Why do I get duplicate desktop icons?

emw

macrumors G4
Original poster
Aug 2, 2004
11,177
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For awhile now (before and after various point upgrades) I've been seeing something that is a little odd. When I save items to my desktop, I end up getting multiple "copies" of them. Except they aren't really copies, but just duplicate icons. If I throw one of them away, they both go.

Here is an example:



As you can see, it doesn't happen to all files all the time (and never to hard drives or CDs). What's even stranger is that occasionally, if I'm saving a file to the desktop, or modifying an existing desktop file, the icons multiply even more:



I've tried most things (repairing permissions, rebuilding user account, etc.) with no luck. I'm assuming I might need to do a fresh install or something.

Anyone else get this?
 

KD7IWP

macrumors 6502a
Mar 8, 2004
648
2
American living in Canada
Weird problem. I know that sometimes when I close the lid on my pBook and then open it, my hard drive icon will move. I always put it in the upper right hand corner, but sometimes it will just move down 2 inches, none of the other icons move.
 
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emw

macrumors G4
Original poster
Aug 2, 2004
11,177
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Bear said:
Go into Terminal
do: rm ~/Desktop/.DS_Store
Relaunch the finder.
Thanks for the suggestion, but no go. Ah, well. I may just reinstall over the weekend.
 
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Bear

macrumors G3
Jul 23, 2002
8,089
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Sol III - Terra
emw said:
Thanks for the suggestion, but no go. Ah, well. I may just reinstall over the weekend.
Actually before you do that, try applying the 10.3.7 Combo update (the one that goes from any version of 10.3.x to 10.3.7) - this can help some oddball situations.
 
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