Spotlight bites!

Discussion in 'macOS' started by drewpage, Apr 29, 2005.

  1. drewpage macrumors newbie

    Apr 28, 2005
    When I first got Tiger, I was very excited. My excitement quickly turned to frustration. Spotlight simply doesn't work. It can't "see" many of my word and excel files, even when I do a search from the very folder the files are in, I come up empty. Apparently, I am not the only one with this problem. I have read about this problem on other forums. I hope Apple fixes it, since its very annoying not to have the same search capabilities that I had in Panther.

    Also, Tiger breaks Virtual PC 7 (partially), Cisco's VPN client, and Norton Antivirus 9 for Mac. Beware of Tiger if you use these apps. The have not been updated yet.
  2. bpd115 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 4, 2003
    I'm not having any issues finding word documents...

    However it is up to Microsoft to patch their software and they already stated that the will be doing so.

    Why use NAV at all? To protect your PC brothers?
  3. t^3 macrumors regular

    Oct 17, 2001
    How long has it been installed? It takes a while for it to index all your files, maybe an hour or several hours. Also try restarting.
  4. Kingsnapped macrumors 6502a


    Oct 16, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    I'm having no problems finding words, bethey in spreadsheets or.. anything.
  5. drewpage thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 28, 2005

    I can find "some" word documents, but not nearly all. Don't misunderstand, I am not busting on your installation of Tiger, only my own. After all, there could be something unique about my files thats causing them to be invisible. I don't think so though. Others are having the same problems.

    As far as NAV, the system in question is an iMac G5 at work, and as such, we are required to have virus protection, whether or not we have a PC or Mac. The NAV in question is the corporate version but really is the same as the retail product. Even though there are not many Mac viruses, its rather short sighted to not have some sort of virus protection. Someday, virus writers are going to say, hmmm...mac is getting too are some viruses for ya.

    yes, Microsoft said they would update, but not for 2-3 months, which is pretty rediculous.
  6. drewpage thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 28, 2005

    I am glad everyone in the forum is not having any problems. I was not looking for fix suggestions though, just putting out a warning that if what you running is mission critical, hold off on Tiger until its been out a few weeks. Also, I am a very big Apple fan. Don't view my post as a complaint against Apple or an affront to what you believe in.
  7. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    did you do an upgrade install or a clean install? perhaps this could be why your having problems, again sorry that you are having issues, i hope they can be resloved
  8. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Not challenging you at all, so please don't get me wrong, but what exactly is broken? MacBidouille and others have reported 7.0.1 as working in Tiger....

    EDIT: I agree...unless there's something obvious we're missing, something is just not right with your Spotlight. :( Have you tried creating an RTF in TextEdit and saving it, and then searching it in the same way you searched the Word documents? Alternatively, make a PDF of one and put it in the same directory, and see if Spotlight picks up the PDF and not the Word doc. (I'm assuming, from your description, that there are non-Office things you are able to spotlight succesfully).
  9. David Lundgren macrumors member

    Nov 26, 2003
    Albany, NY
    Well, with a title like Spotlight Bites, it certainly LOOKS like a shot at Apple... but mine certainly finds Word files and Excel files, and as far as Microsoft being ridiculous and slow to upgrade anything, that's why we're here in the first place!

    I'm impressed as hell with Spotlight, and strangely enough, I'm finding that Dashboard is great as well - I thought that was kind of a "fluff" thing until I found the FedEx, WiFi locator and Version Tracker gadgets.

    I know you've calmed down by now, so you gotta love what they're doing - and trying to do - with Spotlight. I already got to upset my first Windows using business partner this morning with a little Spotlight demo... he went off sulking about Longhorn ever getting here!
  10. daveL macrumors 68020


    Jun 18, 2003
    There was a report that, although the default "shared networking" works, the "virtual switch" networking option is broken on Tiger. I use the shared network default, so I haven't confirmed it.

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