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Chapter 3. Finder MishapsCrashes, Freeze... > Common Causes of Finder Funk

Common Causes of Finder Funk

I'd like to stress again that the Mac OS is a logical beast. It behaves, and misbehaves, in a mostly predictable fashion. When your Mac locks up halfway through the startup process, the mouse freezes the moment the Desktop appears, applications suddenly quit, or icons turn from descriptive to generic, there's usually a good reason. Fortunately, that good reason can generally be determined by the kind of behavior that problem causes. And once you've witnessed that behavior, it's almost always possible to affect a cure.

So what are the likely causes of such crashes and freezes? In order of likelihood:


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