Chapter 12. Troubleshooting Mac OS X Problems

Mac OS X Snow Leopard is a solid operating system, and it should give you many years of dependable performance. However, all computers eventually run into problems, and your Mac will likely not be an exception. To help you get through these inevitable rough patches, this chapter offers a few tried-and-true troubleshooting techniques.

Troubleshooting Mac OS X Problems
  • Restart Your Mac 264

  • Unlock System Preferences 266

  • Force a Stuck Application to Close 268

  • Repair a Corrupt Preferences File 270

  • Reset a Forgotten Password 272

  • Repair Disk Permissions 274

  • Repair a Disk 276

  • Reinstall Mac OS X 278

Restart Your Mac

If a hardware device is having a problem ...

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