these don't work, restart in single-user mode. At the command prompt, type fsck -fy to run File System Check.
     
  3. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

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    Try repairing permissions in Disk utility Run it until there is now more fixes coming up. This may take 2-4 tries.
     
  4. bep207 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    no luck there, nothing to repair on first try
     
  5. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Have you done the other things?
     
  6. bep207 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i did all of the above mentioned tasks. it came up with nothing wrong and nothing to be fixed.

    im still have the random errors
     
  7. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    In your original post, you said that apps launch slower after the computer has been in use for a while. Now you say that you have random errors. Which is it--random errors, slow relaunches, or both? Which apps are causing these issues?
     
  8. bep207 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    its not that the apps launch slow, its that they fail to launch. an error message comes up saying iTunes failed to launch.
    It is all applications
    a restart used to fix it everytime
    a restart now fixes it MOST of the time
     
  9. bep207 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    if i copy the home folder onto an external hard drive. and then reinstall os x. and transfer the contents of the home folder back on to the macbook will i have kept all of my preferences, passwords etc..
     

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