8 Replies Latest reply: May 14, 2008 6:17 PM by Albert Sanchez
jumpstart1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
My Finder freezes (spinning beach ball) when I am trying to select in the column view. I have tried Repair Permissions, that hasn't helped. Anyone have any ideas?

POWER MAC G5, Mac OS X (10.4.8)
  • Barry Hemphill Level 8 Level 8 (36,910 points)
    Hello jump:

    Try trashing the preference file (com.apple.finder.plist) and restarting.

  • Stephen Hamm1 Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)
    I have the same problem. Your solution works only briefly for me. A new finder preference file always takes the place of the old one.

    My problem started last week when I installed Leopard, found it didn't play well with my iMac G5 and then reinstalled Tiger. Any thoughts?
  • fancypants Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)
    This is the same nightmare I went through after upgrading to Leopard and then reverting to Tiger. Just found the solution here:

  • Stephen Hamm1 Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)
    Thanks. My problem seems to have fixed itself for now, but who knows if it will last past the next restart? One question - where do I find Leopard Cache Cleaner? Is this something I need to download?
  • Stephen Hamm1 Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)
    Never mind, I found it. Thanks.
  • Stephen Hamm1 Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)
    I am still having this very frustrating problem. I tried trashing the pref file, but it keeps coming back. I tried Leopard Cache Cleaner and that worked for a little while. For no apparent reason the problem started again and LCC can't seem to fix it.

    Any suggestions?
  • Tobin Smith Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Same problem here.

    The only consistency for the finder freezing (not responding) seems to be random times I select a drive (or folder) from the side panel of a window. It has hung for a while in FCP several times, but catches up after a minute or two, but the full unresponsive freezing of Finder is inconsistent and the only way out is a shut down and restart. Sometimes on the restart it sticks on the grey screen with apple and no spinning dots of progress below it. I hear the hard drive click trying to get going but then nada. usually the third restart always works.

    side note: I never tried to install Leopard (due to professional ap issues), so that doesn't quite fall under some of the above resemblances.
  • Albert Sanchez Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    I have the same problem. I get the spinning ball when I try and open files in column view. Sometimes the file will open after a few minutes of the spinning ball. I have never installed Leopard so I'm perplexed. Also, my address book gets a spinning ball when I search for contact. I've tried trashing my finder pref file and restarting but that doesn't help. Do I need to reinstall Tiger? If anyone has any advice, please post.
    Thanks in advance.