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Kathlyn LindeboomLost Finder?
by on Jul 16, 2009 at 7:03:43 pm

Mac OSX 10.5.7

For some unknown reason, all of a sudden I am losing my finder. Well, first my desktop is missing something that I just put there... Then, I try to relaunch the finder, command-opt escape, and I see that the finder is not responding and it won't relaunch. Of course, with no finder, there is no menu bar at the top and no way to safely shut the machine down. So, I hold the button down until it shuts down... wait a few minutes and restart.

I have repaired permissions several times, but this is happening a couple of times a week now and more often than seems right.

Any ideas?

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Zane BarkerRe: Lost Finder?
by on Jul 17, 2009 at 3:28:15 am

Try archiving and installing the OS.

There are no "technical solutions" to your "artistic problems".
Don't let technology get in the way of your creativity!



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Kathlyn LindeboomRe: Lost Finder?
by on Jul 17, 2009 at 4:20:24 pm

Thanks. I guess it's finally time. I've been trying to avoid that. I was hoping that there was some other solution.


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Chuck RetiRe: Lost Finder?
by on Jul 18, 2009 at 5:36:56 pm

if you want to make sure it is really in there, the Finder application is located in MacintoshHD/Library/CoreServices/Finder.

You could try deleting Finder preferences (this once worked for me with an issue similar to yours). Finder prefs are located in your User directory ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist.

If you have Pacifist app, you could use it to just reinstall Finder from your install disk.

You should be able to use keyboard key combos to shut down or restart.
Shutdown dialog = control+eject
Restart = CMD+control+eject
Power off = Cmd+control+Option+eject


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