System Preferences Keeps Closing!

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  1. Beunique82 macrumors newbie

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    I have had a Macbook for about 2 months, and the 1st 2 months all the applications (including system preferences) has worked without a problem. Just about a week ago, iwent to open system preferences. That worked fine. But, when i went to click on "Desktop & Screen Saver" the application froze for a minute, then automatically quit! A screen poped up saying "The application system preferences quit unexpectedly", and gave the the option of closing it, reporting it, or reopening it. I tried to reopen it, but that didn't do anything (the same thing happened). So, i tried to restart my laptop, and when it had finished restarting, i went to do the same thing as before (open desktop and screen saver) and it "quit unexpectedly" again, and the same screen poped up. I still cant get it to open, and it has already been a week. Please help...:(
     
  2. gauchogolfer macrumors 603

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    Try doing a spotlight search for a file called com.apple.systempreferences.plist, and drag it to the desktop. Then logout and log back in. Try opening up System Preferences again and report back what happens.
     
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  4. Beunique82 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I tried doing what gauchogolfer said, and the same thing happend (system preferences opened, but desktop and screen saver didn't). I dont know what the problem is...:confused:
     
  5. gauchogolfer macrumors 603

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    Ooops, I didn't see that you'd had problems with desktop/screensaver. I'll find the appropriate .plist file for you to locate. BRB.

    Edit: try dragging com.apple.desktop.plist to the desktop.

    If that doesn't work then I'm out of .plist file ideas. Maybe try repairing permissions?

    Edit #2: try making a new user account and see if the behavior is reproduced. My guess is that you have a corrupted image file in either your desktop or screensaver database, and that is what causes the crash.
     
  6. Beunique82 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I tried doing both Edit and Edit #2. Edit didn't do anything, and when i attempted edit #2, system preferences/desktop & screen saver opened perfectly fine (but on a different account). When i went back to my account, desktop and screen saver still didn't work! I dont know what to do, and this is getting really agrivating. Do you think it would be possible to create a new account, and move all my data into that account. I know it would be possible, but would it change anything?

    By the way, thanks for all your help so far.:)
     
  7. Eclipse278 macrumors regular

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    My girlfriend had the same problem on her macbook. She had some weird background set that the system preferences didn't like, which explains why your second account works. I was able to fix it by being really fast and changing the background before it crashed. There may also be a preference list (plist) file you can delete but I don't know it offhand
     
  8. ebouwman macrumors 6502a

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    I'm not sure but can't you do that thing where you set the background outside of the SYS Prefs, like in M$ Window$ where you right click on a picture and select "set as background"
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    Go into iPhoto and change the background by selecting a picture then selecting the SHARE menu from the top and then selecting DESKTOP

    If you're having a problem like Eclipse then this might work.
     
  9. Beunique82 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That might work-the only problem is that i dont have a "share" menu on my iphoto. Is there any other way to set a background picture from iphoto (so i wouldnt have to use system preferences)?
     
  10. ebouwman macrumors 6502a

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    you don't have a "share" menu ?!?!?
    do you have any pics in iPhoto?
    why would iPhoto not have a "share" menu?
    are you using an account on your computer other than the Admin account?
     
  11. gauchogolfer macrumors 603

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    Since it sounds like you have a corrupted image file which causes your desktop to crash, I'd recommend moving all of the files out of the folder [Macintosh HD/Library/Desktop Pictures] onto the Desktop (do this from your current main user account). Then try opening up system preferences again.

    If it still crashes, then it's most likely a corrupted screensaver. If not, then I'd start putting back in the desktop images one by one into their original location. That way you'll be able to identify the faulty image file.
     
  12. ebouwman macrumors 6502a

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    Sounds like that will take forever :p
     
  13. andriella macrumors member

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    I am having the same problem. I have had the same desktop image for about six months without issue, so I don't think that that is the problem. However, I recently changed my screensaver to display iTunes album art. Do I have some corrupted album art?

    Any ideas on how to fix this?
     
  14. wetrix macrumors 6502

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    I have just started having the same problem too. My background worked fine for about a month and I have always used iTunes Album Art screensaver. I've tried changing the background and moving the desktop images files but I think it is the screensaver causing the problem.

    The screensaver does run properly however.
     
  15. andriella macrumors member

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    I found out how to fix the problem.

    Go into Username > Library > Preferences > ByHost, and delete the "com.apple.screensaver.iTunesArtwork.plist" file.
     
  16. simontarr macrumors 6502

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    I can confirm this also. The same problem happened to me when I first got my mac. I think I got the problem when I tried to display too few Album Artwork images with the iTunes screensaver. It crashed and wouldn't let me change a thing until I had deleted the plist file.
     
  17. wetrix macrumors 6502

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    Thank you SO much. As a mac user of just over 3 months, having my first actual problem made me very sad. Glad it was so easy to fix with the right know-how.
     
  18. goodwolve macrumors newbie

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    Tried Everything

    My daughter has a G3iBook and has this same issue. We have tried all of the above and none of it has worked. The window just closes after you click on Desktop & Screen Savers. Any other suggestions?
     
  19. b_scott macrumors 6502a

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    i just deleted all desktop and itunes playlist .com files and it work. thanks!
     
  20. nikeeweston macrumors newbie

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    thank youuuu

    thanks guys mine was doing same thing i had saved a pic from the official SATC website put it on as my background and from then i was screwed desktop kept quitting..so i did what someone suggested i went into iphoto clicked on share and put one of my pics on as a background and it worked i went into desktop and hey presto it didnt quit or crash was brilliant so thank u guys...so it just shows pictures from official websites can be corrupt aswell so im v happy im saved from visiting the apple store or erasing and restoring etc
    :D:)
     
  21. KellyKAK98 macrumors newbie

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    Same Thing

    OMG!!! The same thing is happening to me for like 2 months straight! ugh... Thanks!
     

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