Every time I booted my iMac, I would get the error message “Connection Failed” – something looking for a server that was no longer there, clicking on OK would solve the problem and the computer would function normally until… yeah you got it!
The exact error message is: “Connection failed. The server “XXXXX” may not exist or it is unavailable at this time. Check the server name or IP address, check your network connection, and then try again.” Well yeah, that was one of my old laptops and it sure is no longer there. This message will only come up when booting up the computer or with certain programs that looked for hard drives or network connections, like bumptop.
A call to Apple Support revealed not much actually, just lots of trouble shooting and then a mysterious solution. Renaming the “com.apple.loginitems.plist” file in my Home>Library>Preferences folder to something else (just in case) and restarting the computer solved the problem.
Not even Apple’s support guy was able to pin down the exact cause, but we came up with a pretty good theory: Most likely there was an item on my com.apple.loginitems.plist that did not show under SystemPreferences>Accounts>LoginItems, most likely a leftover from a previous computer. When I restarted the iMac, OS X, most likely, re-created the com.apple.loginitems.plist-file from an older cached file and included only those items that were actually available on the hard drive or the network at the time, leaving out the erroneous entry, hence solving the problem.
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