Two system preferences in dock 10.4.4?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Steve1496, Jan 29, 2006.

  1. Steve1496 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 21, 2004
    I got my iMac Intel a week ago and I've noticed this problem. It happens everytime I open system preferences from the apple menu instead of from the icon in the dock. It seems to duplicate the system preferences icon. Is it supposed to do this?

    You can also have both icons open simultaneously without any problems...


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  2. ChrisBoven macrumors member

    Jan 24, 2006
    no Ive never had that happen, thats peculiar.
  3. besler3035 macrumors 6502

    Oct 29, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI
    Definitely not supposed to do that. Try just completely taking out System Preferences from the dock and then restart, and then drag it back into the dock (via the Applications folder). I don't know if that'll help, but it's worth a try.
  4. mdavey macrumors 6502a


    Nov 1, 2005
    Have you moved System preferences application out of its default directory (Applications, I think) to some other directory? Or even moved the entire directory to a different disk?

    For some reason, many of Apple's own Apps only work 100% correctly when located in the directory they were first installed. This sounds like you have two different versions of the system preferences app, probably in different directories.
  5. Steve1496 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Apr 21, 2004

    Hmm, I did a spotlight search and it revealed this:

    So I right clicked the dock icon and clicked Show in Finder...this brought me to /Applications. Then, I clicked on System preferences from the Apple Menu right clicked the dock icon, clicked Show in Finder and it brought me to the OS X install on an external HD??

    Isn't the System Preferences button in the Apple menu only supposed to browse the main hard drive? When I use this system preferences (on the external HD), it makes changes to OS X on my internal HD.

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