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Mac people, help! [Jul. 27th, 2007|12:35 am]
Listen in, listen Ian!
This Mac is somehow broked. When I log in, Finder does not open, and several applications (Firefox, Azureus also won't load - when I click on their dock icons the little arrow flashes once under the icon then vanishes.

Safari loads, which is why I'm able to write this.

When I try and load DVD player I get a dialogue box telilng me "You cannot use the application 'DVD Player' with theis version of OS X.

WTF? Anyone know how to fix this? It's running 10.3.something. I've tried starting it in verbose mode, but none of the messages that come up suggest anything that might be wrong.
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[User Picture]From: burkesworks
2007-07-26 11:51 pm (UTC)
First, before you do anything else, try removing the Finder preference file at Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist and then reboot.
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2007-08-01 12:18 am (UTC)
That didn't work. Googling a bit suggested this as a fix when Finder won't start only for a certain user, but it won't start for any user I try to log in as.
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[User Picture]From: sevenwindmills
2007-07-27 06:55 am (UTC)
have you tried doing all the latest updates in 'software update' and repairing all disc permissions in the disc utility?

but yes also, what burkesworks says - trash the preference list too
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2007-08-01 12:15 am (UTC)
A check shows no updates are available.

I can't even start the disc utility. Because Finder hasn't started, I can't open any Finder windows, so I can onl;y run things with panel icons. And even most of them won't run.
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2007-08-18 09:25 pm (UTC)
Right, I've managed to start the Disk Utility from the command line, but the Repair buttin is greyed out in it. I tried verifying the disc, which is the only thing available to do, and it says it needs a repair. But I can't click on the repair button. Waah.
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2007-08-01 12:19 am (UTC)
I'm using a Windows keyboard. Command and Option would be Windows key and Alt, or windows key and Ctrl?
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[User Picture]From: offensive_mango
2007-07-27 08:28 am (UTC)
How was your shower this morning?
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[User Picture]From: carsmilesteve
2007-07-27 08:37 am (UTC)
given that every time something like this happens to a PC user, hordes of appleheads come out of the woodwork and say "ooh, buy a mac", i would like to take this opportunity to say:

BUY A PC!

:)
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[User Picture]From: oldbloke
2007-07-27 09:59 am (UTC)
ysthm Linuxbox hth hand personallyiprefermainframeswith24houronsiteengineeringcover
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[User Picture]From: offensive_mango
2007-07-27 10:16 am (UTC)
Hahahahahhahahahaha! The world has changed so much that yours is a perfectly lucid comment!

Sorry, I get language-nerdy sometimes.
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From: flounderingfool
2007-07-27 01:37 pm (UTC)
A fix is here

*Sigh*... Sorry. Couldn't think of anything useful, interesting or funny to say. Macs == voodoo to me.
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From: flounderingfool
2007-07-27 01:38 pm (UTC)
Actually, have you tried hitting it?
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