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My Finder keeps crashing on me, it's completely random. I don't normally turn off my machine, so sometimes when I come back to it. I find it has crashed, just cause the time is incorrect, and it won't be doing anything except being on. Sometimes I might have a torrent going, but that's about it.

Somethings I've done to try to solve it, is I've done a defrag using Drive Genius, and repaired permissions, it ran slightly better, but it wasn't the problem. I asked somebody at work, and they suggested possibly faulty RAM, so I used Rember and it didn't find any problems there either.

Just before coming here, I came to wake my machine and it was about 2 hours behind, so I used the force quit to relaunch the Finder. Screen went black, and the fans came in at full force, you should have seen the dust shoot out the back.

I'm a bit worried now, cause I'm thinking it might be logic board.

Can anybody help?

G5 iMac with iSight 1.5 GB RAM, think it's a Kingston chip in there, don't remember, latest version of 10.4.
 
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Is it always on waking the machine? How are you connected to the network, and are you connected to shares on the network?
 

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No, it's totally random, it usually happens when it's inactive over night, but it sometimes happens while I'm online. I'm currently using it wirelessly with a cheap Netgear router on another floor, one other Mac wired to the router.
 

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Finder frequently and randomly crashes

I am so familiar with this problem. It started on my G5 iMac after updating to os 10.4.9. The problem was solved by disabling half of my contextual menu itmes. I assume one or more was conflicting. Find them in USER:Library:Contextual Menu Items. I created a new folder called Contextual Menu Items Disabled to dump suspects into. Restarted the computer and observed and repeated this process until the finder operated properly. Good luck fishing for the culprit(s).
 

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Thanks Jim, actually I forgot to mention that this problem started after I updated to 10.4.9. I'll try the contextual menu thing. Is this the modern version of extension conflicts?
I guess so. This is what I used to do with system 7,8,&9 with various inits prior to extension manager. Good news is that there are fewer files and that the problem is solvable.
 

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Just a suggestion, but never defrag when a file is obviously having problems. If your finder is corrupt and you defrag without fixing it, you might not be able to boot your machine later.
 
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