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Launching Mail app on 10.3.9  eMac causes keyboard / mouse to stop working

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Jan 23, 2011 10:12 AM
Strange happenings... comp works fine until Mail is launched, then keyboard input / mouse clicks don't register. Only way to get out of the problem is to restart.

Any suggestions? I'd rather just reinstall the mail app if possible, but didn't find any procedures on doing that.

Thanks in advance !

viajero.
eMac, Mac OS X (10.3.x)
  • littleshoulders Level 6 Level 6 (9,515 points)
    Hello viajero,

    It may be a corrupted incoming email that is causing Mail.app to hang. Are you also getting a spinning beachball with the mouse keyboard freeze? Do you have your email backed up? Is Mail.app even opening at all?

    On restart, can you go to your Mail folder found at ~/Library/Mail folder and try backing it up? Best to do that before troubleshooting so you don't lose anything important.

    littleshoulders
    iMac 350Mhz Indigo Slot Loading G3 OS 10.3.9/9.2.1, Mac OS X (10.3.x), 640 MB RAM
  • littleshoulders Level 6 Level 6 (9,515 points)
    Hi again viajero,

    Those symptoms suggest too full mailboxes perhaps. If you are determined to reinstall Mail.app you may wish to try deleting your com.apple.Mail.plist file found in ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.Mail.plist first and see if you can reset up your Mail account. You'll lose all your settings and email but you won't have to reinstall if it works. Make sure to write down all your Mail settings first in your Mail>Mail Menu>Preferences>Accounts>Account Information.

    The next time you try to start Mail.app you should get a message asking if you wish to setup Mail.app.

    Only do this if you are sure you do not wish to troubleshoot the issue further and are going to reinstall anyways.

    post back if that fixes the problem,

    littleshoulders
    iMac 350Mhz Indigo Slot Loading G3 OS 10.3.9/9.2.1, Mac OS X (10.3.x), 640 MB RAM
  • littleshoulders Level 6 Level 6 (9,515 points)
    Hi again viajero,

    Make sure to unplug all peripherals except keyboard and mouse and then try to boot from your install cd/dvd.

    When exactly does the computer freeze when trying to boot to the install cd/dvd? Does it load and then freeze when trying to boot up again at the install screen? Or does it freeze before this?

    Do you have another keyboard and mouse to try?

    There is other troubleshooting you can try if these steps don't help.

    littleshoulders
    iMac 350Mhz Indigo Slot Loading G3 OS 10.3.9/9.2.1, Mac OS X (10.3.x), 640 MB RAM
  • littleshoulders Level 6 Level 6 (9,515 points)
    I hope it is not the old eMac Freeze/Capacitor Issue!

    Have you tried booting the computer in Mac OS X: Starting up in Safe Mode.

    If the freezes don't happen there then this might suggest it is software related instead of hardware. You can also try booting to your AHT (Apple Hardware Test cd) cd and run it if possible to check for hardware failures.

    post back and let us know how it is going,

    littleshoulders
    iMac 350Mhz Indigo Slot Loading G3 OS 10.3.9/9.2.1, Mac OS X (10.3.x), 640 MB RAM

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