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Re: imac G5 desktop rebuilds randomly
When a mac does this it is related to what is called the Finder which handles the graphical interactions with the operating system. First thing you should do is run maintenance. An excellent free tool for doing this is Onyx which can be downloaded here... http://www.titanium.free.fr/pgs/english.html (be sure to download the right version for your system).
Install the package, then run it, it will check your drive and the structure, after this, click on the automation tab and check on everything for Maintenance, Clear Cache, Cleaning, and check on Reset -> LaunchServices database and Mail's Envelope Index. When it completes, restart and this should clear up your problem.
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Which icons are disappearing and reappearing? If you're talking about the Dock (The quick-launch and management area at the bottom of the screen by default), that may have been set to hide it's self, only showing when the mouse is at the very bottom of the screen.
Other icons that come and go are ones that represent volumes such as external hard drives, memory sticks, network places, CDs/DVDs. What icons are being problematic?
Hope that helped, please clarify problems if not!
Oh and by the way - iMac is just that particular type of computer. The Operating System is known as Mac OS. Knowing this will make getting help easier in the future :)
It sounds like your hard rive has failed. You could if you can ask someone for a loan of a disk utility such as disk warrior to check the hard drive. If it has failed have a look at the following websites on how to replace it
This sounds like the HDD hard died. Sometimes you can hit "option" at the startup to see if the HDD is corrupt. If you see a file with a questionmark in it, then you need to reinstall the OS, BUT before doing this, restart it and hold "apple T" it make the HDD and the computer a giant external hardrive. Just get a firewire cable and backup the hard drive onto another system before reinstalling.
If you see a disk icon come up, there is definate directory problems as it still recognises that it has a hard drive. Disc warrior might fix it.
Try an archive and install of the OS. This will save your settings and files but reinstall the OS. You can do this by booting to the cd and choosing archive and install instead of erase and install. If it happens again, it could be a slowly failing hard drive developing bad sectors, or the less likely of bad ram.