activity monitor won't launch

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by bpuk, Jan 20, 2005.

  1. bpuk macrumors newbie

    Oct 1, 2004
    hi all, i can't seem to launch my activity monitor utility. it'll bounce in the dock once or twice and that's about it.

    i recently upgraded to os 10.3.7 via software update. i have a dual 1.8 G5 with 1gb of apple-ram.

    i tried trashing the prefs file which hasn't fixed anything. can't seem to find anyone else having this problem on the forums (i did a search) so not sure what other actions to take

    any thoughts/ideas? thanks for reading
  2. Applespider macrumors G4


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    Sorry if this is too basic but you have tried 'command' and '1' to show an Activity Monitor window?

    Or is it bouncing and quitting?
  3. bpuk thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 1, 2004
    nope not too basic at all! i didn't know about that key command....

    tried all combos of ctrl-1, alt-1 and apple-1 with no luck.

    as you put in your email, it bounces and quits in the dock (without ever displaying a window).

    cheers for the reply
  4. jaseone macrumors 65816


    Nov 7, 2004
    Houston, USA
    When you launch the Activity Monitor does it load the application menu for it at the top of the screen? I'm guessing it doesn't as the shortcuts should have worked then but then again I haven't used the shortcuts and usually just select "Show window" or something from one of the menu's.

    I always get caught by that one myself, that and the prompt you get when shutting down your computer when there are other users logged on and it asks you for your password are my two pet peeves with OSX as for the latter I always type in my password, hit enter, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait until a lightbulb moment reminds me that hitting enter cancelled it instead of confirming it, probably a good default but the only way to click okay seems to do it with your mouse.
  5. bpuk thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 1, 2004
  6. DahlBryn macrumors newbie


    Feb 14, 2005
    Possible Fix to OSX Activity Monitor not launching

    Activity Monitor not launching - I've had this problem for months and
    it hadn't resolved after many software updates or permissions repairs.

    I discovered 4 things that can cause failure of apps/utils launching.

    1) Leave the app/util in the exact folder it was installed into.
    You can rename some folders, but not the app or util.
    Do NOT rename the "Applications" or "Utilities" folders.
    Do NOT move Libraries or most apps/utils to some other folder.

    2) Do NOT rename the app/util using dots, periods, etc. Anything
    that forces the OS to add ".app" to the end of the name will screw up.

    3) ALWAYS run Repair Permissions with Disk Utility EVERY time you
    install any major application on your startup drive.

    4) Do NOT alter permissions manually through "Get Info".

    Doing these basic things will keep your permissions in check and allow
    software updaters to work properly and most apps will run flawlessly.

    This was a tough lesson for me, as renaming and moving files was the
    only way I knew to keep track of all the versions of 50-someodd pro
    apps I use constantly. Once I corrected my ways by only renaming some
    folders and putting only a single-digit version number at the end of the
    actual app name (with no periods), then ran Repair Permissions numerous
    times - all, and I mean All of my slow-downs, weird launches and hiccups,
    just dissappeared.

    Good luck with these suggestions.

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