Macs/Apples/Disappearing icons


Sorry Ed, it has taken me a while to realise that I needed to contact you again through the All Experts forum.  Do you need me to send the screen shots again?

Thanks for getting back to me.  I don't know what could have happened to erase your icons, but an OS update any time in the future should correct this.  In the old days we could change icons of applications and folders by copying ones we downloaded from the internet and pasting them.  You might try to do the same with the aliases you've made.

As to what aliases are, they are shortcuts to an original.  For instance in the screenshot you sent me, you have a Preview application (no icon) and an alias to it.  You probably tried to drag and drop it to your dock and let it go ahead of time, or dragged it while holding the option key and let it go.

What version of the OS are you using? It's not recommended for the latest, but you could run system check:
1. Reboot your computer
2. Hold down command(Apple)-S until you see black screen with lines of code loading
3. After it boots, you will be at a command prompt.
4. Type /sbin/fsck -fy and press ENTER/RETURN
5. Let system check complete.  If it says "system was modified" or similar, rerun it.  If not, or when complete again, type reboot and press ENTER/RETURN.

Let me know if that changes things.


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I don't answer Mac OS 9 questions anymore, thank you. Current Tech: Mac OS X 10.4 - 10.8, Some shell scripting, cron, Mac OS X Server 10.2-10.6, AD-OD Integration, Automator, Word Press Blogging, All CURRENT Mac models, iLife '09 and previous, iWork '09 and previous, Apple Remote Desktop, WiFi, iOS jailbreaking/unlocking, some MS SharePoint (design, not development) Devices: iPhone(original-4s) & iPad(through 3rd gen), AppleTV(all models), Airport Express, Time Capsule Old Skool, meaning I have this experience as a base, but don't answer questions on it anymore: Mac OS Environment 7.5.3-OS 9 (please upgrade for pete's sake!), PowerBook G3/G4(all models), Mac/Windows Networking, PowerPC 604-G4 desktop models, Outlook 2001, Photoshop 7 and previous, Flash MX, Dreamweaver MX Mac OS X Public Beta-10.4, all Windows Server operating systems and use. Dabbler: Newton 2100 w/ WiFi and NSync, Yellow Dog Linux, Suse Linux (PPC), Ubuntu Linux, Vista Business


I worked in IT for ten years with a specialty in Macintosh technologies and Project Management.
I've worked with the Macintosh Operating system and various machines since my first PowerMac 8500 running Mac OS 7.5.3 in 1996. I support my friends and family in keeping their Macs healthy and upgraded. Now I use a MacBook Pro for our home media network and we're pretty much down to iPads and iPhones for daily use.
Most important: I've also worked on PCs for a number of years with various flavors of Windows(95,98,NT4,2000,2000Server,2K3Server,SBS 2K3Server,Mil,XPHome,XPPro, Vista Business), but I've always used the Mac as my platform of preference.
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