HELP! Finder gone NUTS!

kwajo.com

macrumors 6502a
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Jul 17, 2002
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okay someone has got to help me! my finder started quitting and launching about 5-10 times per minute. i managed to restart but still nothing. and i wanted to try repairing permissions but i can't get to the utilities folder to open anything! I have the programs i my dock accessible but that's it! someone help! :(
 

wrldwzrd89

macrumors G5
Jun 6, 2003
12,107
75
Solon, OH
First thing to try is doing a Safe Boot (hold down Shift while the Mac starts up - if you did it correctly, "Safe Boot" appears at the Mac OS X loading screen). If the Finder behaves normally in this mode, you can then attempt maintenance tasks.
 

Passante

macrumors 6502a
Apr 16, 2004
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on the sofa
Get your system disk and boot off of that. Repair permissions, repair the disk and be prepared to reinstall the system as a last resort.
 

kwajo.com

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Jul 17, 2002
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Bay of Fundy
Passante said:
Get your system disk and boot off of that. Repair permissions, repair the disk and be prepared to reinstall the system as a last resort.
i just restarted with the install disk and repaired the disk and permissions and it is still doing it, i guess reinstalling is my only option at this point
:(
 

yellow

Moderator emeritus
Oct 21, 2003
16,033
1
Portland, OR
Passante said:
Get your system disk and boot off of that. Repair permissions, repair the disk and be prepared to reinstall the system as a last resort.
If you repair permissions off the CD, please RE-repair them from Disk Utility after you login. The BOM archives that permissions repair uses on the Installer DVD/CD are (potentially) woefully out of date.

I think reinstalling the OS is a last, last, last, last resort, plenty of other things to do first to troubleshoot.

Another step to try is to boot into Safe Mode and remove your com.apple.finder.plist

Boot into Single User Mode: restart holding down Cmd-S

At the prompt type:
fsck -fy
(press return, once it's done and IF it says the equivalent of 'file system ok')

Then type:
mount -uw /
(please note that is mount<space>-uw<space>/)(press return)

Then type:
mv /Users/shortusername/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist /Users/shortusername/Desktop
(please note that is mv<space>/Users/shortusername/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist<space>/Users/shortusername/Desktop) (please note that "shortusername" needs to be replaced with your short user name)(press return)

Then type:
reboot
(press return)

Login as normal.. is the Finder still freaking out?

Example (rebooted Single User mode and now at prompt):
Code:
localhost:/ root# fsck -fy
** /dev/rdisk0s9
** root file system
** Checking HFS Plus Volume.
** Checking Extents Overflow file.
** Checking Catalog file.
** Checking multi-linked files.
** Checking Catalog hierarchy.
** Checking volume bitmap.
** Checking volume information.
** The volume YellowRules appears to be OK.
localhost:/ root# mount -uw /
localhost:/ root# move /Users/yellow/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist /Users/yellow/Desktop
localhost:/ root# reboot
 

wrldwzrd89

macrumors G5
Jun 6, 2003
12,107
75
Solon, OH
yellow said:
If you repair permissions off the CD, please RE-repair them from Disk Utility after you login. The BOM archives that permissions repair uses on the Installer DVD/CD are (potentially) woefully out of date.

I think reinstalling the OS is a last, last, last, last resort, plenty of other things to do first to troubleshoot.

Another step to try is to boot into Safe Mode and remove your com.apple.finder.plist

Boot into Safe Mode: restart holding down Cmd-S

At the prompt type:
fsck -fy
(press return, once it's done and IF it says the equivalent of 'file system ok')

Then type:
mount -uw /
(please note that is mount<space>-uw<space>/)(press return)

Then type:
mv /Users/shortusername/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist /Users/shortusername/Desktop
(please note that is mv<space>/Users/shortusername/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist<space>/Users/shortusername/Desktop) (please note that "shortusername" needs to be replaced with your short user name)(press return)

Then type:
reboot
(press return)

Login as normal.. is the Finder still freaking out?
One minor niggle...you're confusing Single User Mode (what you describe) with a Safe Boot (as I described in an earlier post in this thread).
 

yellow

Moderator emeritus
Oct 21, 2003
16,033
1
Portland, OR
wrldwzrd89 said:
One minor niggle...you're confusing Single User Mode (what you describe) with a Safe Boot (as I described in an earlier post in this thread).
oops! noted and fixed. thanks for the correction.
 

kwajo.com

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Jul 17, 2002
895
0
Bay of Fundy
yellow said:
If you repair permissions off the CD, please RE-repair them from Disk Utility after you login. The BOM archives that permissions repair uses on the Installer DVD/CD are (potentially) woefully out of date.

I think reinstalling the OS is a last, last, last, last resort, plenty of other things to do first to troubleshoot.

Another step to try is to boot into Safe Mode and remove your com.apple.finder.plist

Boot into Single User Mode: restart holding down Cmd-S

At the prompt type:
fsck -fy
(press return, once it's done and IF it says the equivalent of 'file system ok')

Then type:
mount -uw /
(please note that is mount<space>-uw<space>/)(press return)

Then type:
mv /Users/shortusername/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist /Users/shortusername/Desktop
(please note that is mv<space>/Users/shortusername/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist<space>/Users/shortusername/Desktop) (please note that "shortusername" needs to be replaced with your short user name)(press return)

Then type:
reboot
(press return)

Login as normal.. is the Finder still freaking out?

Example (rebooted Single User mode and now at prompt):
Code:
localhost:/ root# fsck -fy
** /dev/rdisk0s9
** root file system
** Checking HFS Plus Volume.
** Checking Extents Overflow file.
** Checking Catalog file.
** Checking multi-linked files.
** Checking Catalog hierarchy.
** Checking volume bitmap.
** Checking volume information.
** The volume YellowRules appears to be OK.
localhost:/ root# mount -uw /
localhost:/ root# move /Users/yellow/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist /Users/yellow/Desktop
localhost:/ root# reboot


thanks for the advice! I had thought about trashing the plist, but i first tried to mount the drive on another system on the network, get into the preferences and trash it from there. i restarted and bam, everything seems to work right so far :) thanks alot! :D
 

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