So I tried to customize my dock, finding some new icons for stuff when I finally stopped to look at Finder. I can't seem to change it. Searching the forums I found some manual instructions on how to do it for free (without having to buy Candybar) I changed the png in the system files, nothing happened (but apparently it should have). I went further and added the picture itself as it's own icon (incase it was reading that, and not the picture itself). Still nothing. This is in the Dock resource files (system files).I went to "finder.app" resource files and did the same thing, still nothing. I replaced the picture, and even the ".rsrc" file with the one I wanted. Everything seemed fine except for the fact that the finder icon never changed. I'd re-launch the dock, type "killall dock" in Terminal, still nothing. So I rebooted. Upon rebooting I noticed finder was broken. The icon hadn't changed, and it failed to open. It would run but no windows could come up, so I was inevitable forced to re-install. I did an "archive & install + transfer user account". After letting it install all night, and most of the morning I noticed my home folder was intact, some custom icons were still there, and Finder was back in working Order -- great! I ran the update to 10.4.11 (combined intel) and some other things, rebooted, and the iMac was broken. It hung at startup, after the chime with an apple logo, and a gear spinning forever to no end. I looked it up, and apparently the error I was getting (as described by whatever screen CMD+V brings up) was a corrupted file caused by a bad update. Well that isn't very good. . . Well, I guess I have no choice, re-install, another archive+install, but this time don't transfer my user account. I was under the impression it had transfered some errors over, and caused the update to go wrong. I got it back up the next day, saved my files, then rebooted, and installed fresh (to prevent errors). I told it to write over the system, dont archive/install. So it does, and the next day (today) it comes back online, brand new system -- I ran the updates, reboot -- im stuck at the spinning gear again. This can't be right. I've had enough of this, what do I have to do to fix it? What are the odds of 2 updates going bad? I did a fresh install this time and everything! I popped in the OS X DVD, and this time ran Disk Utility myself to check it -- everything good. I formatted it in disk Utility, so there is no OS, no old system, nothing to hinder it now. I re-installed again, and that's where I am now. I'm installing ONLY the 10.4.11 update this time. NOTHING else will be done until this update goes through. I hope it works because if I'm stuck at the spinning gear again I will tear the machine apart. At least my files were all backed up previously. . .