Gruene Guy wrote:
William, I really, really appreciate your help. Other than being totally lost trying to find "private/etc" and "/usr/sbin" anywhere on my Mac, I guess what has me concerned is that this 'racoon' is a working process that shows in the activity monitor. And, as you've said, on my Mac is a file named "private/etc/racoon.conf." And that file resides on a hardrive that is NOT my startup drive.
I'm guessing that it is on your startup drive. otherwise your computer wouldn't be running it. Those directories aren't normally shown in the Finder, as a typical user has no business working in those directories. I wouldn't recommend that you do anything to disturb those directories until you acquire a lot more expertise.
To see what's in those directories, use the Finder menu item Go -> Go to Folder . Type "/private/etc" or "/usr/sbin" (with a leading slash but without the quotes on either case), then click the "Go" button.
I'd guess that "etresoft" may have an idea that your computer (or its predecessor) may have used a VPN client.
Gruene Guy wrote:
what is VPN?
A Virtual Private Network. It allows you to establish a connection between your computer and some other network and have your computer "belong" to that network. All data is encrypted while in transit on the Internet. I use a VPN to work from home. My wife uses a different VPN to watch US TV shows from Canada.
As far as other problems, yes they do seem minor and could be preference related. They include such things as:
1) my two AccuWeather widgets might default to Cupertino when I first activate
2) my Radar in Motion widget won't hold settings from one start-up to another
3) EyeTV 3.2 has 'forgotten' how to shade the "eyeTV" section of the controller
in red when recording
Maybe delete the associated preference files for these widgets and let them create new ones.
4) on occasion the startup chime has taken over 10 seconds to sound at startup
5) hard drives (counting startup volume I have 4) seem to be reading/writing for
no apparent reason and if I activate Activity Monitor usually it is a
kernel task that is running
MacOS X is always doing things in the background.
Anyway, I may just start all over with an archive and install.
It sounds like most of your problems are just preference files. That can be a problem. If you reinstall the OS and use the automated tools to migrate all your settings, you could wind up re-importing all your old problems. Going from a PPC machine to an Intel is a big step. It might be better to reinstall the OS from scatch, reinstall your applications, and manually copy your old user files back in. Be very careful with the contents of the Library folder in your home directory. It sounds like that is where most of your problems are. When I make a big upgrade, I always start with a fresh Library folder. I keep the old one around (named Library_old) so I can copy specific items out of it as I need them. I find that the only things out of there I really need to save from machine to machine are the Mail folders and preference files, Address Book and Calendar folders and preference files, and keychains. Everything else can be easily re-created.