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Lauching Pages or Word causes restart

by watson.allen / January 12, 2010 12:10 AM PST

Starting yesterday, if I launch Pages (clicking in Dock or dbl-click on the app in Finder), it comes up with the template screen and then immediately quits, and my system starts to shut down. Fortunately it offers me the option of saving items in BBEdit or canceling, and I am able to cancel the restart. Did this repeatedly, so I tried launching Microsoft Word and got exactly the same behavior!! What could be going on?

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Not recent items; Nisus Writer Pro not affected
by watson.allen / January 12, 2010 12:17 AM PST

I cleared the Recent Items menu, thinking maybe access to those was something Pages and Word might have in common, but it did nothing to solve the problem.

I tried launching Nisus Writer Pro, and it launches without problem. So, at least so far, the problem seems to be limited to Pages and Word. ???

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My system info
by watson.allen / January 12, 2010 7:39 AM PST

Hardware Overview:

Model Name: iMac
Model Identifier: iMac9,1
Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
Processor Speed: 2.93 GHz
Number Of Processors: 1
Total Number Of Cores: 2
L2 Cache: 6 MB
Memory: 4 GB
Bus Speed: 1.07 GHz

OS 10.6.2

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by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / January 12, 2010 7:59 AM PST

Guess it would be good to start with the basics.

Repair permissions to kick things off.


Create a new account and see if it happens there.

One step at a time


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Test account is not affected
by watson.allen / January 13, 2010 12:44 PM PST
In reply to: Weird!

I was able to launch Word by logging in to a virgin account, and to read the document I had been trying to read in my main account. So the problem is definitely something in my User domain. I'll have to keep investigating...

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The usual fix is to
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / January 13, 2010 8:54 PM PST

create another admin account and use that after transferring the old account files to the new one.

Alternatively, you could delete the Finders preferences,, and see if that makes a difference.
Also,, can go.

To remove them, just drag them onto the desktop. These are the preference files that are stored in your


Do not confuse this library with the one that is on the root of the boot drive.

You may have to log out and back in to make it work, you may not.


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by watson.allen / January 14, 2010 9:18 AM PST
In reply to: The usual fix is to

I think that is overkill. Besides, I've got files and things set up going back to OS X 1.0...moving everything would probably result in the loss of files, links, or capabilities I've even forgotten I created. So as difficult as it may be, I'd rather track down what is causing this and get rid of that cause. Also, if I just move everything, there is no way of knowing that the same thing won't happen again. I really need to find the root cause.

I HAVE tested in a second admin account, clean, and Word and Pages run fine there. For the time being I've given that account access to my main user's Documents folder, and I can switch users when I need Pages or Word. That's a temporary workaround until I can track down and exterminate the cause of the problem.

I've also uninstalled a couple of things I recently installed or updated, such as Quay and FinderPop beta. Didn't help.

Let me ask a very general question: What kind of thing can trigger a "normal" restart without my initiating it? I know there can be keyboard shortcuts that do it, but I cannot see any way Word and Pages could be issuing any keystrokes.

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console log
by macnerd10 / January 14, 2010 3:20 PM PST
In reply to: Overkill

could tell you (and us) what was going on. Each crash is recorded. Open it (applications>utilities) and take a look

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Not a crash
by watson.allen / January 15, 2010 4:06 AM PST
In reply to: console log

This is not a crash; it is an orderly restart! I've checked the Console program for crash logs and in the System log; there are NO error messages recorded. I've had the log open live while instigating the problem, and nothing gets recorded. The system just starts shutting down.

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So what happened when you tried the
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / January 15, 2010 12:06 AM PST
In reply to: Overkill

second part of my answer?

The part about the preferences?


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Have not tried prefs yet
by watson.allen / January 15, 2010 4:07 AM PST
In reply to: The usual fix is to

You suggested dragging some prefs out to the Desktop. I have not tried it yet. I will. But right now I have a workaround (I run Pages or Word in that alternate user account) and I have to get stuff done!!

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