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Finder Issue

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Robert Andrews Calculating status...
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Jun 17, 2013 5:54 AM

After iMac (10.6.8) has been running for a few hours, sometimes less than that Garageband and iTunes won't open.


I have been keeping track of different scenarios when this happens and every time it happens I have noticed that the Finder won't allow me to save any file to the HD or the external drive because the item could not be found.


It will allow me to save files to the Desktop however.


I have no idea if Garageband and iTunes and the Finder acting up are related but just putting it out there.


When I click on any  location via the side bar icons all I get is the respective icon appearing and .


However, when I click on the Devices icon in the sidebar I can path my way to my user and it allows me to save it anywhere I want.


Rebooting only fixes these issues temporarily. I have run Disk Utilty from the Start Up Disc as well and everything came back with no problems found.


Also I am having to Force Quit all Apple based programs such as iWork 08 during this period of the Finder Issue and I cannot access the About This Mac function.


I can however activate the Software Updater.


Any help would be greatly appreciated.




iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • braden85 Community Specialists Community Specialists (2,250 points)
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    Jun 19, 2013 8:38 AM (in response to Robert Andrews)

    Hi Robert!


    It sounds like there may be some sort of an issue in your operating system causing this to happen. You will probably want to create a Time Machine backup of your computer and reinstall the operating system to see if that affects the issue. An article about Time Machine backups can be found right here:


    Mac Basics: Time Machine


    While an article about reinstalling Snow Leopard can be found here:


    Mac OS X 10.6: Reinstalling Mac OS X


    Thanks for coming to the Apple Support Communities!




  • BenRector Calculating status...
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    Jun 21, 2013 8:25 AM (in response to Robert Andrews)

    Hi Robert,


    Have you tried booting in "Safe Mode"?




    iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.5), (24" white/late 2006 2.16GHZ)


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