How to restart an unstable Mac?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by sabor, Dec 24, 2006.

  1. sabor macrumors regular

    sabor

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    I really don't know what the deal is, but when working with external devices such as USB hard drives, the Finder usually has a hell of a time the last few days.

    As I am typing this, Quicksilver is frozen, the Finder is unresponsive, Disk Utility wont go away and no matter how many times I force quit them, they are still there. The Dock is completely unresponsive as well. I am sick of crashing on OS X and risking the chance of a force reset and damage one of the hard drives I have.

    My question is that given that my OS is mega-unstable (I just installed OS X last week and RAM is brand new), is there a freakin way of restarting OS X without a hard reset? I have tried sudo shutdown -r now in the terminal and nothing happens. This is so annoying. :mad:
     
  2. pknz macrumors 68020

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    Is it like this only when you connect external devices? Maybe look into see if there are any problems with the external devices..test them on another Mac if possible.
     
  3. Reflow macrumors 68000

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    How did it work before you installed the new ram? Same problems..
     
  4. 2nyRiggz macrumors 603

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