lion, system preferences freeze

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by oginome, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. oginome macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2011
    after installed lion on mba 2010, I've changed the wallpaper by "desktop and screen saver".
    but during to select the different wallpaper several times, "desktop and screen saver" to be freeze (beach ball), so I need to force quit.

    then I try to start "system preferences" again. It's startup page is "desktop and screen saver" and it freezes (beach ball) everytime then need to force quit.

    don't know related to lion or not. any hint? thx.
  2. dman1001 macrumors newbie

    Jul 23, 2011
    I was getting exactly the same problem and so were a lot of other people.

    This is how to fix it - and it worked for me along with others:

    1) Apple have hidden the Library folder by default in Lion. To permaently unhide it, open the Terminal utility and run the following command:

    chflags nohidden ~/Library

    After running this command the Library should become immediately available, without the need to reboot the system or log out and log back in.

    2) Open Finder and drill down to MacPro HD/Users/Your Username/Library/Preferences and then send the following file to the trash:

    3) Reboot your mac (this may not be needed but I prefered it this way) after reboot should work for you :)

    The gets recreated in Finder so if you are satisfied it has work, you can now delete this file from the trash.

    It'll be great to hear if it works for others.

  3. userleen macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2011
  4. Ikeybr macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2011
  5. Ropie macrumors regular


    Aug 6, 2007
    I had the same problem but the fix was different. I had to uncheck 'open in 32 bit mode' in the 'get info' window for the System Preferences app.
  6. jace88 macrumors regular


    Jan 3, 2011
    Sydney, Australia
    Thanks very much Sam. Worked well for me and I didn't need to restart. Surprisingly it also retained my wallpapers :S On another note, I could've sworn the Library folder was there in Leopard/Snow Leopard and only became hidden in Lion? *scratches head*
  7. MM07 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 10, 2008
  8. BL4zD macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2010
    Thank you, this worked for me as well. I noticed the problem when I went into the apple store for an unrelated issue. The genius started banging on my keyboard but couldn't get system preferences to respond so he eventually gave up :| I wish I'd known what the issue was then.
  9. Simplicated, Sep 28, 2011
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2011

    Simplicated macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2008
    Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
    Here's an even quicker way without even having to go to Finder:

    Type rm ~/Library/Preferences/ in Terminal, then logout and log back in and voila!
  10. Morpheus1 macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2011
    On iMac with OSX Lion "System Preferences" freeze after desktop update

    Thanks, dman1001, it worked just fine as described! I have pretty new iMac with OSX Lion and after changing background on the 1st monitor, while I was trying to do the same on 2nd "System Preferences" became freezing on ANY component from them. I didn't touch lock file with the same name plus ".lockfile" and YES, after reboot I got new of 2KB, AND EVERYTHING WORKS as before this incident. Best. Morpheus1
  11. alaphridus macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2011

    I did steps 2 and 3 but the did not get recreated in Finder. Should I brings the file back from trash?
  12. rutroh50 macrumors newbie

    Feb 9, 2012
    thanks for the tip......

    I followed the directions to the detail and it is back up and running......first issue I have had with my iMac in almost a year but a quick fix.....thanks again:)
  13. jtab1972 macrumors newbie

    Feb 1, 2011
    It worked for me too

    I lost all my pretty screens I set up on Lion, but at least it's functional again. Does anyone understand why it hung up like that in system preferences? Is it a software glitch by Apple?
  14. Christianwyant macrumors newbie

    Jul 26, 2012
    This is a life saver!

    I am not kidding untill i read this i was about to reboot my computer. Now im going to save this in a word document for my future reference. the only reson i made an account on macrumors was to give this one some props it was alot of help!!!
  15. dogmichael1 macrumors newbie

    Aug 3, 2012
    it won't work for me


    i can't find the macpro hd thing
  16. dogmichael1 macrumors newbie

    Aug 3, 2012
    nvm found it lol
  17. tkr96 macrumors newbie

    Aug 7, 2012
    Joined to reply to this solution.

    I just wanted to say thank you to the original poster. I had searched for over two weeks for a solution to this problem and found very similar solutions all over the web. They all pointed to the wrong files and the problem simply immediately happened again. I decided to search this morning on a whim. Removing this file and its lock file cleared my problem. I did follow the reboot suggestion and when I arrived at a default apple background I knew that this solution was different ... in a good way. Thanks again for the post.
  18. reiva26 macrumors newbie

    Dec 5, 2012
    it works for me after i verify the disk and reboot.

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