Dock not responding, menus won't hilight

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by bungiefan89, Jul 18, 2011.

  1. bungiefan89 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 5, 2011
    I've got a problem with an OLD 2006 Core 2 Duo iMac. In spite of this computer's age, I have upgraded it to 2 GB of RAM and it's running Snow Leopard.

    The problem is the dock and menus along the top of the screen won't respond the way they used to. Hoovering the mouse over icons in the dock does not make them magnify (even with magnification turned on) and it no longer displays the name of the application the mouse hovers over in the dock. Clicking on the items does open them, but I don't get any feedback when just hoovering over them.

    As for the menus at the top, clicking on the apple in the corner works fine, but hovering over "About this Mac" and other options doesn't make them highlight blue like they should, although clicking on them works fine. This problem applies to all menus at the top across all applications.

    Yes, I HAVE changed the mouse. Same problem.

    I've attempted to fix this problem by following the instructions on this web page and deleting the "" file under /username/Library/Preferences/ and then restarting the computer. That did solve the problem, but only temporarily. After some more use, the problem came back, and deleting the file and restarting again yielded the same result: only a temporary fix.

    Any ideas on a fix? Anybody else experience this? Could it be because my mother uses the computer primarily to play Farmvill (which according to her also has response issues which were temporarily fixed once I deleted that file and restarted the computer)?
  2. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    Try logging in under a different user account and see if the problems persist.

    And "hoovering" sounds like you're running a vacuum cleaner. ;) (one 'o' too many)
  3. Knoodles macrumors 6502


    Feb 2, 2003
    Gone to the Beach
    Nothing to do with playing Farmville. Could also be systemuiserver.plist or finder.plist.
    Creating a new user as a test account like gregg2 stated is a good way to determine if the problem is user or system wide.

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