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    May 03, 2010
    Unable to open folders on Mac OS X 10.4.11
    I'm unable to open anything on my desktop with the usual double-click. Words highlight but icons, folders, downloads, and even applications won't open. Dock items only are working fine.
    I've read previous notes and 1. checked mouse, which is working fine; 2. deleted superfluous files on desktop; 3. successfully run "repair disk permissions" in utilities with no error messages; and 4. popped in Mac OS X Install Disks 1 and 2. On disk 1, I double-clicked folder "Apple Hardware Test Read Me" but it wouldn't open. On disk 2, the only file there was "Installing Mac OSX and Applications." When I double-clicked on that -- surprise! -- that wouldn't open either. What's up, and how can I restore my trusty old Mac to its former trouble-free status?

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    hughvane's Avatar
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    May 18, 2008
    Amberley, Canterbury, New Zealand
    I note you've used Disk Utility > Repair Permissions, but I suggest trying that operation again, but using OnyX Titanium Software.

    Second, since 2x-click doesn't open folders, have you tried the evergreen Cmd-O (letter O) once a folder's been highlighted?

    Third - how did you test the mouse operation to show that it "is working fine"? You might try another mouse meantime, you don't require an expensive one, a cheap generic model will do fine.
    Please post your Mac (or other) specs and MacOS version in your post, your profile or your signature. It helps us to help you better.

    I'm leaving now to go and find myself. If I should return before I get back, please ask me to wait.

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    harryb2448's Avatar
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    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    Did you boot from the install disc as advised previously and run Repair Disk as you cannot repair a hard drive you are booted from?

    To access Apple Hardware Test, pop in disc one, reboot, and immediately after the chime hold down the Option key if it is a PPC machine, D if it is an Intel. Really does help if you provide machine information.

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