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  1. #1

    Silverfroth's Avatar
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    Mass number of different problems
    Please help me!
    Or - should I just take this list to my local warrenty guy and have him fix it?

    Problem #1:

    Almost all programs crash during use at some point. Sometimes not at all - but usually a good crash or lockup during every 1hr of use is typical.

    Problem #2:

    Random Characters pop up in all programs during use - when mainly using the keyboard, often the symbol " | " comes up in line with my text I'm typing.
    Or - in graphics programs that are heavy on the mouse: 'mouse trails' tend to 'stick' or linger where I've been - or, in some cases - the entire object I'm trying to manipulate leaves a trail.
    (I am using a wireless set by Kinsington. However, due to obnoxioius and amazing battery drainage in the mouse - I started using a simple travel-mouse plugged into a usb hub.
    However - these tracking and such problems staretd happening before I started using the trackmouse - and sometime after I bought the k/m set.)

    Problem #3:
    I have downloaded a number of programs to aid in my website designing...each of these have a particular problem that renders them annoying in their own way.
    *Gimp: text box does not function properly - and text is the main reason why I want to use i.
    *Image Tricks (paid for) muddles all files related to the current pieces I'm working on (all file variations) when I use the 'Shaded Materials function' - if I click 'apply'
    *Seashore - text lags and locks up, disapears, etc etc...this was suppose to be my alternative to the 'gimp' text issue.
    *Sketup - by Google - the mouse or image I'm manipulating 'trails' a was mentioned in problem #2.
    And some other programs (some paid for, some free) have similar problems.

    Problem #4:
    Finder window has unusable, undeletable files. (How do I get rid of them?)
    Some time ago I was rearranging files - and for easy access I place a few of those main files into the sidebar. I addicentally deleted those files in their actual location - leaving the side-bar file 'stuck'


    If anyone can help me out with any of these I'd really appreciate it

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    G'day Silverfroth,

    WOW ... !! Are you having some issues ... first off, I would think that creating a new user account and testing whether these bugs still persist in a new account, is the first step here.

    In the meantime I would remove these two plist files:

    YourUserAccount>Library>Preferences>com.apple.find er.plist
    YourUserAccount>Library>Preferences>com.apple.side barlists.plist

    Most of these issues might be resolved in one step ... that's my hope anyway... there could be a link between them and it may be a simple fix or a trip to the AppleStore ... but let's see ....

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    ::edit::

  4. #4

    Silverfroth's Avatar
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    So simple! I thought it wouldn't work, but, yes indeed - opening a different user account seems to have taken care of most of these problems - the program functioning ones, dont' know yet about the crashing issue.

    However - in the original account, even after removing those files, those stuck folders are still there.
    HMMM.

    Well - I think I'll just transfer everyhting over to the other account and delete the one that's plagued.

    Thank you so much

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    Silverfroth, do you use a maintenance program like OnyX or MacJanitor? It is worth downloading such an app to use to keep your Mac in tip-top shape.

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    Silverfroth's Avatar
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    I have Onyx on my computer - I don't use it, though, suppose I should. Afterall, I downloaded it at one point after reading about it and thought it would be a good idea.

    The addiction of downloading programs - it's so quick and simple as opposed to Win.

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    I use OnyX only to clean caches and repair permissions and optiomise the system etc. I don't go where I feel I'm out of my depth. I only use the Cleaning & Maintenance sections and leave the rest well alone.

    OnyX has a feature which rebuilds the Finder SideBar, I would see if this frees up those stubborn stuck items in your SideBar.

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    MacBook 2.4Ghz Black 4GB;iPod Touch 8GB;iPod mini 4GB silver;Logitech MX1000;
    i like mainmenu and applejack,

    apple jack i think does the best job.

    http://applejack.sourceforge.net/
    Mac OSX is the bomb :bomb:
    The Gadget Cast Gadgets.in

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    Silverfroth's Avatar
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    I tried applejack - but I think the download source is glitched, I keep having the same problems while installing.

    I'm using Onyx - ran it through afew things, it fixed the sidebar by simply resetting it (duh) and my system's running a bit smother, too - so that's good.

    I really think it's taken care of most of my problems - so far I haven't had any crashes, and I've been working on my website for a few hours - normally I would have had to restart it a few times by now.
    So hopefully that did it

    Thanks, and this kind of easy-to-handle troubleshooting and support system is one the reasons why I switched.
    Try finding a forum with knowledgable people dedicated to windows with valuable advice. LOL

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