New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus • Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts • Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

 
Start a Discussion
 

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
OS X - Operating System General OS operation information and support

OS 10.5 - Frozen app refuses to force-quit; prevents restart & log-out


Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

 
Thread Tools
m021478

 
Member Since: Oct 30, 2007
Posts: 71
m021478 is on a distinguished road

m021478 is offline
Is there any way to go about dealing with an application that has frozen (or results in the spinning of the 'beachball of death')...and then to top things off, decides to prevent you from force-quitting it as well!! Not being able to force-quit a stuck App is a major problem, because it means that I can then not log-out, restart or shutdown my computer...inevitably, my only option is to hold down the power button on my machine to force-shutdown!

I've tried everything I can think of...
  • I've force-quit by using Cmd+Opt+Esc;
  • I've tried force-quitting by Opt+Right-Clicking and choosing Force-Quit from the contextual menu;
  • I've tried quitting and force-quitting from the activity monitor;
  • I've tried force-quitting the Finder (even though it's not the Finder that has locked up
  • I've tried using the terminal to run "killall Dock" (I know this is a stretch, but it's gotten me out of sticky situations in the past...)
  • I've even tried using the 'Force-Restart' script that's included in the 'extra scripts' plugin for QuickSilver

As I originally said, when this happens to me, it usually results in my having to force-shutdown my computer, which is definitely something I would rather avoid completely for the sake of my internal/external HD's, and the data on them...

Any suggestions as far as alternative steps I might want to consider trying before using the last resort of holding down the frickin' power button would be greatly appreciated...

Thanks!
QUOTE Thanks
Dojan5

 
Member Since: Dec 14, 2008
Posts: 3
Dojan5 is on a distinguished road

Dojan5 is offline
Hold down the frickin' powerbutton. It always solve my problems.
QUOTE Thanks
bobtomay

 
bobtomay's Avatar
 
Member Since: Dec 22, 2006
Location: Texas, where else?
Posts: 25,043
bobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: 15" MBP 2.33 C2D 256 4GB, MBA 13" i7 1.8, MB 2.0 2GB, Nano 4th, 3GS, iPad 1

bobtomay is offline
Looks like you've pretty much covered all the options.

I cannot be held responsible for the things that come out of my mouth.
In the Windows world, most everything folks don't understand is called a virus.
QUOTE Thanks
m021478

 
Member Since: Oct 30, 2007
Posts: 71
m021478 is on a distinguished road

m021478 is offline
I asked this question elsewhere and found out the following:

Quote:
If it's a disk utility or some other app that deals with hardware, the OS won't allow you to force-quit in many cases.

You can try using the terminal to do a force kill (sounds like a Star Wars move). You would go to the activity monitor and check the number at the left of the app - called the process id (pid). In the terminal, type:

sudo kill -9 <pid>

So if the pid was 13636, the command would be

sudo kill -9 13636

It will ask for your password.
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe


« Safari doesn't start | Won't locate hidden 'dot-files' »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Command-Q and Force Quit don't work on Safari tchap199 OS X - Apps and Games 0 05-29-2008 07:18 PM
Application wonīt force quit and canīt shutdown Mac Pro JtmSun Switcher Hangout 4 04-19-2008 05:57 AM
Force restart issues...etc... drewh01 OS X - Operating System 1 07-02-2007 02:19 PM
Always having to force quit Mail sjtaylor84 OS X - Apps and Games 1 04-07-2007 09:33 PM
Force quit does nothing. Fromasta Flex OS X - Operating System 0 02-15-2007 03:06 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:37 AM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
X

Welcome to Mac-Forums.com

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!


(4 digit year)

Already a member?