Problem with Finder Preferences

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by mcs212, Jul 15, 2009.

  1. mcs212 macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2009
    Hey folks,

    I was having a problem with my black MacBook (early 2006) shutting down or restarting properly. I went through several fixes until I narrowed the problem down to Finder preferences.

    When I trash the Finder preferences file, I'm able to restart and shut down fully. If I don't, the desktop disappears (after a brief instance of the spiral) and screen goes black. However, the system is remains on and the light in front of the MacBook remains on. I'm only able to turn off the computer by holding the power button.

    The refreshed Finder preferences file after the reboot doesn't seem to do the trick.

    I tried a program called "Clean the Finder Preferences" and that didn't do the trick.

    Any suggestions would be highly appreciated. Thanks so much.

    (I'm running Leopard 10.5.7 with all the updates installed.)
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus


    Mar 7, 2007
    So, when the pref file comes back after restart - it freezes again?

    I just want to make sure I understood you.

    Does a repair permissions fix anything?
  3. mcs212 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2009
    The pref file that Leopard generates after the reboot to replace the one I trashed won't work. I always have to trash it during every session in order to shut down/restart properly.

    Everything else works fine.

    I've tried:
    Repairing disk permissions
    Resetting PRAM
    Resetting SMC


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