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Recover from a constantly restarting Finder loop
Authored by: yan on Mar 14, '06 09:25:40AM

I see this problem a lot. As other posts have mentioned it's usually the fault of an evil .textclipping file sitting on the desktop. The problem is reproducible in by dragging a word document attachment from an email to the desktop. Only seems to happen if the user has previously changed their default program for opening word files from MS office to TextEdit.

I always do a custom install of Mac OS X without the asian language support files to save HD space and these might be needed to display the text clipping on the desktop else the Finder crashes infinitely. It's a pain that the finder in 10.4.5 isn't more robust in this manner. If the user is a non admin user they are helpless to fix this.

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