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Why is Mac Pro+Snow Leopard changing names on the desktop?

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Josh2000 Level 2 Level 2 (325 points)
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Jun 14, 2013 11:06 AM

Hi -

A few weeks ago I thought my keyboard had gone flakey (things like that happen around 4 year old kids).

 

Here is how the flakyness manifested itself.  After a short period of inactivity, files and folders on the Desktop would be automatically selected and then their names changed to stuff like "22212121221122222212122212".   So I unplugged the keyboard immediately.  This stopped the ghost typing.  Even after rebooting and zapping the Pram - within minutes of plugging in the keyboard the ghost typing begins.

 

So - I replaced the keyboard with a new Apple keyboard and the same thing is happening. 

 

Please help.  I use a Mac Pro running Snow Leopard.

 

Why is this happening and how can I stop it.

 

Thanks,

J2

  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,095 points)

    Where is the keyboard plugged in {chassis: front back left right; screen: left right; Hub: port 1 2 3 4 5 6} ??

     

    The cable I am using is { only the keyboard cable, only the keyboard cable and the geniune Apple extension cable, a terrific long extension cable I bought at a flea market, other} ??

    Mac Pro (Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.8), & Server, PPC, & AppleTalk Printers
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,535 points)

    did you try a clean install afer removing the system drive you have?

     

    do you have bootable clone from prior point in time?

     

    And did you install "junk" or your kids? do you know? (the lack of an easy to see and use log of what was installed when by who/what would go and help me feel better I know).

     

    What if anything is listed in login items?

     

    A safe boot (shift key down) should prevent any 3rd party process and drivers.

     

    and tell me you don't fall for a Mackeeper etc or other scam.

  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,095 points)

    RE: Safe Computing

    I don't have any anti-virus either - and that may be the source of the problem.

    That is NOT the source of the problem.

     

    Mac OS X has already blocked up all the obvious ways in, and most Virsus scanners just make a big show of scanning ... for Windows Viruses that cannot even infect your Mac.

     

    As long as you practice "safe computing" -- mostly

    • not opening emails from strangers and

    • not downloading from torrent sites, and

    • never dowloading a "special" program to access a site, and if you

    • use the default firewall in Router that you control, then

     

    ... you are remarkably safe from attack.

     

    --------

     

    In addition, folks who would break into your Mac do not want to goof with the names of your files -- they want your credit card info, your social security number, and your date of birth -- and to leave without a trace.

    Mac Pro (Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.8), & Server, PPC, & AppleTalk Printers
  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,095 points)

    There is some parameter data inside your Mac, and is is backed by a small battery. And you can use a PRAM Reset to set it back to factory defaults. Hold down Command-Option-P-R at Restart, and keep holding the four keys until you have heard the chimes four times, then release.

    Mac Pro (Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.8), & Server, PPC, & AppleTalk Printers
  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,095 points)

    That battery (in the BR extended temperature range) is used in garage door opener controls and key-fob controls in automotive applications. Its twin (CR no extended temperature range) can be used, but will not last as long.

     

    A new one will measure about 3 Volts.

    Mac Pro (Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.8), & Server, PPC, & AppleTalk Printers
  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,095 points)

    The battery is also used to keep the Parameter RAM going if the power fails. Things in parameter RAM include:

     

    Preferred Startup Disk -- loss may give you the flashing questionmark

    Preferred OS type and version

    Location of the Starup Display

     

    -- loss of these items may preclude your Mac starting up normally or at all.

     

    -----

     

    RE: Date & Time

     

    You need to have the Date&Time set correctly to do enecryption, sometimes including httpS: web sites.

     

    be sure to use System Preferences > Date&Time ...

     

    [√] set system time automatically ... from an online Date&Time server

    Mac Pro (Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.8), & Server, PPC, & AppleTalk Printers
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,535 points)

    NVRAM the device tree information about the type and configuration of memory and hardware devices, incl graphic card, disk drives, optical drives and other items as well as monitor and display output.

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