Disappearing Dock!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Jshwon, Mar 12, 2008.

  1. Jshwon macrumors 6502

    Jshwon

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    Every once in awhile my dock will disappear. The icons are there and their reflection but its like they are floating on air. Anyone know why this happens? I've tried the kill dock terminal command but nothing changes unless I reboot. Can I fix this without rebooting?
     
  2. TEG macrumors 604

    TEG

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    As with all things, repair permissions, restart and see if it happens again. I sounds like a permission problem, like it is trying to restart on its own and hanging.

    TEG
     
  3. Jshwon thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jshwon

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    I haven't tried reparing perms and it does go away when I restart. I was wondering if there is a way to fix it w/o doing that. How do you go about repairing permissions?
     
  4. montycat macrumors 6502

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    Sometimes my Dock icons and reflection are a 1:1 ratio. When I restart my iMac everything goes back to normal. I dont know if this info will help you but a restart always seems to fix most of my problems. MC
     
  5. TEG macrumors 604

    TEG

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    Applications->Utilities->Disk Utility, then click on your hard drive, then repair permissions. The once complete, restart the computer, so that the dock knows that it has the correct permissions (as it may not check on the fly).

    TEG
     
  6. Santabean2000 macrumors 68000

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    Try deleting recent items in the downloads folder from the doc. A corrupted file there can cause strange happenings.
     
  7. DTG macrumors member

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    I get this issue somestimes too. Usually when I have Vista running alongside OSX in Parallels. I use Spaces so that I have OSX in one and Vista in the other and sometimes when I pop back to OSX I'll find that my dock has disappeared. My temporary fix for now is to Quit the Process in Activity Monitor. This does the trick for me.

    I'll try the repair permissions to see if this stops it altogether.
     

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