Any Suggestions? Can't Start Garage Band

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  1. b3l5tele

    b3l5tele Supporting Member

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    It's been a rough couple of days. I loaded Leopard on my Mac Pro 1.8 G5 then bought the Pro Tools mini only to find out that Pro Tools LE is not yet supported by Leopard.
    Both before and after loading Leopard I was not able to open Garage Band. So I bought the new iLife 08 and loaded that hoping that it would solve the Garage Band problem. Still not able to open Garage Band, it starts to initialize then goes to beach ball and stops. Any ideas or suggestions for a fix? Any help is greatly appreciated.
    Thanks.
     
  2. wouldbeirish

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    How did you install Leopard. I have read that a lot of people have had problems when they did an "upgrade" install. I have always done "erase and install" and have not had any issues. Of course, the one big downside is you need to reinstall all your applications and you need to have all your data backed up.

    Ron

    PS Have you trashed the plist file yet?
     
  3. b3l5tele

    b3l5tele Supporting Member

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    Hi Ron, thanks for the response, yes, I trashed the plist file, deleted every trace of Garage Band and re-installed. Still won't start.
     
  4. jscorno

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    b3l5tele-

    When you installled Leopard, did you install the latest updates from the Apple Menu -> Software Update?

    HTH,

    Jeff
     
  5. b3l5tele

    b3l5tele Supporting Member

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    No, is that something that i should or should not do.

     
  6. getbent

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    boot off your leopard cd. don't reinstall but once it comes up go to your menu and select disk utility. run repair permissions until it comes up with no errors.

    That should do it.
     
  7. b3l5tele

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    What does it mean when you say "boot Off your leopard cd"? Thanks.
     
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    Regarding updates: you should do.

    First, download and install the latest updates from Apple.

    Second (per GetBent), take your Leopard CD and boot your Mac from it by holding down the "C" key while you start-up the computer. Follow GetBent's instructions to repair permissions.

    It's much easier than it sounds!

    Hope this helps...
     
  9. b3l5tele

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    Did all that was suggested, still won't start. All the other programs work fine, any other suggestions? Thanks.
     
  10. wouldbeirish

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    Do you have Applecare? If you do, you can call Apple at 1-800-275-2273 and see what they say. Other than that I would do an erase and install, although like I said earlier you would have to back everything up.

    One other thing, you may want to try searching the Apple discussion boards. Just go to www.apple.com/support and click on discussions. There is a section devoted to Garageband.

    Ron
     
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    Make sure you pick the forum for the GB version you have, and ask for the help of a guy named HangTime. He's THE most knowledgeable guy on that board. Actually just post your questions and he'll answer. He's almost always on there.
     
  12. b3l5tele

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    Thanks to everyone for the help.
     
  13. jscorno

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    Please let us know what solved your problem.

    You may want to try one more thing while your waiting for a reply from the Apple board. I've been assuming you are trying to open the Garage Band application directly. In my version, it always opens up the last song I was working on. If that song is corrupt somehow, GB may have trouble opening. Try opening another song.

    Good luck...
     
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    I would also like to know what solves the problem.

    One thing I just thought of. Create a new user account and see if Garageband opens in the new account. That would let you know if it is a system wide issue or just an issue with your user account.

    Ron
     
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    If you launch console (located in Applications->Utilities) it should give you an error on why it's exiting on launch. This error will help people better diagnose your problem.

    Good luck,
    - alex
     
  16. b3l5tele

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    Tried this also.
    After trying all the suggestions I finally called Applecare. We tried archive and install with the Leopard disk. That did not work. We finally had to erase and install with the Leopard disk. That fixed it, but now I have to re load all my other applications from Time Machine.
    The applecare people had me working with a product specialist name Rich who was outstanding.
    Thanks again to everyone here for all the great help. I sure learned a lot going through this.
     
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    I just used Restore from Time Machine for the first time, and unlike the Windows XP System Restore - it actually works. I am surprised at what I can possibly do when the computer starts to act funky... :)
     
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    I'm not sure if this would have been a fix for you, but I use a digi002 rack with GB and realized that when the preferences were set to reflect the audio using the rack instead of internal audio, I was not turning the 002 on BEFORE I booted up GB:horse. Easy fix for a duh guy like me, but sometimes it is little things...

    glad you got it fixed up.

    TRD
     

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