14 Replies Latest reply: Apr 24, 2010 9:31 AM by Mac Medic (be@MacOSG.com)
Thepizza Level 1 Level 1
The icons that show the time, wireless, blue-tooth, sound, display, flag and spaces are flashing.
I can't click on them and they are alternating in odd patterns.
However, the caffeine icon, and the spotlight icon are fine.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Mac Medic (be@MacOSG.com) Level 6 Level 6
    Try trashing this preference file and reboot.

    HD > User > Library > Preferences > com.apple.systemuiserver.plist




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  • Thepizza Level 1 Level 1
    I trashed the file & restarted... but it did not work... perhaps any other ideas?
  • Mac Medic (be@MacOSG.com) Level 6 Level 6
    Try logging into another User account. Is it doing it there?




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  • Thepizza Level 1 Level 1
    Indeed, the flashing still occurs...
    Any headway?
  • Mac Medic (be@MacOSG.com) Level 6 Level 6
    OK, the problem is system-wide then. Have you installed any third-party apps that would have put an icon in the upper right of the menu bar? If so, try removing it.




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  • Thepizza Level 1 Level 1
    sigh that didn't work either.
    Thanks for all your help, though.
  • Mac Medic (be@MacOSG.com) Level 6 Level 6
    OK, boot from your install disc and reinstall your system.




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  • TurkeyBaster Level 1 Level 1
    I've trashed the settings a couple of times. I've re-installed 10.6.2 twice, (after having many problems with the 10.6.3 version, I have given up). On other users it is NOT flashing.

    Any other ideas ?
  • Mac Medic (be@MacOSG.com) Level 6 Level 6
    If the problem is not happening when logged into another User account, then the problem is isolated to your main User Library.




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  • TurkeyBaster Level 1 Level 1
    OK, so what can I do to fix it ? Nothing else other than apple program icons there and no other recent programs. This only started today after I went back to 10.6.2 from 10.6.3 because I couldn't stand it any longer
  • TurkeyBaster Level 1 Level 1
    Here is an entry from the console log:

    23/04/10 8:23:26 PM com.apple.launchd.peruser.502[165] (com.apple.SystemUIServer.agent[1954]) Job appears to have crashed: Segmentation fault
    23/04/10 8:23:26 PM com.apple.launchd.peruser.502[165] (com.apple.SystemUIServer.agent) Throttling respawn: Will start in 7 seconds
    23/04/10 8:23:26 PM ReportCrash[1953] Saved crash report for SystemUIServer[1954] version 1.6 (298.5) to /Users/ralph/Library/Logs/DiagnosticReports/SystemUIServer2010-04-23-202326Ralphs-iMac.crash
    23/04/10 8:23:36 PM SystemUIServer[1955] [111960] |ConflictManager|Warning| File lock for /Users/ralph/Library/Application Support/SyncServices/Local/conflicts was stolen at 2010-04-23 20:23:36 +1000 by SystemUIServer on host localhost with pid 1955, modifications to conflicts may be lost
  • Mac Medic (be@MacOSG.com) Level 6 Level 6
    OK, the logs point to the SystemUIServer like originally pointed out by trashing that preference file. When you reinstalled 10.6.2, did you try doing a "fresh" install (without adding and files or settings from a backup)?

    Something does not seem right here.

    |ConflictManager|Warning| File lock for /Users/ralph/Library/Application Support/SyncServices/Local/conflicts




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  • TurkeyBaster Level 1 Level 1
    When I had the machine on and running under 10.6.3, I inserted the original Snow Leopard disk and followed the instructions for a standard install. Then I upgraded using the 10.6.2combo upgrade from my downloads folder. I then Repaired disk permissions, again, and have since also verified the disk (OK) and re-set the PRAM.
  • Mac Medic (be@MacOSG.com) Level 6 Level 6
    At this point, I suggest booting from your original install disc, reformatting the drive and install 10.6. THEN boot (before updating to 10.6.2 or adding any files from backup) and see if it's back to normal. If it is not, you have a hardware problem.




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