Sigh. Right now at this very moment, I am backing up my computer so that I can do what they call an “archive and reinstall.” My iMac, only 2 years old, has started freezing up on occasion. It happens most often if I fire up WoW, but it has happened just in the course of regular web browsing and application use. I took it to the Genius Bar today, where, of course, we couldn’t replicate the problem. I even fired up WoW for a few minutes. Nada. It generally takes 15-20 minutes before the issue occurs and then I can’t even force quit. I have to turn the computer off. Also, the backup isn’t working. Time Machine can’t seem to communicate with my backup drive, so I’m manually backing up some files on another hard drive and then I’m going to try to do a full computer backup on the new (old) drive. It’s all very frustrating. The computer is usable as long as I don’t make it work too hard. And if I do, it throws up its hands and gives up.
There are many and multiple error messages in my log files. Googling any one of them gives me the answer: reinstall your software. So I’m going to give it a go. I’ve got 38 minutes until the last (really large) file is copied over and then I’ll back up, and reinstall. Wait here.