11 Replies Latest reply: Mar 23, 2015 3:58 PM by Wildbunch2
jamman85 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi Everyone, I would really appreciate your help with this issue:

 

The clock (in the menu bar) on my mac keeps getting stuck, meaning it just constantly freezes and doesn't update the time.  If I click on it, it updates to the correct time and then just stops progressing.  I tried resetting PRAM, which didn't seem to work (and I am wondering if this is bc I am using a wireless keyboard and it didn't receive the signals).  I also tried resetting the SMC, which caused my computer to go through a diagnostics mode (where the there was a progress bar on the apple startup screen) and the computer took about 45 minutes to boot.  Clock began to work propery again after that but (a day later) has now begun to stick again.  I've never experienced this before on any of my Macs and would love some advice.  Thanks so much!!


Mac mini, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), Macmini5,3
  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (164,180 points)

    Select  ▹ System Preferences ▹ Language & Text ▹ Region ▹ Region: your country. Test.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (120,305 points)

    Hello, let's start with this...

     

    One way to test is to Safe Boot from the HD, (holding Shift key down at bootup), run Disk Utility in Applications>Utilities, then highlight your drive, click on Repair Permissions, Test for problem in Safe Mode...

     

    PS. Safe boot may stay on the gray radian for a long time, let it go, it's trying to repair the Hard Drive

     

    Reboot, test again.

     

    If it only does it in Regular Boot, then it could be some hardware problem like Video card, (Quartz is turned off in Safe Mode), or Airport, or some USB or Firewire device, or 3rd party add-on, Check System Preferences>Accounts>Login Items window to see if it or something relevant is listed.

     

    Check the System Preferences>Other Row, for 3rd party Pref Panes.

     

    Also look in these if they exist, some are invisible...

     

    /private/var/run/StartupItems

    /Library/StartupItems

    /System/Library/StartupItems

    /System/Library/LaunchDaemons

    /Library/LaunchDaemons

  • Dorje1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm having the exact same problem. It seems to have started just recently. Do you by chance run this program on your Mac?: http://bjango.com/mac/istatmenus/

     

    Stuck clock  seems to have become an issue for me just after updating to istatmenus newest version.

     

    I've not attempted to re-boot in safe mode - too busy to trouble shoot now. Just popped in to see if anyone else had already found a fix. Thanks.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (120,305 points)

    Ok, had to check if it was the same in 10.6, 10.7, & 10.8, but appears so, kind of...

     

    Safe Boot from the HD, (holding Shift key down at bootup), run Disk Utility in Applications>Utilities, then highlight your drive, click on Repair Permissions.

     

    PS. Safe boot may stay on the gray radian for a long time, let it go, it's trying to repair the Hard Drive

     

    You've probably got a couple of corrupt preference files.

     

    Move these files to the Desktop for now...

     

    /Users/<yourname>/Library/Preferences/com.apple.systempreferences.plist

     

    /Users/<yourname>/Library/Preferences>com.apple.systemuiserver.plist

     

    /Users/<yourname>/Library/Preferences/ByHost>com.apple.systemuiserver.xxx.plist

     

    where 'xxx' is a 12 digit (hexadecimal) numeric string.

     

    Some may also end in .lockfile in higher osx versions.

     

     

    Reboot.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (120,305 points)

    This will reset your Menu Bar to the default, you'll need to go through System Preferences to reset the ones you need. (If they are already checked, uncheck them first and then recheck them).

  • musikman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I recently had the same locked up menu bar clock.  It seem to be simultaneous with the expiration of a trial version of iStat Menus.  I ran the uninstall that came with the latest version and everything is back to normal.

    I hope your problem is fixed as easily.

  • Dorje1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Great idea to run the Uninstaller - Just did and your fix worked. Too bad, rather enjoyed the program. However, I'd rather have accurate time.

     

    Did you go back to the old version and if so - what are your results?

  • musikman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have not had the time or desire to troubleshoot any further. I'm just happy to have my menu bar clock working properly again.  Best Regards!

  • Username_Apple_Peel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    For me, this problem seems to have been solved by manually updating my Logitech Control Center from 3.6 to 3.7, which had not happened automatically.

    Download link:

    http://www.logitech.com/en-us/support/3129?crid=583

    My clock and Finder menu bar dropdowns had been behaving oddly, I was getting crash reports from LCC itself and from UI Server, and the computer would not wake from sleep.

    Resetting PRAM and SMC had not worked, nor had deleting Scroll Reverser which had been on the menu bar.

    Am on OSX 10.8.4 on a Macbook Pro

  • Dinosaurcam Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have had this issue for a while and I have istats program. I when to menu and there was a tab that said re-install I did that and it fixed my problem as of now.

  • Wildbunch2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I just ran into the same problem of the clock freezing and disappearing. I did an update of the istat menus and the problem is fixed. Thanks to those who suggested that was the problem.