I just migrated from Tiger to Leopard on my G5 with no real problems, except one: The icons on my main window don't remember their locations. Upon restart they're scattered randomly. There must a be a settings file I can delete to solve this.
I arranged my icons in my own way. After moving them into my preferred places, they scattered when I restarted the computer. I arranged the icons a second time, and they scattered once again after another restart. I haven't tried using the clean up feature. I'm sure it would work, but I don't think the icons would stay in place after a restart.
Sorry that I can't answer your question after checking. The computer is at work, and I'm home.
I ran into this problem once before many years ago. I don't remember what the solution was, but I was able to fix the problem.
If need be, I'll put off solving this issue until I'm in front of my work machine.
When I get to my work machine I'll give it a try.
Interesting news: I did a Google search for this problem, and under "Wandering Icons" I found the following:
"Try deleting the .DS_Store hidden file in you Desktop directory. You can do this using Terminal . . . paste in this command: rm -f/Desktop/.DS_Store"
Problem is it's the main window with the wandering icons (not the desktop), but I think the principal remains the same. I need to find the .DS_Store file for the main window and delete it. It is a hidden file; however, Find Any File locates all the .DS_Store files.
I'll report back.
I'm frustrated. I've tried all of the above suggestions with no luck. I've tried deleting all DS_Store files that might be the source of the problem with no luck. There's almost 200 of them, so I can't delete them all, and I am unable to determine where the DS_Store file for the main window would be stored.
Show Hidden Files 1.0...
Hidden Way is a toggle for hidden files view in Finder...
Show hidden files in OSX Finder
Open the Terminal and type or copy/paste:
defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -bool true
Reverting to the default of NOT showing hidden files:
defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -bool false
*Restart or Force Quit Finder required to take effect.*
Finder Force Quit, or restart required to take effect.