Desktop and Privileges Vanished

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by poptophazard, Sep 12, 2009.

  1. poptophazard macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2009

    I have an iMac with 10.4.11 on it that I've been using since 2006. Everything has been fine and dandy until earlier today when I decided to restart my computer after trying to get Adobe to work, and when I logged back in, my desktop background and all my icons were was as if I had turned my computer on for the first time.

    Now all the files are still on the computer, I just can't access them. Anytime I try to click on "Documents" or certain other folders, I get a message saying I can't access them because I don't have "sufficient access privileges". I tried checking my account in the system preferences, but I am still listed as admin and am the only user anyway. I also tried repairing disk permissions under the Disk Utility tool, then restarting after that and I'm still having the same problem.

    I'm pretty stumped at the moment. I'd appreciate any advice you all could give. Thanks for your time.
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    Try rebooting to your computer's restore disks. Once there, under Utilities, select Disk Utility, and run permission and volume repairs.
  3. stephmcd macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2009
    This Just Worked For Me A Few Minutes Ago

    Launch Terminal, located at /Applications/Utilities/Terminal.
    Enter the following command line into Terminal. You can copy/paste the text into Terminal, or you can simply type the text as shown. The command is a single line of text, but your browser may break it into multiple lines. Be sure to enter the command as a single line in the Terminal application.
    defaults write CreateDesktop -bool true
    Press enter or return.
    Enter the following text into Terminal. If you type the text rather than copy/paste it, be sure to match the case of the text.
    killall Finder
    Press enter or return.
    The Finder will disappear for a moment, and then reappear.
    Enter the following text into Terminal.
    Press enter or return.
    The exit command will cause Terminal to end the current session. You can then quit the Terminal application.

    hope this works for you. keep me posted.

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