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Deleting I have been trying for a few weeks now to delete images and documents on my desktop. Dragging them to the trash only prompts me for a password and once I type it in, nothing gets deleted. I have tried going through the Finder, no such luck. I get an error, -43, but cannot find anywhere online that tells me what -43 is, or how to fix it.  What is going on with my Mac? I have OS X 10.5.1

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  • Thomas F. Schneider May 11, 2010

    Sounds like a virus or share ware contamination. If you have the Max Ox disk,you might want to save what you need and try to reinstall the OS?. 

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Error -43 is the common "File Not Found" error.  This can also mean a folder is not found. (A Google search for "macintosh error codes" returns a complete list from Apple at http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1618.)  I don't know why it would say this unless the files really don't exist.
Dragging an item to the Trash doesn't usually require a password unless you are not the owner of the item.  This can occur when copying items from another user's account, for example.
Try selecting all of the items that you want to delete, hold down the Option key, and choose Show Inspector from the File menu.  In the Sharing & Permissions area at the bottom of the Inspector window, verify that you have permission to delete the files.  If not, click the lock icon, type an administrator's username and password, then change the Privilege to Read & Write (you might have to use the + icon to add yourself to the list before changing anything).
Close the Inspector window and delete the items.  This should do the trick.

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