Odd Finder Activity

Discussion in 'macOS' started by kajitox, Jul 5, 2009.

  1. kajitox macrumors 6502a

    kajitox

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    I'm on an older blackbook (2 years old? ca. summer 2007) running Leopard and I'm getting some weird behavior with Finder. When I right click on anything in the dock, i.e., to close a program, the dock locks up, I can't click on any of the menu options, Expose stops working and the alt+tab interface stops working, as if everything is frozen... This caused me to think that Finder was crashing, but then I discovered that when I went up to the menubar at the top, everything "unfroze." The dock went back to normal and was usable, expose works fine and the alt-tab interface works fine too.

    This is completely re-creatable (not a word). I have no idea what's causing it, but it's rather annoying when I try to close programs or empty the trash via the dock.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. iBookG4user macrumors 604

    iBookG4user

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    Does the issue happen in a different account as well?
     
  3. MacDawg macrumors P6

    MacDawg

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    And do you have any 3rd party modifications installed for your dock?

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  4. NP3 macrumors regular

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    Humm that is odd. Things I can think of...

    Have activity monitor open and have it search for the dock. Then re-create it and see if it spikes in usage or crashes.

    Delete dock plist?

    Do you have any dock customizers like transparentdock or candybar that may have gone haywire (& has not been used in awhile)?

    When in doubt, repair permissions.

    Anythig come up in the console that are related?
     
  5. kajitox thread starter macrumors 6502a

    kajitox

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    Nope, none.

    Could you elaborate on those last two?

    Only one account on the machine... would it be worth making another one just to see what happens?
     
  6. MacDawg macrumors P6

    MacDawg

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    Repairing Permissions is done through Utilities -> Disk Utility

    Deleting the .plist... you can do a Spotlight search for the dock .plist and delete it
    Or go to User -> Library -> Preferences -> com.apple.dock.plist

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  7. kajitox thread starter macrumors 6502a

    kajitox

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    Alright! Deleting the .plist worked, although a warning that it would reset my dock would have helped (cause I didn't put together .plist=preference list, heyyy).

    Thanks ya'll.
     

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