Currently Being ModeratedMay 23, 2012 2:09 PM (in response to jdpizzo)
Please read this whole message before doing anything.
This procedure is a test, not a solution. Don’t be disappointed when you find that nothing has changed after you complete it.
The purpose of this step is to determine whether the problem is localized to your user account.
Enable guest logins* and log in as Guest. For instructions, launch the System Preferences application, select Help from the menu bar, and enter “Set up a guest account” (without the quotes) in the search box.
While logged in as Guest, you won’t have access to any of your personal files or settings. Applications will behave as if you were running them for the first time. Don’t be alarmed by this; it’s normal. If you need any passwords or other personal data in order to complete the test, memorize, print, or write them down before you begin.
Test while logged in as Guest. Same problem(s)?
After testing, log out of the guest account and, in your own account, disable it if you wish. Any files you created in the guest account will be deleted automatically when you log out of it.
*Note: If you’ve activated “Find My Mac” or FileVault in Mac OS X 10.7 or later, then you can’t enable the Guest account. The Guest login created by “Find My Mac” is not the same. Create a new account in which to test, and delete it, including its home folder, after testing.
The purpose of this step is to determine whether the problem is caused by third-party system modifications that load automatically at startup or login.
Disconnect all wired peripherals except those needed for the test, and remove all aftermarket expansion cards. Boot in safe mode* and log in to the account with the problem. The instructions provided by Apple are as follows:
- Be sure your Mac is shut down.
- Press the power button.
- Immediately after you hear the startup tone, hold the Shift key. The Shift key should be held as soon as possible after the startup tone, but not before the tone.
- Release the Shift key when you see the gray Apple icon and the progress indicator (looks like a spinning gear).
Safe mode is much slower to boot and run than normal, and some things won’t work at all, including wireless networking on certain Macs.
The login screen appears even if you usually log in automatically. You must know your login password in order to log in. If you’ve forgotten the password, you will need to reset it before you begin.
*Note: If FileVault is enabled under Mac OS X 10.7 or later, you can’t boot in safe mode.
Test while in safe mode. Same problem(s)?
After testing, reboot as usual (i.e., not in safe mode) and verify that you still have the problem. Post the results of steps 1 and 2.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 24, 2012 8:57 AM (in response to Linc Davis)
Thanks, Linc. I ran both tests and identified a new limiting factor. The odd behavior seems to be limited to files stored on a mounted disk image. In both tests:
- Finder behaved as expected when deleting from files on the hard drive. (IE: Deleted a file from a long list in column view, which was scrolled to the bottom of the list, and the Finder window did not reset back to the top of the column.)
- Finder continued odd behavior when the file being deleted was on a disk image. (IE: Finder jumped to the top of the column when deleting a file from the bottom of the column view.)
Currently Being ModeratedMay 24, 2012 9:15 AM (in response to jdpizzo)
I can't replicate that behavior. What is the format of the disk image?
Currently Being ModeratedMay 24, 2012 11:42 AM (in response to Linc Davis)
The disk image was created by Disk Utility, Apple read/write format, Mac OS Extended (Journaled) 56.32 capacity, 8.79 GB free. Password protected, 128 bit AES encryption. Disk Utility verifies that the disk is ok.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 24, 2012 12:01 PM (in response to jdpizzo)
Unable to replicate. It's not clear what the results of steps 1 and 2 were.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 5, 2012 7:01 AM (in response to Linc Davis)
I have this exact same problem which occurs in the column/list view of Finder as well as iTunes 10.
I have selecte an item further down a list view and I delete that item; the column view then inexplicably jumps to the top of the listing, removing from view the section of the listing in that column where I was working.
EXTREMELY annoying, when you are systematically going though a list and editing or checking and need to remain referenced to youre location in the process!!!
Currently Being ModeratedDec 5, 2012 7:07 AM (in response to xybipio)
BTW it occurs everywhere; on my SSD drive Lion System with my iTunes Library, on an eSATA drive in the the Mac Pro, etc etc.
I should mention also I am in 10.7.4, since 10.4.5 ruined any functionality by taking away my control click!!!
What is Apple up to these days?