This works okay for Firefox but doesn't change the favicon in ie7. It must be calling the favicon up from somewhere else in the site other than the template, or the site root, as I have replaced that with my own, and it still finds the Joomla favicon. Also there is no line like
<link rel="shortcut icon" href="http://yoursite.com/templates/your_template/icon/favicon.ico" />
in rhuk_milkyway, the standard Joomla 1.5 template's index.php
This advice is the same given in all documentaion I found on the subject and it isn't right. Surely other users are experiencing this?
This has been reported many times and on all occasions that I am aware of it is down to the browser caching the favicon.ico file. I will look at amending the documentation to include a warning to this effect. Chris Davenport 03:09, 23 September 2008 (EDT)
Ok, looks like this page already contains text describing the issue and what to do about it. Chris Davenport 03:11, 23 September 2008 (EDT)
I found out something that may help anyone with the above issue. I too could not get IE (8) to render the favicon, but Firefox had no problem. After hours of pulling my hair out with refreshing, trying different directories, etc. it occurred to me that my favicon WAS being pulled into the temp internet folder along with any other favicon IE browsed... but the picture was not rendering even in Windows (just viewing the file in the folder)... and others were.
After further testing it seems that , and  created favicons that were not recognizable by windows (and therefore IE).  and  do! I used  and it worked fine. I Could see the icon in Windows AND the IE favicon works fine now! I don't know if  works or not because their service was down when I tried.
Also,  works for IE also. You can create a favicon from scratch here if you don't have an image file to upload/convert, but the parameters are limited.
This is my experience. Hopefully this is not a fluke, but I don't see how it could be... I tested and re-tested... and the end result was success. Hope this helps anyone else with this issue from losing the three hours I lost :) PalmBeachPulse 23:11, 21 August 2009 (UTC)