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Old Mar 22, 2003, 10:30 AM   #1
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Exclamation I can't drag items!!

As of this morning, I have the strangest problem I have ever had with my Mac.

The problem is that I can't drag items. I can drag windows to move and resize them, I can drag scrollbar widgets to scroll, and I can click and drag to draw in Photoshop &c, but I cannot drag items. For instance, I cannot move files in the Finder, I cannot drag messages to move them to other mailboxes in Mail, I cannot drag songs to playlists in iTunes, I cannot drag links on pages in Safari (although I can drag bookmark bar items to move them), I cannot drag selected words inside TextEdit, and I cannot drag files to my FTP server in GoLive. When I try to drag, the system doesn't respond. Nothing freezes; the items just sit right where they are as if I weren't touching them.

It is not a hardware problem; such dragging works neither with my trackpad nor my Apple Pro Mouse. Nor does my system need a restart; a restart did me no good.

My system was working normally until the problem quietly and suddenly began about a half hour ago.

I am using a PowerBook G4 400/512 and OS X 10.2.4.

What in hell is going on?

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Old Mar 22, 2003, 10:35 AM   #2
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Additionally, I have just discovered another aspect of it: if I command-click Menu Bar Items (with the intent of moving them), they immediately "poof" into oblivion as if I had dragged them off the bar and let go. Then, all the Menu Bar Items disappear and restart themselves after a few seconds.
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Time to reinstal the os my friend.
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Before you reinstall repair permissions.
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Old Mar 22, 2003, 10:54 AM   #5
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Yeah, I figured I'd have to reinstall. I already tried repairing permissions, it didn't do anything. I'm backing my disk up to my external firewire now.

Damn damn damn. And this is weekly crunch time for one of the magazines I design.

Well, while it installs, I can take a well-earned break, I suppose.
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Old Mar 22, 2003, 11:04 AM   #6
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Re: I can't drag items!!

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As of this morning, I have the strangest problem I have ever had with my Mac.
Sometimes, I also had this problem. Happened only two or three times. I was able to solve it by restarting the Finder, or logging out and back in again. Happened in 10.2.3... in .4 never...

Don´t know why this happened. It could be that I was using some dumb beta software or badly written piece of crap at that moment.
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Old Mar 22, 2003, 11:36 AM   #7
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yup, i had this same problem. i was able to fix it temporarily many times, but it would always return quickly.

the real fix...reinstall the OS. that's what I had to do. sorry bud.
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Old Mar 22, 2003, 11:53 AM   #8
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i've had this prooblem quite a few times, and what did it for me was just a restart. i dunno what os your using, but this only happened to me in 10.2.3 and not yet at all in 10.2.4.
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Old Mar 23, 2003, 03:32 PM   #9
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I reinstalled and all is again well. What a lousy, annoying problem.
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Old Mar 23, 2003, 03:48 PM   #10
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I suspect what happened was that the keyboard driver missed a key-up signal from a control, shift or command key. When the clicking acts weird like this, press and release each shift, control and command key.

N.B. I've never had this happen on a Mac, but it happens frequently on Windows systems.
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Old Mar 23, 2003, 03:51 PM   #11
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It's interesting you think it could have to do with the keyboard; I had recently started using an Icelandic keyboard layout preference. I wonder if something got messed up in the switch.
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Talking

well at least you found out faster than me.
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Old Mar 23, 2003, 10:44 PM   #13
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N.B. I've never had this happen on a Mac, but it happens frequently on Windows systems.
I have never heard of this; Mac, Windows or Linux. You know what that means (I get to see it soon for myself )
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hmmmm - i hope this never happens to me. i brag about how simple the mac is to use because it is so drag-drop centric.

like - "to create a DVD drag movies into iDVD. Insert DVD-R (2x/4x depending on Superdrive) and click burn twice. Wait for about time of DVD + 15mins (not inc. encoding time) and vòila - DVD for general use. menus aswell.

Drag drop is esssential in the mac. that must have sucked. as for what cubist said - sounds like the reset combinations for console (Xbox, PS2, NGC, N64) controllers
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Old Mar 23, 2003, 11:20 PM   #15
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I am especially concerned about this bug because I now think it may have had something to do with the Icelandic keyboard layout. This concerns me because, although I speak English very well and although I am very much a member of the modern world, I am concerned when I find that Icelandic is spoken by so few. I don't want an Íslenska-specific bug! I don't want to be ignored because I'm in the minority! I don't want Icelandic to die!
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Old Mar 24, 2003, 04:48 PM   #16
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see... i told you 10.2.4 is evil!!!

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