Keeps trying to rebuild the desktop

A friend's Mac IIsi keeps trying to rebuild the desktop each time it starts up, even from a zip, even though i updated the system software, even though i deleted all the prefs i could. It used to belong to Nortel. Any clue how to make it stop???
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caeisenbCommented:
Here's what you need to do:
Find a copy of Resedit, put it on the machine, and open it.

Under the file menu, select 'Get file/folder info'.  In the root of your hard drive, there will be files called Desktop, Desktop DF, and Desktop DB.  If they are not all there, don't worry.  Select each one at a time, and a window will pop up.  Inside that window you will see a check box marked 'Invisible'.  Uncheck the box, close the window and hit the save button.

Do this for all three files.

Then, quit Resedit, open your harddrive, find the three files and drag them to the trash.

Upon restart, your computer will build a brand new desktop file.

That should stop the constant rebuild.

I hope this answers your questions.
-Curtis
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riftyCommented:
Make sure you have a fully backed up copy of the system folder first - better still, follow this procedure on the zipdisk copy rather than the original. Fiddling with system files in Resedit is not to be taken lightly, even if only to trash some of the hidden ones.

Rifty

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caeisenbCommented:
Actually, in this case, she is not fiddling with any System files.  The desktop files reside in the root directory of the hard disk, so backing up the System folder won't do anything.  Changing the visibility of a programme in the finder can't ever hurt.

This procedure is 99.99999....% safe (we recommend it at Apple).  However, if you feel even a little nervous, get the utility FileTyper (Shareware - $10 - Download from <http://www.ugcs.caltech.edu/~dazuma/filetyper> )  which comes with a sample drag and drop AutoTyper which does one thing, and one thing alone:  Automagically make the desktop files visible on your hard drive!  You can then toss those pesky unwanted desktop files at your own leasure!

-Curtis
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lammonsAuthor Commented:
Somehow my question got posted twice but Curtis has been so helpful i'll give him the points twice.

Hey, do you work for Apple? COOL!

-Laura
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caeisenbCommented:
Actually, right now I work for a board of education that is predominantly Apple based, and I do tech support as well as manage 3 labs of 20 macintoshes each, as well as manage the users on a 20,000 user FirstClass<tm> online bulletin board system.

I used to work for Apple Canada Inc., where I was a member of the Dealer Technical Support Team, answering technical questions in English and French for Apple's servicing dealers.  Unfortunately, my whole division was moved to the states.

-Curtis
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