Restoring Local Preferences - Can I do that?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by uphype, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. uphype macrumors newbie

    Oct 19, 2008
    When starting Safari it take 3-4 minutes to load Google - Then when I type in the search box, within the first letter or 2 it locks up again - sometimes says "Could not contact Spell Checker"

    I updated from 10.3.9 to 10.4.11 3 months ago and all has been just fine but now I am getting these errors. Also when Safari is acting up, Mail won't operate properly.

    If I set up a new user, everything works great. But I'd like to restore my Local Preferences if possible without losing anything.

    Can it be done easily?



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  2. frankblundt macrumors 65816


    Sep 19, 2005
    South of the border
    The problem is, of course, apart from your compulsive thread starting.. ;)
    that it's probably your preferences that are causing the issue in your old account.

    Rather than copy them all across and end up in the same situation, it might be better to try and repair the old account - making a new one is just an easy way to eliminate a bunch of other things that might be causing the problem.

    what happens if (in the old account) you quit Safari, move the file ~/Users/you/Library/Preferences/
    to the desktop and then re-open Safari?

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