Today I went through the process of customizing my dock icons without Candybar. I replaced the trash can icons manually, but it only showed the new icon if I put something in the trash and took it back out. When I logged in and out the icon had reverted to normal. I went online to see what I could do about this, and some one said to delete the com.apple.dock.plist and com.apple.dock.db. I did so, but upon log in the dock would not open and the desktop had reverted to the default. I also couldn't activate exposé. I tried rebooting into safe mode but that did do anything either. I went into system prefs and set the dock app in the core services as one of my log in apps, but when I log in it's set as the default desktop for a few seconds while the dock app launches. It works, but it's irritating. What gives, and any advice?