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Blurry/pixelated icons at random in Finder windows

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  • Ketan L Calculating status...
    Ok. Thx. I've done that. FYI. One of my icons "magically" cleared up - all by itself.
    iMac, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • Kayelel Calculating status...
    I had the same problem, but it suddenly disappeared after updating Little Snitch and restarting...
    iMac Alu 24" 2.4 Ghz, 4 GB Ram, Mac OS X (10.6.1)
  • Dolphbucs Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
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    Sep 20, 2009 4:23 PM (in response to Kayelel)
    Give it time, it will show up again trust me
    Intel iMac Core 2 Duo 24" 3.06 gHz 4 GB RAM, 512 mb VRAM, Mac OS X (10.6), Also have 17" Macbook Pro 2.4 ghz 4 GB RAM, 256 mb VRAM
  • Ketan L Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Yes. It's been more than a week now and all of my icons are back to normal. Quite a funny little problem though. Very frustrating to diagnose.
    iMac, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • Mark Apple Mac Book Calculating status...
    I'm having the same problem too after installing Snow Leopard. I've got CandyBar for the icons. At first I thought it must have something to do with Candybar but after I upgraded to the latest version of Candybar. The icons still appears to be blurry pixaleted at the docks and in colorflow.
    Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.1)
  • Dolphbucs Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
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    Sep 21, 2009 8:45 AM (in response to Ketan L)
    Ketan, do you use any RAR or ZIP archives or any multi-page PDF's ? Also, do you use the slider in the icon view of finder to increase the icon size? That is the catalyst I believe.
    Intel iMac Core 2 Duo 24" 3.06 gHz 4 GB RAM, 512 mb VRAM, Mac OS X (10.6), Also have 17" Macbook Pro 2.4 ghz 4 GB RAM, 256 mb VRAM
  • Francine Schwieder Level 6 Level 6 (19,000 points)
    I rarely see the problem on my Mac Pro with two monitors, the secondary is my ancient 23" and the primary is the Apple 30"--I have noticed the odd slowness in replacing the generic application icons with the normal icon when opening the Applications folder for the first time after a restart. Subsequent openings are fine, as is switching the view from my normal default of List to Icon. Also a newly installed program gets the generic icon for the longest time, sometimes it stays generic until after a restart. And I use the new resize slider all the time for browsing graphics files. I also have lots of folders with custom icons, many graphics files with the Photoshop custom thumbs, not to mention some graphic files where I have created a custom thumb using an Applescript, and others where I have used a new Snow Leopard Automator Service to add a thumb. I even have a few things with custom icns files. I do sometimes see blurry icons for files with custom thumbnails in CoverFlow and Icon view, where the slider is set very high, and have surmised that is because Finder can draw much larger icons for files without thumbs, since custom thumbs are smaller (as in 128 pixels). When a file has a custom thumb, Finder displays it, and that small size is scaled up, to bad effect. Simply removing the custom thumbs and letting Finder draw something instead fixes the problem. I have not tinkered with any program icons, they remain whatever they are, and aside from tardiness in drawing them, they have always displayed fine.

    I don't know what the cause might be for those who are having a problem, although bad caches might indeed be a likely suspect. One thing to try is restart and hold down the Shift key to disable third party goodies (and some of Apple's as well) and flush a number of caches. Try running for awhile in Safe Mode if you can (depends on whether something you depend on requires a startup item to be loaded) and see if the problem manifests itself. Then restart normally and see how it goes. I haven't tried a Safe Boot in Snow Leopard, but I would think it ought to still work. It's worth try.
    Francine


    Francine
    Schwieder
    2x2.66 Dual Core MacPro; iBookG4; iPod, Mac OS X (10.6), Cinema Display, Wacom Tablet
  • Mark Apple Mac Book Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I find it a bit odd when i was running on Mac OS 10.5, there's no problems with the icons, not to mention that Candybar works really well. After upgrading to 10.6 icons seems funny. You'll need to restart everytime just to see that the icon display is right. I've been using Candybar for my custom icons, no problems at all till Snow Leopard.
    Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.1)
  • Dolphbucs Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
    Eric Westby wrote:
    Dolphbucs wrote:
    Do you use any RAR or ZIP archives or any multi-page PDF's ? Also, do you use the slider in the icon view of finder to increase the icon size? That is the catalyst I believe.


    I'm going to disagree on this -- most of us saw the problem immediately after upgrading to 10.6.0.

    I for one didn't change the icon size prior to noticing the problem, and I've only resized them once or twice since then. The problem, though, has persisted through dozens of restarts on several computers running both 10.6.0 and 10.6.1.


    Well, there has to be SOME reason why Katan and others have not seen this issue while the rest of us have. That's why I posted the above ... trying to find something that would trigger the effect.
    Intel iMac Core 2 Duo 24" 3.06 gHz 4 GB RAM, 512 mb VRAM, Mac OS X (10.6), Also have 17" Macbook Pro 2.4 ghz 4 GB RAM, 256 mb VRAM
  • Dolphbucs Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
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    Sep 23, 2009 9:25 PM (in response to Ketan L)
    Ketan L wrote:
    Yes. It's been more than a week now and all of my icons are back to normal. Quite a funny little problem though. Very frustrating to diagnose.


    That is the comment that caused my reply. I took this post as meaning that Ketan thinks the probelm is solved on his/her system

    Edit: now I see what you mean. I mis-spoke ... should have said "aren't seeing anymore" instead of "haven't seen"

    Message was edited by: Dolphbucs
    Intel iMac Core 2 Duo 24" 3.06 gHz 4 GB RAM, 512 mb VRAM, Mac OS X (10.6), Also have 17" Macbook Pro 2.4 ghz 4 GB RAM, 256 mb VRAM
  • ZTech Calculating status...
    I am running snow leopard and I don't have that problem. I'm even using one of those LG Flatrons from 2005. It must be the icon cache.
    mac mini intel 2 ghz, Mac OS X (10.6.1), small is cool
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