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Can't empty trash

I have a MacBook intel running 10.6.4

When I try to empty the trash I get a message, 'The operation can?t be completed because an unexpected error occurred (error code -8003)'

I have restarted, repaired permissions and verified the disk, all ok but the message still appears with both secure & normal trash emptying.

This can't be right.

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Can't empty trash 2

For further information I have also tried a terminal command 'chflags -R nouchg '

This didn't work either

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try deleting Finder Preferences

You will find them in your Home folder, library, preferences

Drag it to the desktop and restart.

If that does not work, boot the machine while holding down the shift key until you see the spinning gear.

If that works, reboot after deleting the trash.


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Can't empty trash

Thanks for the suggestions. I have a fix now but will keep these for the future.

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(NT) and the fix was?
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Can't empty trash

Used the original system disc to reboot, ran repair disc and permissions. Restarted and no change. Then resorted to downloading a third party app' called 'Trash it" which worked fine, then the next time I tried the system empty trash it also worked and has continued to do so.

Thanks for your help

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