Question about Apple Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard for Single User

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I recently installed Leopard 1.5.6 running on a iBook 1.2 GHz PowerPC G4. The software worked fine for a while. I am unable to open files, folders, applications, using the touch pad or external mouse. Can only access by key command. When going to "Get Info", files and folders (including HD icon) are locked. Dock icons work. I have recently update to 1.5.7. Problem still exists. Any advice?

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  • msmonaco May 15, 2009

    Thanks for the quick response. I have 1.25 GB of ram.

  • msmonaco May 15, 2009

    Yes. Settings are correct. Seems to be more of a permissions issue. Have run disk repair on permissions. Hardware scan does not indicate any failures or problems (all pass). Hard drive does not need repair (have run all the diagnostics). Not sure if the files/folders should be locked, as indicated. All files, folders and applications can be opened with key command and can be highlighted by the courser. They just do not open when double clicked.

  • msmonaco May 15, 2009

    Yes. Although the double click works on the "dock" icons in the tray.

  • msmonaco May 15, 2009

    Actually, the dock apps respond to a single click.

  • rjivaro May 11, 2010

    Can you get into system preferences to check what may have happened to your mouse/pointer settings?

  • rjivaro May 11, 2010

    I just did that upgrade myself and have none of those problems. It comes with 256MB of memory by default. Do you have more than that? I had added a 1GB stick purchased through ebay for a reasonable price. If you don't have more than the default, or even just a little more, it would be a good place to start.

  • rjivaro May 11, 2010

    Oh. So in other words, the mouse cursor moves when you move the mouse or touchpad and you are able to single click things and have them function but double clicks are inoperable?

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Try unlocking them by clicking the lock icon, it would ask for admin password. Each read write permission to yourself.

If this doesn't work, try creating a new super user account on your machine and run Disk utility and ask it to repair your file permission. Launch terminal and type this.

find . -type d -exec chmod 777 {} \;
find . -type f -exec chmod 777 {} \;

or you can try

cd /Volumes

this would display volume name.

chmod 0777 volumeName


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