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Finder Crashes on "Open With" and Can't wake from Sleep

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I have a late 2009 Power Mac Quad Core.  I always update the latest OS and Since I updated to the latest OS (whatever animal it is now) I've noticed 2 annoying issues that occure all the time - and none of these posts have been helpful - or I just can't weed through all the noob, rambling posts to find an answer.  If someone can solve this, or point me to the right post, I'll be greatful.


IN THE FINDER - when I right click a file (usually a Quicktime movie), and hover over "Open With" It freezes the finder.  It instantly locks on that option, and sometimes hitting the ESC key quickly will make it go away, but usually just have to force restart finder.  And it's not a rainbow spinner ball it's a blue spinner.


PUT COMPUTER TO SLEEP -  When I set the computer to go to sleep - it can't wake up without a forced reboot.  Mouse wont wake it, key strokes wont wake it. The power button still blue, pulsing on and off.  No reaction from the Computer.  There's lots of issues on this, but no one has solved it for a Pro Mac Tower.



Mac Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3), 2.66 GHz Quad-Core, 14GB Ram
  • Eric Root Level 6 Level 6 (14,010 points)



    You need to look in your user Library/Preferences for the .plist. Hold down the option key while using the Finder "Go To Folder" command. Enter ~/Library. Delete the .plist(s) for the application.

    If you prefer to make your user library permanently visible, use the Terminal command found below.

    You might want to bookmark the command. I had to use it again after I installed 10.8.2. I have also been informed that if you drag the user library to Finder it will remain visible.


    Force quit Finder and test.




    Sleep - Wakeup

  • Eric Root Level 6 Level 6 (14,010 points)

    The Finder .plist.


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  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (108,150 points)

    Please read this whole message before doing anything.

    This procedure is a diagnostic test. It’s unlikely to solve your problem. Don’t be disappointed when you find that nothing has changed after you complete it.

    The purpose of the test is to determine whether the problem is caused by third-party software that loads automatically at startup or login, or by a peripheral device.


    Disconnect all wired peripherals except those needed for the test, and remove all aftermarket expansion cards. Boot in safe mode and log in to the account with the problem.  Note: If FileVault is enabled, or if a firmware password is set, or if the boot volume is a software RAID, you can’t do this. Post for further instructions.
    Safe mode is much slower to boot and run than normal, and some things won’t work at all, including wireless networking on certain Macs. The next normal boot may also be somewhat slow.

    The login screen appears even if you usually log in automatically. You must know your login password in order to log in. If you’ve forgotten the password, you will need to reset it before you begin.


    Test while in safe mode. Same problem?


    After testing, reboot as usual (i.e., not in safe mode) and verify that you still have the problem. Post the results of the test.


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