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A lot of applications keep crashing on my Mac


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I have a relatively new Mac, and yesterday my problem started. Everytime I open anything in iWork '09 and Evernote, it crashes without even opening. When I open OpenOffice, it opens, lets me pick document, spread sheet, etc, then crashes.
I think it may be because of duplicate fonts, because I did have two duplicates.
I resolved duplicates but I read I should also download Font Nuke and run it. Should I do this, and it would it pose any threat to my Mac?
Also, if this isn't the problem, what might the problem be?
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EDIT: This is not the problem. Or it might be, but Symbols won't resolve. So, I need help.
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Try a Safe Boot, which does a disk drive repair and a Font cache cleanup:
Mac OS X: Starting up in Safe Mode
Mac OS X: What is Safe Boot, Safe Mode?

Allow it to complete (takes extra time), then restart normally.
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Does a windows pop up on your screen saying that the app crashed? I would try a safe boot as well.
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A window pops up saying that _ quit unexpectedly, and I did try safe boot. Thank you for responding, they're still not working.
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Use the Console Utility to read logs and see if there's a hint in those - around the time of a crash/quit.
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I had this on my iMac and i found it was the hard drive starting to die so i swapped it out for an SSD moved everything over from a backup and its not crashed once, Also i now officially love SSD drives!!!
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Yesterday my Mac froze, still no fix found.
So I looked at Console Utility, and after the apps started crashing, it started saying
"Job appears to have crashed: Segmentation fault"
As of 1 pm today, it now says
"Job appears to have crashed: Abort trap"
I haven't an idea what that means. Also, the SSD drive sounds like a good idea, but it's a school computer. They might not appreciate that.
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Ask for the original system install disc and boot from that and run Repair Disk under Utilities > Disk Utilities and see what is reported.

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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Sorry, that's not much help. Do you have your original Install DVD - it has Apple Hardware Test on it? Run that.
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I think it has to do with a An OS error. My iBook does this all of the time and something is getting corrupt, I have restored it twice And mine is doing it again. I think that it is some sort failure. Probably the hd.
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I don't have the original disc because my school never gave it to me.
How might I go about restoring it, and are there drawbacks?
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To anyone with similar problems: my school first wiped the memory and gave my computer back. It still had problems. They ended up having to replace the hard drive. All my problems here were only the tip of the iceberg. My computer was thoroughly and irreparably messed up. What seemed to be an irritating software problem was rather the beginning of the end.
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Which is why suggestion to run Repair Disk from the system discs. Hope all goes well for you. Ask the school for the disc. If they have multi licenses ask for a copy.

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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Thank you, but the problem was resolved with a new hard drive Or so they told me.
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