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  • Darrell R Coe Level 1 (145 points)

    I am writing this because you usually respond so quickly and I am thinking you did not receive my last correspondence.  I had to agree with your thought that my computer had a system problem based on your troubleshooting recommendations.  Your last recommendation was to perform archive and install procedure on my computer and that  was performed this morning.   After completion, I downloaded the combination OS X 104.11 update per the Software Update. But the problem, Unable to highlight text or move windows still exists.  Could the problem be in a Application that is not launched?  If you look at the correspondence I sent this morning (, it will show you the Applications loaded on my computer

  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,202 points)

    One way to test is to Safe Boot from the HD, (holding Shift key down at bootup), run Disk Utility in Applications>Utilities, then highlight your drive, click on Repair Permissions, Test for problem in Safe Mode...


    PS. Safe boot may stay on the gray radian for a long time, let it go, it's trying to repair the Hard Drive


    Reboot, test again.


    If it only does it in Regular Boot, then it could be some hardware problem like Video card, (Quartz is turned off in Safe Mode), or Airport, or some USB or Firewire device, or 3rd party add-on, Check System Preferences>Accounts (Users & Groups in later OSX versions)>Login Items window to see if it or something relevant is listed.


    Check the System Preferences>Other Row, for 3rd party Pref Panes.


    Also look in these if they exist, some are invisible...











  • Darrell R Coe Level 1 (145 points)

    Followed your instruction exactly as written: After Safe Boot; > Disk Utility/Repair Permissions; >test if Problem exist in Safe Mode>> Problems still exists.  Reboot and test again >  Problem still exists in Normal Mode.  All Peripheral  equipment, printer, external HD, and iSight has been disconnected.  Check Sys Prefs/Accounts >Only one Account (Me).  Check Sys/Prefsfor third partyPanes> No third Party Panes.  CHECK Files to see if they exist:







    /System/Library/LaunchDaemons (has large number of .plist files after clicking LaunchDaemons)

    12 - files























  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,202 points)

    Mac OS X: Cannot print, use Classic, start file sharing, burn discs, or update software if /tmp missing...


  • Darrell R Coe Level 1 (145 points)

    I am not sure how this relates to the problem I am experiencing.  I really do not use the Classic Mode nor do I have OS 9 loaded on my system.  I had a LaCie CD burner but no longer use it and I have no trouble printing.  My only problem is, I am unable to highlight text for the purpose of copying, deleting and pasting text and I have several Applications,that when launched appears as half windows because they are not centered on the monitor and half of the window is either pushed off the right or left side of the monitor or the window is pushed all the way to the lower half of the monitor. I have performed three software updates, which were mainly OS X 10.4.11 related and Java updates.  After each update, I performed a Safe Boot, Repaired Permissions and retested to see if my poblem was resolved

  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,202 points)

    Well, that article doesn't mention it, but the /tmp folder is used for copy/paste also, is it there? Can you Print or Fileshare?

  • Darrell R Coe Level 1 (145 points)

    I have no problems prining and I did use Home Sharing in iTunes to share my iTunes Music with my Apple TV and on another Mac Computer.  I have since disabled Home Sharing as a method of trouble isolation for my problem.  Is this temp folder, bootps.plist mentioned above?

  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,202 points)

    I don't think the bootps.plist has anyything to do with this problem...

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

    <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "">

    <plist version="1.0">





























    Do you have a Flash drive you can try copying a file to?

  • Darrell R Coe Level 1 (145 points)

    I am sure you  have provided me some very pertinent information, but I am not sure what to do with it.  I do have a Flash drive that I may copy a file to ( remember I am unable to highlight and copy anything).  I may need Cookbook instructions to execute your recommendation

  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,202 points)

    If once copied to the Flash Drive, can you then say highligt the name & copy it there?

  • Darrell R Coe Level 1 (145 points)

    I used my wife's iMac to copy  the above file starting with <xml...and highlighting to the last entry</plist>, performed a copy of the highlighted material and pasted the copied material to a doc  to a blank bbedit window named the doc "Untitled".

  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,202 points)

    OK, I'm not seeing sometheng here, sorry.. Wife's iMac??? is this the same machine having this problem?

  • Darrell R Coe Level 1 (145 points)

    No, it is not the same computer that is having the problem we are working on.  The computer that is having a problem is a G3 b/W PPC Desktop with an upgraded G4 Processor.  I inherited the iMac from cousin and I gave it to her because I was going to upgrade to a Mac Mini, but that decision fell through.  So, I still have my Old Faithful, which is showing wear but is a reliable computer that satisfies my needs.

  • Darrell R Coe Level 1 (145 points)

    You really must think I am stupid.  After writing down five lines of the program, I kept retreading some of your past correspondence and you kept saying "COPY" and the only thing that I could think of at that time was "I can't copy on my computer, that was one of my problems".  I was so concentrated, on how I was going to to get those lines of code to the flash drive, I forgot I could use my wife's computer to copy and paste the code to the flash drive.  Then you wrote "your wife's iMac? " and I still did not get it until 2:00 this morning.  Duh!! POST STROKE MOMENT.  I am so embarrassed  You must think , you are dealing with some Guy who isn't ALL THERE.  My Wife says that some times I get so concentrated on one task, that I don't think outside the Box.  I apologize. I am sorry, I have wasted a lot of your time.  You probably would have solved the problem a long time ago if it was not for my error.


    If you are still willing to work with me, I would be so grateful.  I can't promise, I won't go single minded, but I will promise that I will rethink before I say"I can't do something"



  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,202 points)

    OK, no worry Darrell, I think it's as much my problem as yours, no... more my problem actually!


    My dad used to tell me to do something, I'd ask how to do it, then get hit upside the head & told "Don't ask stupid questions".


    Then I'd mess up doing it... & get hit upside the head again & told... "Why didn't you ask if you didn't know how... stupid kids, send a boy to do a man's job... grrrrr


    So, maybe you can post again with a bit clearer synopsis of what is going on, so we don't have to wade through & reread every post.

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