My graphics pen selects things I don't click, beachballing alot and apps crash

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  1. monad73 macrumors newbie

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    I need some advice. I'm having lots of problems suddenly with my G5 power mac. The mouse and graphics pen are behaving strangely - the pen "slides" and selects things I haven't clicked on. Firefox crashes constantly, other applications crash too and the machine is agonizingly slow. I keep just getting a beach ball.

    Any ideas you have would be appreciated greatly. Thanks, Sara
     
  2. darrenscerri macrumors regular

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    Try the following two procedures:

    1) Run the Mac OS X maintenance scripts by:
    - open Terminal (Applications -> Utilities)
    - type: sudo periodic daily weekly monthly
    - enter your administrator password

    2) Repair Hard Drive Permissions
    - open Disk Utility (Applications -> Utilities)
    - go to your Macintosh HDD
    - click on Repair Disk Permissions

    If the problem still persists, try archive and install.
     
  3. monad73 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the advice, Darren.

    I have done the disk permissions and i tried to use Terminal, but when I open Terminal there is no dialogue box to prompt me. I'm not sure how t start the script running? Thanks very much for your help, Sara :)
     
  4. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    There is no dialog box. You just type directly into the Terminal window.
     
  5. darrenscerri macrumors regular

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    As in the post above, you just type in the terminal. It does not show any dialog boxes. The terminal is just a big text field where text can be entered and the output viewed!
     
  6. monad73 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    TIny terminal window is hiding all text. how to enlarge it?

    Maybe this is a stupid question...(or perhaps Terminal is effected by the same general problems with my machine?)......the Terminal window is about 5mm x5mm - you can't see anything. How can I enlarge it so I can type?
    Thanks, Sara
     
  7. darrenscerri macrumors regular

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    Hmm... I can't understand what is wrong in Terminal... Maybe post a screenshot?

    An alternative to this would be Cocktail and run all scripts in Pilot mode as illustrated below. This little app helps a lot in maintaining the performance of your Mac and keeps your machine clean and optimised! Enjoy!

    Hope it helps!
     

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  8. monad73 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks Darren, Cocktail seems to have stopped the beachballing, although Firefox still crashes instantly. The machine was behaving more and more strangely after a couple of hours use before but with any luck it will still be running ok this afternoon and I won't have to do archive install!
     
  9. darrenscerri macrumors regular

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    Try uninstalling FireFox with AppZapper and download the latest version of FireFox.

    Hope it helps!
     
  10. monad73 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi Darren,
    I used archive install yesterday as the problems were ongoing. Now I have a blank blue screen and no desktop - I installed the first disc ok, when I tried the second disc I got a message: error occured whilst installing disc. the installer keeps prompting me to try the installation again, which I've done eight times and each time I get an error. The machine is completely unnusable now and I haven't backed up. Any ideas?
     

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