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OSX doesn't know what my files are anymore

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All of a sudden on both of our OSX machines all file associations have disapeared. OSX no longer knows what any of my files do. Jpgs, psds, eps, docs, xls, qxds. Every time I double click a file I get a "choose an application" box. Even worse than that when I double click an installer file it asks the same question "choose an appliction" So basically I cant' install anything because of it.  
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by:ffry
ID: 6994114
I've figured out to a point what is wrong, the files that lose there associations are on our file server (NT server running service for Macintosh)It happens only when I connect via SMB, if I connect via Apple Talk the associations are fine, the files are recognised. The problem with connecting via Apple Talk (as mentioned in a previous thread)is that the connection craps out randomly, sometimes it stays open long enough to do what I need to do, sometimes it disappears as soon as I trie to open a folder. This is happening on both of our OSX machines. All our OS9 machines work great and have worked great for 3 years now. This is very frustrating because I love the stability of OSX but the networking is in prety rough shape. As a result of these problems I may have to remove OSX from our office, what a drag.
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by:weed
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As mentioned in your last thread it sounds like you have a very strange OS X install. Missing components, corrupt files, etc etc. A norton run would be good, a reinstall would be better.
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by:ffry
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Could it be the OSX cd I used, like I said these thing are happening on 2 machines. I used the same cd for both machines (the legality of that is questionable but we wanted to try it on a couple of machines before committing to it financially). Norton eh, I was unsure weather or not I could run my System Works with OSX. It was designed for 7,8,9 I think. I'll try it on the machine we don't us as much.
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by:weed
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You can run old Norton Disk Doctors on OS X volumes but i'd recommend getting the latest Norton anyway.
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by:ffry
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So I ran Norton and re-installed OSX, still the same problems. I have ordered the newest Norton and Drive 10. Hopefully one of these will help. Maybe I need to do full format and re-install.
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by:ffry
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Well now I've done a full format(initialize) and re-installed OSX and the problem persists. I've also deleted the Mac Volume from the NT Server and recreated it, same problem.
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by:ffry
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Bottom line is OSX is still not ready for market, I've officially removed it from our office (graphic design studio)Quark Express works like crap, the networking sucks and it looses track of file associations at random, sometimes it recognizes files sometimes it does not. Maybe it's fine for people who use computers for basic stuff like e-mail and word proccessing but put it on a multi-platform network with network printers using high end design software and all hell breaks loose. Maybe in a couple of years when OS 11 comes out and all apps are built for it we will try it again. Thanks for trying to help me guys but I can't screw around with it any longer, back to 9.22 for now.
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by:weed
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I dunno man. Im using it in a heavy way for illustration/design and it works fine for me.
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by:ffry
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Thats computers for ya, I wouldn't have a job if everything work right all the time.
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by:TheHub
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NT 4 has a bug. either go back to OS 9 or upgrade to NT 2000.
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by:ffry
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All my problems with NT and OSX have been solved by the latest update of OSX 10.1.5 . So it's not a bug with NT 4 it was a bug with OSX. Thanks for trying anyway guys.
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