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on startup, imac tries to connect to a network server that doesn't exist.

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Since I migrated  my old iMac to the new one, it has been trying to connect to a non-existent "Server at an IP ADDRESS".  Actually, it is trying to find a long defunct network media drive.


This glitch also hangs up the Clean my Mac software.


How do I tell the iMac to NOT try to locate this hardware?



iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3), + 23HD Cinema display + Mac Mini (spare)
  • Keith Doherty3 Level 4 Level 4 (1,735 points)

    Go to system preferences / Startup disk and select the internal drive with OSx on as default.


    Just highlight it and click restart.


    NB .You may need to click on the padlock icon if closed and enter password before changes can be made


    The machine should now reboot to your internal drive by default and cease searching for a network drive.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,665 points)

    Please take each of the following steps that you haven't already tried. Back up all data before making any changes.

    Step 1

    If you get the warning as soon as you log in, it's probably caused by one of your login items or a system modification that loads at startup or login. Ask if you need help identifying it. A common offender is "Adobe Synchronizer," which is a component of some Adobe products.

    Step 2

    If there's an icon representing the server in the sidebar of a Finder window, hold down the command key and drag it out.

    Step 3


    In the Finder, press the key combination command-K or select

    Go Go to Server...

    from the menu bar. In the upper right corner of the window that opens is a Recent Servers popup menu represented by a clock icon. From that menu, select

    Clear Recent Servers…

    and confirm. Test.


    Step 4


    Triple-click the line below to select it, then copy the text to the Clipboard (command-C):

    ~/Library/PDF Services

    In the Finder, select

    Go Go to Folder...

    from the menu bar, paste into the box that opens (command-V). You won't see what you pasted because a line break is included. Press return. A folder may open. If it does, move the contents to the Desktop, or to a new folder on the Desktop. Log out and log back in. Test. If there's no change, put the items you moved back where they were and continue.

    Step 5

    Open the folder


    as in Step 3 and move the file named "loginwindow.plist" items in that folder to the Trash, if it exists (it may not.)

    Log out and back in again, and test.

    Step 6
    Other possible causes are references in the iPhoto, iTunes, or iMovie library pointing to the server, and bookmarks in the Preview application.


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