Thou shall not right click! (Dock freezing problem after Snow Leopard)

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  1. felixen macrumors 6502a

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    After I got snow leopard I've been having this pretty damn irritating problem. Almost each time I right click an icon in the dock the whole thing freezes. I can't to anything, not even change space or window. But I can still interact with whatever is on the screen when it freezes. So I just hit both mouse buttons all the time until it finally unfreezes. Its ***** annoying. Does anyone know how to fix this?
     
  2. MKSinSA macrumors regular

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    Try resetting the plist by deleting this file:

    MachintoshHD/Library/Preferences com.apple.dockfixup.plist.

    HTH ... Cheers! :cool:
     
  3. felixen thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    okay I will.. But am I going to lose anything by doing that?
     
  4. felixen thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I onyl have a file called this: com.apple.dock.plist

    I dont have the one you mention
     
  5. felixen thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    so do I just delete the com.apple.dock.plist even though its not exactly what was mentioned?
     
  6. felixen thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    come on people, can I delete this file? It really sucks that my mac freezes up each time I right click my dock
     
  7. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    Try moving it to the trash or desktop, and not deleting it, but moving it out of its right place. Then if the problem persists put it back, but if it goes away, put it somewhere just in case you need it back :D
     
  8. felixen thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  9. IChing macrumors regular

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    If you are using a wireless mouse make sure your drivers are up to date.
    Logitech just updated their drivers for snow leopard last week to 3.1 my mouse didn't work right until I got the update
     
  10. felixen thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  11. michaelsviews macrumors 65816

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    suggestion

    If you have a good backup of your files and prog's maybe wiping the HD and doing a fresh install of SL, than before moving your files and prog's back over give it a try and see if the dock problem is still there?

    HTH
     
  12. felixen thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I tried deleting the com.apple.dock.plist
    and at first I thought it worked, but I still get the damn problem. Its like when I delete it, it works for some time, but then I have to go and delete it again (cause the mac makes a new one apparently). So I really dont know what to do.. I might end up reinstalling like some said, but I just hate going through the whole process. I do have a new Time Machine backup though, but I guess that will just copy the glitch anyway?
     
  13. HLdan macrumors 603

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    Seeing as you've been at this for 2 weeks now you could've possible been done and moved on if you had chosen to reinstall the OS. Also, you're right, don't restore from a Time Machine backup as it may copy the corrupt file back onto your new install. It will be to your best interest to do a full erase and reformat.
     
  14. MaLdocK macrumors newbie

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    Something that works

    Hey all, I too experienced this extremely retarded problem, but its all good for my SL and mouse AND dock now. This only applies to those with Windows and Bootcamp.

    Earlier today, the whole freeze thing (for the dock) and right-click problems swamped both OSes. What I did was to log into Windows, (while facing the problems) and reinstalling the logitech software for my bluetooth mouse again followed by a restart which brought my mouse back to normal. And best of all, after I logged back to OSX, the freeze problems disappeared, as if it didn't happened in the first place

    What I am using.
    Snow Leopard Upgrade CD
    Logitech VX470 Bluetooth Wireless Mouse

    What I did. (Chronologically)
    1. Under OSX, I installed the Logitech Control Centre Installer (for Snow Leopard), which can be found here.

    2. Installed the LCC app, but problem still persisted

    3. Bootcamp-ed to XP, realized the loss of right-click problem.

    4. Re-installed the Logitech Media Centre for Windows (can be found here)
    Choose your logitech mouse model
    (32-bit for me) and restart comp
    Disconnected my bluetooth mouse and re-paired it again
    After restart, everything was smooth for XP

    5. Logged back to OSX.
    Problem Solved.
    (for me that is...)


    I don't know if I got lucky but that was everything I did, somehow things worked and I'm sharing this to you all. For those who just use OSX, all the best/ happy waiting. :)
     
  15. felixen thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    thanks man.. I'm buying the new apple mouse soon though so Im hoping that will fix it. I have seen a few problems with this mouse on OSx (shame on you logitech).. if it still happens with the magic mouse or whatever its called Imma try your steps :)
     
  16. anDroidzzz macrumors newbie

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    just go into activity monitor and quit the Dock. That's it. I just had this problem and it has gone away.
     
  17. felixen thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    where do I find the activity moniter? And by quitting the dock, does that fix the problem once and for all? Cause when you say quit the dock it just sounds like I'd only be turning it off/removing it
     
  18. kate-willbury macrumors 6502a

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    are you serious? don't you know what spotlight is yet? just type in 'activity monitor' sheesh.
     
  19. felixen thread starter macrumors 6502a

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