On our Macbook Air (Mid-2011 11", OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks), starting a few days ago, every time we open Finder windows, the right side just shows screen artifacts/cheese. File Open dialogs in MS Word work fine - it is just the Finder windows with the problem.

Can someone help?

I have tried rebooting, and Verify Disk in Disk Utility. Neither helped. Maybe I should upgrade to El Capitan? But why would this start happening all of a sudden?


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    That appears to be a graphics issue. Have you tried running Apple Hardware Test (AHT)? support.apple.com/en-us/HT201257 Hold down the D key while booting and then run the "Extended Tests." – Allan Mar 31 '16 at 13:52
  • Unfortunately AHT says, No trouble found. Thanks for the suggestion though - I hadn't heard of AHT. – Jonathan Aquino Apr 1 '16 at 17:51
  • That doesn't necessarily mean there isn't a problem. I had a MBP that would suddenly stop booting because of a bad GPU. But after about 5 or 6 attempts, it would boot and work fine for days - even test out good. I was only able to diagnose it when it was failing. When it starts acting up...stop what you are doing and run AHT. – Allan Apr 1 '16 at 18:02

I found the solution here: https://www.maketecheasier.com/fix-google-drive-crashing-finder-in-mavericks/

A number of users who have upgraded their precious Macs to Apple’s newest OS, namely OS X Mavericks have found that when they log into their systems, the Finder windows no longer run stably. Instead, it quits and relaunches repeatedly. This problem has also been mentioned again and again on Apple Support forum threads, including here and here. When this problem occurs, all Finder windows and desktop items disappear, and then after a little while, reappear.

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This specific problem appears to be related somehow to Google’s desktop client (current version 1.12, released on September 25) for accessing its Google Drive service. Whenever Google Drive synchronises, the folders that you have set up to sync should be showing a small sychronization icon next to them. It appears that the way Google Drive adds these sync icons to folders is the issue that is crashing Finder windows in Mavericks.

The fix/workaround is:

  1. Click the Google Drive menu and choose Preferences.
  2. Uncheck the option to “Show file sync status icons and right click menu” in the Preferences window.

I did that, and no more screen artifacts/freezing.

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  • BRILLIANT! This solved the same problem for me. – Wapiti Sep 18 '16 at 19:23

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