Finder may not load with external drive connected in Mac OS X 10.5.2

The Finder may not load in Mac OS X 10.5.2 after connecting a third-party external storage drive. The menu bar may appear to "flicker," or desktop icons may repeatedly disappear and reappear.

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  1. Open Sharing preferences, in System Preferences.
  2. Make sure the computer name in Sharing preferences is not blank. Also, make sure the computer name only includes ASCII characters from following set:

  3. Open Time Machine preferences.
  4. Make sure that the destination disk is set to the desired backup disk (or set to None if you do not use Time Machine.)

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