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Trash has 'frozen'...
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Jan 8, 2005, 07:46 AM

My Trash seems to be 'locked' - I have a dialogue box telling me there are no items to trash, but it's frozen. I can't empty the trash, or log-out, or restart, etc.

I afraid I'm getting really tired with this machine. For two years it was fine, then it went loopy. I've done a clean reinstallation of everything, but these kind of problems are still there.

Any thoughts on the trash problem? I can't find anything by searching.

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Jan 8, 2005, 08:06 AM
How did you get this dialog box to appear? I've never seen a dialog telling me there aren't any items in the Trash.
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Jan 8, 2005, 04:30 PM
Unfortunately, I can't remember the details. But when I tried to restart/shut-down, I was told this wasn't possible because the Finder couldn't quit (because it was trying to empty the trash).

There was a dialogue box explaining that I couldn't empty the trash because items were in use (I had trashed an avi file and no apps were open) and a drop down entitled 'details'. This was supposed to list details of the files being trashed, but it said there were none.

All a bit of a mess. It hasn't happened again, but things like this worry me.
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Jan 8, 2005, 04:33 PM
Sounds like the Finder's prefs or caches are, to use the technical term, borked.

See if deleting those files does anything. (They're in your user folder/Library/ in Preferences and Caches, respectively.

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