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iCal -  inconsistent data - cured it!

31936 Views 55 Replies Latest reply: Jul 11, 2009 5:35 PM by Jon Cotton1 RSS
  • Ken Laji Calculating status...
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    Nov 29, 2008 3:58 PM (in response to Ken Laji)
    Sorry that URL is wrong - here's the right one..
    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.4.10), 2 GHz Core 2 Duo, 2GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
  • Shalta Calculating status...
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    Dec 7, 2008 4:13 PM (in response to Sailhome)
    I have this problem, except the accurate data is on MobileMe and iCal is incomplete. I have tried o overwrite in the prefs from MM over local data, tried deleting all unused calendars or subscriptions ... nothing helps.

    GRR ... I HATE iCal!
    Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • matthiasmb Calculating status...
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    Dec 16, 2008 4:00 AM (in response to Sailhome)
    I've had this problem for ages. Thing is, I am not willing to replace my calendar on mobile me as that is actually my most up to date and 'leading' calendar.

    All fixes I found so far always want me to replce the ME calendar...

    Is this really the only fix there is to this problem?

    Does anybody know if Apple is actually working on this problem as it is clearly something they should fix.....

    looking forward to your replies

    imac, macbook late 2008, Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • stoof1 Calculating status...
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    Dec 29, 2008 1:21 PM (in response to Sailhome)
    i had this problem and did a Live Chat with Mobile Me support.. they fixed my problem within 1 week
    MacbookPro, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • timeshifter Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 13, 2009 9:46 PM (in response to stoof1)
    Apple support solved it for me too. I went to chat with a support agent. He quickly realized it needed to be escalated. (The chat tech had me create a new user account on the Mac and try to overwrite the iCal data with the data on MobileMe.)

    Got an email the next day from a tech. That was Monday. Tuesday night they had it fixed. They fixed something with my calendar data on MobileMe.
    Mac Mini, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • Mac218 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 25, 2009 7:35 PM (in response to Sailhome)
    Unfortunately, not cured, not fixed.

    I spent a couple of hours a couple weeks ago now "stumping" the local Genius Bar Tech. Ironically, he informed me he had the same issue when he updated from a MacBook to a MacBook Pro.

    So, the issue occurs regardless of laptop (both MacBooks and MacBook Pros experience it, both NEW and OLD), iMacs, and Mac Pros ALL have experienced the issue.

    My specific issue was that my MacBook's HD died (under warranty), unmountable, too. At present, the MacBook is incapable of syncing anything with Mobile Me, period. The final suggestion the Genius Bar Tech gave me was (although the Tech did "send it up, should get an email... eventually") to completely Zero out my Mobile Me, and start from scratch. Really? Silly, huh?

    What's the point of having Mobile Me if you can't sync the info to your computer? What's the point of backing up if that "back up" is inaccessible?

    As rampant as this issue apparently is, you'd think the Genius Bar Techs in-store would have access to and training for the solutions.

    Serious quality control issue, Apple.
    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.4.7)
  • OrlickG Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 26, 2009 11:22 AM (in response to Mac218)
    Well after months of dealing with this I finally fixed it on my MacBook. I had tried resetting the data on all my macs with no luck. Today I deleted all of my subscription calendars, including Birthdays, then I did a reset and IT WORKED. Now all of my calendars are in sync. It seemed the hang up was in my Birthday Calendar.
    Mac Mini, MacBook Unibody, iPhone 3G, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • Mac218 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 2, 2009 2:28 PM (in response to Sailhome)
    So... the only "fix" is to zero out the calendars on Mobile Me? How's that a "fix"? Deleting data is not a fix.

    Any way to backup Mobile Me? That's the data I need to be on my laptop... not empty data.
    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.4.7)
  • GIPayne Calculating status...
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    Mar 25, 2009 9:15 PM (in response to Sailhome)
    I too had the 'inconsistent data error' and spent some time in trial and error attempts to fix the syncing process. I appreciate the suggestion offered by Sailhome and had printed it off and would have tried that next. On a whim however, I decided to try repairing the permissions on my hard drive using the disk utility in the Utility Folder. That fixed my problem and allowed me to sync my calendar files again.
    imac intel, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • ella_bean Calculating status...
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    May 4, 2009 11:55 AM (in response to Sailhome)
    I AM THE MASTER OF MY OWN COMPUTER!!! Oh my goodness you've helped me fix this horrible nagging problem!!! Thank you so much for this information!! I was very nervous to go fooling around with deleting files and information but I kept on going and it worked!!! So very much appreciated!!

    Now I will hunt around on here to find out why my iChat is not working when I try and reach my parents yet my brother has no problems from his. Grr!
    iMac/MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • Jon Cotton1 Calculating status...
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    Jul 11, 2009 5:35 PM (in response to Sailhome)
    Thankyou thankyou Sailhome.

    After around 18 months of trying to get mobileme to work, and running through loads of steps with mobileme support I'd given up on it. I thought I'd give it one last try due to talk of Apple improving reliability. Same old problems though, and mobileme support were out of ideas.

    Was about to give up when I read your instructions. I first went through my iCal and deleted all duplicates (found a very handy little app to help - Then deleted all duplicated in address book using its built in function, as well as deleting all groups and any entries starting with weird letters.

    Ran through your very thorough instructions and... it worked!

    Syncing (touch wood) between 3 macs and an iphone now working seamlessly for 3 weeks - even dared turned push on, that's working perfectly too - thank you so much. Apple should employ you - you single handedly repaired what their whole department couldn't, and I don't have to forever sit out of nice easy mac-based sync..


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    Various macs.., Mac OS X (10.5.7)
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