9 Replies Latest reply: Feb 27, 2013 8:31 AM by charlesfromcorrales
charlesfromcorrales Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Why, suddenly, when I startup my iMac does the Dock not magnify or show the icon names when I wave the cursor over them? If I restar( at least twice) the Dock behaves normally.  Can I reset/restart Dock without having to restart the computer again?  I have zapped the PRAM and reset the SMC and repaired permissions and nothing seems to work except restarts.

 

iMac 320, 4 GB memory, ML


iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Barry Hemphill Level 8 Level 8 (36,730 points)

    Hello:

     

    You might try trashing a couple of preference files and restarting:

     

    com.apple.dock.db

     

    com.apple.dock.plist

     

    Barry

  • charlesfromcorrales Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Barry, Been there done that and the only time this occurrs is when I start up in the morning. After I performed the suggestions you nmade and restarted the dokc was ok, but what about the next eim?

  • Barry Hemphill Level 8 Level 8 (36,730 points)

    Hello again:

     

    Hard to predict what will happen tomorrow

     

    Trashing preference files sometimes fixes odd problems (OS X rebuilds those as needed on startup).

     

    A workaround would be to put the iMac to sleep - not shut it down and restart.  I never shut my iMac down (unless I am leaving town for a few days).

     

    Barry

  • charlesfromcorrales Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hey Barry,

     

    Guess what?  After I reststarted gthe dock worked fine but I had no Mail (iCloud).  When the computer restarted and I went to Mail the offline symbol was in the inbox and I could not get it to respond.  It worled foine if I got on the iClound site and checkied my mail (where I found your response) but could not make the mail app work at all.  I restarted again to no avail.  I also noticed that when I restarted and tried to use something  I had to click on the item twuce to get to the window I wanted.  Do you think I need to clean install ML or would that do any good?

     

    When I dumped the iCloud account and reinstalled it I got the same symbol in the inbox of Mail.  What is going on?  Every time I restasrt this computer something else pops up that either doesn't work or works differently than it did before.

     

    Forgot to tell you I don't shut this thing off very often but when I do and restart it it should not be aproblem as I see it.

     

    C

  • Barry Hemphill Level 8 Level 8 (36,730 points)

    Hello:

     

    A "clean install" should be, IMHO, reserved for disasters.  I have never done one since I began using OS X years ago.

     

    The Mail problem is different from the other one.

     

    I would delete the account from the Mail application, restart, and then enter it back in again.

     

    Barry

  • charlesfromcorrales Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'll try your suggestion  and let you know what goes on.

  • charlesfromcorrales Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Barry,

     

    Mail worked OK this time.  Why does it do that>  Any ideas? And what makes the other startup problem raise it's ugly head?

  • Barry Hemphill Level 8 Level 8 (36,730 points)

    Hi:

     

    The start up thing might have been a corrupted preference file issue.  The mail thing is a mystery.  I had that same thing happen once, an I corrected it by doing what I suggested to you.

     

    Those things, however, should not re-occur on a frequent basis.

     

    Barry

  • charlesfromcorrales Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hey Barry,

     

    sometimes in the past month or two I wish I had not updated to ML and stayed with Lion.  TYhe new stuff in ML: is nice though so I'll probably keep with it for now.  Appreciate your help.  I now live in New Mexico  but used to lkive in upper Minnesota not far from Wisconsin.  Glad I am here in the "warm" part of the country right now though.  Cheers and thanks again.

     

    C