Sounds like something is hosed. The pallette should appear transparent when a dimension is clicked. When the pallette is hovered over it becomes solid. On my system, the pallette will become transparent when the cursor is moved away, but will return to solid when moved back. The pallette disappears if the cursor is moved away more than ~1".
I was wondering if you found a solution to this problem ; I have the exact same problem using SW 2010 SP3.
I had this issue as well. First thing I did was to update my graphics driver. Then went to Start, Control panel, Display, Settings, Advanced, and then changed my DPI setting from Large (120) back to Normal (96). This seemed to solve the problem. Note I am running my screen at 1900x1200.
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Hope this solves it for you, I believe this is what fixed it for me, note my PC needed restart for it to work.
Also make sure any drawing templates and bits are 2010, seemed to me that the dimension pallet would fail if the old template had been opened and not yet saved as a 2010 file.
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Thanks James! I will give that a try.
James - you are correct. This appears to be an issue with the Dimension Palette popup button not working correctly at anything other than 100% DPI. I encourage you to report this as a bug. (In the meantime, I'm also off to make sure the developers are aware of the issue.)
I have verified it is a known bug.
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I want to confirm that James' solution fixed the exact same issue for me.
I had my "DPI" setting set to "Large" and could never reach the Dimension Palette.
Setting it back to "Normal" fixed the issue, though required a reboot.