Can't open system prefs in Panther

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  1. wordmunger macrumors 603

    wordmunger

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    My brother has an old powerbook G4 that's been upgraded to Panther, but only came with the Mac OS 9 install disk. For some reason, the system prefs won't open -- but since he doesn't have the Panther disk, he can't boot from the startup disk to try and fix it. He is completely broke, so buying Tiger isn't an option.

    Any ideas as to how he can access sys prefs again?
     
  2. belvdr macrumors 601

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    Did you try repairing permissions? You might also look at /var/log/system.log to see if it threw any errors.
     
  3. wordmunger thread starter macrumors 603

    wordmunger

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    I'm not much of a unixhead -- I can see the file in Terminal, but how do I read it?

    edit: yes, I did repair permissions
     
  4. California macrumors 68040

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    Has he done all the lastest software updates for Panther?
     
  5. wordmunger thread starter macrumors 603

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    No, hasn't tried that. He's got a very slow dial-up connection, so that would take an awful long time. That may be the next thing we try.
     
  6. belvdr macrumors 601

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    Here's what to do. Go into Terminal and type:

    tail -f /var/log/system.log

    This will grab the bottom of the file (tail) and update it in realtime (-f). So you are essentially watching the log.

    Now fire up System Preferences and see if anything is logged.

    You can also check the other logs like console.log.
     

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