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Old 03-31-2017, 11:02 AM   #1
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Hey! So I was trying to speed up my MacBook Pro(running Sierra OS) in order to avoid some lag issues I was having with Steam games. I entered the terminal commands listed in the article linked below (under the "Disable OS X Features You Never Use" section):

How to Optimize Your Mac for Gaming

After entering those commands, my dock immediately disappeared, and when I minimized the browser, there was nothing but a black screen behind it, i.e. no desktop and no way to use finder. I reset the computer and the problem remained, googled around for answers and tried a few fixes, but nothing solved the issue. Running safe mode or logging in as a different user brings everything back, but I would like to work under my primary user account without safe mode (obviously). Does anyone have any idea what I would need to do to set things back to normal? Any help would be much appreciated.
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Old 03-31-2017, 04:11 PM   #2
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Start in Safe Mode and in Finder/Go/Utilities/Disk Utilities. Highlight the Mac drive and Fix the permissions.
Here are some other ideas: Relaunch the Mac OS X Finder | OSXDaily
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