Huge OS X Problems, Finder and More

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Sean McDonnell, Sep 13, 2005.

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  1. Sean McDonnell macrumors newbie

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    Yesterday out of nowhere my iMac g5 started acting screwy on me. First, all the things sitting on my desktop disappeared(including the HD icon) and then I was and am still not able to open my finder. Now I can't even reformat anything because I can't open my finder to first back everything up. Also, all the things next to the spotlight icon have disappeared too, like the time, bluetooth, etc. I can't even load up the OS X disk, there's just no way to run it. So yeah, that's about it, hopefully someone will have some advice.
     
  2. ChrisFromCanada macrumors 65816

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    Repair permissions. Use Disk Utility to do that, you have it, it is in your utilities folder.

    You weren't trying to install a questionable version of office when this happened were you?
     
  3. Sean McDonnell thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have repaired permission and it didn't help. And no I was not installing office.
     
  4. MrSugar macrumors 6502a

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    The first thing I would suggest is getting a thread started over on Apple Discussions, the official Apple forums, they have some great people to help you there. Also, I know when I recently had problems with finder that re-installing the OS X 10.4.2 update fixed everything.

    Also, I have heard of a program called Path Finder that will allow you to browse your HD, kind of an alternative to finder. You could look into this to help you back up.

    Sounds like a bad problem, best of luck getting it fixed up. I really think the people at Apple discussions can help you, be sure to give that a shot.
     
  5. cbiffle macrumors member

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    Maybe I just misread, but do these problems persist when you restart the machine?
     
  6. Sean McDonnell thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah, they do persist upon restart. And thanks MrSugar, I'll check that stuff out.
     
  7. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    What about rebooting onto a system install disc? Have you tried that?
     
  8. Sean McDonnell thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well, the problem is fixed. Thanks to MrSugar's suggestion of Path Finder, I was able to run the OS X disk to archive and install, and everything seems to be in working order. Thanks for the help.
     
  9. Yeago macrumors newbie

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    None of these options worked for me. I just opted to disable os x indexing. fixed the problem right away.
     
  10. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Thanks. A thread over two years old may not have too much relevance today.
     
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