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When someone talks to me on ichat, the text is all scramble and I can't understand what they're saying! I restarted the application and now I can't see anything at all in each window! This is really scary, please help! Sorry for the profanity in the image but it's all I could capture, as absolutely nothing is appearing in the window now. The only thing I can imagine it would be is I just installed an update for Mac OS X!!



Edit: I cut out the profanity.
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You might want to edit your picture and cover up the swear words. As I have no problem with it, some people may get offended and I think it is against forum policy anyways.

And yeah that's pretty weird.
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Alright. I will. Any ideas though?
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Go to Apps-->Disk Utility-->Then repair permissions

Restart your computer again too.

After that I don't know...I hardly use chat and never use ichat so I can't help too much.
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i did that and it appears to be working for now....except a digit was just missing on a timestamp...heavily implying that it will happen again...any additional help would be appreciated. thanks.
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Hi Fromasta Flex, are you using Tiger? What version?
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so its started to happen again, as well as problems with spotlight, even after repairing disk permissions.

pulse, i'm on Tiger 10.4.8 on a macbook. i just updated yesterday and now these problems are happening...very frustrating...thanks for any help.
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i'm almost positive it's the update, can i undo it somehow?
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Try deleting your iCaht preference files. do a spotlight search and delete all of the files under documents with the extension .plist

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Didn't work....it made ichat appear as if i was opening it for the first time, but it's in a sense worse because now i cant even type in the blank window....
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Didn't work....it made ichat appear as if i was opening it for the first time, but it's in a sense worse because now i cant even type in the blank window....
It might be a font issue but unfortunately I don't have the experience to advise you...

From what I've gleaned from the web some people have had similiar problems with updating Panther (before Tiger) and claimed to have successfully fixed things by performing an Archive and Install.

I would advise you to stick around until someone can specifically diagnose this further....
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Alright, thanks for the help. I'll be on most of the evening. I bought this macbook in july so obviously it came with Tiger. The only other problem I'm having is with spotlight, shown here:


Due to the scrambled text it seems to be related.
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There are some really clever people here and this should be all sorted for you before too long, hopefully.
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Thanks a lot!
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Maybe try this.
http://www.apple.com/pro/tips/badfonts.html
You can check all of them at the same time. Mine only took a few seconds. Good luck.
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