Programs quitting, icons missing. Please help

Discussion in 'macOS' started by AdiosVista, Oct 6, 2008.

  1. AdiosVista macrumors 6502

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    Just bought my mac pro about a week ago. I've only installed necessary programs like Adobe, Billings, Coda, and a few other things I use for web design. Last night, for no apparent reason, two of my three hard drive icons on the desktop disappeared, and I could not see them until I tried selecting all icons and then they reappeared. A few minutes later, Firefox 3 quit all on it's own with a crash report. After that, it wouldn't start back up at all, it would just crash right away with the same report. Lastly, iCal also quit unexpectedly but without any kind of error, it just closed. When I tried opening iCal again, the program window opened but the iCal icon on the dock had disappeared (the space where it belongs and the indicator were still on the dock, but the icon itself was gone). It was late so I shut down and went to bed at this point but what the heck is going on??

    Again, this is a brand new 2.8ghz 8-core mac pro. The only things I have done are installed standard apps (nothing out of the ordinary), added 8gb of OWC ram (which passed the hardware test), and installed the fonts from my Adobe Creative Suite DVD.
     
  2. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    i would try an erase and install. that will be ok wont it? as youve got your programs on CDs?
     
  3. AdiosVista thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Not all programs are on CD, like Billings and Coda, for example, are downloads and then you pay for the license to use. Does anyone else have any info or had similar issues? I think a re-install should be last resort, I can't afford to waste all that time if it's something else.
     
  4. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    if you have a license for those apps then you can simply re-download the, if you have too.

    firstly try a simple reboot and repairing permissions from Disk Utility and repairing your hard drive from Disk Utility while booted into the install DVD. then try trashing the preference files of the apps that are giving you problems which are in home/Libary/Preferences.
     
  5. AdiosVista thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks, I will try the disk utility and repair. The issue does not seem tied to one app, but related to the OS, so I don't think deleting any app preferences will change it.
     
  6. AdiosVista thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Also, here is a list of updates performed the night before this started happening:

    2008-10-04 02:07:03 -0400: Installed "Java For Mac OS X 10.5 Update 2" (1.0)
    2008-10-04 02:07:08 -0400: Installed "Front Row Update" (2.1.6)
    2008-10-04 02:07:17 -0400: Installed "iDVD Update" (7.0.2)
    2008-10-04 02:07:23 -0400: Installed "iMovie Update" (7.1.4)
    2008-10-04 02:07:29 -0400: Installed "Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update" (2.2)
    2008-10-04 02:07:48 -0400: Installed "iPhoto Update" (7.1.4)
    2008-10-04 02:08:04 -0400: Installed "iTunes" (8.0.1)
     
  7. AdiosVista thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Another thing: after viewing the system.log in System Profiler, I see many instances of iCal and Firefox saying CGSResolveShmemReference : offset exceeds bounds. What does all this mean?
     
  8. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    try force pre-binding. enter this into Terminal

    Code:
    sudo update_prebinding -root / -force
    and then reboot.
     
  9. VoidBoi macrumors regular

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    Could be a RAM issue. Try running it with just the stock RAM modules in.
     

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