apps in Mac OS 10.2 not working please help

Discussion in 'Mac Help/Tips' started by Cometdude, Nov 17, 2002.

  1. Cometdude macrumors newbie

    May 28, 2002
    I just got Jaguar for my Ruby iMac. It has worked great until recently when I accidentally deleted a folder on my desktop that contained all of my games and homework and some pictures:( . Now the address book, iPhoto and the Mac help center apps don't work. They just bounce in the dock and then stop. How do I get them to work again. Another weird thing is that it most of the photos I had on iphoto are still there and I can still get the e-mail addresses in the Mail app. I am puzzled why this happened since I don't think that I had any of the deleted files had anything to do with those apps running. If someone could help me I would apprieciate it greatly!
  2. big macrumors 65816


    Feb 20, 2002
    ok, I just ran into this....

    what I had to do was basically reinstall each app.
    something with the libraries and prefs or some kind of linking will throw these all funny.

    but once I did this, everything worked great again.

    good luck
  3. Cometdude thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 28, 2002
    Thanks for the info but, how do I reinstall the apps like the address book and help center without reinstalling Mac OS X?
  4. chmorley macrumors 6502a


    Jan 2, 2002
    Denver, CO
    If you are right about what was in the folder you deleted, the fact that apps started malfunctioning afterwards is probably just a conincidence. I'd try these things:

    1) Just restart--see if that fixes it. If not...

    2) Restart with Command-S pressed to get to a command prompt. Once there, type "fsck -y" (without the quotes). If it finds problems, run it again until it finds no problems. When it finds no problems, type "reboot" (without quotes).

    3) Try reinstalling the individual apps if you can.

    Good luck!

  5. 8thDegreeSavage macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2002
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Just do an "Archive and install" option install of 10.2 ...all will be fine may have to reinstall some third party apps..thats it though.
  6. Falleron macrumors 68000


    Nov 22, 2001
    Ok, I had to do this recently.

    1) Get all software restore cd's handy.
    2) Create a temporary folder somewhere
    3) Go through all 5 software restore disks + copy the dmg files from the configuration folder on each cd to the new temporary folder.
    4) Once you have all 5 dmg files off the cd's double click the first dmg. This will then mount a volume onto the desktop. Then just drag what you want back to you HD applications folder.

    Note : this process takes about 4Gb of free space to pull everything off the CD

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