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OS 10.4.11  search isn't working

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Mary Frost Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)
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Apr 28, 2012 10:26 AM

suddenly, I can't search within my computer or external hard drives.  It spins forever and finds nothing.  I have put in an easy search which is readily available but can't be found by searching.

 

What might cause this?

 

Mary Lou

iMac, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,670 points)
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    Apr 28, 2012 12:08 PM (in response to Mary Frost)

    Hello Mary Lou,

     

    Could be Spotlight has messed up, but try this first...

     

    "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 at the top of the screen. (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."

     

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=106214

     

    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.)

     

    In the interim until we can figure this out, I only use these 2 for searches...

     

    Find Any File...

     

    http://apps.tempel.org/FindAnyFile/

     

    EasyFind...

     

    http://www.devon-technologies.com/download/

     

    Near the bottom of the page.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,670 points)
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    Apr 28, 2012 7:16 PM (in response to Mary Frost)

    You may find those apps far more useful, but to find out why Search doesn't work...

     

    Open Console in Utilities & see if there are any clues or repeating messages when this happens.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,670 points)
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    Apr 28, 2012 8:35 PM (in response to Mary Frost)

    Oh Oh, do you have aby exteral drives connected?

     

    Which exact iMac is this?

     

    At the Apple Icon at top left>About this Mac.

     

    Then click on More Info>Hardware and report this upto but not including the Serial#...

     

    Hardware Overview:

     

    Model Name: iMac

    Model Identifier: iMac7,1

    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo

    Processor Speed: 2.4 GHz

    Number Of Processors: 1

    Total Number Of Cores: 2

    L2 Cache: 4 MB

    Memory: 6 GB

    Bus Speed: 800 MHz

    Boot ROM Version: IM71.007A.B03

    SMC Version (system): 1.21f4

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,670 points)
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    Apr 29, 2012 12:48 PM (in response to Mary Frost)

    Well, we have a Disk problem, but could be other Hardware issue.

     

    Do you have the Internal Drive backed up?

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,670 points)
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    Apr 29, 2012 1:25 PM (in response to Mary Frost)

    Is your backup a bootable clone, or just drag & drop copies?

     

    I don't exactly the problem is, but in Disk Utility, highlight the whole drive & look below to see if it says...

     

    S.M.A.R.T. Status :          Verified

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,670 points)
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    Apr 29, 2012 3:39 PM (in response to Mary Frost)

    If you're talking about using Migration Assistant on the other one, it won't override the OS files, just carry over your files & settings, etc.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,670 points)
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    Apr 30, 2012 9:07 AM (in response to Mary Frost)

    Great to hear, do we no longer get those messages in Console?

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