Mac OS System Error Code 1712

The Mac OS X System Error Code -1712 is a bit of an ambiguous one as all that it means is that the application has timed out.

We got Error Code -1712 when we tried to run Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection on one of our staff’s Macbook.

To diagnose this error in more detail we opened up the “Force Quit Applications” with command + option + esc. The program that I was trying to open was already open (RDC), so I force quit it in the list.

After force quitting the offending application I was then able to start it again, without coming up against the “Error code -1712” error again.

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38 thoughts on “Mac OS System Error Code 1712

  1. Carl

    This advice worked well for my Mac OS 10.4.11: error code 1712 popped up when I tried to open Microsoft Word application. Now it works. Thanks!

  2. Wes

    The Application That Is Having This Problem Does Not Show Up On My “Force Quit” Window, Any Suggestions?

  3. Brenee The No Lst Name

    This doesn’t help me at all because it doesn’t show up in the mac force quit applications. So i need help. Do i reinstall the program or restart my computer or something?

  4. Jennifer C

    Thanks! this worked for me. The only other problem im having is getting my iphoto to work properly. I shut it down while it was on the other day and now everytime I open it, i get the beachball. Can you help?

  5. Heather

    Thanks! This was amazingly helpful, clear concise and fixed the problem within a minute! I am still astounded usually with these problems it takes 30 minutes of searching and an hour of walk through!

  6. Bill Hutchison Post author

    Yes, unfortunately if you have not been regularly saving your information, or if the program has not be auto-saving the information, you will loose the data by doing a force quit.

  7. Peter

    I don’t understand why Apple always put an error number in dialogs, rather than a brief description.

    Thanks, though, it did indeed work.

  8. Bill Hutchison Post author

    Glad that it helped Peter, it would certainly be much easier to troubleshoot if there was a description rather than some random numbers …

  9. Fleury

    The code -1712 appears every time I open Safari (it appears one or two times). It is not that annoying since Safari opens anyway. But I would like to know how to get rid of it (I have an Imac 2007 under Maverick)

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  18. Christina

    Hi I tried your solution and thank you but I came back up again after it sent a report. In the force quit window when I opened it again it says not responding

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