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disappearing folder os X

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OK.  I have a user who has a folder on the desktop that disappears.  It dissapears randomly.  I can make it happen by say coying a file to it or from it.  When it disappears, i can get it back by doing a search for the folder, when sherlock finds it, the folder pops up again.  Whats up with this?  I have created other folders on the desktop and they disappear as well.  Coming back on a search as well.  Any ideas?  I have never seen anything like this before.  he is running 10.2.6.  silver g4
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First update to 10.2.8. No reason not to. Then run boot the machine with command-s held down. At the resulting prompt type FSCK -y and hit return. Let it do it's thing. If it reports problems run fsck again. When done type reboot. If that fails to fix it, run Norton Disk Doctor and/or Disk Warrior.
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I repaired all permissions bu that did not fix any problems.  I have not tried the fsck command, but isnt that the same as repairing the permissions?  and i thought running nortons on os X was not good.
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No FSCK is not the same as repairing permissions.
Running Norton Disk Doctor is not a problem in OS X as long as youre using a current version. Same with DiskWarrior.
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ok.  i will try those things.  My version of Norton is 7, is that current enough?
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I wouldnt. The latest is version 8.
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Do you have your Desktop backgrounds cycling automaticly?  I have seen this problem before with older versions of OS X (10.2.3??)  If you do have the Desktop backgrounds cycling, try turning that off and see if your problem goes away..  
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why yes he does have backgrounds cycling!!  i will try turning them off.  Any fix for this while leaving cycling on?  Why all the sudden the problem?
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I don't know of a definative fix for that problem, however I would guess that it has something to do with the video driver.  I haven't seen this problem enough to check to see if any of the systems were using the same video card or the same version driver..  But turning off the cycling desktop pictures seems to fix the problem, upgrading to 10.2.8 as Weed suggested, could also fix this problem, and couldn't hurt either.  If you wanted to trouble shoot a bit further, you could always check for an upgrade for his video driver at the manufacturer's web site..  As far as why all the sudden, it could have been a number of things that triggered it, resolution change, larger graphics being used for the desktop picture, more icons on the desktop than tusual, or maybe he wasn't running the cycling dektops before?  If any recent updates were done, they (although not very likely, since I saw this back around 10.2.3) could have triggered this as well..  
I hope this helps you

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