Re install osx?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by CaptainCaveMann, Jun 8, 2006.

  1. CaptainCaveMann macrumors 68000

    CaptainCaveMann

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    Ok so i have an ibook g4 1.2 as seen below. Im having various problems with safari, ive tried resetting, ive repaired permissions ect. Now im thinking my only hope is to re install osx. Im using panther, latest version. All software is up to date. How do i re install? Are there any other options? :confused:
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    What problems are you having? Have you tried deleting a file named com.apple.Safari.plist? :)
     
  3. CaptainCaveMann thread starter macrumors 68000

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    It keeps unexpectedly quitting. Where do i find that file? What is it?
     
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    It's a preference file and it's in your Preferences folder. If you quit Safari and remove this file, it'll revert all your settings back to their defaults. Often a corrupt PLIST will result in erratic behaviour so removing is effectively the same as reinstalling, in many cases. :)
     
  5. CaptainCaveMann thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Can you give me a step by step to finding it and deleting it?
     
  6. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Okay. :)

    On your Home folder, go to a folder named Library. Open it up and then scroll down to a folder named Preferences. In here you should find a file named com.apple.Safari.plist which is the Safari preference file. Make sure Safari is closed. Now, drag it to the Desktop and reopen Safari. It should be back to its default settings. :)
     
  7. CaptainCaveMann thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Why do i drag it to the desktop and not the trash?
     
  8. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Well, what's important is that it's not in the Preferences folder next time Safari starts up. You can delete it if you like but keeping it on the Desktop means that if it didn't fix your problem, you can put it back in the Preferences folder and retain all your old settings. :)
     
  9. CaptainCaveMann thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Ok cool. I will try this for a while and see what happens! ::crosses fingers::
    Thanks again Mad Jew! ::walks back into cave::
     
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