Hello all - I'm running 10.5.8 on a mid 2007 mini with 4 GB RAM. Recently I have developed a problem where the trash will not empty. The problem appeared about the same time as when one of my external firewire drives failed (it was 5 years old). I've replaced the drive but the trash problem persists. About the same time we had lots of storms here and I lost internet several times. All my equipment is on 2 UPS's. Comcast just completed their repairs outside today and I am finally back to full speed. Their techs determined that no problems existed at my end causing any of the internet service problems.
The trash shows contents in the dock and normal empty and option empty have no effect. Only one irtem shows when I open the trash can, its an empty folder zero KB, type: alias. Its name is all unorothodox charaters which I will try to paste into this message:
The very small diagonal characters read: "N U L". Date modified is Dec. 31, 1903. When I try to drag this out of the trash onto the desktop it disappears and the trash shows empty, but clicking on the trash its still in there. Same thing with Command I, the info box appears for a fraction of a second, then vanishes before I can read anything. Trash shows empty but clicking on it the item returns.
I've tried Secure Empty Tash and that shows 11 items in the trash, so 10 are invisible, and Secure Empty Trash fails to make any difference. I've done some searching and found a number of items here relating to trash problems, but all seemed to be for systems substaitally earlier than Leopard. I have tried Shift + Option + Command + Delete, with no success. I also tried A. Brody's Force Empty Trash software with no success. Threads regarding Unix commands I have not treid as I have no background in Terminal at all.
The internal boot hard drive with 10.5.8 seems to be working flawlessly otherwise. Its a new dive, about 4 months old and passes both Disk Utility verify and Disk Warrior (3%). I have not tried Disk Warrior rebuild on the internal drive yet. Software Update reports nothing new to dowload.
Anyone have any suggestions to discover what the items in the trash are, whether any problem would present if I am able to delete them, and how to go about accomplishing that? Thanks for your attention in advance. - Randy