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desktop and or finder refresh problem with Tiger upgrade

I just upgraded my 1.5GHz PowerBook G4 from 10.3.9 to 10.4.10 with all the software upgrades and am now having a refresh problem.  my desktop/finder keeps refreshing so if I'm typing or in a program I lose my cursor and have to click back into the program.  it happens every minute or so with no programs running.  I have tried disconnting my external monitor and changed resolutions.  I have also reparied permissions.  Any other suggestions?  I can't find any information online regarding this issue.
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mmconsultantCommented:
Is Spotlight still indexing your hard drive? Click on the blue search button in the upper right hand corner or the menu bar ... it will tell you if it is still indexing.
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SystemsBettyAuthor Commented:
no it's not indexing.  it just has a serch box.  I also checked immediatly following a refresh.  it's really driving me crazy.  I turned off bluetooth & airport in case they were related too.  It's done it twice while writting this message.  Any other ideas??
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mmconsultantCommented:
Try turning off the power management/screen saver ... this is a long shot, but worth a try.

Also, Try opening Activity Monitor, sort by CPU usage (most to least) and click in the Find field, waiting and watching until the focus is lost ... did you notice a program pop up to the top of the list just prior to losing focus?

You can also try rebooting and holding the SHIFT key down, this will only load the essential kernel extension and disable login items. If this solves you issue then you know that a kernel extension or login item is probably to blame.


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SystemsBettyAuthor Commented:
The Activity Monitor did the trick..  there was some rogue palm desktop process running.. after killing it the problem seemed to go away!!  This is a program that crashed and recoved after my install - so that must have been it.
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mmconsultantCommented:
It's probably loading at startup, so you may want to look at your startup items too, so that you don't have to kill it each time you reboot.


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