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  • Bill Bogard Level 2 Level 2 (215 points)
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    Mar 1, 2012 11:40 PM (in response to Bill Bogard)

    airparrot and associated kext in system/library/extensions was the problem for me.  I had to relaunch finder + uninstall airparrot and kext + sleep/wake to get drag and drop back to normal.  at least it's working now on my MackbookPro 2.66 Core 2 Duo OS 10.7.3.  airparrot is an app that uses apple tv to mirror Mac onto tv.  the drag and drop problem developed after i installed the airparrot audio software and restarted.

     

    maybe this is unique to me, but kext in system/library/preference does seem to be a common connection.

  • mbutleruk Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 4, 2012 7:33 AM (in response to belosh)

    I had the same issue, and removing AirParrot and associated .kext files solved it for me.

     

    Bear in mind that AirParrot installs TWO .kext files: AirParrot.kext and APExtFramebuffer.kext. I missed the second one at first, and it wasn't until I removed it that the problem went away.

     

  • thabeast Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 7, 2012 6:30 AM (in response to belosh)

    It's amazing how many people have had this problem. This was a frustrating problem that only happened to me after certain firmware updates to the machine. Mouse would just hold onto any file I clicked on!

     

    Happy to say that putting the computer to sleep and awake again did work for me . Appreciate previous discussant's helpful hints.

  • Bill C Level 2 Level 2 (465 points)
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    Mar 7, 2012 2:04 PM (in response to MrTroyG)

    OK,

     

    The Sleep/Wake suggestion has [at the moment] apparently corrected the behaviour.  I still suspect [as advised] that a third-party app is the problem [ I suspect AirParrot] . I am waiting to see if problem returns and have also written to AirParrot to see if they are aware of any issues.

     

    Thanks for the tips.

     

    B

  • symonty Gresham Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 7, 2012 10:09 PM (in response to Bill C)

    I have had and reported this problem since an upgrade to Lion.

     

    I am have never even heard of airparrot, I use displaylink though.

     

    Do you think this is a ktext issue with USB/DVI display adapters?

  • BillH1184 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Mar 8, 2012 3:26 AM (in response to Bill Bogard)

    Redacted, see my next reply, removing the Airparrot KEXTs fixed it for me.

  • BillH1184 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Mar 8, 2012 3:25 AM (in response to BillH1184)

    FIx for me was to remove the two AirParrot KEXTs from Library/Extensions

     

    AirParrotDriver.kext

    APExtFramebuffer.kext

     

    The AirParrot FAQ mentions my modell of MB Pro and blames the Nvidia drivers.

     

    Really annoying, I liked that AirParrot does what it does.

  • Bill C Level 2 Level 2 (465 points)
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    Mar 8, 2012 2:14 PM (in response to BillH1184)

    Hi BillH1184,

     

    Yes, AirParrot support has just replied to my email and advised that it because Apple's NVidia drivers don't support other third-party drivers.

     

    No fix at this stage other than removal.

     

    I should point out that I am having sucess when putting the machine to sleep, then waking.  The cursor behaviour is restored and I can drag and drop.  It is not a solution but does allow AirParrot to stay on the system, if needed.

     

    I agree, AirParrot is a nice implementation.  Mountain Lion will add this feature but for older macs, AirParrot is very handy.

     

    Cheers

     

    B

  • BillH1184 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Mar 8, 2012 2:19 PM (in response to Bill C)

    I exchange emails with Andrew Parrot, I encouraged him to make this problem more prominent. For now I've removed AP, I can't spend time working around this, I discovered that drag & drop comes up within Apps as well as in the Finder, it's too much bother to have this happen. I will await Mountain Lion, or Tame Lion, or Circus Lion, to provide a proper solution.  Other Bill ;-)

  • bikerfunjoe Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 9, 2012 6:56 AM (in response to belosh)

    I had AirParrot and DisplayLink and had the same drag and drop problems. I also had the problem of not getting a menu bar drop down when moving the cursor to the top edge of a fullscreen app. Additionally, Logic Pro became unusable. The controls (Play, Pause, Record, etc) were un-clickable.

     

    I used AppZapper to remove AirParrot and manually removed its two .kext files. (AirParrotDriver.kext & APExtFramebuffer.kext)

     

    The problem persisted.

     

    Used the DisplayLink uninstaller (came with the .dmg) to remove it. The uninstaller forced a restart.

     

    Problems SOLVED!

     

    17" MBP (5,2)

    10.7.3

  • symonty Gresham Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 9, 2012 11:19 AM (in response to bikerfunjoe)

    To fix the issue with displaylink, all you have to do is either, use their work around

    ( known issue see displaylink for the lattest driver information )

    or just put the mac to sleep and then wake it up one time after you restart.

     

    I have this issue, and now I just do a quick sleep after restart and no need to re-install or remove anything.

  • bikerfunjoe Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 9, 2012 12:36 PM (in response to symonty Gresham)

    Yep. The sleep routine worked for me too, but I got tired of doing that every time I restarted. As much as I commute and travel, it was a real pain in the butt.

  • Zippah Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 12, 2012 6:43 PM (in response to belosh)

    So after waiting some months and hearing about colleagues issues with Lion - and the subsequent conversations of stability I upgraded from SL last weekend.

     

    only to find myself hitting this issue.

     

    of significant note, I do not have any of the offending apps installed previously mentioned.

     

    I simply powered on the mac, and opened a folder in finder and dragged an item from the desktop to the open folder and...

     

    what a drag. (no pun intended)

     

    no drop.

     

    Problem is, sleeping the mbp or force quitting finder is not a useable workaround, as I have to launch a VPN client, and sleeping the mac breaks this, forcing me to reenter my credentials every single time.

     

    maybe a small issue but a huge oversight on Apple's part.

     

    17"mbp 5,2 3.06GHz 8gb 480gbSSD/750GB

  • adrian117 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Mar 14, 2012 9:02 AM (in response to Zippah)

    I had the same issue, and removing AirParrot and associated .kext files solved it for me.

     

    Bear in mind that AirParrot installs TWO .kext files: AirParrot.kext and APExtFramebuffer.kext. I missed the second one at first, and it wasn't until I removed it that the problem went away.

  • Edmund Wong Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Mar 14, 2012 11:36 AM (in response to belosh)

    I also had issues with drag and drop in OS X Lion.  Although I could drag and drop within the same application, I had a lot of issues dragging and dropping into other applications.  Most of the time, I would drag, switch applications (using Cmd-Tab), and find that (1) the icon of the item I was dragging would get stuck in mid-air (even if I was no longer holding down the trackpad "button"), and (2) I could actually interact with the window I was trying to drag to, e.g., I could actually type in Mail.app even though I was still holding down the trackpad button.

     

    I did not have anything such as AirParrot, iDisplay, etc. installed, and I had no rogue kernel extensions that I could pinpoint as the cause.

     

    In my case, it was apparently a bad com.apple.ink.framework.plist file.  However, I was able to fix drag-and-drop by doing the following:

    1.  I first removed com.apple.ink.* from my ~/Library/Preferences folder, logged in/out, and let OS X generate a clean set of files. 

    2.  When I logged back in, an Ink window showed up in the bottom right corner.  I clicked the left-most button (the one that looks like a pen), which switched it to a mouse cursor and which I believe turns off sketching, clicked >> and went into Ink Preferences, then flipped "Handwriting Recognition" on and off a few times. 

    3.  After logging in and out again for safe measure, drag-and-drop finally started working.

     

    Back when I was running Snow Leopard, I had plugged in my friend's Wacom tablet for a few minutes to play with it.  In the subsequent process of installing/uninstalling software for this tablet, something modified my com.apple.ink.framework.plist file in a way that later messed with drag-and-drop when I upgraded to OS X Lion.

     

    This is probably not a permanent fix for those of you who actually use Wacom tablets, but I thought I'd share my solution with those who still have problems with drag-and-drop in the hopes that it will help you.

     

    Additional details

    I kept an old copy of my com.apple.ink.framework.plist file, converted both the new (where drag-and-drop works) and old (where it didn't) ones to ASCII text (using plutil -convert xml1) and diff'ed them against one another.  The differences are:

     

    The new file contains:

    <key>inkMasterSwitchOn</key>

    <false/>

    which is not in the old file.

     

    The new file contains:

    <key>inkWindowVisible</key>

    <true/>

    whereas it was set to <false/> in the old file.

     

    The new file contains:

    <key>recognitionEnabled</key>

    <false/>

    whereas it was set to <true/> in the old file.

     

    The inkServerPSN also changed numbers.

     

     

     


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