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OS 10.4 - I Can't Empty the Trash

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I still cannot empty the trash! Tons of error messages keep popping up:

The operation cannot be completed because the item "wmphelp.htm" is locked"
-- WMPIcon.gif is locked
-- windowshade.gif is locked
-- whatsnew.htm is locked
-- volume.gif is locked
-- viewinginfo.htm is locked
-- upgradingwmp.htm is locked
-- understandingwm.htm is locked
-- understandingstream.htm is locked

and hundreds, maybe even thousands of similar messages appear!! I must empty the trash. What can I do???

I don't see any of these items in the trash?

Help ... !!! Thanks.

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Try this and report back:

Open the Terminal Application (in Utilities folder) and type:

cd ~/.Trash
<hit return>

sudo rm -rf

put a space after the f and drag the item you want deleted to the terminal so that its path is automatically entered, then press return

give it your admin password and hit return
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