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Empty Trash Taking Too Long

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Ken Kline Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Mar 4, 2013 7:09 AM

I am running Mac Tiger Intel on an iMac Core Duo. After moving 683 files to the trash,I get the notice that my imac is in the process of emptying the Trash bin, but after an hour nothing is happening in the progress bar, not one file is deleting so I turn off the computer with the physical button, then I try rebooting, get nothing but the turning icon beneath the grey Apple logo. The I try booting into Safe Mode holding the Shift key again the turning icon. Then I try running Applejack from the Command "S" prompt, again the same thing, that is where I am now, the icon has been turning for the better part of an hour. Because this is a Mac is the computer continuing the process of emptying the Trash before it boots up again, so shall I just let it run it's course, no matter how long it takes or is there some way I can boot up, begin the "emptying" process again? I am not much of a "techie" so can you please give me some simple way of booting into my computer, so I begin the trash empty process again? I am writing this from my backup G5. Thanks so much!! Ken.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.4.11), 2gig, 2gigs ram
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,715 points)
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    Mar 4, 2013 9:21 AM (in response to Ken Kline)

    Hi Ken, the HDD is in bad shape, can it boot from the 10.4 Install Disc?

  • rccharles Level 5 Level 5 (5,150 points)
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    Mar 4, 2013 11:08 AM (in response to Ken Kline)

    Your filesystem has become corrupted.  A new drive can go bad.  It's common.  There is even an acronym for ti -- DOA.

     

    With your startup dvd, run disk utiltiy.

     

     

     

     

    I suspect disk corruptions.

     

    verify & repair your startup drive

    To verify & repair you file system on the startup drive, you will need to run disk utility from you installation DVD.

     

    This article  will tell you how to get to disk utility.  Once in a disk utility, you can go and attempt to recover the disk.

    http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1417


    To repair your startup drive, you will need to run disk utility from your startup DVD.
    Mac OS X 10.4: About the utilities available on the Mac OS X 10.4 Install DVD

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2055

     

    How to run disk utility from your startup DVD.

    1. Insert your  startup DVD  into your reader.  Power down your machine.  Hold down to the c key.  Power on your machine.  This will bootup your startup DVD.
    2. This will bring you to a panel asking you for your language.  Pick your language.
    3. initial boot screen dvd.jpg

       

    4. You you come to the Install Mac OS panel.  Do not install.
    5. Click on Utilities menu item.  This will give you a pulldown list of utilities.
    6. Click on the disk utility.
      cd pulldown.jpg
    7. You are now in disk utility.  Pick your disk.  Click on repair it should be on the lower right of the panel. http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4020/4307921456_2064c6612c.jpg
    8. Once the repair completes successfully, you should update your permissions.
  • rccharles Level 5 Level 5 (5,150 points)
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    Mar 5, 2013 10:30 AM (in response to Ken Kline)

    so perhaps the Trash is still trying to empty itself

    I'm almost positive that once you shutdown/powerdown trash stop emptying.

     

    I try rebooting, get nothing but the turning icon beneath the grey Apple logo

    Have you tried safe boot again?

     

    Have you tried command+s?  How far does this get?

     

    I'm puzzled by this.

     

    Could be some intermitant hardware problem.

     

    Try disconnecting all external devices -- inluding keyboard & mouse. Machine should boot up.  If it looks good let run for 30 minutes.  Should not crash.

    { in a strange case, a bad mouse caused machine to hang/crash.  a very rare mouse problem. }

     

    Run hardware diagnositc.

     

    How many memory cards?  Take out a memory card & see if system run better.  Swap around & see how goes.  Working command + s should be enough.

  • rccharles Level 5 Level 5 (5,150 points)
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    Mar 5, 2013 12:25 PM (in response to Ken Kline)

    Good luck to you.

     

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    when you get back.

     

    difficult problem to diagnosis.  I'm up the creek without a paddle.  let us know what you find.

     

    You said that you replaced the harddrive.  Why?  What were the symptoms then?  How similar to now?

     

    Some how an OS X file could have gotten corrupted / deleted.  Would case real problems if the correct one. Would need to do a "restore" install.  Never can remember the name of install were you preserve data.

     

    Robert

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