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ConcordeMach2
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My Mac Is Acting Strange

Fri Jun 15, 2007 7:49 am

Hi,
My Mac has been playing some very frustrating games recently. It seems to forget about programs I have downloaded and installed at random points. I downloaded Google Earth and twice it has forgotten it. When I went to the dock to open the application, it didnt start and a transparent question mark appeared in it. This has also happened with Skype and MSN Messenger. I have had to reinstall each. I will make it clear that I have not changed the files or their locations at all.

Anyone got any ideas?...Klaus?

Matt
 
bezoar
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RE: My Mac Is Acting Strange

Fri Jun 15, 2007 9:53 am

I presume you are running a version of OS X.

Have you repaired permissions via the Disk Utility (Applications->Utilities) in a while? I understand that should be done periodically, particularly after program installations, as a maintenance thing.
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artsyman
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RE: My Mac Is Acting Strange

Fri Jun 15, 2007 11:05 am

To me it soundsl ike you downloaded the programs, and then ran them from the desktop. Then eventually ejected the original files rendering the icons on the dock empty (hence the ? in the old icon)

If you download the programs, then drag the actual application file into Applications, and then drag the icon back to the dock, it should remain working ongoing
 
DeltaAVL
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RE: My Mac Is Acting Strange

Fri Jun 15, 2007 11:37 am

That's what you get for buying a Mac!  bouncy 
 
bill142
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RE: My Mac Is Acting Strange

Fri Jun 15, 2007 12:13 pm

If you shut the thing down they disappear but you can find them in the applications folder.

Alternatively

Buy a PC

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itsjustme
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RE: My Mac Is Acting Strange

Fri Jun 15, 2007 12:25 pm

Quoting Bill142 (Reply 4):
Buy a PC

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And about 90% of everyone else who uses a computer, right Klaus?  box 
 
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RE: My Mac Is Acting Strange

Fri Jun 15, 2007 12:31 pm

Quoting Itsjustme (Reply 5):
And about 90% of everyone else who uses a computer, right Klaus?

I use a Mac and I've never suffered this kind of problem. Me thinks it's operator error. But I could be wrong, right Klaus?  wink 
 
Klaus
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RE: My Mac Is Acting Strange

Fri Jun 15, 2007 4:19 pm

My guess:

Most programs come in Drive Image packages (program name.dmg). That is what you're downloading.

You can easily double-click such a drive image and it will be checked and mounted as if it was a flash drive you've plugged into an USB port. You can even run the application that's contained within. But as soon as you're shutting down the computer, all drive images will be unmounted ("ejected") again. And consistently, any links to an application in such a drive image will point nowhere unless you're re-mounting the dmg.

This is neat for a first try of a program, but if you actually want to keep it you need to copy the application into your Applications folder on your harddisk. Links to there (such as dragging the application into the Dock or selecting "keep in Dock" in its context menu) will then remain persistent and you can either keep the downloaded drive image for reference (it may also contain an uninstaller or additional documentation) or you can just trash it.

You wouldn't be the first to make this mistake - nor probably the last.
 
artsyman
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RE: My Mac Is Acting Strange

Fri Jun 15, 2007 4:55 pm

Klaus basically said the same thing I said
 
Klaus
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RE: My Mac Is Acting Strange

Fri Jun 15, 2007 5:16 pm

Not exactly... You could run applications from the desktop without a problem (other than a messy desktop) if you really wanted; It's drive images which could create a bit of confusion if you're not aware of the implications...
 
ConcordeMach2
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RE: My Mac Is Acting Strange

Fri Jun 15, 2007 6:26 pm

ok, I have made sure they are all under applications now. Hopefully they wont disappear again.

Thanks people.
 
cumulus
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RE: My Mac Is Acting Strange

Fri Jun 15, 2007 6:56 pm

Nothing to do with this, but been using Macs for 8 months now (and converted!!) and was cleaning the keyboard on my iMac the other day and at the back of the keyboard are two USB ports!! So simple, yet so useful and easy for attaching iPod, Camera etc!! No having to clamber under the desk to the get to the computer, pull it out and plug stuff in round the back!!

Cumulus.
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Klaus
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RE: My Mac Is Acting Strange

Fri Jun 15, 2007 7:14 pm

Quoting Cumulus (Reply 11):
Nothing to do with this, but been using Macs for 8 months now (and converted!!) and was cleaning the keyboard on my iMac the other day and at the back of the keyboard are two USB ports!! So simple, yet so useful and easy for attaching iPod, Camera etc!! No having to clamber under the desk to the get to the computer, pull it out and plug stuff in round the back!!

Not quite, I'm afraid...

The USB hub in the Apple keyboard is really handy for mice and similar devices, but it only provides two USB1.1 low-power ports.

This means that data transfer will be much slower than on USB2 ports and you can't charge an iPod since the power isn't sufficient.

So it's not really practical for either cameras or iPods.

Sorry!
 
cumulus
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RE: My Mac Is Acting Strange

Fri Jun 15, 2007 7:25 pm

Funny you should say that, it did say there wasn't enough power for the iPod, but it works fine for the Camera and the USB Storage Key I have.......!!
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Klaus
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RE: My Mac Is Acting Strange

Fri Jun 15, 2007 7:31 pm

Yeah, but it will be relatively slow for that. No problem if it's sufficient, just in case you'd be wondering...
 
Klaus
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RE: My Mac Is Acting Strange

Fri Jun 15, 2007 9:32 pm

Quoting ConcordeMach2 (Reply 10):
ok, I have made sure they are all under applications now. Hopefully they wont disappear again.

If you did in fact only have them in drive images before that would definitely have been the reason.

You can put applications wherever you want, but they need to be accessible at the time you're clicking a link to them. That applies to any removable kind of storage alike: Drive images, flash drives, removable harddisks or network drives.

Using the /Applications folder is primarily a convention for being neat. You can also put some applications into /Users/<your name>/Applications if you want them to be inaccessible for other users on the same machine.
 
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RE: My Mac Is Acting Strange

Fri Jun 15, 2007 10:20 pm

My Mac Is Acting Strange

You Brits should know better than to go with the golden arches rather than stick with royalty - go to a Burger King.  Wink

Quoting DeltaAVL (Reply 3):
That's what you get for buying a Mac!

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RE: My Mac Is Acting Strange

Fri Jun 15, 2007 10:24 pm

Quoting Cumulus (Reply 11):
No having to clamber under the desk to the get to the computer, pull it out and plug stuff in round the back!!

The vast majority of LCD monitors have had USB ports on the bottom and sides of the monitor for quite some time now. The numbers and position vary amongst model and manufacturer do vary wildly, though.
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cumulus
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RE: My Mac Is Acting Strange

Fri Jun 15, 2007 11:03 pm

Quoting Allstarflyer (Reply 16):
You Brits should know better than to go with the golden arches rather than stick with royalty - go to a Burger King.  

Leave the advanced sense of humor to the British if I were you !!!!
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allstarflyer
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RE: My Mac Is Acting Strange

Sat Jun 16, 2007 3:08 am

Quoting Cumulus (Reply 18):
Leave the advanced sense of humor to the British if I were you !!!!

Getting a little green, eh? I see again the false premise of Why Americans Envy Europeans

And, by the way, I own a PC, and it runs great!

 Wink

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RE: My Mac Is Acting Strange

Sat Jun 16, 2007 8:03 am

Quoting Allstarflyer (Reply 19):
And, by the way, I own a PC, and it runs great!

If you're lucky, it will run right out of the house and then you can go buy a real computer. Big grin
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ConcordeMach2
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RE: My Mac Is Acting Strange

Sun Jun 17, 2007 7:53 am

Quoting Allstarflyer (Reply 16):
You Brits should know better than to go with the golden arches rather than stick with royalty - go to a Burger King.  

I am actually an American citizen, I just live here.  Smile

I still agree British humor is better although being 16, the difference isnt that great.

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