Scrambled Documents Icon?

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  1. AngeredTree macrumors member

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    Recently, my Documents Icon has become scrambled as you can see on this picture....Also, when I get info for the icon, the preview shows the Default Music folder icon in Panther. Curious. Anyone know how I can fix this? It's not a custom icon, I've repaired permissions and restarted plenty of times (not that that would help; it's been going on for about a week)

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  2. iLikeMyiMac macrumors 6502a

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    I get something similar to that. For me programs will have the icon of a different program or something similar with documents. I repair permissions and log out then log back in.
     
  3. dotnina macrumors 6502a

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    That's very odd.

    I don't know what could be causing that, but on a sidenote: is that icon an image of iPod? I don't know how that might be significant; just an observation.
     
  4. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    The cause of the scrambled icons is an old Mac OS X bug that has been around ever since Mac OS X was released. Force-quitting the Finder will make it go away, but it recurs randomly. I suspect that an icon cache somewhere in Finder is getting messed up, and force-quitting Finder causes a new cache file to be created. Logging out and back in also clears the problem up (temporarily, until it decides to come back on its own). Hopefully an upcoming revision of Panther or the release of Tiger will squash this bug.
     
  5. AngeredTree thread starter macrumors member

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    Does that do something more than restarting? I'll try it and see if it works anyway though...

    Oh, and that IS a picture of an iPod, it's a custom icon I use for my ancient 10GB iPod. Strange, but it's cut in half, and the bottom icons are just random I guess...
     
  6. AngeredTree thread starter macrumors member

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    No luck on logging out/back in or force qutting the finder BTW
     
  7. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    Another thing you can try (which is also a temporary solution) is repairing the Desktop database. Open System Preferences, and click Classic. Click the Advanced tab (if Mac OS X won't let you select it, wait until it's done searching for folders; if you get an error message about Classic not being installed or that no System Folder is selected, just ignore it and click OK). You'll see a button called "Rebuild Desktop" - click that. It'll then ask you which volumes to rebuild the desktop for. Go ahead and choose all of them, then click "Rebuild", and wait until it finishes. The change will not take effect until you log out and back in.
     
  8. syniac macrumors newbie

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    Try getting info on your Documents folder, clicking on the icon in the 'General' tab, and pressing delete a few times. If you're lucky it will go to a blank folder icon, and reset to the default on restarting.

    Otherwise, delete your user cache (or system cache? - not sure as it's a default icon) with OnyX.

    Lots of people get this (though usually with custom icons)… I wish Apple could sort it out.
     
  9. AngeredTree thread starter macrumors member

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    Hey, this worked! I pressed delete 3 times and on the third time it cleared up and changed to the normal documents folder icon! Hopefully it will stay this time...
     

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