1st Problem - Wallpaper reverts to original on restart

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Robster3, Apr 11, 2013.

  1. Robster3 macrumors 68000

    Dec 13, 2012
    Cant change desktop backround on mbpr 15", can change it but when i re start it it goes back to the original. Any ideas?

  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    I haven't read them all, but you may find some useful information in one of the several threads that have been posted on this problem, such as these:

    wallpaper changes to default after restart
    Wallpaper wont stay, reverts back
    MacBook Pro Retina changes wallpaper back to a apple default one at start up.
    rMBP reverting to old wallpaper most times I reboot.
    Wallpaper keeps going back to default after reboot
  3. Satori macrumors 6502a


    Jun 22, 2006
    You could try deleting the desktop plist:


    and then restart.
  4. Robster3 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Dec 13, 2012
    can't find that don't have the apple.desktop.plist
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    The path is /Users/yourusername/Library/Preferences/com.apple.desktop.plist

    Your Library folders are hidden by default in Lion and ML. To get to your /Library or /Users/yourusername/Library (also known as the ~/Library) folders in Lion and ML:
    • Launch Finder and click Go > Go to Folder and type: /Library or ~/Library
    • Hold the Option key while clicking the Go menu item, which reveals your ~/Library folder in the menu.
    • Make it permanently visible in Finder by entering the following command in Terminal, then press the Enter key:
      chflags nohidden ~/Library​
    • 18 ways to view the ~/Library folder in Lion
  6. Robster3 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Dec 13, 2012
    Thanks had read a few now all and nothing. Is this happening to everyone or just the unlucky? Doesnt do it on my iMac.


    Thanks your a genius, spent a hour reading posts and i got that i need to delete the com.apple.desktop.plist. But couldn't find it. I will save that link and read it later when i recover lol.
  7. andy9l macrumors 68000

    Aug 31, 2009
    England, UK
    Have you followed GGCStudio's instructions? It will more than likely fix your problem.

    1. Open Terminal app
    2. Copy and paste this:

    3. Type in your account password when it asks for password
    4. Restart your Mac
    5. Set your wallpaper

    Edit: Ah, you've just fixed it.
  8. inlinevolvo macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2012
    This happened to me after I updated from lion to ML. The only thing that fixed it for me was a clean ML install. I have the rmbp.
  9. hallux macrumors 68030


    Apr 25, 2012
    I have this issue also on my personal MBP (my work-issued MBP doesn't do this). Frankly, I don't reboot often so it doesn't bug me THAT much.
  10. Brian Y macrumors 68040

    Oct 21, 2012
    10.8.3 has a habit of causing this issue - no idea why :s

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