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Grid surrounding cursor and desktop icons

Recently a black square grid started being attached to my cursor (the cursor is in the upper left corner of the grid).  Each of the icons on my desktop is also surrounded by a square or rectangular grid, with the icon visible underneath it.

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  • stuartmc999 Mar 05, 2009

    Thanks for the suggestion, but it did not work.  However, the problem initially started around the time that I accidentally turned on voice-over using shortcut keys.  I saw on an Apple discussion board that many other people had something similar happen at about the same time as me http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa...  It appears to be related to iMac G5s with serial numbers that start with W8.  For some of the others, it turned out to be a hardware problem.  However, it seems odd that a hardware issue could explain the same thing happening to many people at the same time.  Also, I do not know if this helps, but starting in safe mode causes the icons to look normal on my computer, but the cursor still has the square grid surrounding it.

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2009

    i have the same grid around the mouse pointer and the grid obscuring the icons on the desk top and the dash board has anyone got the answer, Apple say its a £600 repair

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You have accidentally enabled "Universal Access"
Open System Preferences from either the dock or the pull down menu under the Apple in the upper left hand corner of your screen.

In System Preferences the 4th line down should have icons for "System" one of those icons (usually the right most) will be a blue circle with a person in it. This is "Universal Access"

Open Universal access and turn voice over and zoom off.

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  • pbeck Mar 01, 2009

    You have accidentally enabled "Universal Access"
    Open System Preferences from either the dock or the pull down menu under the Apple in the upper left hand corner of your screen.

    In System Preferences the 4th line down should have icons for "System" one of those icons (usually the right most) will be a blue circle with a person in it. This is "Universal Access"

    Open Universal access and turn voice over and zoom off.

  • pbeck Mar 05, 2009

    Very Interesting.
    Usually if it's a hardware issue it won't change just because you are using single user mode.

    Try booting from your original cd and run the disk repair utilities, look to see if your cursor has the problem. If it does, then it probably is hardware. If not there is some kind of damage to the OS.

    Try performing an archive and install if that is the case.



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