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Old May 19, 2013, 11:31 AM   #26
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I'm having this exact same problem. I can't right click in any window that's associated with a hard drive, internal or external, firewire or USB.

My guess is that it has something to do with a bug in a recent software update. Like the original poster, I am also running OSX 10.6.8. I was leery of going through with a recent update for fear of things like this. Luckily it is a very minor problem, but still very frustrating.

On another more more worrisome note, I recently had to do a panic shutdown. You know the one: when the whole computer stops and that little box appears and says you need to shut down right away. I am worried that this is also a symptom of running a software update.

Have you had anything like that?

I am on an iMac version 12.2 (Mid 2011, I believe).
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Old May 19, 2013, 02:35 PM   #27
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I'll never get why people resist OS upgrades. I can understand skipping the .0 and maybe 0.1 versions or even waiting till the current project is finished and backed up. But it's stupid to the point of being self damaging and moronic for people to still be using some version of 10.6. The funny part is that they expect things to work right at the same time LOL. Of course forums like this one don't help AT ALL with all the Sadomasochists preaching that there are rational reasons behind their resistance. Some arguments even have me wondering but luckily I have the time and will to actually test things and know it's all just BS. I won't even compare these folks to Ned Ludd, who actually did have some reasonable socioeconomic concerns and logical reasons behind his actions.
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Old May 19, 2013, 05:38 PM   #28
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Bpk; Looks like we are sharing the same issue. I haven't had the 'grey screen of death' where you need to restart though.

Tesselator; I LOVE upgrading to the next software update, not sure why, there is something about being up-to-date that I find fulfilling. Unfortunately I'm using an old mac that won't even upgrade to the latest software as it's too old so I'm lumped with 10.6 for now.
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Old May 19, 2013, 08:00 PM   #29
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I LOVE upgrading to the next software update, not sure why, there is something about being up-to-date that I find fulfilling. Unfortunately I'm using an old mac that won't even upgrade to the latest software as it's too old so I'm lumped with 10.6 for now.
10.7.5 runs better on that machine. I's the newest (and last official) OS X release for your machine. It's way faster than 10.6.8 too! (tested)
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Old May 19, 2013, 08:30 PM   #30
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I'll never get why people resist OS upgrades. I can understand skipping the .0 and maybe 0.1 versions or even waiting till the current project is finished and backed up. But it's stupid to the point of being self damaging and moronic for people to still be using some version of 10.6. The funny part is that they expect things to work right at the same time LOL. Of course forums like this one don't help AT ALL with all the Sadomasochists preaching that there are rational reasons behind their resistance. Some arguments even have me wondering but luckily I have the time and will to actually test things and know it's all just BS. I won't even compare these folks to Ned Ludd, who actually did have some reasonable socioeconomic concerns and logical reasons behind his actions.
Ned Ludd didn't want to upgrade. I have no need. Big difference.
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Old May 19, 2013, 08:36 PM   #31
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Ned Ludd didn't want to upgrade. I have no need. Big difference.
Same thing I just said: Not the same...
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Old May 19, 2013, 08:55 PM   #32
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Same thing I just said: Not the same...
But, since I have no need, my decision is also logical.
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Old May 19, 2013, 09:19 PM   #33
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But, since I have no need, my decision is also logical.
Well there ya go then! Ya can't beat that with a stick! It might help if you could dance tho!

But that's how it is with everything too. I see it in the digital video and still camera world a lot too. If you have no need for the best then that's fine. It's the people who go around recommending their way of doing that is the best who baffle me...
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Old May 20, 2013, 12:31 AM   #34
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It's the people who go around recommending their way of doing that is the best who baffle me...
Agreed! An activist is only beaten by a reformed activist in their obnoxiousness.
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Old May 25, 2013, 11:54 AM   #35
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Same Problem

Hi folks. I'm having this same issue on Mac OS X 10.6.8

It happened on some files to begin with. I assumed it was a permissions issue. Now it seems to be all files and folders. Interestingly I'm still able to right-click on the Devices and Places lists of my finder window e.g. on the Macintosh HD icon, the Desktop icon etc.

Bit of a nuisance.
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Old May 26, 2013, 09:54 PM   #36
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Fixed

Well, I've just checked for software updates and found one. After installing and then rebooting my machine I appear to be able to use right-click (double-tap on touchpad) on all my file systems.
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Old May 26, 2013, 10:38 PM   #37
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Great Bobbledavidson, glad that worked for you. I've almost given up, there's a possibility I'll get a new computer soon I'm sure that will fix it!
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Old May 28, 2013, 08:58 AM   #38
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changing preview mode

Hello,

I have the same issue on my external drives.
I have, after trying all of the above, also tried to switch cables, leaving only one external drive (instead of a daisy chain) plugged in to no avail.

I found that depending on the preview mode (icons / list / column or cover flow) that it is only in column view that the right click doesn't work on my external drives.

hope this helps, and that we will find a proper solution to have that function everywhere.

LA

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Old May 28, 2013, 05:30 PM   #39
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lalalaland - GREAT temp fix!

This also works for me, the vertical column mode won't allow it but the others display modes will, at least this is a start!
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Old May 29, 2013, 02:17 AM   #40
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That works for me too!

So after posting that the software update had fixed my problem, it came back!

Changing from column to list view has solved it again... great temp fix!
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Old May 29, 2013, 03:17 AM   #41
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lalalaland - GREAT temp fix!

This also works for me, the vertical column mode won't allow it but the others display modes will, at least this is a start!
Glad to be of help until someone finds a proper fix! ( ?)

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Old Jun 3, 2013, 11:49 AM   #42
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yes, switching to icon or list mode fixes the problem for me too. too bad column mode is what i always prefer using!
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Old Jun 10, 2013, 06:06 PM   #43
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It looks like this hasn't been resolved yet. The problem is most likely caused by a bug in Google Drive. Here's a workaround:
  • Head to the Google Drive menu icon and select Preferences
  • Uncheck "Show file sync status icons"
  • Click "Apply Changes"
  • If needed, relaunch the Finder by holding down the Option key, right clicking the Finder icon in the dock and selecting Relaunch.

http://productforums.google.com/foru...ve/1z1IAedEAC8
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Old Jun 10, 2013, 06:16 PM   #44
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It looks like this hasn't been resolved yet. The problem is most likely caused by a bug in Google Drive. Here's a workaround:
  • Head to the Google Drive menu icon and select Preferences
  • Uncheck "Show file sync status icons"
  • Click "Apply Changes"
  • If needed, relaunch the Finder by holding down the Option key, right clicking the Finder icon in the dock and selecting Relaunch.

http://productforums.google.com/foru...ve/1z1IAedEAC8
Great, thanks Digisplicer - That's soved the issue! I had to relaunch finder but it all works as it is supposed to now!
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Old Jun 14, 2013, 01:10 PM   #45
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Wow, that's it! This worked for me too. I don't know how you figured that out but that has completely solved that annoying little problem. Thanks so much!!!!!!!!
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