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.Mac Not Syncing

I have three computers right now: a Mac Pro, a MacBook Pro, and a 12" PowerBook.

For some reason, I've noticed that the MacBook Pro is not syncing properly with .Mac. My keychains aren't right. Bookmarks don't synchronize themselves properly. I delete a bookmark on the MacBook Pro and it isn't deleted on the Mac Pro. Or vice versa.

Both computers (all three) show up in the .Mac pref pane's list of registered computers. I've "reset the sync data" by over-writing the data on the MacBook Pro from the data on .Mac. It doesn't seem to matter.

Can I reset some cache somewhere or something? Has anyone else seen this kind of problem? What's going on?

P.S. My iDisk seems to synchronize just fine.

6 Responses to ".Mac Not Syncing"

  1. I've had similar problems. Sync one Mac to overwrite to .Mac. Takes time to appear on .Mac, but .Mac will ask you to reset sync. Then resync .Mac to overwrite your other Mac. It sometimes takes a few goes to make it work though.

  2. HKMacs said on May 24, 2008:

    I've had similar problems. Sync one Mac to overwrite to .Mac. Takes time to appear on .Mac, but .Mac will ask you to reset sync. Then resync .Mac to overwrite your other Mac. It sometimes takes a few goes to make it work though.

    Yeah, but I've done that several times, and the MacBook Pro still misbehaves. How many times must I choose to overwrite it with information from .Mac before a) it gets that information, and b) it pushes its information back in later syncs?

    The most basic procedure I've done is this:
    1) Overwrite what's on .Mac with what's on my Mac Pro
    2) Let that finish, then overwrite what's on my MacBook Pro with what's on .Mac.

    That will almost always fail. I added a bookmark last night to the MacBook Pro and it still hasn't appeared here on my Mac Pro (they've both synchronized since adding the bookmark).

    Currently, .Mac "just (doesn't) work."

    The next thing I'm going to try is removing my .Mac information from the MacBook Pro for a bit, deleting the iDisk, then resetting it all.

  3. Erik J. Barzeski said on May 24, 2008:

    The next thing I'm going to try is removing my .Mac information from the MacBook Pro for a bit, deleting the iDisk, then resetting it all.

    That still didn't work.

  4. I had a similar problem with iSync and Address Book on my phone. It appears the data was corrupt. I had to export from Address Book. Delete the data in ~/Library/Application Support/Address Book and then re-import. Can you try anything like that?

    Let's face it for most of us long term Mac users our data is old and prone to corruption. There is a reported revamp coming to .Mac. Maybe this issue will be sorted out.

  5. If you're still having issues just contact me via email. I've had also similar problems and nothing seemed to solve my problems. I got a pretty nice description from the Bare Bones guys (because Yojimbo was one of the biggest problems with .Mac on my setup) and now everything works just fine. It's a little bit tricky and time consuming, but after you finish all steps everything seems better than new 😉

  6. If you're using Safari 3.1 and have used previous versions with .Mac Sync, try this to get them syncing again: http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1333?viewlocale=en_US

    But not before blowing everything away on both sides. Backup your data in AB and iCal (etc.), unregister all computers from sync, run the steps in http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1627?viewlocale=en_US and then pick a master computer. Start sync with that computer and as you add the others, have .Mac overwrite them.

    I wind up doing this about once every six months...


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