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A possible quick fix for an unresponsive Dock System
Just thought I'd throw a little PowerPC love into the mix so we don't feel left out with all the Snow Leopard hints dominating lately.

On my G4 Powerbook, occasionally the Dock won't come out of hiding; it's stuck and unresponsive. I got tired of having to open Terminal or Activity Monitor to kill it, and ever since I installed Leopard, I don't use Dashboard any more (where I always had the killDock widget ready for numerous reasons - particularly to kill the Dashboard processes) because it's too slow on this machine. So I looked for a faster way to get the Dock to respond again. I always have the Displays menu bar item showing, so I tried selecting Detect Displays from and voilĂ , the Dock suddenly became unstuck.

I'm not sure what's causing the unresponsiveness, but I seem to be pushing the limit of this PowerBook lately, and with a DLP always attached but not always powered on, the displays often get stuck in dual mode, and some windows are hidden in a non-existent space. Detect Displays fixes that as well. Perhaps this is also affecting the Dock.
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A possible quick fix for an unresponsive Dock
Authored by: solefald on Oct 01, '09 01:53:22PM
yeah my last 3 MBP's all do that. When i am at home, they are running in clam shell mode, connected to external display and keyboard/mouse.

I've tried different ways of putting them to sleep in different order, but most of the time when i come to work and open the laptop (without external monitor attached), i am either missing all of the icons on the desktop, or Expose is not working.

Open Terminal and run these:

This fixes Expose, and stuck Dock
killall Dock

This fixes missing icons
killall Finder

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… or you can use DockRestarter …
Authored by: MacParc on Oct 01, '09 01:55:03PM

… also available as a AppleScript menu item:

DockRestarter (Freeware)

Christian BĂĽrli [ &]

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A possible quick fix for an unresponsive Dock
Authored by: geoffliang on Oct 01, '09 07:47:48PM
I use an app for that. I'm very much a keyboard person so I'll Spotlight an app I created from Automator.

If you're like me, here's where you can download it:

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