CandyBar killed my system! Help!

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  1. ToastMaster macrumors regular

    ToastMaster

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    So I was using CandyBar to change my system icons, and for some reason, after I applied a few changes and it restarted finder and my dock, it somehow reset my system to factory settings... on everything! The dock was huge like when OSX is first installed, the background was the original picture, and none of my settings for applications and files were left.

    In FireFox, my download folder has disappeared. My pictures folder has vanished. My music is gone. And when I went back into Candybar to see if changing the settings back to normal would solve my problem, it said that "no backups could be found for original icons."

    I thought CandyBar was a good application! And at any rate, why would it erase so much of my system data like this? Help!

    (Some Good news: I can get my music off my iPod with Senuti, and my photos might be on there too. However, I think that I'll probably reinstall OSX off the CD just to get it back to factory settings.)
     
  2. Pressure macrumors 68040

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    Look in the Users folder and see if your old User is still there.
     
  3. epochblue macrumors 68000

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    You didn't happen to rename your Home folder, did you?
     
  4. VoodooDaddy macrumors 65816

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    That scares me. I just started using candybar the other day. I was a little leery of letting a program do system-wide changes, even to icons, but I did. So far everything is ok.
     
  5. Diatribe macrumors 601

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    In the two years I have been using CandyBar it has NEVER EVER caused any problems.
     
  6. epochblue macrumors 68000

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    I've used Candybar many times before and never had any problems like this. I'm thinking the OP changed the name of their Home folder and just hadn't restarted the computer (or relaunched the Finder) since doing that...and since Candybar restarts the Finder automatically, that error would have reared its ugly head.
     
  7. Diatribe macrumors 601

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    Yeah, that might have been it. A friend of mine did that once and it scared the hell out of him. :D
     
  8. ToastMaster thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah. Ok, so I DID rename my Home folder.

    I found my missing stuff here. Thank you. Sorry, but I've only had my MBP for a year, and I still consider myself somewhat new to OSX. So when I renamed my Home folder, it thought that a new user was startint the computer and just put everything back to default for this "new user?"
     
  9. dannewell15 macrumors regular

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    I use shapeshifter and i think its great. Do programs like these often cause problems? I don't want my mac getting mucked up. . .
     
  10. epochblue macrumors 68000

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    In this case, Candybar wasn't the problem. Candybar just relaunched the Finder which made the problem visible.

    Shapeshifter is slightly more insidious in what it does; to skin the system, it actually has to edit things while in RAM. That's a safer way to edit things than changing them on disk, but it can also cause general instability and sometimes odd behavior. That said, I have many friends that run Shapeshifter and they have little to no problems with it.
     

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