01-03-2011, 11:44 PM
OK, fine folks. I have been KILLING myself trying to figure out how to fix this, and for the first time since OS 6 I am stumped (more a matter of Macs running flawlessly for nearly two decades than inherent Mac intelligence on my part).
MACHINE: MacBook 2.4 ghz Intel (4 GB RAM) 250 Gig HD
OS: 10.6.5 (no current pending updates)
PROBLEM: This is a new computer (for me). I used migration tool to move my files off another MacBook 2.2 ghz to this newer, slightly faster one. Everything was going grand. It ran like Speedy Gonzalez for three days, until I decided to reboot it (so as to clear out the finder and give everything a fresh start). When it rebooted, the Airport (and entire right side of the finder) was frozen. Moving the mouse over the greyed out airport icon simply brought the kaleidoscopic wheel of death. The time and date was frozen, too. Moving the mouse back to the desktop turned it back into a cursor, where I could open and close folders, run apps, etc. While I could open System Preferences, attempting to launch Network brought the same spinning wheel.
SOLUTION 1: Rebooted in Safe Mode. Then rebooted. Nothing. NOTE: The Network works fine in Safe Mode! I'm using FireFox right now in Safe Mode to write this message.
SOLUTION 2: Zap the Pram Reboot. Nothing.
SOLUTION 3: Thought it might be FruitMenu and APE. Rebooted in Safe Mode, deleted both. Same problem persisted.
SOLUTION 4: Thought it might be MagicCal. Deleted it. Same problem.
SOLUTION 5: Had an extra account on the computer; deleted it. Same problem.
SOLUTION 6: Rebooted in Safe Mode. Went into Network and deleted everything but my home wifi, thinking there was a conflict. Nothing.
SOLUTION 7: Rebooted in Safe Mode. Turned off Airport. Rebooted. EVERYTHING worked swimmingly. Went to turn Airport back on -- immediate kaleidoscope.
SOLUTION 8: Found release in the arms of sweet, sweet alcohol. Nothing.
Every single time I reboot in Safe Mode, the Network works fine with FireFox (Safari doesn't work but I think that's disabled in Safe Mode anyway). And every time I reboot in regular mode, it freezes the right side of the finder.
I even made a video of it with my digital camera and sent it to a Mac buddy of mine. He could not help.
The fertile minds of the Mac Guruniverse -- please help.
How do I fix this?