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my computer was in sleep mode for a couple of days, when I woke it up my desktop was a mess, icons were much larger

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Jun 18, 2012 7:03 PM

I was away for a couple of days and when I woke it up the log in page was much larger than normal, when I went past that everything was in a much larger text and bold including the menu bar, all my applications and pop up menus are reacting the same way.  I was able to reduce the size of the icons on my desktop and dock but nothing else.  I searched through everything in the system preferences and tried changing a number of things that looked like they had even a remote chance of curing my problem, restated several times in the process and nothing did the trick.  Even when I open Safari I can only see a fraction of the content that I used to be able to see.  Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks.....

iMac Intel Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • den.thed Level 7 Level 7 (23,430 points)

    Try holding the Control key and scrolling or swiping down.

     

    If that does not help then go to: Apple / System Preferences / Displays / select the Display tab and try setting your Screen Resolution to the highest available Resolution in the list.

     

    Then if that does not work, reset the PRAM as per > Resetting your Mac's PRAM

    iMac, Mac Mini, iPad, iPods, Mac OS X (10.6.8), (10.7.4) Safari, iTunes, iPhoto
  • X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,190 points)

    Did you try what he suggest first, i.e., to contol swipe your magic mouse or control move your scoll wheel to possibly adjust the zoom?

  • den.thed Level 7 Level 7 (23,430 points)

    Also maybe check Zoom in the Seeing tab of Universal Access, if the mouse and/or trackpad zoom is disabled.

  • X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,190 points)

    You said it is "ok" when you safe boot.  What if you log into another account?

    I downloaded a few apps that I’d used before my sytem crashed just before I left for the weekend and when I woke it up and logged back in it was messed up.  I did try deleting those apps and restarting but the problem persists unless I start from a Safe Boot.

     

    Must be one of them I would assume.  And you didn't delete all they may have installed.  What were they?

     

    Post the filenames you see in the following places:

     

    Your Account's Login Items

    ~/Library/LaunchAgents (in your home directory)

    /Library/LaunchAgents

    /Library/LaunchDaemons

    /Library/StartupItems

  • X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,190 points)

    /Library/ LaunchAgents- that file has about 72 plists.

     

    I seriously doubt it.  No one has 72 launch agents.  I suspect you looked at /Library, not /Library/LaunchAgents, particuallry since you posted with a space a in /Library/ LaunchAgents" after the second slash.

     

    /Library/LaunchDaemons-that file has 160 about plists.

     

    Impossible also.

     

    /Library/StartupItems- doesn't open  and is evidently empty as it shows 0 KB when I get the info on that folder

     

    That is possible.

     

    To avoid any possiblity of a mistake copy/paste each of the pathnames (one by one of course) into a finder Go menu, Go To Folder.

     

    ~/Library/LaunchAgents

    /Library/LaunchAgents

    /Library/LaunchDaemons

    /Library/StartupItems

     

    Also open your Accounts system preferences and click the Login Items tab to see those items.

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