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Grid surrounds cursor and icons. someone suggested turning off "voiceover" under the Universal Access options, but that didn't help.

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  • katherine17 Nov 17, 2009

    I took a screen shot and will try to attach below.

    Basically there is a 5 X 4 grid of squares that move with the cursor and all the icons on the screen and the dock and menu bars are covered too. All other applications are fine once you open them.

    I took a screen shot, but don't know where I could post it...

  • Macs R We
    Macs R We May 11, 2010

    Wanted you to know I haven't forgotten you. If you can post your image on a public photo website, like Picasa or Flickr, that would work fine.

  • Macs R We
    Macs R We May 11, 2010

    That sounds strange. Can you post your screenshot on a photo hosting service like Picasa or Flickr, then post the URL here? Thanks.

  • Macs R We
    Macs R We May 11, 2010

    I can't picture what you are describing. I get the impression that if I could actually see a screen shot of it, I would probably recognize what is going on. Is there any way you could take a screen shot (command-shift-3) and post it somewhere accessible for us to review?



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Try going and turning off the voiceover and see if that works.

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  • Kaleb Burpee Nov 17, 2009

    Try going and turning off the voiceover and see if that works.

  • Kaleb Burpee Nov 17, 2009

    Try going and turning off the voiceover and see if that works.

  • Kaleb Burpee Nov 17, 2009

    Try going and turning off the voiceover and see if that works.



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