292 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Mar 19, 2007 10:39 AM by Ferd II
Welcome to Apple Discussions.
Before you try anything else, Repair Disk Permissions.
If it is a Finder issue, it may be helpful to find the com.apple.finder.plist file in your Macintosh HD/Users/yourusername/Library/Preferences Folder. Drag it to your Desktop, log out/in or restart and check for normal finder behavior.
If it is a Contextual Menu problem, can you identify any corrupted or incompatible third party files in the following folders:?
Macintosh HD/System/Library/Contextual Menu Items
Macintosh HD/Library/Contextual Menu Items
Macintosh HD/Users/yourusername/Library/Contextual Menu Items
If so, you may be able to uninstall/reinstall the associated application.
Consider temporary sequential manual removal/isolation of the suspect file to verify CM functionality and finder stability.
If it is a trash issue, Solving Trash Problems, by Dr. Smoke may be helpful.
Repaired the disk permissions, but the problem persists. And if I move the com.apple.finder.plist file to the desktop, Finder would quit and relaunch nonstop. I was finally able to put the file back where it belongs after many tries.
About contextual menus...how do I know which 3rd party files are incompatible? The software update I did yesterday was only for Apple security update, and iTunes. What else could have caused this problem?
What contextual menu items do you have in those folders?
As I wrote earlier, "Consider temporary sequential manual removal/isolation of the suspect file to verify CM functionality and finder stability." In other words, take all of the non-apple items out of their respective folders (remember/record where they were) and return them one at a time. If the system works after returning the first item, log out/in or restart and go on to the next item.
If that proves unsuccessful, DO A FILE SYSTEM CHECK AND REPAIR DISK.