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Old 10-03-2006, 10:33 AM   #1
Gaffer74
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Exclamation UniversalAccessApp

Hello everyone

I have recently updated to 10.4.8 and also iTunes 7.0.1 (as have many others). I did these at both about the same time/day (so am not sure which, if any, is causing the problem).

I have noticed, however, that the UniversalAccessApp is always running after login from looking at Activity Monitor.

Now, I know this basically is the Universal Access Preferences, but I have these turned off.
Booting up with my login items disabled also results in the UniversalAccessApp also running in the background (so it isn't my login items launching it).

btw, here are my login items:
LittleSnitchDaemon *
iTunesHelper *
PalmDesktopBackground *
TransportMonitor *
iScrobbler
iController
Quicksilver *

The starred items are 'hidden'

So, my question is, what could be launching the UniversalAccessApp prog seeing as I'm not running it myself and my login items aren't either.

Is this a glitch with either iTunes 7.0.1 or os 10.4.8 updates?

Thanx for any help (i'd rather not have this unused app using up cpu/ram if I can help it )

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Old 10-03-2006, 11:11 AM   #2
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did you also check in /Library/StartupItems/ and /Library/LaunchAgents/

post back and let me know what you find there.

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Old 10-03-2006, 01:16 PM   #3
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Hi.

Sorry, I neglected to mention that I have a preference pane that launches this app http://millenomi.altervista.org/Afloat/

/Library/StartupItems/ includes the following app which keeps osx audio balanced re: left right:
http://www.whamb.com/balanced/

/Library/LaunchAgents/ is empty
/Library/LaunchDaemons/ is empty


Uninstalling both Balanced and Afloat didn't help

I also discovered the ApplicationEnhancer.framework folder/subfolders which I also deleted (i think it was installed from a previous try out of an unsanity prog which I don't use....so that's gone too).

After all this, UniversalAccessApp still appears.

do you want me to post any logs at all?
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Old 10-03-2006, 01:25 PM   #4
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What I have found out from doing some testing is that it looks like the update to 10.4.8 installes a com.apple.universalaccess.plist file in your user Preference Folder setting the Close View Driver Mouse Zoom Switch and the Close View Scroll Wheel Toggle to true as default.

I tried changing this values by going to System Prefereneces -> Universal Access but it didn't work.

The fix:

1) go to ~/Library/Preferences
2) look for the com.apple.universalaccess.plist
3) open this file in Property List Editor
4) click on the arrow beside Root, you will be able to see the keys
6) now where you see YES click on it and change it to NO for both keys
7) save the file and restart your computer.

if you don't have Property List Editor installed in your system you can find it in your OS X CD under Xcode Tools, you will have to install it first.

or

you can use my file, just drop it in your ~/Library/Preferences folder just make sure you change the .txt to .plist first.

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Old 10-03-2006, 03:06 PM   #5
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Hey WOW
thankyou thankyou THANKYOU X@vier

It Worked

brilliant and thnx again
(I'm quite anal about having a streamlined system.....a hangup from my old windoze days )
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Old 10-03-2006, 10:24 PM   #6
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Gaffer74
Hey WOW
thankyou thankyou THANKYOU X@vier

It Worked

brilliant and thnx again
(I'm quite anal about having a streamlined system.....a hangup from my old windoze days )


Hey no problem, I'm just glad I was able to help you.

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Old 01-28-2007, 01:12 AM   #7
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thanks for the low down
its been drivin me nutz
thanks!
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Old 04-11-2007, 12:19 PM   #8
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Awesome-o

Thanks so much. Works like a charm.

Is there a list on the site that indicates all the background tasks that are enabled by default in 10.4 (Tiger) but that most people should disable? (Even though they might be a little hacky like this.)

Thanks,

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Old 07-24-2008, 05:44 AM   #9
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Thanks for this thread. Saved me a lot of research and the fix works.

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