can't type text into comment and message boxes

    Feb 14 2009 | 11:08 pm
    This may have been reported before...
    This is the second time that I noticed this behavior on different machines: After launching Max5, I can no longer type text into comment and message boxes (double-clicking doesn't bring up the cursor), while all the other objects behave as expected. Trashing the Preferences folder does nothing. When I observed this for the first time reinstalling Max fixed the problem, but it would be good to know what may be causing this erratic behavior.
    The only thing I did was changing ownership and permissions for a folder inside the patches folder while Max was running, but this could have hardly been the reason, I suppose.
    XServe Mac OS X 10.4.11 Max 5.0.6