iMAC problem

Discussion in 'OT (OFF Topic) Forums' started by oldcro, Aug 21, 2010.

  1. oldcro

    oldcro Hardcore MB Enthusiast

    Messages:
    1,261
    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2007
    Location:
    Shetland
    Car:
    Range Rover Sport 3.0 HSE
    I've done something to my iMac and now have a problem opening some programmes.

    For example:
    When I try to open iTunes all I get is a warning saying "iTunes quit unexpectedly" with the option to reopen, but every time I select reopen it just brings up the same warning. Final Cut Express and iPhoto are also affected by the way.

    What have I done wrong, and how do I get things back to normal?

    I did re-install my OS X Snow Leopard and that enabled Safari to start again, but downloading itunes again did not help.

    Hope someone with MAC experience can help me sort out whatever it is I've done to screw up the imac.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Sonny Burnett

    Sonny Burnett Hardcore MB Enthusiast

    Messages:
    1,331
    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2007
    Car:
    W208 CLK55 AMG
    this smells to the rafters of a windows xp home basic problem...
     
  3. OP
    OP
    oldcro

    oldcro Hardcore MB Enthusiast

    Messages:
    1,261
    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2007
    Location:
    Shetland
    Car:
    Range Rover Sport 3.0 HSE
    Problem fixed

    Thanks for the reply, but it was nothing to do with Windows XP. I have managed to sort it out though. A check for updates found the OS needed updating, so after a 772mb update taking 4 hours the iMac is back to normal.:bannana::D
     
  4. Pontoneer

    Pontoneer MB Club Veteran

    Messages:
    12,129
    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2002
    Location:
    Ayrshire
    Car:
    '93 190E 2.3LE W201 ; '93 300SL-24 R129
    Glad you got it sorted .

    In cases like this , and if all else fails , Time Machine can be invaluable . I have found , on a couple of occasions , after making some change or another , that if something no longer works it is easy to go back in Time Machine and restore to the state before the change .

    Works a treat .
     
    1 person likes this.
  5. unit504

    unit504 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

    Messages:
    877
    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2006
    Car:
    A **** heap
    sometimes it can help, if you find and dump the preference files from the affected programs.
     
    1 person likes this.
  6. OP
    OP
    oldcro

    oldcro Hardcore MB Enthusiast

    Messages:
    1,261
    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2007
    Location:
    Shetland
    Car:
    Range Rover Sport 3.0 HSE
    A correct and sensible suggestion Pontoneer, except when you do stupid things like me.:doh:

    It all started when feeling bored I decided as everything was working properly I would erase the backup USB drive, and start the backup from fresh. I did not think it would have any affect on the OS installed on the internal hard disk but it obviously did.:wallbash:

    So now Time Machine has everything backed up from yesterday on and the iMac works fine again.:banana:

    Moral is stop fiddling and leave well alone in future.
     
  7. Pontoneer

    Pontoneer MB Club Veteran

    Messages:
    12,129
    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2002
    Location:
    Ayrshire
    Car:
    '93 190E 2.3LE W201 ; '93 300SL-24 R129
    I too tend to be of the 'If it ain't broke ...... ' philosophy .

    It is possible to go into your Time Machine drive and you will see that it contains folders of backups arranged chronologically - it is easy enough to delete all but a couple of the most recent ones . After a certain point , the oldest ones get overwritten anyway .
     
  8. Middletone

    Middletone New Member

    Messages:
    27
    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2010
    Stay away from iTunes 9.1. : lots of bugs !
     
  9. spinaltap

    spinaltap Hardcore MB Enthusiast

    Messages:
    274
    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2008
    Location:
    Chocolate-Central
    Car:
    A180 Avantgarde (2009) A180 Avantgarde (2012)
    Good housekeeping on your Macintosh will benefit from periodically repairing disk permissions - especially after installing or updating software.

    For this, select Go from the top menu > utilities > disk utility.

    Choose your hard drive from left-hand side menu, then click 'repair disk permissions'.
     
    1 person likes this.
  10. OP
    OP
    oldcro

    oldcro Hardcore MB Enthusiast

    Messages:
    1,261
    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2007
    Location:
    Shetland
    Car:
    Range Rover Sport 3.0 HSE
    I have done this previously, deleting old files I would never need again with no problems. However this time I deleted everything including those that brought up a warning not to. Trouble is once in a deleting mood it's very hard to stop.:wallbash:
     
  11. OP
    OP
    oldcro

    oldcro Hardcore MB Enthusiast

    Messages:
    1,261
    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2007
    Location:
    Shetland
    Car:
    Range Rover Sport 3.0 HSE
    Thanks for that, a quick check and my iTunes is 9.2.1 (5) so hope it is bug free.
     
  12. OP
    OP
    oldcro

    oldcro Hardcore MB Enthusiast

    Messages:
    1,261
    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2007
    Location:
    Shetland
    Car:
    Range Rover Sport 3.0 HSE
    Thanks spinaltap.

    Just did that and had pages of permissions repaired. There were two that it could not repair after a few attempts. One was listed as System/library/framework should be Irwxr-xr-x not Irw-r--r-- and the other was very similar.

    As I've no idea what these permissions mean I decided to leave well alone until the next crash.
     
  13. crockers

    crockers MB Club Veteran

    Messages:
    7,099
    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2007
    Location:
    North Wilts
    Car:
    XC60 MY2014 SeLux Nav plus lot and lots of toys...
    I bought a 1.5TB external HD which I use solely as my time machine. It's on all the time and backs up every hour. I reckon that I won't have to delete a thing in it as it is big enough and more for all my files now and in the future as my iMac is only 1TB.

    Good investment of £80
     
Tags:

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.