I delete all plists, and now i can't open nothing

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  1. xd123 macrumors newbie

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    I deleted all plists, and i can't open Photobooth, and other applications, also when i download something i can't open it, because the icons and the desktop dissapear..What to do now? :(:(:(:(
     
  2. Jolly Giant macrumors 6502a

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    the Mac should create new plists upon reboot.

    have you tried rebooting ?
     
  3. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    WTF did you do that for?
    Go to your Time Machine backup and restore them.

    If you don't have a Time Machine backup, then you just learned two things: 1. Don't mess around with things you don't understand. 2. Have a backup for your computer.
     
  4. xd123 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I didn't try to reboot, but how can i reboot?:rolleyes:

    I just wanted to make my computer clean and with more memory...
     
  5. KirkL macrumors 6502

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    What made you think deleting plists would do that?
     
  6. LPZ macrumors 65816

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    In the :apple: menu, choose Restart...
     
  7. spinnerlys Guest

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    [​IMG]

    Or hold down the power button for more than five seconds to shut the Mac off, then press it again to start it.

    .plist files take up KBs, not MBs or GBs, thus deleting them will not really restore HDD storage capacity, unless you have only few MBs left, which in itself is not recommended due to risk of damaging the HDD. It is recommended to leave 10 to 20 % of the HDD capacity unused, e.g. 20 to 40 GB out of a 200GB HDD should be free.


    Btw, you can edit your posts via the [​IMG] button, or multi-quote posts via the [​IMG] button, as sequential posts are "against" the rules.



    PS: HDD storage capacity is not referred to as "memory", as "memory" is used to refer to RAM.
    Difference between ROM, RAM, and storage capacity?
     
  8. Jolly Giant macrumors 6502a

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    this user tip contains useful information and links:

    btw, usually folks refer to memory when they talk about RAM. i reckon you meant hard drive space, correct ?
     
  9. xd123 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I try to reboot, and still the same
     
  10. spinnerlys Guest

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    What Mac OS X version do you have? If it is Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, you can just reinstall Mac OS X, no data will be deleted and the .plist files belonging to Mac OS X and its components should be restored. The .plist files belonging to other applications might get recreated then, but if not, a reinstallation of those applications has to be done.
     
  11. maril1111 macrumors 68000

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    It makes no sense deleting all preferences because its like 50mb more space = not a lot for that much trouble
     
  12. spinnerlys Guest

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    Actually, all the 3,628 .plist files I have on my iMac take up 18.2MB of HDD space.
     
  13. maril1111 macrumors 68000

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    which is in Todays standards nothing 18.2MB seriously space is sooo cheap nowadays
     
  14. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    That. The only way to get more memory is to install it.

    Well, sorta. A few anyway.
    Not necessarily. Some may be recreated just by firing up the associated application. That's how it would work if everything is normal.
     
  15. spinnerlys Guest

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    That's why I used the word "might". But if all .plist files are deleted, however which way was used, then the system is frelled up I guess, thus even a simple start of an application will not work, something the OP experiences. :)

    OP; how did you delete the .plist files? Via search or did you go in the respective folders?
     
  16. xd123 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Via search
     
  17. xd123 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I am with Mac os 10.4.11, and i don't know where is the Reinstalling CD
     
  18. spinnerlys Guest

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    You can get replacement Restore DVDs form Apple via contacting them or use the Snow Leopard Upgrade DVD for 29 USD, it works with Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger too.
     
  19. KirkL macrumors 6502

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    Just buy Snow Leopard and upgrade. I think Apple charges for the Restore disks - just not worth the trouble.
     

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