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Dock won't appear and mouse acting funny

2343 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Apr 24, 2012 10:30 AM by BDAqua RSS
DVX100Shooter Level 3 Level 3 (840 points)
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Jun 24, 2011 9:28 PM

I don't keep my dock on the screen and I have it hidden. Since last night when I hover the mouse over the area where my Dock is, it won't appear. I have had to go as far as rebooting or completely powering my machine down then rebooting to get it to re-appear. Furthermore, my mouse is acting weird too. Instead of the pointer sometimes it looks like an upper case "I". It will still allow me to click on things but I am not sure what happened and why this is happening. I first noticed an issue while editing a video in Final Cut Pro where the mouse wasn't responding like it should. The battery in the mouse is fairly new and the red light is not flashing.


Any ideas or thoughts?



1.8 G5 PowerMac & 2.33 Dual Core Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8), 6gigs of RAM, 250g & 1TB HD's, Final Cut Pro Studio3, Fotomagico
  • Blackopsnc Calculating status...
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    Aug 3, 2011 10:57 AM (in response to DVX100Shooter)

    I have this exact same problem, but in Snow Leopard. If you have your dock set to hide, take it off, because it is impossible to open click on programs in the dock otherwise. I've also noticed that with the new macbook pro, I can't do the two-finger-touch right-click– I have to do the old CTRL-click to right-click on icons in the dock.


    This happens to me about 30-40% of the time when I type in my password to unlock my computer if it's asleep.


    I'll keep you posted if I ever get an answer.


    - BlOps

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,805 points)
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    Aug 3, 2011 3:01 PM (in response to DVX100Shooter)

    The new system is a lot worse on this end also.


    Are you still working on this?

  • Carolyn Dunlea Calculating status...
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    Apr 24, 2012 6:19 AM (in response to BDAqua)

    I am having this issue (with the dock not appearing) now.  W/my 3 year old Lion MBP.


    Kiiiinda frustrating. 


    I am thinking it is the early signs of my computor dying.  Could it be hard drive related?


    I got it back once by relanching finder from Force Quit... but that is not working any more. 


    Is there anything that I should be doing to get it back?

  • Carolyn Dunlea Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Apr 24, 2012 6:22 AM (in response to Carolyn Dunlea)

    I just noticed that the dock does show up when I hit F3 (Expose desktop).... but that it. Grumble grumble grumble...

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,805 points)
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    Apr 24, 2012 10:30 AM (in response to Carolyn Dunlea)

    Hi Carolyn, I doubt it's really a sign of dying, most of it has to do with Lion & up pointing towards what an iPhone can do, very limited viewing area.


    My Lion often goes into full screen for no reason I can really see, and nothing useful like the Dock, or Menubar are available until you Force Quit that APP. Grumble grumble grumble...


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