Help with force quitting

Discussion in 'Mac Help/Tips' started by daedelgt, Apr 23, 2003.

  1. daedelgt macrumors member

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    Here's my problem. I accidentally opened iChat and it seems to have gotten stuck. No biggie I think... I open mail and it gets stuck opening my adress book, which is probably what iChat is stuck on. Still no biggie. I force quit, yet neither program force quits. I open the terminal and run top to get the process ids. Once I have those I try to kill them from the terminal. Mail goes down fine, but iChat won't budge. Kill isn't working. Now terminal has stopped working. All I do is get the beachball of death. As I am on a PB I can't just hit the reset button, as there is none, and the computer just goes to sleep when I take out the battery and unplug it. What are my other options?
     
  2. sparkleytone macrumors 68020

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    try the patch. ;) sorry bad joke.

    hold the power button for about 6 seconds. it will shut the PB off. Allow it 10 seconds or so, then restart.
     
  3. MrMacMan macrumors 604

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    Acually if you can get to force quit you can force quit iChat 1-2 more times. Some apps are stubborn, my QuickTime didn't want to die, it finally closed after the 3ed Force Quit...
     
  4. daedelgt thread starter macrumors member

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    Tried that after I posted, but it still didnt work. Through my magic powers I got the computer to turn off by taking out the battery again. I just had to shock it a bit ;) hehe

    Thanks though.
     
  5. iJon macrumors 604

    iJon

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    i get that from time to time. i force quit and it stays. then i just force quit it again and it leaves. try force quitting 2 times in a row, then repair your permissions, then restart.

    iJon
     
  6. calm macrumors newbie

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    A more unix way to do it could be to just load terminal, find the process ids through "top" or "ps", then "kill [process id]", if that does not work, try it as root, if that does not work, restart, or pull ye' old power plug...
     

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