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yhnjgkfhkhk Calculating status...
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Aug 28, 2009 1:02 PM
Just installed Snow Leopard, and the menu bar at the top right of the screen has disappeared. Spotlight, wireless, sound, power, date, they are all gone. Before the update I was running Leopard with XMenu, which seems to be incompatible with SL. I uninstalled XMenu, restarted and the menu is still missing.
MacBook, Mac OS X (10.4.7), 2.0 White 2GB 160Gb
  • Daniel Nolen Iii Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)
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    Aug 28, 2009 1:04 PM (in response to yhnjgkfhkhk)
    The process that displays this is called "SystemUIServer"

    Check Activity Monitor (all processes) or Console for any mentions.
    Mac OS X (10.6)
  • Samsara Level 4 Level 4 (1,320 points)
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    Aug 28, 2009 1:07 PM (in response to yhnjgkfhkhk)
    I've had that happen before SL, exiting from some games. For me changing resolutions in Prefs back and forth worked. Not sure if that will do it in your case though. Good luck.
    MP 8-core 2.93GHz, 32 GB RAM, GTX 285, 3x120gb OCZ, 3x80gb Intel, 4x300gb VRs, Mac OS X (10.6), 30" HD Cinema Display, 20" Cinema Display, iPod touch, G5Quad (JIC)
  • Mac Medic (be@MacOSG.com) Level 6 Level 6 (17,290 points)
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    Aug 28, 2009 1:18 PM (in response to yhnjgkfhkhk)
    Login to another User account. Is it working there? If so, try trashing your SystemUIServer preferences in you main User account.



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  • Mac Medic (be@MacOSG.com) Level 6 Level 6 (17,290 points)
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    Aug 28, 2009 1:54 PM (in response to yhnjgkfhkhk)
    HD > User > Library > Preference > com.apple.systemuiserver.plist



    Dave M.
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  • Mac Medic (be@MacOSG.com) Level 6 Level 6 (17,290 points)
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    Aug 28, 2009 2:18 PM (in response to yhnjgkfhkhk)
    Trying it in another account is a good way to find out if the problem is in your User Library, or hard drive and/or System Library.



    Dave M.
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  • papa1940 Calculating status...
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    Aug 28, 2009 4:26 PM (in response to Mac Medic (be@MacOSG.com))
    I have a similar problem as described here and additionally do not have the preference file you mentioned in your response. I am currently doing a reinstall to see if that helps. Works great on my MacBook (black) but my iMac not so much.

    When I setup a second account the menu bar does appear but no luck on my main account.

    Any further suggestions.
    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • Daniel Nolen Iii Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)
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    Aug 28, 2009 4:59 PM (in response to papa1940)
    If it doesn't happen in a new user, then it's user-specific. The Mac OS X installer doesn't istnall anything user-specific.
    Mac OS X (10.6)
  • papa1940 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 28, 2009 6:42 PM (in response to Daniel Nolen Iii)
    OK, so if it's user specific what do you do?
    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • Mac Medic (be@MacOSG.com) Level 6 Level 6 (17,290 points)
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    Aug 29, 2009 9:33 PM (in response to papa1940)
    Troubleshoot your main User Library. Try dragging the whole preference folder to the desktop and reboot. See if it returns.



    Dave M.
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  • welshboytim Calculating status...
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    Aug 30, 2009 2:52 AM (in response to Mac Medic (be@MacOSG.com))
    I also had the same trouble - menu bar had lost all the icons except Googlenotifier, Caffeine, Quicksilver and Growl! Spotlight icon flashed on and off intermittently - mostly off! Just found Preferences in Library and dragged to Desktop. All back now - but dont understand what I've done! Any learned explanation of what this has done would be really useful. Many thanks Mac Medic!
    Macbook, Mac OS X (10.6)
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