Originally Posted By: Jim_
Look in Macintosh HD/Users/your name/Desktop. Are there any items in that folder? If so your desktop has just become invisible.

When you say the computer crashed, did it totally lock up? No mouse movement? You couldn't switch to another program?

What third party stuff are you running, MacKeeper, anti-virus, system hacks to change appearance?

It completely locked up. Couldn't open anything, not even the Apple logo to restart. Had to hard boot it, including unplugging.

Not running any third party programs unless you count Collins Thesaurus which I was using in Word for Mac when it crashed.

Its really acting strange. I can hear it grinding. I suspect i've either been hit with a virus or something is mechanically wrong with my HD