When ever I try to move or rotate a bone in pose mode, nothing happens. The bone stays frozen, not moving to any axes, no matter what bone I chose.. I tried rigify ready to use mesh but had the same issue.

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    $\begingroup$ Is the Armature not in "Rest position" ? You can check that in properties > Armature tab > section "Skeleton". If so, just switch to "Pose position" and retry. $\endgroup$ – Polosson Feb 12 '14 at 20:23
  • $\begingroup$ nop. it's in pose position. if it would be in rest, there would be errors. $\endgroup$ – quryo Feb 15 '14 at 11:31
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    $\begingroup$ I had this problem and just discovered the "manipulate center points" option was enabled (shortcut: alt ,). It's the button to the right of the pivot center pulldown in the 3D viewport menu. Disabling it solved my problem. $\endgroup$ – Cody Reisdorf May 15 '14 at 19:20

Try disabling Manipulate center points. Here's a screenshot of the option:


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