All applications bounce in dock and fail to open - safe to restart computer?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by inadok, Sep 23, 2009.

  1. inadok macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2009
    Recently, software update stopped responding after I hit the "Install" button, so I had to force quit. Now, none of my applications will open- they just bounce in the dock for a while and stay there, without the dot appearing- including disk utility and system preferences (I thought it might be a repair permissions problem after poking around forums). I do not have install discs with me and plan on going to the apple store tommorrow.

    Finder still works, and I emptied the trash, but now clicking on the trash gives me the message that it "cannot be opened while trash is being emptied," which leads me to believe something is frozen.

    So, my question is: it is safe to turn off or try restarting the computer? Last time I had a problem similar to this and restarted, I got the flashing folder icon that signaled my hard drive was dead, so I am worried about letting it go to sleep or shutting down. What should I do?
  2. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    That story is about this computer or an older one??
    So how new is this one? What were you trying to install?

    Have you tried logging in under a different account?

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