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bridgeteileen Calculating status...
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May 10, 2007 6:58 AM
All of a sudden, there were some folders that cause Finder to crash when I click on them (can move the contained files using terminal and view them elsewhere, and the files themselves are fine). Then after a while, and perhaps a reboot, Finder would just constantly flickering off and on.

First tried doing archive/install of OS, but happened again. Then saved a disk image on an external drive, did erase/install, and moved my stuff back over via Migration Assistant, but it's starting again.

Any suggestions?
Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.9)
  • macjack Level 9 Level 9 (50,445 points)
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    May 10, 2007 10:15 AM (in response to bridgeteileen)
    Hi bridgeteileen ,

    Have you tried deleting your Finder prefs?
    ~/Library/Preferences and trash these two files:
    com.apple.finder.plist
    com.apple.sidebarlists.plist


    Then log out and back in again. Or restart.
    (You will have to reset a few finder prefs the way you like them.)


    Let us know.



    -mj
    macjack@gmail.com
    iMac 24" 2.16 GHz 2GB RAM/, Mac OS X (10.4.9), 17" FP iMac G4 17" 800 MHz 768MB/ iMac 333MHz 256 MB / LaCie d2s/ APC-UPS
  • macjack Level 9 Level 9 (50,445 points)
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    May 10, 2007 2:24 PM (in response to bridgeteileen)
    Yes, it should have created new Finder and Sidebar prefs.

    Try this: Look in ~/Library/Contextual Menu Items and move whatever is there to the desktop. Then do the same with /Library/Contextual Menu Items.

    Log out and back in or restart, if that sorts it start putting items back one at a time until you find the culprit.



    -mj
    macjack@gmail.com
    iMac 24" 2.16 GHz 2GB RAM/, Mac OS X (10.4.9), 17" FP iMac G4 17" 800 MHz 768MB/ iMac 333MHz 256 MB / LaCie d2s/ APC-UPS
  • macjack Level 9 Level 9 (50,445 points)
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    May 10, 2007 4:00 PM (in response to bridgeteileen)
    OK, so it's not contextual menu items or Finder Prefs.

    Create a new account, name it "test" and see how your Finder behaves in that User acct? (That will tell if your problem is systemwide or limited to your User acct.) This account is just for test, do nothing further with it.

    Open System Preferences >> Accounts >> "+" make it an admin account.

    Let us know and we'll troubleshoot this further.

    btw - what type of files are those and can you move them off your Mac?



    -mj
    macjack@gmail.com
    iMac 24" 2.16 GHz 2GB RAM/, Mac OS X (10.4.9), 17" FP iMac G4 17" 800 MHz 768MB/ iMac 333MHz 256 MB / LaCie d2s/ APC-UPS
  • Sherman Homan Level 3 Level 3 (710 points)
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    May 11, 2007 5:59 AM (in response to bridgeteileen)
    Have you run Disk Utility --> Repair Disk? Sounds like there could be some kind of directory problem.
    Mirror door G4, Mac OS X (10.4.9), Norwell, Massachusetts
  • Federico_82 Level 4 Level 4 (1,035 points)
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    May 11, 2007 6:48 AM (in response to bridgeteileen)
    post the finder.crash.log
    you can find it here:
    applications--utilities--console--logs--"~/library/logs"--finder.crash.log
    ibook, Mac OS X (10.4.9)
  • Federico_82 Level 4 Level 4 (1,035 points)
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    May 11, 2007 8:00 AM (in response to bridgeteileen)
    it seems like cocoa error, there's good possibilities these object (folder) are corrupted and you have to remove and recreate them. if you have any terminal.app experiences you can use it for move and backup files from corrupted folders.
    maybe anyone can help you more than me.
    good luck!
    bye
    ibook, Mac OS X (10.4.9)
  • Sherman Homan Level 3 Level 3 (710 points)
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    May 11, 2007 8:16 AM (in response to Federico_82)
    Sounds right to me. Can you make new folders, copy the contents and check the behavior?
    Mirror door G4, Mac OS X (10.4.9), Norwell, Massachusetts
  • Sherman Homan Level 3 Level 3 (710 points)
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    May 11, 2007 8:59 AM (in response to bridgeteileen)
    Pick a half a dozen folders with the problem. See if creating new folders and copying the contents solves it.
    Mirror door G4, Mac OS X (10.4.9), Norwell, Massachusetts
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