Delphi 2.0| Loading Icons, adding Icon resources

(1) I used LoadIcon() with PChar() and with MAKEINTRESOURCE() and
     the right icon is NEVER loaded
     Even TImageList.ResourceLoad() NEVER works Help!

(2) Why is that if I add my own resources using $R, the app's mainicon
     get changed to one of MY icons not the Delphi generated one..    

 "..To sleep perchance to dream"

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