6 Replies Latest reply: Jun 20, 2011 7:56 AM by waynefromcanton
jrc362 Level 1 Level 1

More and more when I try to open a file on my Desktop it cannot be selected and I have to relaunch the Finder in the Force Quit window to get it to work. After that it works fine for a while before it happens again. Everything else seems to work fine. Expose works, applications work, just can't select files on the desktop. Thoughts?

MacPro, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Jase the C Level 2 Level 2
    My Mac does this, too. I believe the icons on the desktop become inoperative every time the computer goes to sleep. (I should test this more systematically to be sure.) Wish I knew how to cure this annoyance.
  • jrc362 Level 1 Level 1
    Jase the C

    Do you have any issues with a wireless printer too perhaps? Often when the Finder acts up, my wireless printer cannot be found and I have to restart it. I assume you are not on Snow Leopard, yes? I am wondering if making the jump to OS X 10.6 would cure this problem.
  • Jase the C Level 2 Level 2
    Sorry, jrc, I don't use a wireless printer so can't give you any info on that. And you're correct, I'm on Leopard, not Snow Leopard.

    Just to add to my own comment, I turned "Put computer to sleep..." in Energy Saver preferences to Never, but the the issue with dead Desktop icons still occurred. So, maybe it's connected the display going to sleep, or maybe it just happens after a period of Finder inactivity.
  • waynefromcanton Level 1 Level 1

    Have you tried disconnecting your firewire devices to see if your computer works OK then? I recently had a similar problem that went on for months along with a firewire external hard drive that often was not recognized. My son suggested restarting my Mac wiithout any firewire drives and I've not had a problem for about 2 weeks now. I also replaced that external drive.

  • vinsup Level 1 Level 1

    I am facing this problem too - of the Finder becoming non-responsive. Have normally noticed it after waking up the MBA from sleep. Have to resort to relaunch it. I do not have any devices connected to it.


    Any idea what might be the reason?

  • waynefromcanton Level 1 Level 1

    June 20, 2011 and no more problems since replacing that Firewire external drive.