4 Replies Latest reply: Jul 31, 2013 3:43 PM by CMCSK
gabamatron Level 1 Level 1

I'm opening a new topic on this because I've gone through the ones already existing and none of the solutions seems to be helping.


Some specs:

OSX 10.6.8 Snow Leopard

Processor 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7

Memory 16G (newly installed a few months ago) 1333 MHz DDR3



The problem:

My system kept slowing down/freezing/giving me the spinning wheel of death so I checked the Permissions, Repaired them even though what was off seemed benign.  I verified Disk and it was fine.  I did have an external hard drive that was acting funny so I ran the Disk Verify there and it was corrupted, so I Disk Repaired, and the second Disk Verify came back clean.  In the days leading up to this, other applications like Chrome and Safari also quit unexpectedly, and Chrome was incredibly laggy.  Mail and Skype never crashed though (I saw that was a symptomatic issue for others).  Also, if it's important, it takes me exactly 2 executions of "restart" or "shut down" for the system to do it.  The first execution does nothing.


Now, I have the Finder in its entirey quitting unexpectedly (including navbar at the top which blacks out and just leaves an imprint of the icons). 


What I did:

1) Reboot, didn't do anything.


2) Safe Booted (with Shift), the Finder appears but it disgustingly slow, so Rebooted normally.  Same problem.


3) Option!Booted, tried to delete the com.apple.finder file (got it into trash but then the Trash wouldn't open so I could empty it).  Also got a com.apple.finder.[gibberish] in that same area so I tried to delete that too.  Also got com.apple.sidebarlists.plist and com.apple.recentitems.plist in the Trash. Rebooted normally, the Finder worked but I noticed the Trash hadn't empties so I was able to empy the trash, then Rebooted.  Finder quit unexpectedly as soon as the system boots up.


4) During the window of usage in #3, I ran my terminal to search for some Flashback trojan some people were talking about but it came back empty.


5) Safe Booted (Shift) again to get my specs for this post and I was able to, but when I closed the little window, Finder quit unexpectedly in safe boot. (I f


Does this sound familiar to anyone? Does anyone have a solution I haven't tried yet?  And if that solution is to boot from the disk, I'd like to mitigate as much loss as possible (naturally).  I already have most of my stuff backed up so that isn't a huge problem.  What I don't want to lose are my browser preferences (bookmarks, history).  I found Application Support/Google/Chrome but do I just take the whole folder or just a specific file?  I remember doing it for my iTunes playlists but that was just a .plist file, not an entire folder.

MacBook Pro (15-inch Early 2011), Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • gabamatron Level 1 Level 1

    So I'm impatient as all get-out so I'm going to try booting from the disk and hoping for the best.


    But honestly I would love anyone's explanation for what might have happened to create this problem.  Is it something avoidable?  Could it be the RAM I installed months ago acting up?  Anything?

  • CMCSK Level 6 Level 6

    How large is your hard drive and how much hard drive space do you have left?




    Disconnect all peripherals from your computer.


    Boot from your install disc & run Repair Disk from the utility menu. To use the Install Mac OS X disc, insert the disc, and restart your computer while holding down the C key as it starts up.

    Select your language.

    Once on the desktop, select Utility in the menu bar.

    Select Disk Utility.


    Select the disk or volume in the list of disks and volumes, and then click First Aid.

    Click Repair Disk.

    Restart your computer when done.


    Repair permissions after you reach the desktop-http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2963 and restart your computer.



    Common symptoms of a dying hard drive



    Hard drive is making a clicking, whirring, grinding, ping pong ball noise or any other type of unusual noises.


    Hard drive is not spinning.

    Computer is not recognizing the hard drive.

    Sluggish loading of applications.

    System freezes and hangs.
















  • gabamatron Level 1 Level 1

    My HD is 750 GB, with 75.69 GB free.


    I've been trying to get my computer to boot from the Disk but it's almost refusing to acknowledge it.  It recognizes the disk when I put it in (a finder will appear - now that I've deleted all Adobe applications for fear of corrupted fonts), but when I restart or just start, it won't show me the Disk, not while holding C nor while holding Option.


    I've zapped the PRAM and and reset the SMC as per the advice on this thread but that still hasn't worked.


    Would a dying drive mean a new computer or is it possible/worth it to just install a new drive?  I should mention, after I upgraded to the 16 gigs of RAM, my computer was lightning fast for a few good weeks.  Until this all started happening anyway.  Would that initial speed boost be indicative of a healthy drive yet or...?

  • CMCSK Level 6 Level 6

    To confirm if your hard drive is failing, take your computer to an Apple Store or an AASP.  They will run some sort of diagnostic testing which is free.


    Purchasing a new hard drive is cheaper than purchasing a new computer.