That seems to have happened to me. An Apple tech suggested that a USB device may have been logging thousands of errors/second,and to unplug them. Have everything plugged in now and it seems stable, but the origin of the problem never was resolved.You *might* have a runaway process that is creating huge log files. At versiontracker.com look for a utility called WhatSize, which will list the largest files on your drive for you.
Don, thank you. I did get the deLocalizer program to unzip and run and cleared a lot of space. I still cant get the Omnisweep program to mount: says there is an error 39...not sure what that means.
About a year ago I took this mac to the apple store where I bought it, now unfortunately many miles away, and they restarted it into some sort of repair state and reset a bunch of start up routines. I have to OS disk with me and was hoping for some sort of thing like that:loading from a boot disk and running some repair aps. I am a PC guy till recently, maybe something like this is not an option.
Honestly that really baffles me. IMO somehong with OS X is corrupted. I have forgottn to ask, but have you tried repairing disk permissions? Go open disk utility which is located in the utilities folder? If you haven't tried this, it could be worth a shot.Here it is:
Mac OS Extended
Capacity 232.57 GB
Available 148.04 GB
Used 84.52 GB on disk
Interestingly as I watched the dialogue box with this info to copy it all down, I noticed that the amount of available space changes and periodically says zero GB available, and then another number like 56 GB available for a while and then jumps back to saying 148 GB. THis has jumped back and forth about 10 times as I have been composing this note.
Does this indicate something helpful for this problem?
File sharing wouldn't cause the issues that your experiencing. I honestly think that a core part of OS X is screwed up, and therefor a reinstall is required. Like I said before, it isn't painful at all, and therefor that is what I would do if I were you.I just noticed that several weeks ago when I plugged in my computer in the town home we have moved into, I had joined a local wireless network without knowing it. My ethernet cable was plugged into a modem that was in fact not cable connected. I realized this when I saw a device I was connected to on the finder left panel bar that I did not recognize. I turned the airport off and went through the disk utility routines to repair the permissions, rebooted and I no longer get the variable disk space readouts in the hard disk info dialogue box. My computer must have in some way been trying to associate with another computer elsewhere on this wireless network that I just discovered. Does this make any sense to you nice people who have offered help? Oddly I have a second iMac running also on this wireless network that seems not to be conflicted. Maybe there is a file sharing setting set one way but not on the other?
Thanks Don; that is what I will do. Just have to figure out how to save my email addresses and such and get ahold of Office to reinstall. I appreciate your help.