Posted 20 November 2010 - 02:29 PM
I did do a software update recently. I just let mac tell me when and what to update at this point. It offers an update periodically, so I haven't done the manual apple menu > software update.
I ran Verify Permissions in Disk Utility since this can be done in OS X. It found a lot of errors so I'm going to run Repair Permissions and see if some/all the weirdness corrects itself. Next time I boot up I'm going into single user mode and use applejack to repair the disks, clean the caches and remove the swap file. [I read the other recent post on crashing]. I'll run the hardware check either before or after I run applejack.
I forgot about trying the other user account to see if the weirdness corrects. I don't know if the best way is to log out or if using fast user switching is OK, but I'll try fast switching first in case apple menu > log out doesn't work.
mac 10.6 on macbook pro
WinXP sp2 on Dell 380 w/ 512 MB RAM- currently dead in the water
WinXP tab ed sp 3 on Thinkpad X41 w/ 1.5 GB RAM - lemony flavored
Win2K Sp4 on Sony VAIO GXR600 w/ 512 MB RAM - currently blue screening