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10.4: Replace the system's Computer icon and more System 10.4
Tiger only hintFor some reason, Tiger still insists on representing your computer with an icon showing an iMac. It's not even a new iMac, and besides, I don't have an iMac. The file you need to replace is called iMac.icns, and, along with a lot of other system icons (like those for Desktop, Trash, Finder, Get Info, etc.), it's now migrated to this directory:

System -> Library -> CoreServices -> CoreTypes.bundle -> Contents -> Resources

Now you can replace any of these with .icns files of your choosing, so long as they have the same name as the original file. Go crazy...
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10.4: Replace the system's Computer icon and more
Authored by: Whosawhatsis on May 15, '05 05:50:56AM

They seem to move all the system icons with each new version. I remember they were in systemicons.bundle in panther, and it took way too long to find them again when I upgraded to tiger (I can't stand the default home folder icon). Sometimes I wonder if they do it on purpose to discourage you from messing with that stuff...

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10.4: Replace the system's Computer icon and more
Authored by: lar3ry on May 15, '05 11:56:55AM

Now, if somebody could tell me where to find the icns file that represents the root directory in the finder (that icon on the top right). Right now, it looks like an internal disk. I'd rather set it to look like my Mac Mini (I created the replacement .icns file, I just can't figure out what file it needs to replace). diskimage.icns in the CoreTypes.bundle looks like the right file, but changing it doesn't change the finder's image...



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10.4: Replace the system's Computer icon and more
Authored by: rhuvok on May 15, '05 12:28:34PM

You should be able to change your disk icon in the Get Info window for the disk. Simply copy the icns file to the clipboard first, then in the Get Info window click on the icon of the internal disk and hit Cmd-V to paste the new icon.

I'm pretty sure this procedure is outlined in more detail somewhere else on this site.



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10.4: Replace the system's Computer icon and more
Authored by: phillipc on May 15, '05 12:33:25PM
This is an easy one if you're talking about the icon on the desktop right below the clock &/or User menu (originally labeled Macintosh Hard Drive).

Just do a get info on the icon you like select it's icon in the Info window & copy it (Cmd+C) then do the same for your Macintosh Hard Drive icon & paste it (Cmd+V)

Have fun!

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10.4: Replace the system's Computer icon and more
Authored by: schneb on May 16, '05 10:48:30AM

I think lar3ry is talking about the default icon.



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iMac?
Authored by: lullabud on May 15, '05 01:07:29PM
Am I the only one who doesn't have an iMac icon? I haven't even seen an iMac icon on any Mac's running Tiger.

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iMac?
Authored by: DaMacGuy on May 15, '05 01:18:59PM

The iMac icon is still there for 'Computer' (not your hard drive). Open the Finder Preferences -> Select Sidebar -> Check Computer. Then look at the sidebar in a Finder window. The Computer level is handy if you have several partitions on your machine.

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10.4: Replace the system's Computer icon and more
Authored by: cudaboy_71 on May 15, '05 02:08:08PM

sorry...but, this is only 1/2 a hint IMO. the location of the file is only half the battle. the hint really should include a way to create your own .icn file from a standard icon file (which are available in abundance from various icon sites).

for example, i have a the powerbook icon from "world of aqua 5" available at iconfactory.com. you can't just copy/paste this icon to the .icn file, nor can you just rename and replace the icon file. you must convert the icon file to the .icn format.

use the free tool Icns2Rsrc:
http://membres.lycos.fr/geographer/Icns2Rsrc.html

its sole purpose is converting regular icon files to .icn files. then, follow the rest of the hint: rename the file to iMac.icns and replace in the CoreTypes.bundle.

hope this saves someone else the 1/2 hour it took me to figure out.

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10.4: Replace the system's Computer icon and more
Authored by: jacobolus on May 15, '05 04:22:50PM

It should be mentioned that candy bar does this, with a nice clean gui.

http://www.iconfactory.com/cb_home.asp



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10.4: Replace the system's Computer icon and more
Authored by: dmydans on May 16, '05 04:30:16PM

I realize this is a bit off topic, but...
Does anyone know how to put the 'Computer icon' on the desktop?
ttfn

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10.4: Replace the system's Computer icon and more
Authored by: squirri on May 29, '05 01:07:31PM

Candybar works great in Panther - but will it work on Tiger if the icon files have been moved?



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10.4: Replace the system's Computer icon and more
Authored by: csmoak on Mar 09, '06 02:03:40PM

I am using ShapeShifter 2.3 to run the Milk 3.0 green theme and X-metal icon set (by Max Rudberg - www.maxthemes.com). I have tried to use Candy Bar to replace some of the X-Metal icons with others (not from the same set), however, they don't take effect. Can you help me?



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10.4: Replace the system's Computer icon and more
Authored by: csmoak on Mar 09, '06 02:08:44PM

I am running 10.4.5 and when I navigate to System -> Library -> CoreServices -> CoreTypes.bundle I can go no further. There is a white lego looking block and I do not know how to get past it. Am I doing something wrong? I am new to replacing icons and new in general to customizing my Mac.



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10.4: Replace the system's Computer icon and more
Authored by: csmoak on Mar 10, '06 08:02:08AM

Nevermind. I figured it ou t :)



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