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My system has begun to crash. I'm running 10.6.8 on a MacBook with 4GB RAM that has been running fine for years. There seems to be no correlation between what I'm doing and when it crashes. The console shows the same error message:

MDS Error: unable to create user DBs in /var/folders/mM/mMrE79I7HvWfkulL23pdK++++TM/-Caches-//mds

This error message comes from Google Chrome or eaopleclient or GrowlHelperApp or iTunes or mdworker or loginwindow. Basically anything that's running at the time.

Does anyone know how to fix this?

Thanks very much,
Sean
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Growl may well be the problem, just do a Google on Growl causing system crash.

Also boot from your system install disk and run Repair Disk and see what is reported. Hard drive may also be the villain.

Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!
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Growl may well be the problem, just do a Google on Growl causing system crash.

Also boot from your system install disk and run Repair Disk and see what is reported. Hard drive may also be the villain.
Thanks for your reply. Hard drive is fine apparently. Quit Growl, removed from login items, logged back in and a few minutes later I crashed again. So Growl isn't the problem either

Do you have any other ideas?
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You may be looking at a clean install and then add your applications/utilities one at a time until you find the culprit. Was easier is Classic days could boot with extensions turned off, turn them on one at a time until the culprit revealed itself.

Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!
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Ain't that some ... well thanks for your help man I appreciate it.
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