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spotlight searching loop

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Alberto Ferrari1 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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May 24, 2010 6:06 PM
I still own a powerbook g4 with tiger 10.4.11.
I am moderatedly happy but I have a lot of troubleshootings.
Little ones but annoying.
One of these is that when I search with spotlight (or hitting clover+F) I watch the search going on but when it looks like finished it starts over and over and I am even not able to click on a row because it changes under my click!
Anyway I gave up to use these searches but I am really angry because I don't understand why it happens. (and I have to use other sw to search my files)
I installed again my system from the scratch but after a while it happened again.
Moreover if I open the spotlight window I cannot open the info window of any file found clicking on the "i" icon on the right.
can you help me? Can you suggest some work to do?
thank you very much!
PB g4, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,825 points)
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    May 24, 2010 6:27 PM (in response to Alberto Ferrari1)

    Could be many things, we should start with this...

    "Try Disk Utility

    1. Insert the Mac OS X Install disc, then restart the computer while holding the C key.
    2. When your computer finishes starting up from the disc, choose Disk Utility from the Installer menu. (In Mac OS X 10.4 or later, you must select your language first.)
    *Important: Do not click Continue in the first screen of the Installer. If you do, you must restart from the disc again to access Disk Utility.*
    3. Click the First Aid tab.
    4. Select your Mac OS X volume.
    5. Click Repair. Disk Utility checks and repairs the disk."

    Then try a Safe Boot, (holding Shift key down at bootup), run Disk Utility in Applications>Utilities, then highlight your drive, click on Repair Permissions, reboot when it completes.

    (Safe boot may stay on the gray radian for a long time, let it go, it's trying to repair the Hard Drive.)

    If perchance you can't find your install Disc, at least try it from the Safe Boot part onward.

    Then in System Preferences>Spotlight>Privacy Pane, add your Hard Drive to it, wait a few minutes & romove it from the Privacy pane... this will cause Spotlight to build a new index, which will take awhile.

    If that doesn't ccure it, try Spotless...

    If that doesn't help, post back please.


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