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Fix a stuck CD/DVD dialog box System
When you insert a blank CD or DVD, a dialog box pops up asking what you want to do with it, giving you the option to name it if you want to get it ready for copying and burning. A couple of times now, this dialog has gotten "stuck" on me, when it pops up at a time when I'm navigating Finder windows to find the stuff I want to copy to the CD. I get a spinning beachball when the cursor is over the window itself, I can move the window, and use the Finder or other applications (and even use Disk Utility to eject the blank CD), but I can't dismiss the dialog.

Logging out and back in will fix the problem, but there's a less drastic solution. Open Activity Monitor, sort the list by %CPU and find the process 'SystemUIServer.' (Or use the filter box, but sorting by %CPU is how I found the culprit.) Quit the process (use the Force Quit option); the pesky dialog will disappear and SystemUIServer will relaunch itself immediately -- it also controls the menubar clock and fast user switching menu, and a couple of previous hints have mentioned SystemUIServer as the cause of problems in those areas, so add the "inserted CD/DVD" dialog to that list.
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Fix a stuck CD/DVD dialog box
Authored by: network23 on Sep 28, '05 11:41:48AM

OH! For a LONG time, I have had a problem with my MDD Mac and the right side of them menu bar locking up, meaning that after my computer has been on for a while 4-12 hours, the clock stops updating, I can't Fast User Switch and any mouse movement over the right side (clock or FUS menu) gives me a spinning ball. The only way to fix it is to log out and back in again. I can't wait to get home and try this hint out!

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Fix a stuck CD/DVD dialog box
Authored by: Lou Kash on Sep 29, '05 08:36:00AM

I have noticed earlier this year that the SystemUIServer freezes if you insert an empty CD while the Classic Menu Extra incl. the Classic Apple Menu is active. Classic doesn't need to be running.

My fix was the same: Eject the CD and open Activity Monitor to force quit SystemUIServer.

Conclusion: If you need the Classic Menu, don't insert empty CDs/DVDs. If you need to burn media, turn off the Classic Menu.

At least on OS 10.3.9 (and earlier).

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Fix a stuck CD/DVD dialog box
Authored by: morespace54 on Sep 29, '05 10:49:04AM

Actually, for me, the message just keeps popping... Even if I told the computer to ignore it (the CD), the message doesn't get stuck but instead, it just keep coming back as long as I haven't burn the CD... quite annoying too...

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