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586 Views 23 Replies Latest reply: May 17, 2013 11:42 PM by aafromwokingham RSS
  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,520 points)
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    Apr 23, 2013 7:21 AM (in response to aafromwokingham)

    The same symptom can occur by logging off and back on again.


    Please read this whole message before doing anything.

    This procedure is a diagnostic test. It’s unlikely to solve your problem. Don’t be disappointed when you find that nothing has changed after you complete it.

    The purpose of the test is to determine whether the problem is caused by third-party software that loads automatically at startup or login, or by a peripheral device.


    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.  Note: If FileVault is enabled, or if a firmware password is set, or if the boot volume is a software RAID, you can’t do this. Post for further instructions.
    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 next normal boot may also be somewhat slow.

    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.


    Test while in safe mode. Same problem?


    After testing, reboot as usual (i.e., not in safe mode) and verify that you still have the problem. Post the results of the test.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,520 points)
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    May 3, 2013 2:37 PM (in response to aafromwokingham)

    I set 'snap to grid' and rebooted in safe mode .... 'snap to grid' was unchecked when the machine rebooted.


    When you rebooted in safe mode, or in "normal" mode?

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,520 points)
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    May 4, 2013 8:33 AM (in response to aafromwokingham)

    This procedure will revert the Finder views of all folders in your home folder to the default that you’ve chosen. If you don’t want that, STOP.


    Back up all data.


    Triple-click anywhere in the line below to select it:


    find ~ -type f -name .DS_Store -delete


    Copy the selected text to the Clipboard (command-C).


    Launch the Terminal application in any of the following ways:


    ☞ Enter the first few letters of its name into a Spotlight search. Select it in the results (it should be at the top.)


    ☞ In the Finder, select Go Utilities from the menu bar, or press the key combination shift-command-U. The application is in the folder that opens.


    ☞ Open LaunchPad. Click Utilities, then Terminal in the icon grid.


    Paste into the Terminal window (command-V).


    The command may take a noticeable amount of time to run. Wait for a new line ending in a dollar sign (“$”) to appear. You can then quit Terminal.

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