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Macbook 10.6.8 Opening Dock items itself?

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I have a macbook 13" running 10.6.8

Quite often, but not all the time, after booting up the mac tries wants to open several dock items together, seemingly at random.

I've checked in 'Login Items' and there is nothing in there being used, someone suggested that it could be an issue with the mouse but I've tried a few different ones and it still seems to do it.

I've also checked for software updates and everything seems fine, the next step is to perhaps give Lion a try and see if that cures it.

Any suggestions?
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by:Sigurdur Armannsson
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Not the same apps opening every time? I am not aware of such random Dock startups, but if you right-click on the icons in the Dock and go into Options you may find that Open at Login could be checked.

Another place to look for auto logins is in /Library/StartupItems.

The third place is the one you already looked in /System Preferences/Accounts/Login Items.

If you are planning to go to Lion you could all the same go to Mountain Lion if your MBP is not too old.

In my opinion the main advantage of using L or ML is what you can keep a spare copy of your installer on a USB (8GB at least) and reinstall your system in less than an hour instead of tearing your hair off trying to solve silly things that the system may decide to tease you with. And without having to adjust any of your current settings.
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by:Xaelian
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Can you try to execute this in the terminal:
defaults write com.apple.finder OpenWindowForNewRemovableDisk -bool false
It can be that you need to run it as sudo.
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It turns out that it was actually the mouse that was the problem, we did try a couple of other wireless 'mice' and the issue still occurred, so after testing with an official mac mouse all is well!

Possibly some sort of interference from the cheapy wireless mice?
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by:MadPC
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Guess we got unlucky with the other mice we tried, an official mac mouse has solved the problem!
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