Please have a look at the attached .blend file. I have changed a setting that prevents objects from moving, scaling, or rotating. When I attempt those actions, the colored arrows marking the selected object disappear, a single white arrow appears, the machine thinks for about 4 seconds, and the view returns to normal–with no motion accomplished.
This is a simple interface issue, but I remain baffled…
Permian_pangaea_globe_multires.blend (212 KB)