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10.8.5 Update Broke Menu Bar

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Knees Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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Sep 13, 2013 8:41 PM

Hi. I had a a very strong 10.8.4 system that I was very happy with but I rolled the dice on the 10.8.5 upgrade and now my menu bar is broken.

 

The menu bar will show only the spotlight icon for a few seconds and then it will go away.

 

I have tried:

 

Restarting

Restarting systemuiserver from Activity Monitor.

Deleting com.apple.system.uiserver.plist from Users/MyUser/Library/Preferences AND Users/MyUser/Library/Preferences/ByHost

Repairing Disk Permissions

Verifying Disk

 

This has also broken the Spotlight search functionality from within the Finder.

 

I really don't want to reinstall my system.

 

Please help?

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.5), Mid-2007 2.4Duo 15.3inch 4GB 500GB
  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,430 points)
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    Sep 13, 2013 10:16 PM (in response to Knees)

    Launch the Console application in any of the following ways:

     

    ☞ Enter the first few letters of its name into a Spotlight search. Select it in the results (it should be at the top.)

     

    ☞ In the Finder, select Go Utilities from the menu bar, or press the key combination shift-command-U. The application is in the folder that opens.

     

    ☞ Open LaunchPad. Click Utilities, then Console in the icon grid.

     

    Step 1

     

    Make sure the title of the Console window is All Messages. If it isn't, select All Messages from the SYSTEM LOG QUERIES menu on the left. If you don't see that menu, select

    View Show Log List

    from the menu bar.

    Enter the name of the crashed application or process (SystemUIServer) in the Filter text field. Select the messages from the time of the last crash, if any. Copy them to the Clipboard (command-C). Paste into a reply to this message (command-V).

     

    When posting a log extract, be selective. In most cases, a few dozen lines are more than enough.

    Please do not indiscriminately dump thousands of lines from the log into this discussion.

     

    Important: Some private information, such as your name, may appear in the log. Anonymize before posting.

     

    Step 2

     

    In the Console window, look under User Diagnostic Reports for crash reports related to the crashed process. The report name starts with the name of the process, and ends with ".crash". Select the most recent report and post the entire contents — again, the text, not a screenshot. In the interest of privacy, I suggest that, before posting, you edit out the “Anonymous UUID,” a long string of letters, numbers, and dashes in the header of the report, if it’s present (it may not be.) Please don’t post shutdownStall, spin, or hang logs — they're very long and not helpful.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,430 points)
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    Sep 18, 2013 8:31 AM (in response to Knees)

    Rebuild the Spotlight index. If you try to search now from the magnifying-glass icon in the top right corner of the display, a pulsing dot will appear in the icon. When the dot disappears, the indexing is complete.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,430 points)
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    Sep 18, 2013 11:39 AM (in response to Knees)

    Please read this whole message before doing anything.

     

    This procedure is a test, not a solution. Don’t be disappointed when you find that nothing has changed after you complete it.

     

    Step 1

     

    The purpose of this step is to determine whether the problem is localized to your user account.

     

    Enable guest logins* and log in as Guest. Don't use the Safari-only “Guest User” login created by “Find My Mac.”

     

    While logged in as Guest, you won’t have access to any of your personal files or settings. Applications will behave as if you were running them for the first time. Don’t be alarmed by this; it’s normal. If you need any passwords or other personal data in order to complete the test, memorize, print, or write them down before you begin.

     

    Test while logged in as Guest. Same problem?

     

    After testing, log out of the guest account and, in your own account, disable it if you wish. Any files you created in the guest account will be deleted automatically when you log out of it.

     

    *Note: If you’ve activated “Find My Mac” or FileVault, then you can’t enable the Guest account. The “Guest User” login created by “Find My Mac” is not the same. Create a new account in which to test, and delete it, including its home folder, after testing.

     

    Step 2

     

    The purpose of this step is to determine whether the problem is caused by third-party system modifications that load automatically at startup or login, by a peripheral device, or by corruption of certain system caches.

     

    Disconnect all wired peripherals except those needed for the test, and remove all aftermarket expansion cards. Boot in safe mode and log in to the account with the problem. Note: If FileVault is enabled on some models, or if a firmware password is set, or if the boot volume is a software RAID, you can’t do this. Ask for further instructions.

     

    Safe mode is much slower to boot and run than normal, and some things won’t work at all, including sound output and Wi-Fi on certain iMacs.  The next normal boot may also be somewhat slow.

     

    The login screen appears even if you usually log in automatically. You must know your login password in order to log in. If you’ve forgotten the password, you will need to reset it before you begin.

     

    Test while in safe mode. Same problem?

     

    After testing, reboot as usual (i.e., not in safe mode) and verify that you still have the problem. Post the results of steps 1 and 2.

  • dpak.sf Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 26, 2013 8:04 PM (in response to Linc Davis)

    I have the same issue after 10.8.5 update.  Menu bar is missing spotlight and other widgets.  I did follow the above instruction and the menu bar does work when logged in as a Guest user.  However it does not work in safe mode.

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