5 Replies Latest reply: Mar 2, 2007 5:29 AM by petitemarie
petitemarie Level 1 Level 1
For some reason, all of my QuickTime movies have lost the generic Q logo icons. They now have the plain white icons when I view them in the finder.

No problems with any other apps, folders, documents icons - only QT. I have too many movies to start manually changing icons by copy/pasting in Get Info.

I've tried trashing various preferences files - no luck. (I have a well-maintained system.)

Anyone know why this happened and how I can restore the generic QuickTime icons?

Any help or advice would be much appreciated.

G5 Dual 2 GHz, Mac OS X (10.4.8)
  • Jon Walker Level 6 Level 6
    For some reason, all of my QuickTime movies have lost the generic Q logo icons. They now have the plain white icons when I view them in the finder.
    Not something with which I've had prior experience, but if I were allowed to make some basic assumptions, "IMHO" I might conclude that either you have somehow lost the resource pointer or inadvertanly associated this file class with an iincorrect application.

    In the first case, I would assume the problem can be easily fixed by simply opening the "Applications > Utilities > Disk Utility" application, sellecting the effected drive, and reparing the disk permissions. (This should be done periodically in any event -- especialy following the installation of new applications/upgrades or whenever you feel files are not operating optimally.

    On the other hand, if you attempted to open your QT files in an alternative media (or inappropriate application) it is possible that you may have inadvertently reset the "Open with..." option for all of these files. In this case, you could simply hichlight the finder icon and open its "Get Info" window, reset the "Open with" option to the QT Player, and press the "Change All..." option to apply this selection to all files of this type..


  • petitemarie Level 1 Level 1
    For some reason, all
    of my QuickTime movies have lost the generic Q logo
    icons. They now have the plain white icons when I
    view them in the finder.
    Not
    something with which I've had prior experience, but
    if I were allowed to make some basic assumptions,
    "IMHO" I might conclude that either you have somehow
    lost the resource pointer or inadvertanly associated
    this file class with an iincorrect application.

    In the first case, I would assume the problem can be
    easily fixed by simply opening the "Applications >
    Utilities > Disk Utility" application, sellecting the
    effected drive, and reparing the disk permissions.
    (This should be done periodically in any event --
    especialy following the installation of new
    applications/upgrades or whenever you feel files are
    not operating optimally.

    On the other hand, if you attempted to open your QT
    files in an alternative media (or inappropriate
    application) it is possible that you may have
    inadvertently reset the "Open with..." option for
    all of these files. In this case, you could simply
    hichlight the finder icon and open its "Get Info"
    window, reset the "Open with" option to the QT
    Player, and press the "Change All..." option to apply
    this selection to all files of this type..




    Hi, Jon. Thanks for replying. Firstly, I'm a mainainance freak - so my permissions are repaired constantly. Secondly, yes, I have opened some of the QT movies in other players - but not all of them. And ALL my movies are affected by this icon change! I find that strange. I have already reset the "open with" in Get Info. Any other suggestions?

    Thanks....
  • Baby Boomer (USofA) Level 9 Level 9
    Except for the keyboard & mouse, disconnect all devices from your computer & repair permissions & your disk from your Tiger DVD if you have not already done so.

    If the above does not work, then use a stronger 3rd party utility directly from the CD like DiskWarrior, Techtool Pro, etc.
  • Jon Walker Level 6 Level 6
    Secondly, yes, I have opened some of the QT movies in other players - but not all of them. And ALL my movies are affected by this icon change! I find that strange.
    Initial use of some applications may trigger a modal box asking if you want all such files to be handled in the same manner. (I.e., in effect, asking if you want to change the "Open with" default application.) However, if you are sure that didn't happen, then we would have to consider other, lesser possibilities. Have you, for instance, been playing around with hex editor in the resource area of QT? It is not something most people would do but something I am sure they would remember. Or, have you tried to delete your current version of QT in an attempt to reinstall an earlier version? Any indications QT or the OS as a whole being corrupted? Have you created any clips since the problem began and, if so, do they have the same icon? Have you tried creating/using a different account to see if the problem is global or local? Have you tried using a different startup drive to see if the other OS/QT application works correctly? Basically, at this point it is probably best to simply isolate the source of the problem as being in the files themselves, QT, or the OS/icon management.


  • petitemarie Level 1 Level 1
    Secondly, yes, I have
    opened some of the QT movies in other players - but
    not all of them. And ALL my movies are affected by
    this icon change! I find that
    strange.
    Initial use of some
    applications may trigger a modal box asking if you
    want all such files to be handled in the same manner.
    (I.e., in effect, asking if you want to change the
    "Open with" default application.) However, if you are
    sure that didn't happen, then we would have to
    consider other, lesser possibilities. Have you, for
    instance, been playing around with hex editor in the
    resource area of QT? It is not something most people
    would do but something I am sure they would remember.
    Or, have you tried to delete your current version of
    QT in an attempt to reinstall an earlier version? Any
    indications QT or the OS as a whole being corrupted?
    Have you created any clips since the problem began
    and, if so, do they have the same icon? Have you
    tried creating/using a different account to see if
    the problem is global or local? Have you tried using
    a different startup drive to see if the other OS/QT
    application works correctly? Basically, at this point
    it is probably best to simply isolate the source of
    the problem as being in the files themselves, QT, or
    the OS/icon management.




    hi, jon. again, thanks for helping...

    no, i have never played around with the hex editor in QT, and i don't believe that my QT or OS is corrupted in any way - no other problems at all. But, i did take your suggestion to determine if the problem is local or global. i copied one of the QT files with the "bad" icon to my shared folder, logged in to another user account on my mac, and the blue QT icon was back! so it is definitely a local user problem! what's my next step?