3. This is normal. Any ACL "warnings" in repairing disk permissions can be ignored.
Try deleting the Finder Preferences. You will find them in Yourname/Library/Preferences
The file is called com.apple.Finder.plist
Move it out onto the desktop and either log out or reboot. Preferably the reboot.
You make the archive and install process sound difficult.
Granted there is a fair amount of updating to do, depending on the version of your OS X installation disk, but usually the combo update is the one presented.
The only updating that needs to be done is on the OS itself and is basically automatic.
I'm running Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.2 on a MacBook3,1 (Late 2007). I'm currently having issues with the Finder.
Current symptoms are:
1. When I click a directory in the Dock to open it in the Finder, I get an error that reads "You can't open the application Finder because it may be damaged or incomplete."
2. I've tried repairing permissions (from the OS and from the Install Disc), but the Disk Utility doesn't make any repairs even though it tells me it has made the repairs, because the exact same errors come up the next time I try to repair the permissions.
3. I also verified the disk, and it said I had to start from boot from another volume and repair the disk, so I booted from the install DVD and did so.
Here is what the Disk Utility keep returning every time I do a permissions/verify repair:
Verify permissions for ?Macintosh HD?
Permissions differ on "usr/share/derby", should be drwxr-xr-x , they are lrwxr-xr-x .
Warning: SUID file "System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/ARDAgent.app/Contents/MacOS/ARDAgent" has been modified and will not be repaired.
ACL found but not expected on "private/var/root".
ACL found but not expected on "private/var/root/Library".
ACL found but not expected on "private/var/root/Library/Preferences".
Permissions verification complete
I don't know what else to do, and I'll be damned if I have to do that sodding archive install thing, which means I'll be spending the next week and a ton of bandwidth updating everything again. Currently I only have 3.65 GB available on my hard drive, and I haven't got an external hard drive to shift all my stuff to.