mac address book does not launch (open)

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  1. chuchichan2524 macrumors regular

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    My Macintosh address book does not open. After I click it on the task bar it bounces once and that's it. I've also deleted the icon from the task bar and tried launching it from the applications folder, but I get the same response.

    When I open up Mail and click on the address book while composing a message, I can see the entries.

    Any ideas on what I can do?

    Thanks in advance...
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    In your Preferences folder, look for a file named com.apple.AddressBook.plist and drag it to the Desktop. Does it open now? :)
     
  3. chuchichan2524 thread starter macrumors regular

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    it didn't work. I dragged that file to the desktop and the same thing happens.
     
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Interesting, maybe I guessed the wrong file. Create a new user account in System Preferences. Does Address Book open from that account? :)
     
  5. chuchichan2524 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Even after creating a new user and switching to that account the address book does not start up. Does OS X need to be reinstalled? Or is it possible to install just the address book somehow?
     
  6. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Interesting. You can either grab the app from another equivalent Mac (same OS and architecture), or you can try an OS combo update from the Apple downloads page. I can give you a link if you tell me which computer and OS version you're currently running. A third option is to reinstall it from the restore/OSX discs using Pacifist. :)
     
  7. chuchichan2524 thread starter macrumors regular

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    hi...that would be great if you can give me the link. Here's the info:

    PowerPC G4, 512mb SDRAM. It's a grey, g4 desktop.

    It's running 10.3.9

    thank you in advance!
     
  8. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Okay, sorry for the delay, I've been out of town. Here's the 10.3.9 combo update. Download and install, hopefully it'll set things right. :)

    Your next option should be to get the app from another Mac running 10.3.9. Unfortunately all my Macs are running Tiger so I can't really help you there, sorry. :eek:
     
  9. chuchichan2524 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank you for this. I will give it a try soon.
     
  10. AJtheMAC macrumors newbie

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    Fix by reinstalling the Address Book

    1. Go into the application folder and delete the Address book icon. This uninstalls the program.

    2. Insert your MAC OS x system disk

    3. Double click the "Optional Installs.mpkg" icon

    4 Chose Address Book and Install it

    This worked for me and I did NOT lose any of my contact info

    Good Luck:)
     
  11. staninfrance macrumors newbie

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    AJtheMAC

    Thank you so much for the information. I, too, was having the "lost-address-book" problem.

    I haven't been able to use my iMac OS Tiger address book for a year. Today I came across your advice on how to restore it and -- Voila! -- it worked right away and it even had all my old contacts in it.

    Hooray for people like you.

    Stan, a Californian living in Europe
     
  12. slonge macrumors newbie

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    mac address bookdoes not launch

    I just encountered the same problem and used your advice to reload software.Worked great.Thanks for the info.
    Im wondering what caused it to go in the first place?
    I had just downloaded Safari 4.0.4 and the latest security update 2009 005
    and thats when the trouble began.
    Thanks again
     
  13. VolleyballMom macrumors newbie

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    This happens to me from time to time, and I have figured out a (for me) easy way to solve it. I "share" a contact from my iPhone and send it via e-mail to myself. Then I drag it down to the address book, and it asks me if I want to import it since it is a duplicate. I click on "yes" import anyway, and "Voila" my address book comes back to life. Then I delete the duplicate and go from there.
     

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