new apps won't open, they just bounce on the dock once then don't open

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Earlzie, Feb 1, 2010.

  1. Earlzie macrumors newbie

    Feb 1, 2010
    my problem is that any program i download and install end up not opening.. they just bounce on the dock once then nothing happens... i tried deleting then reinstalling... there is lots of space on my mac.. i tried reinstalling yet everything just freakin' bounces! this is very frustrating!!!
    the programs that i have been trying to load are...
    theres a few others but i forget right now.. soooo if you could help me out that would be great!
  2. enigmicah macrumors newbie

    Mar 9, 2010
  3. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

    Oct 13, 2008
    This sounds like a bad driver prob! The core of the os. You will have to reinstall os 10 and then copy you're data back.
  4. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    What? Even if a reinstall is necessary, an Archive and Install will avoid any need to copy data back. Must be a Windows user…

    Anyways, try repairing permissions first. Go to /Applications/Utilities, and launch Disk Utility. Select your drive from the list on the left (typically the first item in the list), and click "Repair Disk Permissions". If a list of errors that are fixed scrolls by, chances are it will help.

    If not, it might be easiest to just pop in your install disks and do an Archive and Install. Let us know what system you have if the first tactic doesn't help, and we can walk you through that (it's very easy).

  5. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

    Oct 13, 2008

    I didn't want to overload him with to many to do list. I had this happen. Repairing permissions did not resolve the issue.
  6. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    I concur. I'm sure the OP appreciates any help offered. (Take it all in, and do what's best for your situation.)
  7. -aggie- macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
    Huh? Driver problem? I think not. More like a permissions or .plist problem.
  8. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603


    Jan 10, 2006
    I deleted a system font by mistake once and all Apple apps (iLife, iWork etc) refused to open. I put the font back and they worked fine. Have you been playing with fonts?
  9. peete macrumors newbie

    Dec 10, 2010
    i have a VERY similar problem...

    compressor and most new programs i download bounce once then never open. this started happening after i accidentally tried to delete an important startup(?) folder a while back (in 2008)

    unfortunately, i can't remember what the folder was, but it definitely wasn't something i created, it came on the computer

    is there any way to find out specifically what file is missing, or would you guys recommend doing an archive and install of the (os x 4.11) operating system?

    or perhaps something i didn't think of?

    thanks for your time, dudes!

  10. dal20402 macrumors 6502

    Apr 24, 2006
    Moral of the story: don't muck around in /System unless you know exactly what you're doing. There are several reasons this could happen. Most of them involve missing parts of the OS that are needed to start new apps.

    Why do people feel the need to delete preinstalled parts of the OS? It's just plain dumb.
  11. peete macrumors newbie

    Dec 10, 2010
    heh, very true.

    so would an archive and install RE-install these missing files?

    (i apologize for not being very well versed on these possibly obvious issues, I'm really new)
  12. dal20402 macrumors 6502

    Apr 24, 2006

    Yes, it would.

    The archive and install completely replaces /System and the other directories (which are mostly hidden in Finder) that contain system files. It only retains the user folders and some items from /Library.

    If a problem is related to a user setting, an Archive and Install won't fix it, but if the problem is related to anything corrupt or missing in the OS install, the Archive and Install will take care of it.
  13. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

    Oct 13, 2008


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