9 Replies Latest reply: Apr 14, 2015 10:42 AM by rwong48
ambermae.1 Level 1 Level 1

Hi there, I am seriously stuck with sorting out my macbook.

 

About a week ago, I turned on my macbook and some top right icons were missing (battery, spotlight, volume, wifi, bluetooth and backup). Its weird, the icons are missing but if you click where they should be, you can still use them. So its as if only the pictures have gone.

This problem is also affecting other applications like safari. All the icon pictures have disappeared but I am still able to use them.

 

If you could please help me that would be great, I'm hopeless when it comes to technical issues!!

 

Many thanks in advance!

 

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MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
Solved by leroydouglas on Jan 26, 2013 10:17 PM Solved

Something might have changed in ML.

 

 

Rebuild LaunchServices Database

Mountain Lion

 

YOu can run this line of code copy and paste

 

 

/System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Versions/A/Frameworks/LaunchSe rvices.framework/Versions/A/Support/lsregister -kill -r -domain local -domain system -domain user

 

 

Return, It takes nearly a 60-80 secs to complete be patient it will put you back out at the prompt,

 

then enter

 

killall SystemUIServer

 

 

It is possible in Mountain Lion a SafeBoot may rebuild the Launch Service Database if the above is not effective.

  • leroydouglas Level 6 Level 6

    Could be corrupt preference list -  com.apple.systemuiserver.plist

     

    You can locate this file by

     

    Finder>Go>Go to Folder

     

    copy and paste:

     

    ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.systemuiserver.plist
    

     

    delete this file or move it to the desktop if you want to return it. Can be deleted later off the desktop.

     

    Reboot or in terminal, copy and paste:

     

    killall SystemUIServer
    

     

    return,  this will rebuild the plist you deleted.

     

    Third party stat apps (menulets in upper right) might need to be replaced  the way you like.

  • ambermae.1 Level 1 Level 1

    Thank you for your help. I've done everything, including copying what you said into terminal.

    They are still not there, how do I replace them??

     

    Thanks again, sorry! I'm hopeless!

  • leroydouglas Level 6 Level 6

    Something might have changed in ML.

     

     

    Rebuild LaunchServices Database

    Mountain Lion

     

    YOu can run this line of code copy and paste

     

     

    /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Versions/A/Frameworks/LaunchSe rvices.framework/Versions/A/Support/lsregister -kill -r -domain local -domain system -domain user

     

     

    Return, It takes nearly a 60-80 secs to complete be patient it will put you back out at the prompt,

     

    then enter

     

    killall SystemUIServer

     

     

    It is possible in Mountain Lion a SafeBoot may rebuild the Launch Service Database if the above is not effective.

  • ambermae.1 Level 1 Level 1

    Hi there, I entered this in terminal and it came up with 'no such file or directory'.

     

    Did I enter this in the correct place??

  • leroydouglas Level 6 Level 6

    There is always a problem with this editor inserting breaks where they are not suppose to be, syntax is important.  Let me post it again:

     

     

    /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Versions/A/Frameworks/LaunchServices.framework/Versions/A/Support/lsregister -kill -r -domain local -domain system -domain user
    
  • ambermae.1 Level 1 Level 1

    Hi, I just performed safeboot and it worked instantly.

     

    Thank you so so much!!! You have made my mac look normal again!

  • leroydouglas Level 6 Level 6

    Great news. Thanks for the feedback.

     

    Good computing !

  • vrusp Level 1 Level 1

    A similar thing happened to me.  I solved it by right clickng on the desktop, selecting 'Sort By', then selecting 'Date Added'. The icons repainted.  I suspect it doesn't matter what sort criteria you use.

  • rwong48 Level 1 Level 1

    I had this issue suddenly (my OS randomly reported "too many open files" in stderr while idling, so I rebooted.. then I lost my icons forever)

     

    All the cache wipes, LaunchServices/plist deletes, and reboots in the world didn't help. This was isolated to a single existing user profile, and creating a new profile was not worth the effort. I just went blind on icons for a while. (No Wi-Fi signal strength was one of the hardest to deal with)

     

    But when I installed the OS X 10.10.3 update, they came back! Fortunately, the updater restored things that shouldn't have gone missing in the first place.