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CS5 Smudge Tool no longer smudges, have reset prefs

Time:November 30
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Hi!
I have been pulling my hair out trying to figure why the smudge tool in cs5 no longer behaves like a smudge tool when trying to smudge from a transparent area if the layer into the image part of the layer..
I have deleted my tool preset and the whole adobe preferences file, i also am sure i don't have fingerpainting on or anything like that..and nothing seems to work!
the smudge tool acts correctly when smudging from within the boundaries of the pixel area, but if i try to smudge a layer that has any transparency around it, and i wish to smudge into the pixelated areas from outside the boundaries of the image (starting from transparency into the image) it just doesn't work anymore..
(say i use the pen tool to cut off the arm of a person and make a new layer using the selection, so now i just have the free floating arm with transparency all around it..if i  smudge from within the image outward to the transparent area, it works fine, but if i try to reverse that, and smudge from the transparent area into the image, it just does nothing!
CS4 smudge tool still works fine, as does every other function in cs5..except for this!
Can anyone help me?
it would be much appreciated!
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Before you resort to such drastic measures.
1. Trash the preferences again, just to be sure.
2. If you have a 64 bit os, check both versions of cs5.
    That is the 32 bit version and 64 bit version.
    See if both have the same problem.
3. If you use a tablet, try unplugging it and use the mouse.
4. Open GL
    If you have open gl enabled in cs5, go to preferences>performance
    and turn it off.
5. Video card
    Check that you have the latest drivers for your video card.
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