Icon Problem! HELP!

Discussion in 'Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) Discussion' started by Chaszmyr, Nov 15, 2003.

  1. Chaszmyr macrumors 601

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    When .dmg files extract themselves, my computer is giving them the wrong icon. It should be giving the temporary drive that white drive icon, but it is not. How do i fix it?!
     
  2. dbally macrumors member

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    Has it always done that? or have you tried editing the icons in the past?
     
  3. cb911 macrumors 601

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    isn't there a way you can set the overall file handling?

    and does your computer just give them the wrong icon? or does it then change the program that opens the document?


    on a related note... i accidentally changed my FCP icon to some crappy folder. but the icon in the toolbar for FCP is the same as normal. i'm guessing the icons in the dock are stored in a seperate location?

    does anyone know how i can find my proper icon?
     
  4. Awimoway macrumors 65816

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    I have seen a little icon wackiness in Panther myself. For some reason, random apps listed in Recent Items will temporarily have an iPod icon instead of their proper icon. Eventually, they change back to normal.


    As for the FCP icon problem, I have no idea where the dock icons are stored, but you should just ask someone who has FCP (I don't or I would do it myself) to copy the icon to a folder and email you the folder. Then you should be able to copy the icon from the folder back to the app.

    As for Chaszmyr's problem, CandyBar will give you the ability to set a default icon for the mounted drives, and some people have posted collections of Apple's default icons online, so you ought to be able to find the original mounted drive icon somewhere like resexcellence, macmonkies, or xicons.
     
  5. Chaszmyr thread starter macrumors 601

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    I fuond an easy fix... Just open "Get Info" and delete the icon and it goes back to the default... I had to do it to a couple different icons for it to stick, but it seems fine now
     
  6. Awimoway macrumors 65816

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    The loud piercing sound you heard was me slapping my forehead with embarrassed shame. How obvious. Well, glad it worked.
     
  7. cb911 macrumors 601

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    Chaszmyr, thanks for that. did the trick. :D

    that's so simple... :)
     
  8. jevel macrumors regular

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    I have the same problems as described over, and doing the delete trick fixes it. The thing is that it´s so damned annoying! MP3s having Toast icons, JPEGs having Virtual PC icons etc. etc. Is there any way to make this stop permanently? Anyone?

    -KJ
     
  9. Awimoway macrumors 65816

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    I just saw a post on this somewhere else (maybe it was you, and if so, you've already heard this). Try repairing your permissions.
     
  10. mnkeybsness macrumors 68030

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    i've been seeing this icon error a lot recently in panther. after a while it just seems to associate files with the wrong applications. restart usually fixes any errors with this, but apple should really get on fixing that little bug.
     
  11. MacBandit macrumors 604

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    Items in the dock are actually aliases of the original item so they can have they're own icon and name.
     
  12. Thom_Edwards macrumors regular

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    i've had the strange icon problem for quite some time since panther. i also sometimes get a completely random sound that you would get when you removed something from the dock. very strange. anyway, here's the latest icon problem i've gotten...
     

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    That was me (the solution, not the problem). I also find that running the periodic tasks helps, if the permission repair doesn't. Type "sudo periodic dailty weekly monthly" into the Terminal.
     
  14. MacBandit macrumors 604

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    Yeah weekly tasks are very important if you don't already leave your machine on over night regularly. Rather then suggest people use the the terminal if they are uncomfortable in doing so, I would suggest they pick up a program like MacJanitor to run there nightly unix tasks. If you want a program to run the nightly tasks and repair permissions and fix prebinding then pick up a program like Onyx.

    The problem I see here seems to be more deeply seeded then any of these repairs can fix but it would be worth a try. This seems more likely to be a file system problem and people should run a file system check from single user mode. If that doesn't fix it I would suggest doing an fresh 10.3 install choosing the archive install option and also chose not to copy old prefs over. It will take a while to reconfigure things and you will have to manually copy your old mailbox over but it will prevent any corrupted prefs and system hacks from being copied over.

    There's also the possibility that these problems are related to some sort of system hack or finder theme changer or something else. I always recommend to not use any themeing or system hacks as they can and often do cause mysterious problems.
     
  15. jevel macrumors regular

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    Interesting thoughts there, MacBandit.

    Only trouble is that my PB is brand new, so no hacks or mumbo jumbo here. I´ve bought some apps that I needed, and I´ve installed some i downloaded. The things I have are:

    Toast
    Office X
    Dungeon Siege
    FireBird
    Photoshop
    Poisoned
    mplayer + xvid/divx

    That´s it!

    -KJ
     
  16. MacBandit macrumors 604

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    How new is it? Maybe you have an actual hardware problem.

    In any case I recommend doing a fresh install. I have had more then one bad OS install on a new machine from Apple in the past.
     
  17. jevel macrumors regular

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    I got it 20th dec, but haven´t had time to use it much until 30th. Most apps installed from 30th to 31st.

    -KJ
     
  18. MacBandit macrumors 604

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    I would try a clean install using the options I recommended above and if that doesn't do it call Apple immediately.
     
  19. Awimoway macrumors 65816

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    Over a little icon problem? Well, I bet that would do the trick, but if it were me, I would think that's more work than it's worth.
     
  20. MacBandit macrumors 604

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    Well it's a matter if you can live with it or not. Reinstalling doesn't take all that much work. The only thing that takes any work is recreating your user accounts and copying your documents and mail box over to the new user folders.
     
  21. Awimoway macrumors 65816

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    I know, but I hate doing it. I'm so meticulous that it takes me forever to get something like that done. I ordered two copies of Panther in October. When they arrived, I promptly went though the involved process to give my PowerMac a clean install. But my iBook continues to operate on Jaguar because I don't want to dedicate a Saturday to upgrading my backup computer.
     
  22. MacBandit macrumors 604

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    I agree it is a pain in the ass for those of us that have specific ways of doing things. Sometimes it is necessary though.
     

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