Mac Issue.

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  1. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

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    I am having a problem with my Powerbook, OS 10.4. That is, everything works except for the Finder and the desktop icons, folders don't appear.

    This seems very odd as everything else seems fine--I'm using the internet right now--and all my files are intact, but the finder just doesn't come up nor do the desktop items.

    Does anyone have any experience? I went to the Apple Store and their so-called Genius Bar, but they were entirely incompetent as expected.
     


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    Parker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Not sure if this will help. Try opening Finder Preferences > General and make sure the Show these items in Desktop box is checked.

    Good luck. I'm surprised, I've actually had good luck with the Genius Bar.
     


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    The problem is that the Finder and its associated things do not open in any form while all the toolbar programs run fine.
     


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    The problem is that the Finder and its associated things do not open in any form while all the toolbar programs run fine.
    So what's running in your background? Any dock or searchlight?
     


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    So what's running in your background? Any dock or searchlight?

    The dock works fine as does the Spotlight function. Everything but the Finder, and desktop icons which have disappeared.
     


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    Rambo Senior member

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    The dock works fine as does the Spotlight function. Everything but the Finder, and desktop icons which have disappeared.
    Hit Apple-Option-Esc and see what pops up in the box.
     


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    LabelKing Senior member

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    Hit Apple-Option-Esc and see what pops up in the box.

    Firefox.
     


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    Firefox.
    Hmm. Are you using 10.4.11?
     


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    Hmm. Are you using 10.4.11?

    Yes.
     


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    And no changes when you reboot?
    No; I also did Disk Utility Verify, which found some errors and corrected them, but no changes. I also did Verify Permissions, and deleted the finder.plist file. Alternatively I could reinstall the whole thing, but I would need to back up some of my files first; but I don't know how to do that without the Finder.
     


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    No; I also did Disk Utility Verify, which found some errors and corrected them, but no changes. I also did Verify Permissions, and deleted the finder.plist file.
    Good steps. Did you get to Disk Utility using Searchlight? Do you still have the Finder Icon in the dock?
     


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    Good steps.

    Did you get to Disk Utility using Searchlight?

    Do you still have the Finder Icon in the dock?


    I did it both--from the Spotlight and also through the Apple CD at the beginning of starting the machine.

    Yes, the icon is still on the dock.
     


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    I did it both--from the Spotlight and also through the Apple CD at the beginning of starting the machine. Yes, the icon is still on the dock.
    What happens when you click on it?
     


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    What happens when you click on it?
    Nothing, and yet in Recent Items, it says Finder.
     


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