Dock Problem...

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by terry19, Jul 12, 2009.

  1. terry19 macrumors newbie

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    Okay, I've tried everything I can to fix my dock, but can't figure it out. The problem is that there are 3 firefox spots in my dock, one of which is the actual one, the other two simply say the app name when moused over, but are blank spaces. Whenever I try to remove them from my dock, the dock "hides" then they re-appear once again.. the problem is rather annoying and frustrating, so I'd really appreciate any help.

    Screen Shot of Problem: http://i28.tinypic.com/24g5z5k.png
     
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    #2
    Try deleting the file ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.dock.plist. (~ is shorthand for your user home folder.)
     
  3. terry19 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    com.apple.dockfixup.plist

    ??

    thats the only dock-related thing there.
     
  4. kropotov macrumors member

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    have you tried click on hidden icon while option menu will appear?
     
  5. terry19 thread starter macrumors newbie

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  6. kropotov macrumors member

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    yes. no success? have you try reboot comp? or restart doc with Candy Bar?
     
  7. terry19 thread starter macrumors newbie

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  8. kropotov macrumors member

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    you can download trial from here
    http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/8948

    change some icons, candybar ask you to relunch Doc

    if it not help, you can edit on your own risk following file
    ...YourName/Library/Preferences/com.apple.dock.plist
    (remove unneeded blocks)
     
  9. terry19 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I got candy bar and did what you said... and now my finder icon is gone too..
     
  10. kropotov macrumors member

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  11. terry19 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I don't have that.. :S

    The closest thing to it is this: com.apple.dockfixup.plist

    which contains this:

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
    <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
    <plist version="1.0">
    <dict>
    <key>add-app</key>
    <array>
    <dict>
    <key>after</key>
    <string>end</string>
    <key>path</key>
    <string>/Applications/Time Machine.app</string>
    </dict>
    <dict>
    <key>after</key>
    <string>end</string>
    <key>path</key>
    <string>/Applications/iWork '09/Keynote.app</string>
    </dict>
    <dict>
    <key>after</key>
    <string>end</string>
    <key>path</key>
    <string>/Applications/iWork '09/Pages.app</string>
    </dict>
    <dict>
    <key>after</key>
    <string>end</string>
    <key>path</key>
    <string>/Applications/iWork '09/Numbers.app</string>
    </dict>
    </array>
    <key>add-doc</key>
    <array>
    <dict>
    <key>path</key>
    <string>~/Documents</string>
    </dict>
    <dict>
    <key>path</key>
    <string>~/Downloads</string>
    </dict>
    </array>
    <key>move</key>
    <dict>
    <key>/Applications/Utilities/Apple System Profiler.app</key>
    <string>/Applications/Utilities/System Profiler.app</string>
    <key>/Applications/Utilities/Print Center.app</key>
    <string>/Applications/Utilities/Printer Setup Utility.app</string>
    </dict>
    <key>remove-file</key>
    <dict>
    <key>/Applications/GarageBand.app</key>
    <string>no-val</string>
    <key>/Applications/Keynote.app</key>
    <string>no-val</string>
    <key>/Applications/Pages.app</key>
    <string>no-val</string>
    <key>/Applications/Utilities/Disk Copy.app</key>
    <string>no-val</string>
    <key>/Applications/iCal.app</key>
    <string>no-val</string>
    <key>/Applications/iMovie HD.app</key>
    <string>no-val</string>
    <key>/Applications/iMovie.app</key>
    <string>no-val</string>
    <key>/Applications/iPhoto.app</key>
    <string>no-val</string>
    <key>/Applications/iTunes.app</key>
    <string>no-val</string>
    <key>/Library/Documentation/Help/MacHelp.help/Contents/Resources/English.lproj/lbn/LateBreakingNews.help</key>
    <string>no-val</string>
    </dict>
    <key>version</key>
    <string>10.5</string>
    </dict>
    </plist>
     
  12. kropotov macrumors member

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    1. CandyBar have option Restore Original - try it
    2. attach file YourName/Library/Preferences/com.apple.dock.plist
     
  13. terry19 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    tried it, and ok

    file://TerrySullivan/Library/Preferences/com.apple.dockfixup.plist

    and its not really a dock issue moreso than an application removal issue
     
  14. kropotov macrumors member

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    not com.apple.dockfixup.plist

    you must have com.apple.dock.plist
    file://TerrySullivan/Library/Preferences/com.apple.dock.plist

    if you haven't it's mean that you have dock crash, and system have try to fix it
    do you have 10.6 system?

    do you single user on you comp?

    try to create another user. log in, and take file://NEW USER/Library/Preferences/com.apple.dock.plist

    and copy to your own account
     
  15. terry19 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I just somehow managed to figure it out, by messing around and restoring some of the components in the Dock file found in CoreServices.

    Thanks for the help anyways!
     
  16. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    You're looking in the wrong library. You want the one inside your home folder.
     
  17. kropotov macrumors member

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    here is standard com.apple.dock for snow Leopard

    1. download it, rename from com.apple.dock.txt to com.apple.dock.plist
    2. copy it to //TerrySullivan/Library/Preferences/
    3. run Disk Utility and start Repair Permission
    4. reboot

    after this, you must have standard Dock... good luck!
     

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  18. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    A few problems there...

    a) What if the original poster's name isn't Terry Sullivan?
    b) What if the original poster's name isn't Marina Kropotova? Only a user with short name "marinakropotova" could use the file you posted.
    c) Terry Sullivan's home folder is probably located at /Users/terrysullivan rather than /TerrySullivan.

    There is no need to do any of these things. Simply delete the file, and Mac OS X will create a new one in its place.
     

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