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Mail app is making my whole computer unresponsive

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Feb 25, 2013 6:48 AM

Hi there,


I need some urgent help with my macbook. Unfortunately my whole macbook has become unresponsive and almost unusable. I have isolated the issue  and it is software based. More specifically it is the mail App. everytime i open it or use it makes the computer totally unresponsive.


It all started when i downloaded a new account into my mail app, Hotmail to be precise, 6,000 emails were ready to be put into the mail app from Hotmail, but I only got 20 emails through iuntil everything went haywire, since then ive deleted hotmail account but the computer remains stuffed.

Ive used time machine to put it back before the problem started but Mail still causes the problems, it seems like the particular issue has written something fauly into the computer. I need Mail to work in its original form urgently as it forms the basis of all my work,


Can someone help with some first aid?



MacBook, Mac OS X (10.7.3), 2.GHz Intel Core Duo 2 and 4GB DDR3
  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,430 points)
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    Feb 25, 2013 8:15 AM (in response to docutale1)

    Quit Mail. Launch the Console application in any of the following ways:


    ☞ Enter the first few letters of its name into a Spotlight search. Select it in the results (it should be at the top.)


    ☞ In the Finder, select Go Utilities from the menu bar, or press the key combination shift-command-U. The application is in the folder that opens.


    ☞ Open LaunchPad. Click Utilities, then Console in the icon grid.


    Make sure the title of the Console window is All Messages. If it isn't, select All Messages from the SYSTEM LOG QUERIES menu on the left. If you don't see that menu, select

    View Show Log List

    from the menu bar.


    Click the Clear Display icon in the toolbar. Then launch Mail. Select any messages that appear in the Console window. Copy them to the Clipboard (command-C). Paste into a reply to this message (command-V).

    When posting a log extract, be selective. In most cases, a few dozen lines are more than enough.

    Please do not indiscriminately dump thousands of lines from the log into this discussion.

    Important: Some private information, such as your name, may appear in the log. Anonymize before posting.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,430 points)
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    Feb 25, 2013 8:56 AM (in response to docutale1)

    Back up all data, then remove "iphonedisk" according to the developer's instructions. Reboot and test.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,430 points)
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    Feb 25, 2013 9:15 AM (in response to docutale1)

    Any third-party software that doesn't install by drag-and-drop into the Applications folder, and uninstall by drag-and-drop to the Trash, is a system modification.

    Whenever you remove system modifications, they must be removed completely, and the only way to do that is to use the uninstallation tool, if any, provided by the developers, or to follow their instructions. If the software has been incompletely removed, you may have to re-download or even reinstall it in order to finish the job.


    Here are some general guidelines. Suppose you want to remove something called “BrickYourMac.” First, consult the product's Help menu, if there is one, for instructions. Finding none there, look on the developer's website, say (That may not be the actual name of the site; if necessary, search the Web for the product name.) If you don’t find anything on the website or in your search, contact the developer. While you're waiting for a response, download BrickYourMac.dmg and open it. There may be an application in there such as “Uninstall BrickYourMac.” If not, open “BrickYourMac.pkg” and look for an Uninstall button.

    You may have to log out or reboot in order to complete an uninstallation.

    If you can’t remove software in any other way, you’ll have to erase your boot volume and perform a clean reinstallation of OS X. Never install any third-party software unless you're sure you know how to uninstall it; otherwise you may create problems that are very hard to solve.

    Trying to remove complex system modifications by hunting for files by name often will not work and may make the problem worse. The same goes for "utilities" that purport to remove software.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,430 points)
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    Feb 25, 2013 9:39 AM (in response to docutale1)

    MacFUSE is not the same thing as iphonedisk, but I wish you the best of luck.


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