I can't start any applications except Safari and iTunes!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by goddamnmaddog, Sep 10, 2009.

  1. goddamnmaddog macrumors newbie

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    OK, this is weird. :confused: I installed iTunes 9 yesterday and since then the applications just randomly (Preview, Word, Pages, Textedit, Opera...) won't start anymore when I wan't to open some file (like Word file). I can only use Safari and iTunes. The only way I can make them work again is rebooting macbook. I can play with apps after that for 3 hours or so and then they won't open again. The icons just jump in the dock.

    I have also another problem: when I adjust sound or brightness then the bars in the icon move very slowly, not smoothly. This also occurs when I hold a backspace button down to delete text. I noticed this 2 weeks ago.
     
  2. goddamnmaddog thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I read previous posts and it was recommended to use mainmenu and onyx. I downloaded them and now everywhere I go there is ds store file and icons are all bright. WTF?
     
  3. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    It seems as if you enabled the showing of invisible files, in Onyx look for something along the lines of "Show hidden files and folders", will likely be in the finder section of Onyx. Sorry can't check as it doesn't run on Snow Leopard.


    Does the Console (/Applications//Utilities/Console.app) display any messages when the applications fail to load?

    Do you get any error messages?


    I recently had a problem where applications would fail to launch and the error message would say too many processes or something similar. In the end after extensive google searching it seemed to be terminal so I reinstalled everything when moving to Snow Leopard. You could try re-applying the latest combo update to whatever os you are currently on.

    I would say anything that is vitally important before doing so though.
     
  4. goddamnmaddog thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Where do I re-apply the latest combo update? "Software Update..."?
     
  5. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    You can download the latest combo updates from the apple website, I have copied the links below, as you haven't stated which version your are on or what computer you have I copied all of the versions that iTunes 9 supports.

    Pick the appropriate download from the list below:

    Tiger:
    10.4.11 - Intel
    10.4.11 - PPC (PowerPC)

    Leopard:
    10.5.8 - Intel and PPC
     

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