Dock does not appear and dashboard, expose, spaces will not work. PLEASE HELP

Discussion in 'OS X' started by gallinger, Jan 16, 2008.

  1. macrumors regular

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    #1
    Okay, so im running leopard and all of a sudden. I put a jpg file into my downloads stack because i hate having things on my desktop. And the dock just went away and dashboard, expose and spaces will work, I have restarted at least 10 times, hard shutdown same amount, but still nothing. Everything else is working fine. If anyone knows how to fix this. please let me know

    Thanks
     
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    swiftaw

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    #2
    try moving the following file to your desktop and then rebooting:

    ~\Library\Preferences\com.apple.dock.plist
     
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

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    #3
    It worked for about 10 seconds, and then it went away again. but now it will appear randomly and still expose, dashboard and spaces do not work. any other ideas?
     
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    Lixivial

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    #4
    It's not my intention to be a pedant here, but this is not a valid path. You have the wrong slashes in here -- those slashes are to escape spaces without quotes. They also happen to be Windows' directory dividers, but that's beside the point. The correct path is ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.dock.plist.

    If removing that file fails, you'll probably need to start looking deeper into this. You can consult /Applications/Utilities/Console.app. Open this and click "Show Log List" button and navigate to "LOG FILES" -> ~/Library/Logs -> CrashReporter -> and you should see entries prefaced with Dock_ and the date. Open the most recent one for Dock_ and attach its output as a .txt file here.

    You'll also want to start asking yourself when it last worked, and what may have changed since then. Particularly any software installations since the time that it last worked and the time it first started acting this way.
     

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