My Dock Has Fully Dissapeared Please Help !

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by macintoshnoob87, Jun 24, 2009.

  1. macintoshnoob87 macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2009
    Okay .. BIG PROBLEM.

    I followed some guide on how to change my dock.
    It was this one.


    I got up untill this bit.

    Go to Macintosh HD > /System/Library/Core Services/

    Right-Click on "Dock" and select "Show Package Contents"

    Go to /Contents/Resources/

    Backup the files you are about to replace (Incase you did not listen, here they are)

    Move those same original files to the trash


    Then i got stuck
    I reseted my Mac and now i have no dock !

    How do i get my dock back !
    I have the back up folder .. but where the hell do i put it to get back my dock !
    And as you can see .. on the " Dock " icon i have a little circle with a line init.


    This is what the contents of my Dock folder looks like .. inside " Contents " i have the " Back Up " folder ..
    As you can see i already put in the contents of the Back Up Folder into the Dock folder but nothing has changed.

    This is whats in my Dock Back Up Folder


    Im sure and hoping there is a simple fix for this.

    Please help me !
  2. surflordca macrumors 6502a


    Nov 16, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Not sure if there is no other way but to reinstall the OS...
  3. macintoshnoob87 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2009
    Thank you for your response.
    But what kind of help is this ?
    Telling me to reinstall my entire OS ?

    Ive had my Mac for around 3 month now and im a complete noob.
    I managed to fix this issue myself .. by putting the contents of my back up folder back into the dock folder.

    Where on earth did you come up with the conculsion of me needing to reinstall my OS ? :eek: ;)
  4. wadejc85 macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2008
    You ask for help. You get a response. You yell. :confused:

    This is what you should have tried in the first place. It's why the site instructed you to have a *backup* of the files in the event something went wrong.

    It seems that where you went wrong was not following through with the instructions:

    If you had a replacement dock in mind, you should have placed the files from the dock you wanted in the folder you took the original files out of; thus replacing the original dock with the new dock.
  5. EMKarelia macrumors regular


    Jun 22, 2009
    You might of deleted the dock on accident. Try to use the Time Machine to bring it back. It that doesn't work then just you have to reboot the system.

    Sorry : (
  6. i.shaun macrumors 6502a


    May 1, 2008
    if you fixed it, that's good.

    I suggest backing up all your important files before messing with system files. You may have fixed the issue this time, but you may not be so lucky next time. I had the entire finder app crash, it just could not run, or open any windows.

    I was forced to re-install my OS.


    -Back up all files before even thinking of messing with system files

    -Find the info you need, download whatever files are required, and enter the system folder

    -Copy everything in the system folder to some backup folder that you can keep in your documents folder or somewhere for safe keeping. This is your backup of the original system files

    -Make the changes you need, delete, add, or replace files, and make sure the permissions are correct

    -Hope for the best. If it all works out, the results will work out like you wanted, if something terrible happens, attempt to replace the system files with the backup copies you made to restore it to it's original structure.

    IF you are unable to restore it, you may have to re-install the OS. That is why you should backup everything and use caution before messing with system files.

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