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all text on my mac desktop are just a series of "A"s

by eNac--2008 / March 27, 2010 7:53 AM PDT

After my Mac froze up. Then I restarted it, all the text on the desktop turned to just "A"s. (All the text on the desktop files and folders are just a lot of "A"s. All the text on the desktop menus are also just "A"s.

For example the top menu bar on the desktop looks like the following:


All the "A"s have boxes around each letter.

The computer is an old G4 with osx 10.4.11.

Does anyone have an idea how to fix this problem?


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by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / March 27, 2010 9:51 AM PDT

I would seriously consider an Archive and Install for this problem.

Something is seriously screwy


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What about text editors?
by macnerd10 / March 27, 2010 6:13 PM PDT

MS Word and TextEdit: can you normally type? If yes, wait before going through A&I. I would first trash the finder plist file in your home folder>library>preferences>com.Apple.finder.plist. Restart or logout-login. Chances are it will be restored to normal. Please post back.

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to add about boxes:
by macnerd10 / March 27, 2010 6:18 PM PDT

You may have inadvertently activated VoiceOver. Go to the system preferences and turn it off.

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To 3rd1video
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / December 25, 2010 10:17 PM PST
In reply to: to add about boxes:

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Things like email addresses and especially phone numbers are things you should keep to yourself.

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I have deleted your post to prevent the harvesting of your data.

Post again without the details.

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3rd1video would like to know if you solved
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / December 25, 2010 10:19 PM PST

this problem and, if so, how?


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