Finder application help

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Lamar14, Apr 5, 2010.

  1. Lamar14 macrumors newbie

    Apr 5, 2010
    Hey Macrumors,
    Quick question, Basically after installing some updates last night my finder kind of started acting weird. Basically I'm trying to fix this without going to the apple store because it's busy all the time and kinda annoying to go to.
    I explained everything in this video, If you need anymore information don't hesitate to ask.
    (ps sorry i say umm a lot.)
    Thanks, Lamar
  2. ARF900 macrumors 65816


    Oct 30, 2009
    Repair permissions?

    Is the finder app in your applications folder? You could try dragging the whole thing to the trash or using an application like AppCleaner or AppZapper to wipe it out. Thats really weird.

    Your running 10.6.3 now?

    What were you running before? 6.1, 6.2?
  3. Matthew Yohe macrumors 68020

    Oct 12, 2006
    I assume you installed something 3rd party and it screwed it up.

    Create a new account on your system and login to that. Does that work?

    Also, right click on that and go to Options > Show in Finder. Curious what file this is...

    (The above may not work btw.)
  4. -aggie- macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
    I'd advise not deleting the finder app.

    After repairing permissions, you could try deleting the .plist for Finder. Also, the .plist for Dock might help. They're in the Preferences folder.
  5. Lamar14 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 5, 2010
    I'm actually running 10.5.8 keep forgetting to buy Snow leopard. I'll try both the things above and see what happens.
    Edit:How do you repair permissions? Sorry i feel like an idiot asking.
  6. ARF900 macrumors 65816


    Oct 30, 2009
    This could just be an excuse for you to buy snow leopard, as I'd be willing to bet that would solve the problem. :D

    EDIT: - repair permissions
  7. Lamar14 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 5, 2010
    Having my mom pick up snow leopard tomarrow while i'm in school. I'll install it and see what happens.
  8. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    You use Disk Utility in your Applications/Utilities folder.
  9. richard.mac macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662
    try command-clicking on that generic icon Finder app and it might show you where it is living. does it just show the proper Finder application in the System folder?

    also i noticed you are running your apps from their disk images. when you download an app and open its disk image, drag the app to your Applications folder and then open it, and drag to your Dock if you want, from there.
  10. Velin macrumors 65816


    Jul 23, 2008
    Hearst Castle

    Do a fresh, clean install of Snow Leopard. Don't upgrade.

    Back up all your files to a flash or portable hard drive. Save your passwords. Backup calendar, address book, and safari/firefox/ie bookmarks. Then, when you insert the Snow Leopard disk, first go to disk utility, erase your hard drive, then go back and install Snow Leopard. You will be happy you did so.

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