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cblawrence Level 1 (0 points)

When I attempt to drag and drop anything, the icon during the dragging gets stuck to my cursor and doesn't go away for at least a minute (and the function doesn't go through). Examples of where this is happening:


Dragging something out of the dock (keeps the smoke poof attached)

Moving a mail message out of the inbox and into a folder

Moving a file from a server to my desktop

Attempting to move the HD on my desktop


Repairing permissions didn't help. Rebooting didn't help. Anyone else getting this? Thanks!


Using a 2.66GHz 4GB 17" MBP.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7)
  • drdocument Level 4 (3,010 points)

    Just a guess, here, but is it possible you have less an optimal amount of free space on hard drive? Perhaps some larger caches (such as Safari, fonts, sound files or video, or mail attachments) that have not been cleaned out lately?


    A Time Machine backup in progress sometimes slows things down. Or simply too many processes running concurrently.


    Finally, I have noted that every major OS update seems to speed up after a few restarts, as system caches get updated.


    Just another thought: did you reset PRAM?

  • Colt West1 Level 1 (50 points)

    I saw this same problem in the GM on the exact same hardware you have. I had to revert back to Snow Leopard. As soon as they get it fixed, I'll gladly grab it through the App Store.

  • Colt West1 Level 1 (50 points)

    Do me a favor, try creating a new user on Lion and see if that resolves the issue.

  • cblawrence Level 1 (0 points)

    New user account did not have the issue. Good call. Resetting the PRAM, however, really jacked stuff up. Now after a reboot, the user icons don't show up. Fortunately I can still log in via typing. Since my problems are multiplying rather than declining I think it's time for a reinstall.

  • drdocument Level 4 (3,010 points)

    The more I read here, the more I think I'll clean out caches and stuff with OnyX before installing Lion. (I have downloaded it but not installed yet.)


    The latest version of OnyX is 2.2.9, uploaded to CNET June 27, 2011. But there is a beta version 2.4.0b1 for Lion.


    CAUTION: OnyX is a very powerful and useful tool, but also capable of really messing up one's system if misused, so if you're not absolutely confident that you know what a particular function will do, don't do it. I have been using Macs since 1984, and there are still functions of OnyX I won't use. As Dirty Harry says, "A man's gotta know his limitations."

  • TheSmokeMonster Level 4 (3,230 points)

    I am having the same issue.


    I first noticed it when I tried to remove some icons from the dock. The icon would become translucent with the poof icon over top of it but then it wouldn't release/drop when I let go of the icon. It remained stuck on my cursor until I hit one of the toolbar options. The problem is worse with files in finder, it seems that if I hit some of the Fkeys, only then will it decide to release/drop off of my cursor and back to where it was orignially.


    my main form of work deals with dragging and dropping files into an FTP server as well as other tasks that require me to move large amounts of files at once. This bug has crippled me from doing any of that.


    This official release is so buggy it makes me wonder who was actually testing it before it's release. Stay away from this if you actually do any work on your computer other then browsing the internet.


    late 2008 uniMBP 5,1 2.53gHz 64bit kernel 8gb ram Lion 10.7

  • FlorentAlexandre Level 1 (5 points)

    Same here with a Macbook unibody late 2008, 2.4ghz, 2Gb RAM, Lion 10.7. Still looking for a permanent solution but putting the mac to sleep and waking it up fixes it until next reboot.

  • darkerix Level 1 (5 points)

    I've got the fix, at least for me. If you have any software using DisplayLink, which is a kind of display driver i think, you have these issues. For me it was DisplayPad, which I can't say for sure but highly suspect uses DisplayLink. In order to fix this you MUST delete the displaypad extensions from /System/Library/Extensions/ there are two of them conveiently named DisplayPadDriver.kext and DisplayPadFrameBuffer.kext That should do it.

  • TheSmokeMonster Level 4 (3,230 points)

    So I'v gotten this fixed. For me, it was because I was using an application called DisplayLink which lets me hook up a third monitor via usb. Uninstalling DisplayLink's latest beta 2 release has gotten rid of all the buggy sticky icon to cursor as well as gotten rid of this bug I was expereince where my login screen was blank except for the grey fabric background.


    read more about it here:


    To uninstall displaylink I searched spotlight for uninstall displaylink and used the app given to uninstall it from the system.




    Note: Darkerix, don't mean to steal your thunder as I was typing this I saw you said the same thing, I'll confirm this to be true for me.


    Sorry apple specialist for making you scratch your heads so hard over the phone.

  • cblawrence Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks! I did this (among other things) and problems are gone. Enjoying a functional Lion now. If only I could insta-learn "natural" scrolling.

  • TheSmokeMonster Level 4 (3,230 points)

    you know you can turn that off right?

  • cblawrence Level 1 (0 points)

    Yeah. I know it sounds like kool-aid drinking, but figured I'd try what they're advising as "natural".

  • SebTT Level 1 (0 points)

    +1 on issue. Icon get stuck to my mouse cursor while dragging and I can't drop the file. I am also using DisplayLink 1.7 beta 3 which is actually the latest release compatible with Lion.

  • SebTT Level 1 (0 points)

    No more issue since I uninstalled Display Link software 10 days ago and I'm using my MBP for several hours every day.

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