Finder/desktop overrides any open window regularly

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ClydeVideo, Feb 11, 2009.

  1. ClydeVideo macrumors newbie

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    Whether I am working with a particular program or am just looking at an open finder window: Every few minutes, the entire section of icons on desktop blink out and come back on with annoying results.

    If I'm in a finder window at the time, it just automatically closes.

    If I'm in a window of any program whatsoever, the finder shows up as the active program and I have to click on my open window of whatever program I was in to make it active again so I can continue working.

    This is on a dual 2gig G5 with OS 10.4.11

    I've already repaired preferences & done a virus scan.

    Anyone else had this one and solved it? Suggestions?
    Thanks.
     
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

    BlueRevolution

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    Try creating a new user account. Does the same thing happen there?
     
  3. ClydeVideo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Created new user account. The problem disappeared. All stable so far.

    Now..how to fix this problem on my original account ???
    Thanks.
     
  4. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

    BlueRevolution

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    Installed any new software lately? If you go into the Accounts preference pane, what applications are listed under Login Items?
     
  5. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020

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    Since you mentioned running 10.4.11, did this by chance start happening just after updating QuickTime to the latest version 7.6?:confused: If so you probably are suffering from a known incompatibility between that upgrade and at least a couple of System Preferences items that results in cyclic finder restarting.

    So if you did just upgrade your QT, look in your System Preferences and see if you have a Preference pane called Stuffit AVR. If that exists, open it and set it to "Off" and your problem should disappear. That is a solution that was originally posted by someone over at the Apple Discussion lists and later the solution was mirrored in a thread here at MR.

    I can also say that on another system that was brought to me, the problem was a PrefPane called "YepFolders"- disabling that in Startup Items took care of the problem.
     
  6. ClydeVideo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    MAYBE i-tunes and other apple updates....but last one I recall seems to be some time before this problem showed up.

    Startup items in problem account:
    N067U ButtonManager, N124U ButtonManager, Magic Menu, Archive Assistant Schedule, StuffitAVRDaemon, ITunes Helper, ShuttleProHelper, ContourShuttle Helper.

    I DID AS sickmacdoc SUGGESTED AND TURNED OFF STUFFIT AVR IN PREFERENCES PANE AND NO MORE PROBLEM! !THANK YOU BOTH.

    Only remaining questions is whether or not I should be concerned with the functionality that this item was supposed to provide.
     

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