Why do I get duplicate desktop icons?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) Discussion' started by emw, Feb 4, 2005.

  1. emw macrumors G4

    emw

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    For awhile now (before and after various point upgrades) I've been seeing something that is a little odd. When I save items to my desktop, I end up getting multiple "copies" of them. Except they aren't really copies, but just duplicate icons. If I throw one of them away, they both go.

    Here is an example:

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    As you can see, it doesn't happen to all files all the time (and never to hard drives or CDs). What's even stranger is that occasionally, if I'm saving a file to the desktop, or modifying an existing desktop file, the icons multiply even more:

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    I've tried most things (repairing permissions, rebuilding user account, etc.) with no luck. I'm assuming I might need to do a fresh install or something.

    Anyone else get this?
     
  2. stoid macrumors 601

    stoid

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    I had that for a bit, though I think it was in Jaguar, and not Panther. I don't remember a cure for that, and I recall it being quite irritating.
     
  3. Bear macrumors G3

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    Try:

    Go into Terminal
    do: rm ~/Desktop/.DS_Store
    Relaunch the finder.
     
  4. KD7IWP macrumors 6502a

    KD7IWP

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    Weird problem. I know that sometimes when I close the lid on my pBook and then open it, my hard drive icon will move. I always put it in the upper right hand corner, but sometimes it will just move down 2 inches, none of the other icons move.
     
  5. emw thread starter macrumors G4

    emw

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    Thanks for the suggestion, but no go. Ah, well. I may just reinstall over the weekend.
     
  6. Bear macrumors G3

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    Actually before you do that, try applying the 10.3.7 Combo update (the one that goes from any version of 10.3.x to 10.3.7) - this can help some oddball situations.
     

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