Currently Being ModeratedMay 22, 2012 12:14 PM (in response to SamuelLockyer)
One thing I'd like for you to try: Create a new user account. Log into the new account and see if the same problems persist.
Many times such crashes are the result of corrupted preference or cache files. The above will eliminate these in the user account but not at the system level. So, I suggest you use a utility such as Lion Cache Cleaner 6.0.11 or Purity 1.10 to clear out cache files at the system level. I've never used the latter software but I, personally, use the former one on my computers.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 22, 2012 12:54 PM (in response to Kappy)
I'm on the new user now, and it seems to be working fine. I will follow up with the rest of your advice as well. I downloaded Lion Cache Cleaner - similar to Onyx. Should I do a deep system only cache clean? And what will the effect of that be? I'm thinking that it will reset a lot of settings.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 22, 2012 12:59 PM (in response to SamuelLockyer)
If it works fine in the new account, then the problem you are having is most likely isolated to your old account files.
Although doing a thorough clearing of all caches can't hurt anything, it may not be necessary. Clearing user data may be all that's needed. Nevertheless, clearing everything is not a bad thing. It will only result in a one time restart delay as the system rebuilds the caches. Rebuilding cache files doesn't reset any settings. That only occurs if you delete a preference file that contains custom settings.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 22, 2012 1:13 PM (in response to Kappy)
I've been spamming Mission Control and Launchpad for a while now, and I think clearing the system caches worked!
Thank you very much!