Missing icons on files and applications

Discussion in 'macOS' started by abr8838, Dec 8, 2007.

  1. abr8838 macrumors newbie

    Aug 28, 2006
    Hi everyone,

    I recently did a complete fresh install of Leopard on my Mac Pro. One strange thing I have noticed is that some files do not show any preview or icon associated with the file or application. Instead there is a simple dotted outline of a square where the icon would be. The file name below the 'icon' is there but nothing else. Another example is when I copy a file or download a file from a web site. Sometimes when the download or file copy is completed there is no icon above the file name just an empty box outlined with a dotted box.

    One other example is when an application is dropped into the applications folder, rather than the applications icon showing up there is a default icon showing two blank documents and a white 'no-entry' symbol.

    If I restart my machine or in some cases re-launch finder the icons appear and everything is OK.

    Does anybody have any ideas what this could be? I originally had simply upgraded my machine from Tiger to Leopard and I don't recall this being an issue. It has only been after a complete re-install ( hard drive format ) that this problem has started.

    Thanks for any help

  2. jawzzy macrumors regular

    May 13, 2007
    New York
    Yes! I have this problem too! Does anyone have any idea what this is?
  3. Carnivor macrumors regular


    Feb 24, 2008
    I also have this issue, currently only on isync, since the last leopard update, but ive noticed any new apps i install have the same problem until i reboot, then the correct icon appears, all but isync have been fixed by rebooting.

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