10 Replies Latest reply: Jul 22, 2009 8:46 AM by Stuart Blake Tener
reidbeme Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I am trying to download an application, but it will not download because it says DashboardClient is open. I just want to find it and close it.
  • iBod Level 7 Level 7 (29,340 points)
    Hi,

    It's pretty much what it says, a client of Dashboard - in other words a Widget of some sort.

    If you can provide more information about the exact problem folks here can probably help some more.
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (120,055 points)
    Hi Reid,

    What are you trying to download? How, like ftp or http? Do you have any Dashboard widgets that handle downloading?

    If all else fails, might try this...

    To turn Dashboard off:

    defaults write com.apple.dashboard mcx-disabled -boolean YES

    To turn Dashboard on:

    defaults write com.apple.dashboard mcx-disabled -boolean NO

    *You have to restart the Dock after making either change for it to take effect:
  • dukeswalker Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm having the same problem. I am trying to download adobe flash player but can't because it says that dashboardclient is open. I'm a newbie with a mac...speak gently...
  • dukeswalker Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    and now adobe didn't install all the way and I can't delete it due to error code -61. Ack!
  • iBod Level 7 Level 7 (29,340 points)
    Dashboard is essentially a pared-down web browser. Adobe Flash installers usually look for open web browsers before installing and recommend they be shut down prior to install. So, try going into Dashboard and then move your mouse over any open widgets and then hold the option (or alt) key down and a small (x) should appear on the top left hand corner of the widget. Click that to close the widget. Repeat that for all the open widgets and then retry the Flash installer.
  • syned Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks a lot. Closing widgets helped.
  • inverted07 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hello BDAqua,
    I am having the same problem with Adobe, but I do not understand your instructions on how to fix the problem. I don't understand what you mean about "defaults write com.apple.dashboard...etc" Can you make it easier to understand? Thanks.
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (120,055 points)
    Hi inverted07, and a warm welcome to the forums!

    Oh yes, I wasn't too clear on that was I !?

    Open Terminal & paste one of those lines into it, press enter, then restart or Force quit the Dock in Activity Monitor for the effect to take place.
  • neptunepirate Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hey, I closed my widgets and it helped me download Flash. I'm just not entirely sure how to get my widgets back now... Is there a way to open them, or should I just reinstall?

    Thanks!
  • Stuart Blake Tener Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    Apple/Adobe Users:

    This solution worked for me with the latest version of Adobe Flash and MacOS 10.5.7 (latest software updates installed). However, I am going to clarify a bit more what I did.

    Step 1 - Open Terminal (You can find it under /Applications/Utilities/)

    Step 2 - To turn Dashboard off:

    Type this into Terminal and press enter:

    defaults write com.apple.dashboard mcx-disabled -boolean YES

    Step 3 - find the Dock process id:

    Type this into Terminal and press enter:

    ps -ef | grep 'Dock' | grep -v 'ashboard' | grep -v 'grep'

    The SECOND number from the left is the process id for the Dock.

    Step 4 - Kill the Dock:

    Type this into terminal and press enter (replacing '<processid>' with the number you found above, second from the left):

    kill -9 <processid>

    Step 5 - Install Flash Player per Adobe's installer

    Step 6 - To turn Dashboard on:

    Type this into Terminal and press enter:

    defaults write com.apple.dashboard mcx-disabled -boolean NO

    Step 7 - find the Dock process id:

    Type this into Terminal and press enter:

    ps -ef | grep 'Dock' | grep -v 'ashboard' | grep -v 'grep'

    The SECOND number from the left is the process id for the Dock.

    Step 8 - Kill the Dock:

    Type this into terminal and press enter (replacing '<processid>' with the number you found above, second from the left):

    kill -9 <processid>

    Step 9 - Press "F12" or whatever function key brings up Dashboard to assure it is functioning again now.



    Very Respectfully Submitted,

    Stuart B. Tener, N3GWG