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macguy11
Jul 25, 2012, 07:45 PM
Hey guys,

When I pick up an item on the desktop, it essentially 'sticks' to my mouse and i can't drop it anywhere. If i click esc, it sometimes goes back to where it was. It seems like a bug but I need a fix for this. It also happens when I'm working inside programs and the cursor just gets stuck on selecting and I can't unclick. Can anyone offer a solution?

Thanks



steffenkarspeck
Jul 26, 2012, 10:46 AM
Same here, need a fix workaround very quick. can't reinstall my whole system.

Michaelgtrusa
Jul 26, 2012, 11:05 AM
In Lion their was this same issue when dragging from the dl folder.

relayer250
Jul 27, 2012, 11:52 PM
I have exact problem since installing 10.8. Never had this happen before. Seems to have same problem in dock and Finder. :(

MrG299
Jul 29, 2012, 12:44 PM
Anyone find a workaround for this?

johnlmccurdy
Jul 29, 2012, 12:54 PM
this used to happen to me a lot in Lion. Only thing to solve it was turning the computer off and then on again! Annoying - I know...

Arelunde
Jul 29, 2012, 12:58 PM
System Preferences > Accessibility > Trackpad options > enable dragging without drag lock.

At least that's one place to find an option on this.

nyolc8
Jul 29, 2012, 01:38 PM
If the problem appears, open Terminal and type this:
killall Finder

PJL500
Jul 30, 2012, 04:35 PM
Hey guys,

When I pick up an item on the desktop, it essentially 'sticks' to my mouse and i can't drop it anywhere. If i click esc, it sometimes goes back to where it was. It seems like a bug but I need a fix for this. It also happens when I'm working inside programs and the cursor just gets stuck on selecting and I can't unclick. Can anyone offer a solution?

Thanks

Same here. 10.8. 'Have to force quit finder very frequently and other programs too.

zankty
Jul 31, 2012, 08:58 AM
Same here.

It seems that putting the mac to sleep shortly solves the problem temporally.

What I like to know is, if you guys also upgrade from Lion?
Did any of you do a clean install?

Michaelgtrusa
Jul 31, 2012, 09:25 AM
Same here.

It seems that putting the mac to sleep shortly solves the problem temporally.

What I like to know is, if you guys also upgrade from Lion?
Did any of you do a clean install?

I did a clean install of lion and still had the issue.

zankty
Aug 2, 2012, 02:05 AM
So I did some testing and I was able to learn that the problem is the same on all user accounts and it does not happen in Safe Boot.

After that I called Apple and the 2nd Level Support told me that maybe my
Adobe, VMWare, ClamXav or LittleSnitch may be the cause.

Has anyone else one of these or a similar program installed? (i.e. Parallels, any antivirus software)

AfternoonDelete
Aug 2, 2012, 04:20 AM
If you mean that you can't drag an item from the desktop to the Finder icon in the Dock, so that you could springload into a folder... you can't do this in Mountain Lion, incredibly. You could do this in Snow Leopard and Lion. AppleCare ran every kind of test and concluded this with me.

A workaround is to drag your home folder from Finder into the Dock, and drag desktop items into that

It's a truly bad ML regression, forcing users to do this clunky action. I've complained to Apple via Feedback. I hope others do the same. It could result in a return to the better drag- and-drop directly into the Finder dock icon.

dawso1ba
Aug 2, 2012, 11:17 AM
I had this same issue after upgrading to mountain lion. I found that it is usually caused by third party software being installed. I had Airparrot, splashtop, and iteleport. Something in there is not compatible. Bad news though, after uninstalling all of that software there must have still been a driver left behind because it did not solve the issue. Ultimately I had to do a clean install of mountain lion and you can't restore from TM, has to be CLEAN install. Good luck look into any of those programs you may have or had. There are a couple others that will do it as well but can't remember the name of them.

zankty
Aug 2, 2012, 03:48 PM
I figured out the problem on my Mac. It was the Airparrot Audio driver.
After I did a Erase and Install, migrated my user folder back everything was working.
After installing Airparrot's Audio driver the problems started again. So I found this solution:

- Go to [HD]\System\Library\Extensions
- Delete AirParrotDriver.kext & APExtFramebuffer.kext
- reboot

found it here: http://theotcspace.com/2012/03/11/airparrot-bug-warning/

Michaelgtrusa
Aug 2, 2012, 03:53 PM
I figured out the problem on my Mac. It was the Airparrot Audio driver.
After I did a Erase and Install, migrated my user folder back everything was working.
After installing Airparrot's Audio driver the problems started again. So I found this solution:


found it here: http://theotcspace.com/2012/03/11/airparrot-bug-warning/

Their may be other issues as well.

mckemper
Aug 11, 2012, 09:03 PM
I had just installed Air Display when everything I tried to drag was sticking to my cursor. Luckily, I was able to uninstall Air Display and all's well.

Icy1007
Aug 11, 2012, 11:54 PM
You're doing it wrong somehow.

Burkut
Aug 22, 2012, 02:50 PM
If you are using Air Display , Uninstall Air Display and it will work.
uninstaling also solve my launchpad search area typing problem.
;)
Hey guys,

When I pick up an item on the desktop, it essentially 'sticks' to my mouse and i can't drop it anywhere. If i click esc, it sometimes goes back to where it was. It seems like a bug but I need a fix for this. It also happens when I'm working inside programs and the cursor just gets stuck on selecting and I can't unclick. Can anyone offer a solution?

Thanks

Fredvs79
Sep 25, 2012, 02:47 AM
I figured out the problem on my Mac. It was the Airparrot Audio driver.
After I did a Erase and Install, migrated my user folder back everything was working.
After installing Airparrot's Audio driver the problems started again. So I found this solution:


found it here: http://theotcspace.com/2012/03/11/airparrot-bug-warning/

Thank you, this helped me. I figure with Airplay built in to ML, I'm not missing anything without AirParrot any more.

crossifixio
Oct 4, 2012, 04:42 PM
Deleting AirParrotDriver.kext & APExtFramebuffer.kext fixed it for me!! I used Easyfind to look for them and then delete them! Glad its over now!

johnnyi
Oct 8, 2012, 04:14 PM
Had the same problem.

Use this link and get the removal tool it worked for me.

http://airparrot.com/support.php?platform=mac#removeAirParrot

magooemp
Oct 8, 2012, 10:25 PM
I just 'killall Finder'.. now ok.:eek:

YaGaYaW
Nov 4, 2012, 09:42 AM
I love this forum

pdwalker
Dec 5, 2012, 12:11 AM
I had recently installed air display and things were working

After my next reboot, the problem showed up.

Uninstalling Air Display solved the problem.

Thanks guys!

SgtP3pp3r
Dec 6, 2012, 05:16 PM
Thanks,
this worked for me:

If the problem appears, open Terminal and type this:
killall Finder

MrBitchen
Dec 19, 2012, 08:10 PM
I almost wiped my whole computer because of Air Display. If you are having this problem try that first. It's not enough to just delete it from your preference Pane either you have to use the script that installed when you first loaded it into your system. I was able to spotlight search and found the uninstaller still on my system. After that everything was fine again. :apple:

rotfa
Jan 10, 2013, 02:19 AM
Hi,

I had the same problem with Mountain Lion and an old 2008 MBP.
I have airparrot installed, and they confirm on their page that this is a problem with the graphical driver.
I searched for an update of the nvidea geforce 9400M driver at the nvidea site and installed the latest driver from their site. This resolved the problem for me.

I downloaded the following drivert: http://www.nvidia.com/object/macosx-cuda-3.2.17-driver.html

Hope that helps others as well

maclover19
Apr 26, 2013, 09:59 AM
ok, I just had this problem happen to me, and what you should do is, make sure you have never had a wireless mouse, (that is not apple of course) and then detach the USB receiver for the other brand mouse. Disable bluetooth, then restart. If this does not solve the problem, then reinstall mac osx. I am running osx 10.8.3 and I think this will work on any os. Also try to relaunch the finder, with command option and escape, then press enter!:D

Soundgirl
May 25, 2013, 07:44 PM
Hi...
I've been searching the forums for an answer to this problem and haven't yet found a fix. Yesterday, on both my Mac Pro and my Mac Book Pro (both about a year old), files started sticking to my cursor and I'm not able to move them. If I hit ESC, the cursor lets go, but the file goes back to it's original position. I HAVE NOT installed Air Display or Air Parrot, or Air anything. Additionally, when I am working within a program such as Pro Tools or even just on the internet, if I click within the window, oftentimes the desktop will change to the date/time display. If I put the computer to sleep, the problem goes away for maybe 10 minutes. There has got to be a better fix than this. Any answers out there? Pretty please?

no1uknow
Jun 22, 2013, 10:44 AM
If your drag and drop is not working on bootup.

ctrl + shift +eject

Then, login again... And it should be fixed.

bw1128
Jul 24, 2013, 04:39 PM
if your drag and drop is not working on bootup.

Ctrl + shift +eject

then, login again... And it should be fixed.

wow!!! Thank you so much! Ive had that problem forever and you fixxed it for me! Thank you

asetton
Aug 19, 2013, 03:03 PM
If your drag and drop is not working on bootup.

ctrl + shift +eject

Then, login again... And it should be fixed.

Fixed .....!!!! thank you