MacBook Pro :: All Icons From My Desktop Have Disappeared

Jul 1, 2012

I turned my mac on today to find that all the desktop items have either disappeared or are taking a very long time to load if they are there. I have tried turning my computer off and on by pressing the power off button due to being unable to turn it off or restart via the button on the desktop. It is also running really slow but it will load safari and itunes just slowly! what can i do to fix it as I have uni work on there and photos of my family that I will not be able to get back if they are lost.

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They're still accessible through finder, but now I can't drag-and-drop anything (at all) to the desktop. It was fine a minute ago before I shut down and rebooted my laptop. Restarts and switching users does nothing. I'm using Mac OSX Lion 10.7.4.

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Feb 6, 2012

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Feb 19, 2012

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Sep 3, 2009

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Jul 22, 2010

While trying to enable my Microsoft Office 2008 to allow me to enter a new code I pasted a rm command into the terminal, as directed by someone in a forum. I think it may have wiped out my desktop because now the entire desktop is gone.

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Aug 29, 2009

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where I can recover the icon files (I think I can copy and paste the icon files into the preview section on the get info window)? Or if there is another solution?

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After logging in, I noticed that all of my installed applications had disappeared from my dock, and it looks as though the dock went back to default settings.

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2) I don't have my OS X install disk with me, because I left it in Thailand, where I'd purchased my computer, but I do have a friend with a MacBook Pro. Can I run Disk Utility to try and repair the disk from my friend's laptop?

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Aug 12, 2010

I'm fairly new to the OS X seen as i converted from windows around 3 weeks ago, basically i started my MacBook Pro up this morning and logged on, the programs which usually start up ran as normal, however when i clicked to close one of the programs the whole dock disappeared. I then proceeded to log off and log back on again, which gave no result. Next I opened Activity Monitor and closed the process which also hasn't worked. Finally i tried the command 'killall -KILL Dock' in Terminal and that hasn't forced it to reappear either. I also have restarted the MacBook Pro several times.

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I have a mytouch 4g cell phone with adapter cable, that use to be working just fine with my macbook pro.  The cell phone icon would show up on my screen, and I could transfer pictures from there.   Out of the blue, the icon for my phone is no longer showing up on the screen , therefore, I can no longer access pictures and tranfer them to my computer anymore. 

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So i dropped my macbook last week and turned it on and the screen is just grey, so i bought an external monitor and hooked it up and everything works fine except when i turn it on all I see is my desktop picture, no icons or anything. What could be the problem and is there a way to fix it?

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