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Mike, Mac Medic
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Experience:  Over 20 years IT experience with Apple computers in publishing, marketing and design.
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My 2008 iMac running OS X 10.8.5 is having several problems,

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My 2008 iMac running OS X 10.8.5 is having several problems, perhaps interrelated. It has 37 GB free out of 249 GB. Mail and Word work, though more slowly than usual. DVDs play fine.- Trash won't empty. Even when I select only unlocked files, Trash crashes a few seconds after beginning to empty. There are 996 unlocked items and, apparently, 996 locked items (I think there are really more).- iPhoto crashes shortly after opening, before I can do anything.- I can't Repair Disk using Disk Utility, even with restart holding down Command and R keys.
I repaired permissions using Disk Utlity; permissions for Safari and iTunes were repaired. However, when I ran it again a few minutes later it looked like the same permissions were being repaired again. Also saw this message:
"SUID file "System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement…has been modified and will not be repaired."
"Repair Disk" was not available. I then restarted holding down Command and R keys until the Apple logo appeared. When it restarted, the prompt with choices did not appear, i.e., I couldn't select Disk Utility, so the repair could not be done.What steps do I need to take?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Mac
Expert:  Mike replied 1 year ago.

When you boot to Recovery HD you have to Verify Disk before you can select Repair Disk. Please try again.