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Chapter 3. Finder MishapsCrashes, Freezes, and Other Finder Funk

Chapter 3. Finder Mishaps
Crashes, Freezes, and Other Finder Funk

You press your Mac's Power button and dutifully wait to hear the computer's startup sound and view the Happy Mac before tripping upstairs for the morning's first cup of coffee. Having creamed and sugared the breakfast beaker to within an inch of its life, you return to your office, sit down before the Mac, grasp the mouse, and…nothing, although everything on the Mac's Desktop appears as it should. Menu bar? Check. Hard disk icon? Check. Trash icon? Check. Desktop picture of former boyfriend being smacked with a banana cream pie? Check. Scrubbing the mouse across your mousepad produces not a millimeter of pointer movement. Recalling Chris's admonition to check cable connections, you disconnect and reconnect your keyboard and mouse cables, and…nothing.

Welcome, my friend, to the world of Finder funk—a world where extensions come into conflict, hardware peripherals struggle for supremacy, applications refuse to launch, and icons lose their identity; a land that (I assure you) all Mac users must visit from time to time.


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