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STILL NO HELP!!!! Cannot move icons or folders

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Duuuuuuuude Calculating status...
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Mar 16, 2011 1:07 PM
Imac OS 10.5.8 Cannot move icons or folders around, I can move my windows thou... cannot paste anything and clipboard has failed as well... lost my network connection too I have tried everything
All other functions work fine WEIRD

I am loading combo upgrade maybe it will fix this.....?


If you want to edit my post help me first or go away

Message was edited by: Duuuuuuuude
I-mac, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Mac OS 9000 Calculating status...
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    Mar 16, 2011 9:44 PM (in response to Duuuuuuuude)
    Calm down, I have had worse issues.

    And it's Mac OS, not Imac OS (in fact it's "iMac").

    It sounds like your Finder is not responding. Have you tried relaunching Finder? If you tried that and it didn't help, then your Finder is messed up. Reinstall the OS.

    Have you tried rebooting?
    iMac6,1 (Late 2006 iMac Intel), 4 GB RAM, 2.33 GHz Processor, 250 GB internal HD, Mac OS X (10.5), Minor GUI mods, external and internal iSight cameras :D
  • Jolly Giant Level 7 Level 7 (25,430 points)
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    Mar 17, 2011 1:45 AM (in response to Duuuuuuuude)
    try this:

    (a) download the [_*Mac OS X 10.5.8 Combo Update*|]
    (b) reboot into _*safe mode*_
    (c) launch *disk utility* (in applications/utilities), +verify disk+ and +repair permissions+
    (d) run the combo
    (e) after running the combo, let the Mac reboot normally and +repair permissions+ again.

    do the problems persist ?
    27"iMac11,1/2,8GHz/12GB/i715"MBP3,1/2,4GHz/4GBMini3,1/2.26GHz/2GB, Mac OS X (10.6.6), TC 'sim-d' 500 GBAEBSn2x AX (b/g)ATV 40 GBTouch 2G iOS 4iPad wifi 16 GB
  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,350 points)
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    Mar 17, 2011 11:43 AM (in response to Duuuuuuuude)
    Cannot move icons or folders around

    Around where? I they are all massed on the Desktop:

    Performance tip: Keep the Desktop clutter-free (empty, if possible)

    Mac OS X's Desktop is the de facto location for downloaded files, and for many users, in-progress works that will either be organized later or deleted altogether. The desktop can also be gluttonous, however, becoming a catch-all for files that linger indefinitely.

    Unfortunately - aside from the effect of disarray it creates - keeping dozens or hundreds of files on the Desktop can significantly degrade performance. Not necessarily because the system is sluggish with regard to rendering the icons on the desktop and storing them in memory persistently (which may be true in some cases), but more likely because keeping an excessive number of items on the Desktop can cause the windowserver process to generate reams of logfiles, which obviously draws resources away from other system tasks. Each of your icons on your desktop is stored as a window in the window server, not as an alias. The more you have stored, the more strain it puts on the window server. Check your desktop for unnecessary icons and clear them out.

    Keeping as few items as possible on the Desktop can prove a surprisingly effective performance boon. Even creating a single folder on your Desktop and placing all current and future clutter inside, then logging out and back in can provide an immediately noticeable speed boost, particularly for the Finder.

    And it is why Apple invented 'Stacks' for Leopard.

    Here is Apple's take on the subject:

    Another possible cause is that your hard drive is too full. Do you have less than 20GB free space?
    20" 2.1GHz iSight iMac G5,, Mac OS X (10.5.8), iLife 9 but iMovie 6, QTPro 7.6.9, Safari 5.0.4
  • William Boyd, Jr. Level 6 Level 6 (10,475 points)
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    Mar 20, 2011 3:11 PM (in response to Duuuuuuuude)
    Duuuuuuuude wrote:
    I'm looking for my wifes Mac Discs so I can repair the hard drive

    You don't need those to do that repair. If you boot into "safe mode" (, OS X will do the equivalent of a Disk Utility "repair disk" operation.
    MacBook 5,2 2.0 GHz, 4GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,350 points)
    Try this:

    Delete the hidden .DS_Store file associated with your Desktop folder. Launch the (in /Applications/Utilities/), copy & paste the following command into the window that pops up, hit the return key, quit the, OPTION-click and hold the Dock's Finder icon, and select Relaunch:

    rm -f ~/Desktop/".DS_Store"

    Now, set the Desktop as desired, log out and back in, and the Desktop should be as it was as you last set it.

    Please post back with results.

    (source: Baltwo in a thread from last year)
    20" 2.1GHz iSight iMac G5,, Mac OS X (10.5.8), iLife 9 but iMovie 6, QTPro 7.6.9, Safari 5.0.4
  • Mac OS 9000 Level 2 Level 2 (270 points)
    You said this is only on your desktop? Try deleting your Desktop folder then making a new one. Of course, take all of the stuff off of it first. You will probably have to do this with Terminal or on another startup disk.

    However, my best guess is that some PLIST settings file related to the desktop is corrupted. My brother once couldn't change his wallpaper due to a corrupt PLIST. However, I have no idea which PLIST you should delete.
    iMac6,1 (Late 2006 iMac Intel), 3 GB RAM, 2.33 GHz Processor, 2 TB internal HD, Mac OS X (10.5), Minor GUI mods, external and internal iSight cameras :D
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