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Alexander Horne Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hey Guys,

a few minutes ago i was cleaning up my dock, i pulled garageband off and then noticed i still needed it there, so i went into my applications folder to try and find it, but it's not there?

ive used spotlight search and looked in a fair few folders - including the recycling bin, and cannot find it. Ive also tried opening some of the files ive made with it and they open in quicktime and says the document cannot be opened.

Please dont say reinstall iLife 09, i bought it from a guy on ebay with it preinstalled; but he never sent the disks.

Thanks in advance.
Alex

iMac Core Duo, Mac OS X (10.6.2), The White One
  • rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (48,880 points)
    Alex,

    Welcome to Apple Discussions.

    That's a pretty simple fix, just use Time Machine and restore it.

    BTW you should NEVER purchase a Mac from someone that cannot supply the discs that it came with and/or any software that comes bundled with the purchase. If you don't have these or a Time Machine backup I think you are out of luck.

    Regards,

    Roger
  • Alexander Horne Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    i dont have time machine turned on.. is that a problem?

    Alex
  • rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (48,880 points)
    So you have not been backing up the machine? About the only other thing you can do is see if it's residing somewhere else, normally dragging something off the Dock will not delete it. You can still see if you have the application by using Spotlight.

    Command, Spacebar and type Garage Band, if you see the application you still have it, it's just not in the Applications folder.
  • elmac Level 5 Level 5 (4,230 points)
    Hi, if you have NO Back-Up YOU do have a problem, you might search Amazon to find a copy of iLife
    at a reasonable price..L
  • Alexander Horne Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    the only thing that comes up is a 'Getting Started' page.. i guess thats it then? can i not like reset it to when i turned it on?
  • rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (48,880 points)
    Nope you've lost it!

    Two valuable lessons here:

    1. NEVER buy a used Mac without the original discs

    2. Use Time Machine



    One thing you might try is tomorrow call Apple and see if they will send you a replacement set of iLife discs. If they will you will have to pay a nominal fee. It's worth a try, you can find the phone number in the manual which I'm guessing you don't have, you can locate that here.
    Sorry Alexander.
  • Casper Elmose Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Try locating it with the Terminal from the Utilities folder.

    type:

    locate GarageBand.app

    (It is case-sensitive, BTW) See if it finds anything - if it does, look at the path.

    If you're not familiar with the Terminal, don't try to type any other commands.
  • Alexander Horne Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Last login: Sun Jan 31 21:26:56 on console
    Alexs-iMac:~ Alex$ locate GarageBand.app

    WARNING: The locate database (/var/db/locate.database) does not exist.
    To create the database, run the following command:

    sudo launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.locate.plist

    Please be aware that the database can take some time to generate; once
    the database has been created, this message will no longer appear.

    Alexs-iMac:~ Alex$


    this popped up. should i put that it? :S

    Alex
  • Casper Elmose Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    You can create it by typing the command

    sudo launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.locate.plist

    It will probably ask you for a password (you won't see the little stars (*), just type the password and hit enter)

    This might take some time to create. Afterwards, try the locate again.
  • Alexander Horne Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Last login: Sun Jan 31 22:56:48 on ttys000
    Alexs-iMac:~ Alex$ locate GarageBand.app

    WARNING: The locate database (/var/db/locate.database) does not exist.
    To create the database, run the following command:

    sudo launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.locate.plist

    Please be aware that the database can take some time to generate; once
    the database has been created, this message will no longer appear.

    Alexs-iMac:~ Alex$ sudo launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.locate.plist
    com.apple.locate: Already loaded
    Alexs-iMac:~ Alex$ locate GarageBand.app

    WARNING: The locate database (/var/db/locate.database) does not exist.
    To create the database, run the following command:

    sudo launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.locate.plist

    Please be aware that the database can take some time to generate; once
    the database has been created, this message will no longer appear.

    Alexs-iMac:~ Alex$



    now im confused? :S
  • elmac Level 5 Level 5 (4,230 points)
    Hi, I would use Spotlight 1st - then Applications on your Main HD - To search for G/Band
    Then your Users Account - Then your Shared Folder..
    Also:- Main HD -> Library -> Applications Support -> Garage Band -- Keep Looking...L
  • Alexander Horne Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    /Library/Application Support/GarageBand/Instrument Library
    /Library/Application Support/GarageBand/Learn to Play
    /Library/Application Support/GarageBand/Magic GarageBand
    /Library/Application Support/GarageBand/Package Registry.plist
    /Library/Application Support/GarageBand/Templates

    thats all that comes up in the folder :S
  • Casper Elmose Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Hmm, apparently the locate database has been broken by OS 10.6

    Maybe someone knows how to regenerate it - I don't

    Sorry
  • rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (48,880 points)
    The OP's best bet for getting GarageBand back is to get a replacement copy of iLife and hopefully will have learned some lessons.
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