DennisRoliffPhotography wrote: Whenever I have an Apple related question, I post in the Apple Support Communities forums. Lots of Mac skillz over there. Best of luck.
Excellent advice. I have gained some very useful advice there, but do monitor any thread that you start every hour or two because threads can run of momentum very quickly unless you answer questions promptly.
Before you start a thread, check that it has not already been answered. If there is a common problem with Mail and your OS, it will probably already have been discussed.
When all else fails, take your computer to a nearest Apple Store and speak to one of the Geniuses who can walk through how to get your Mail back up and running. The Apple support forms are great too but if you want to speak to a person go to the Apple Store thats in a mall or something.
In the end. I took your advice and went to the Apple Support forums. I tried several approaches but none worked and was facing a clean re-install of Mountain Lion which would have been a major pain. But, as I mentioned, while on start up disk one, mail would not work but all my other programs did. On my clone start up disk, which had not been cloned with the bad mail program, Mail worked but for some reason Photoshop suddenly would not load.
I went to Adobe's support area, started a chat with some guy whose name I could never pronounce and within a few minutes he had Photoshop fixed. So I am good.
Thanks for all your advice.
By the way, there is a nice article written by me on today's Altpick Blog.
If multiple apps are corrupted on a given hard drive, the problem is more likely with the hard drive than the installation of the application itself. And even if it isn't a problem with the hard drive, the problem is more likely a corrupted preferences file or data file (mail stores each message in an individual file and there are index files that tie everything together) rather than the actual application package.
If you run the console app while you're launching these applications, it will likely show the cause of the problem if you know what you're looking for. Otherwise, best to make a trip to the genius bar before you start reinstalling apps with rogue utilities.